Your Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance to San Francisco State University! You’re just one step away from the most exciting time of your life. Learn more about the San Francisco State experience from current students, then follow the steps below to start your SF State journey!


Required Steps for New Students

Note: Please visit the Steps for New International Students for F1/J1 student requirements. Please visit the Steps for New Graduate Students for graduate student requirements


1. Submit official transcripts to confirm admission offer

Your offer of Conditional Admission is based on the information you reported in your Cal State Apply admission application. We will need to confirm that you reported accurately in your application and that you are on track to complete all admission requirements by the end of Fall 2020, or as otherwise notified.

Submit official transcripts so that we can confirm your offer. Check your To Do List in your Student Center to see which documents are needed. For more information about how to submit transcripts and how to view your To Do List, visit the Submitting Transcripts page.

Applicant Type Transcripts Deadline
First-Time Freshman

Official high school transcripts

If applicable, submit your SAT, ACT, AP, IB, and CLEP test scores as well.

October 30, 2020

Official transcripts from each college/university attended that includes grades earned through Summer 2020 and any in-progress Fall 2020 courses.

If applicable, submit your official AP, IB, and CLEP test scores as well.

October 30, 2020


2. Accept Admission Offer

If San Francisco State is the right place for you to pursue your education this coming spring, we encourage you to accept your admission offer as soon as possible, but no later than December 1. Accepting your offer allows you to begin steps like signing up for New Student Orientation and receiving confirmation for University Housing.  

Students entering San Francisco State must accept their admission offer online and pay a $100 non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit (unless eligible for an automatic waiver) in their Student Center at by the dates listed below.

Spring 2021
AAO Opens Upon admission
AAO Deadline December 1, 2020

Students admitted after the deadline must accept their offer within two weeks of the date of their admission notice. The $100 non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition fees when you enroll in classes.


Accept Admission Offer Guide
Accept Admission Offer FAQ

3. Sign up for New Student Orientation and Register for Classes

The new student orientation program is the first formal step in ensuring that all new undergraduate students have a successful transition to college life. Freshmen and transfers who sign up for orientation receive early advising and course registration on their orientation date.  You must first accept your admissions offer before you can sign up for orientation.

Spring 2021 Orientation Reservations will open Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Visit for more information.

4. Review the Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid Options

As a student at SF State, you're making an investment in your future. Research shows that those with college degrees earn more throughout their lifetimes than those without. With good planning, an education at SF State can be accessible and affordable.

The average student expenses will vary from student to student, depending on living arrangements and individual needs. For the estimated cost of attendance at SF State, visit the Cost of Attendance webpage.

Start off by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California DREAM Application. You can also visit the How Financial Aid Works page to learn more about the financial aid application process.

5. Send Final Transcripts

Official final transcripts with all grades earned through Fall 2020 must arrive by the dates listed below. See our guide on submitting your documents.

Spring 2021
Deadline Friday, January 15, 2021


6. Submit Proof of Immunization

San Francisco State University values the health of every member of our community.  This is why it is so important for every student to be current for important immunizations and screenings.  Ensuring all students receive these screenings and immunizations is critical to ensuring we provide a healthy and safe environment while you pursue your education.

Visit the Immunizations page to learn more about how to clear any immunization holds on your record.

Additional Information

Spring 2021

Action Date
Accept Admission Offer Opens Upon admission
Official transcripts and To Do list documents due to confirm admission offer October 30, 2020*
Orientation registration opens for those who accept the admission offer November 2, 2020
Accept Admission Offer closes December 1, 2020**
Official final transcripts with all grades earned through Fall 2020 January 15, 2021
*Unless specified otherwise on your admission notice.
**Students admitted after the Accept Admission Offer deadline will have 2 weeks from the date of their admission notice.

Students, after accepting their admission offer, will be automatically assigned an SF State email account. We will send detailed instructions regarding your SF State email account to your personal email address once it has been created. Once enrolled, you will receive critical reminders regarding class registration for the upcoming semester and other important information at that account.


Students with disabilities can initiate the accommodations process by registering online with myDPRC.

Please visit the DPRC homepage for the most up-to-date information about how to contact us with questions and to learn more about our services.

If you have taken any College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests, International Baccalaureate (IB) tests or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, arrange to have your official results sent to San Francisco State University by visiting the following websites:

Please complete the First-Year Writing Advising module before your orientation date, or if not attending orientation, before your course registration date.

In order to support student success, the CSU is revising its approach to Math and English placement. Please note, placement is not the same as admissions. It is only about which courses to choose the first year.

At San Francisco State, students choose their first-year Math course based on their major. For example, STEM and business students take Calculus-based courses, Humanities and Social Science students take statistics or other courses. No matter which Math is chosen, there will be two pathways: a single course or a course with extra units in the form of a lab or additional semester. These extra hours/units will provide academic support.

Placement in one of these two pathways will be based on CAASPP/Smarter Balance scores, ACT scores, and/or SAT scores. At SF State, students choose their first-year English course based on a combination of the Univeristy’s recommendation and a student’s self-evaluation. This is done through Directed Self Placement. CAASPP/Smarter Balance scores, ACT scores, and/or SAT scores may affect this placement.  Additionally, the Entry Level Math Exam (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) are no longer required.

As these changes are occurring now, please be sure to check the Developmental Studies website for updates across the year. 

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