Required Steps for New Students

Please Note: the information listed below is for domestic undergraduate students only. 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. Accept Admission Offer

If San Francisco State is the right place for you to pursue your education this coming fall, we encourage you to accept your admission offer as soon as possible, preferably by May 1. Accepting your offer allows us to help you prepare for you to start and allows you to begin steps like signing up for New Student Orientation and receiving confirmation for University Housing.  We understand these are challenging times and some families may need additional time. Rest assured that if you cannot make a decision and accept your admission offer by May 1, we will continue to allow acceptance until June 1.

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

  Fall 2020
AAO Opens Oct. 1, 2019
AAO Deadline May 1, 2020
AAO Deadline Extension June 1, 2020

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

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

Freshmen and transfers who sign up for orientation receive early advising and course registration on their orientation date. Space is limited and first come, first served. Visit for more information.

3. Submit Proof of Immunization

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Hepatitis B (HEP-B) proof of immunization is required to register for classes. Submit proof to the Registrar’s Office.

4. Check Financial Aid Award Status

Complete any items on your “to do list” to ensure San Francisco State can award you all financial aid for which you are eligible. Also, check your Cal Grant status at and verify SF State is listed.

5. Send Final Transcripts

Final transcripts must arrive by the dates listed below. Check your Student Center at for a list of required documents.

  Fall 2020
Deadline Monday, July 17, 2020


Additional Freshman Information

Take the directed self placement at before your orientation date or, if not attending orientation, before your course registration date

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.


If a student is otherwise qualified but unable to complete certain subjects because of a disability, an appeal can be made to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Appeal on the basis of a disability should be submitted no later than July 15, for fall admission and January 15 for spring admission. 


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. 

Based on a student’s Math and/or English test scores, they may be required to take a summer course for preparation. Please visit the Developmental Studies website to understand exact test score requirements.

Important Dates - Spring

Important Dates - Fall

Action Date
Housing Priority Application Deadline March 31, 2020
Fall 2020 Final Application Deadline May 1, 2020
Housing Application Deadline May 15, 2020
Final transcript deadline July 17, 2020