New Freshman Admits
After you receive an official offer of admission, please follow these important steps to ensure a smooth transition to Cal State LA (click on each section to see more information):
(1) Submit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit
Once you have made the decision to attend Cal State LA, you must reserve your seat in the incoming class by submitting your $100 (USD) Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD).
For Fall admission, the deposit is due by May 1st.
For Spring admission, the deposit is due by November 1st.
For more information, visit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit webpage.
(2) Satisfy the Terms of your Admission Offer
Most first-time freshman applicants are still attending high school at the time of application and admission decisions are normally made on self-reported information before fall grades are available. Therefore, offers of admission for first-time freshman applicants are almost always provisional.
Admission offers will remain provisional until we have verified that you reported accurately on your admission application and that you meet all of the following admission requirements by the end of the Spring term, prior to fall enrollment at Cal State LA (or end of Summer for spring enrollment):
- Completion of each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirement (“a-g” courses) with a grade of 'C-' or better;
- Have an overall final high school GPA in college preparatory courses that is the same, or higher than, what was reported on the Admission Application. If your final high school GPA falls below admission cutoffs, the admission offer will be rescinded; and
- Graduation from high school, or earned a California High School Equivalency Certificate or GED.
Failure to meet the above admission conditions will result in the rescinding of the admission offer. To be considered for admission to Cal State LA for a future term, please be aware that you must meet admission deadlines and requirements that are in effect at that time.
If admitted to Pre-Nursing, you must also meet the following criteria to remain in this specialized program:
- Have a minimum 3.50 GPA in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subjects (the 'A-G' courses); and
- Have earned 'B' or better grades in the first attempt of the following year-long high school courses:
- Intermediate Algebra, Algebra II, or Integrated Math III;
- Biology with lab; and
- Chemistry with lab.
Be aware: Each term of the year-long course must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better. If AP, IB, or Honors courses are taken in these areas, applicants must also earn 'B' or better grades in the course.
For Fall term admission, official final High School transcript(s) showing the date of graduation should be submitted no later than July 15. For Spring term admission, transcripts are due November 1. After final academic records are reviewed, you will receive an email sharing that your admission has been finalized, or rescinded for not meeting the conditions.
Students are allowed to register for classes prior to the audit of their admission decision. Some students may be required to self-report their senior grades prior to orientation to ensure they are on track for completion of the admission requirements. If the admission offer is rescinded after enrollment, the classes will be administratively dropped.
What are some Important Dates to keep in mind?
Please plan to meet the undergraduate admission deadlines for your admit term. To view the specific deadlines, visit the Admissions Deadline webpage.
(3) Apply for Housing
Living on campus offers numerous opportunities for students to build lifelong friendships, develop as leaders and achieve academic success. Our recently opened South Village housing complex for freshman students features tower communities, community lounges, study rooms, a fitness center, and the new, expanded Village Café dining commons. To learn more, visit the Housing and Residence Life webpage.
Be aware: Before you apply for Housing, you must first submit your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD).
(4) Participate in the First Year Connections
All incoming students will be a part of First Year Connections. The goal is to prepare students for a smooth transition to the university and provide them with the tools necessary for a successful first-year. Students will connect with peers, faculty, and learn about resources available to them.
Some students will participate in our Summer Connections Program where they will have the opportunity to complete a GE math or take an English course prior to starting in the fall. Additional information will be sent in April to students who have accepted their offer of admission. For more information, visit the Summer Connections 2023 webpage.
(5) Submit your Final Transcript(s)
To verify your final admission eligibility, please plan to submit official, final high school transcripts and, if applicable, official SAT, ACT, or AP/IB test scores after high school graduation.
- To be considered final, the transcript must include courses/grades completed through final semester of your senior year, and your high school graduation date.
- If you have already graduated from high school, please submit an official transcript after you submit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit. You do not have to wait until the final transcript deadline; documents can be submitted earlier if you have already graduated from high school.
- If you took courses at a college/university prior to high school graduation, and the credit is not noted on your high school transcript, please also plan to submit a separate college transcript.
For Fall admission, final transcripts (and test scores) are due July 15th. If you take college courses in the summer prior to enrolling at Cal State LA, you must submit another set of final transcript(s) with grades posted, by September 1st. For Spring admission, final transcripts (and test scores) are due November 1st. No college courses should be taken in the fall for Spring admission.
For more information about official academic records, and how to submit them, visit the Submitting Documents webpage. To view the specific missing documents, please visit your GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List. Once in the To Do list, click on the "To Do Item" name for more details, including the name of the specific school for a required transcript.
(6) Review the Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid options
The average student expenses will vary from student to student, depending on his/her living arrangements and individual needs. For the estimated cost of attendance at Cal State LA, visit the Cost of Attendance webpage, and select the appropriate academic year. For specific information on tuition and fees, visit the One-Stop Financial Services-Student Fees webpage, and select the appropriate term.
To assist with these costs, financial aid is available to eligible students. If you have not already done so, please submit the FAFSA (or the CA Dream Act) application. The priority application deadline is March 2nd of the current year, for the following academic year. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid webpage. If you are a CA Dream Act applicant, please also submit the CA Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Eligible High School Graduates (AB-540) form, with supporting documentation, to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
(7) Attend a Golden Eagle Orientation and Advisement Session
New and returning undergraduate students are required to attend Golden Eagle Orientation to prepare for the transition to the University, including academic advisement and help with first term class registration.
Additional information will be sent beginning in mid-April for Fall admission to students who have accepted the offer of admission. Orientation sessions will take place over the summer.
For more information about orientation, visit the Golden Eagle Orientation webpage.
Be aware: EOP Summer Bridge students are NOT required to attend Golden Eagle Orientation. For more information, see EOP Summer Bridge.
(8) Review your GET To Do List and Stay Connected
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment will send communications to the "preferred" email address as indicated in your GET Student Center. You may update your contact information in GET.
The Center for Student Financial Aid and other campus offices will send messages to your Cal State LA email address so it is important that you also regularly check your campus email mailbox.
To view emails sent to you from key student services offices, you may also view the Communication Center located on the top right of your GET Self-Service Student Center.
Please remember to regularly check your email and GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List. Once in the To Do list, click on the "To Do Item" name for more details, including the name of the specific school for a required transcript.
For instructions on how to log in to GET, visit the GET webpage.
(9) Activate your myCalStateLA ID & 2-Step Verification
After you accept our offer of admission, please activate your myCalStateLA ID and then sign up for 2-Step Verification. This is different from your GET login information. Once you have your myCalStateLA ID and password, you may begin to use your myCalStateLA portal and campus email.
Be aware: The Office of Admissions and Recruitment will continue to send communications to the "preferred" email address indicated in your GET Student Center, which may not be your Cal State LA email address. However, other Cal State LA offices will send messages to your campus email address. If your preferred email is not your Cal State LA email, please regularly check both your preferred and campus email mailboxes.
(10) Request use of a Preferred First Name (if applicable)
Cal State LA recognizes that some students may wish to use a Preferred First Name, other than their legal name, to identify themselves. The University acknowledges that a Preferred First Name can, and should, be used where possible in the course of university business and education. Information for students requesting a preferred first name is available on the University Registrar website. Please take a moment to review this webpage, and see if using a Preferred First Name is right for you.
(11) CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
The California State University (CSU) requires the COVID-19 vaccination for enrollment. To verify your vaccination status or to request a medical or religious exemption, please log into the MyCalStateLA portal to access the COVID-19 Student Self-Certification module in the Student Health Center Patient Portal. For detailed instructions on how to complete the process, see the COVID-19 Student Self-Certification Instructions on the Student Return to Campus website. For more information, visit the Cal State LA Health Watch webpage.
Additionally, the California State University (CSU) requires all students to be current on a number of immunizations and to complete a risk assessment for tuberculosis (CSU Executive Order 803). This executive order and its requirements apply to undergraduate and graduate students, students matriculated in self-support degree programs and K-12 students participating in concurrent enrollment courses entering the California State University. To learn more, visit the Student Health Center webpage.
CHANGE OF PLANS?
If you are no longer interested in attending Cal State LA, please submit an online Admission Application Withdrawal request prior to the start of classes for your admission term.