New Graduate 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 expand for the full text):

Satisfy the Terms of your Admission Offer

What is Provisional Admission?
Some applicants are admitted provisionally as the admission offer may still be contingent on the successful completion of a degree program, or the verification of good academic standing at the last institution attended. At minimum, a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree must be earned and posted by the end of Summer for Fall admission, or by the end of Fall for Spring admission. Admission offers will be withdrawn if degree (or good academic standing) verification is not provided by the requested deadline.
Admission applications and offers are non-transferable, and may not be deferred to a future term. If admission is desired for a future term, a new application must be submitted for that term, and applicants must meet all of the admission requirements in effect at that time.
What does it mean if I have been admitted with Certain Conditions?
Some academic programs require new students to satisfy certain conditions during their first term of enrollment. If your admission notification includes mention of conditions, please contact your academic program department immediately to learn of the academic conditions (and/or course prerequisites) that pertain to your admission, and subsequent continued enrollment in the program.

For international students:  Apply for your I-20 or SEVIS Transfer

Applicants holding or applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa must complete and submit the online New Student I-20 Verification Form and appropriate documentation to show proof of funding to the International Office.

If you are interested in attending Cal State LA, please do not wait for your admission decision before submitting these documents to the International Office. The advance submission of the verification form, and financial documentation, will help expedite the issuance of the I-20; if your I-20 paperwork is complete, the International Office can issue the I-20 immediately after your admission to the University. Please do NOT submit your verification form or financial documentation to the Admissions Office. This will delay the processing of your I-20.

If you are currently studying in the U.S., and please request to transfer your SEVIS to Cal State LA by completing and submitting the Transfer to Cal State LA Form. Please do not transfer the SEVIS until you receive the offer of admission, verify that you will meet the terms of the admission, and know that you plan to attend the University for the admit term. 
For other important information, including the deadline for the I-20/SEVIS transfer process, please contact the International Office by calling (323) 343-3170, sending an email to, or visiting the International Office webpage.

Apply for Housing

If you plan to live on-campus, Cal State LA offers apartment-style residence halls that are within walking distance to classrooms, sports facilities, and the library. For more information, visit the Housing Services webpage.

Submit your Final Transcript(s) with Degree posting

If you have not yet done so, please plan to submit official, final transcripts from your degree granting institution, and any institution(s) at which you completed post-baccalaureate coursework prior to Cal State LA enrollment.
To be considered final, the transcript must include the final term’s grades, and if from the degree granting institution, the posted degree with conferral date.  
  • For Spring admission, final transcripts must be received no later than February 1st.
  • For Fall admission, final transcripts must be received no later than September 1st.
For more information about official academic records, and how to submit them, visit the Submitting Documents webpage. To see what documents are still pending, please visit your GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List.

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 Student Financial Services webpage, and select the appropriate academic year.
To assist with these costs, financial aid is available to eligible students. If you have not yet done so, please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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.

Review your GET To Do List and Stay Connected

Please remember to regularly check your email and GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List. You may also update your contact information in GET. For instructions on how to login to GET, visit the GET webpage.

Activate your myCalStateLA ID

If you decide to accept the offer of admission, please active your myCalStateLA ID to access your myCalStateLA portal and campus email. 

Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Newly admitted graduate students will be contacted by their academic program department regarding orientation, advising and registering for classes.
Be aware that failure to satisfy all admission and enrollment requirements and deadlines will result in the withdrawal of the offer of admission or prevent you from enrolling in the University for the admitted term. Students who do not successfully enroll in the term of admission must reapply for future admission consideration and meet the requirements in effect at that time.