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Admission Procedures and Policies Requirements for admission to San Diego State University are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter I, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. If you are not sure of these requirements, you should consult a high school or community college counselor or CSU campus admission office.
Prospective students, applying for full-time or part-time undergraduate programs of study must file a complete undergraduate application during the application filing period. The preferred method of application is through the CSUMentor online application at http://www.csumentor.edu. The CSUMentor system allows students to browse through general information about the 23 CSU campuses, view multimedia campus presentations, send and receive electronic responses to specific questions, and apply for admission and financial aid. If you cannot apply online, you should contact the Office of Admissions to make special arrangements. The $55 nonrefundable application fee must be paid by credit card or in the form of a check or money order payable to the California State University and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term.
It is essential that the application be filled out completely and accurately. Misrepresenting oneself on the application will result in a revocation of admission regardless of when the misrepresentation is discovered.
In addition, you must have your transcripts sent to the admissions office, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus, 720 Heber Avenue, Calexico, California, 92231. Call 760-768-5667 if you need more information.
You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment from San Diego State University verifying receipt of your application.
Students attending the Imperial Valley Campus who plan to transfer to the SDSU main campus must fill out a transfer request form. Currently, the SDSU main campus is impacted which requires applicants to meet selective admissions criteria above the minimum established by the California State University.
Many majors at San Diego State University have more students wanting to declare that major than can be accommodated. As such, they are designated as impacted majors. All students who are admitted to SDSU and want to declare an impacted major are placed in a premajor or a major (if all requirements are met at time of admission).
All premajors must meet department-specific criteria to move from the premajor to the major, such as specified minimum grade point average, completion of prerequisite courses, tests, and completion of a certain number of units.
The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those programs that are impacted and the supplementary criteria campuses will use. Detailed impaction information is available online at http://www.calstate.edu/SAS/impactioninfo.shtml and via http://www.csumentor.edu. Information about the supplementary criteria is also provided to program applicants. Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/impactedmajors for further information.
San Diego State University advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residence questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Official transcripts are defined as transcripts that bear the high school or college seal and remain in their original sealed envelope. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents by specified deadlines will result in denial of admission, and may result in cancellation of academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations). This requirement is effective from initial contact with the university and throughout the period the academic record is maintained.
Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The university uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service requires the university to file information returns that include the student’s social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.
Students and applicants are issued a nine-digit ID number (RedID) for transactions that include accessing the SDSU WebPortal, registering for classes, meal plans, using library services, using Blackboard, communicating with The Center for Human Resources, financial transactions, and all student services.
Prospective students, applying for full-time or part-time undergraduate programs of study, in day or evening classes, must file a complete undergraduate application during the application filing period (see above). The preferred method of application is through the CSUMentor online application at http://www.csumentor.edu. The CSUMentor system allows students to browse through general information about the 23 CSU campuses, view multimedia campus presentations, send and receive electronic responses to specific questions, and apply for admission and financial aid. If you cannot apply online, you should contact the Office of Admissions to make special arrangements. The $55 nonrefundable application fee must be paid by credit card or in the form of a check or money order payable to the California State University and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted campus may be re-routed to another campus, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.
It is essential that the application be filled out completely and accurately. Misrepresenting oneself on the application will result in a revocation of admission regardless of when the misrepresentation is discovered.
File Official Transcripts. You must file the following official transcripts with the Office of Admissions.
- Transcripts from all high schools attended (not required of the graduate student who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, but is required of the student who holds a bachelor’s degree from a nonaccredited institution).
- Transcripts from EACH college attended (including extension, correspondence, summer session, evening, and out-of-country courses), even if no courses were completed. Graduate students must file transcripts if they plan to enter a master’s degree or credential program. Electronic transcripts are required from many colleges. Check the Office of Admissions Web site at http://www.sdsu.edu/admissions for a complete list.
- Photostat or true copy of the military separation form DD-214 (or equivalent), DD-295, SMART and AARTS transcripts if applicant has had active military service. (Not required of graduate students.)
- A course evaluation report for any coursework completed at an international institution. To obtain a report, send official copies of your international academic transcripts to one of the evaluation service companies listed below. Request the specified evaluation report be sent directly to the SDSU Office of Admissions. Your international evaluation services report will be used to determine your eligibility for admission.
Course-by-Course Evaluation Report
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
International Education Research
P.O. Box 3665 Culver City, CA 90231
For a hard copy transcript to be official, it must bear the high school or college seal and remain in its original sealed envelope. All records or transcripts received by the university become the property of the university and will not be released nor will copies be made.
Deadlines: First-time Freshmen
- May 1 – transcripts including fall term grades.
- July 15 – transcripts of spring term grades.
- May 1 – transcripts including fall term grades and work in progress.
- June 30 – transcripts of spring term grades.
Note: All needed documents for international applicants must be on file no later than May 1 for the fall semester.
Generally, applicants will qualify for admission as an upper division transfer student if they meet the following requirements:
- They have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted; and
- They are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and they have completed at least 60 transferable semester units of college coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C or better in each course used to meet the CSU General Education (GE) requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics. The 60 units must include all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking, and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually three semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.
Undergraduate applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways.
- Complete appropriate courses with a grade of C or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
- Complete appropriate courses in college with a grade of C or better. One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
- Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations.
Please consult SDSU or any CSU campus admissions office for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.
San Diego State University requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of C or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A “unit” is one year of study in high school.
- Two years of social science, including one year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government.
- Four years of English.
- Three years of mathematics (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra).
- Two years of laboratory science (one biological and one physical, both with laboratories).
- Two years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence).
- One year of visual and performing arts (year-long approved course in a single subject area, i.e. Art I and Art II).
- One year of electives, selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU “a-g” list.
For fall admission, you must complete your subject requirements by the spring term before enrollment at SDSU.
TOEFL or IELTS Requirement
All undergraduate applicants, whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years of full-time study (only transferable courses count toward a student’s full-time status) where English is the principal language of instruction, must present a score of 550 or higher (using the paper version) or 213 or higher (using the computer version) or 80 or higher (using the Internet version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Some majors may require a higher score. Some campuses may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency.
As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:
- Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations).
- Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years. Parttime enrollment is permissible.
- If there has been any college attendance in the past five years, has earned a grade point average of C or better in all college work attempted.
- Test results verifying completion of the current San Diego State University mathematics and writing competency requirements. Current competency requirements and minimum test scores are published in the General Catalog and each semester’s Class Schedule; the most recent published scores will be required.
Applicants seeking admission as an adult student must submit a statement of no more than two pages describing the alternate preparation which the applicant feels has prepared him or her for successful university work. The statement should also describe the applicant’s educational goals and what preparation has been made to pursue these goals. Consideration for admission will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.
Applicants not admissible under one of the above provisions should enroll in a community college or other appropriate institution.
San Diego State University also offers a special program designed to expand educational opportunity for capable persons who, for a variety of reasons, have not previously had the opportunity. For detailed information regarding admission to this program, refer to the section of the General Catalog on the Educational Opportunity Program.
Acceptance of Transfer Courses
Courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university and designated as appropriate for baccalaureate credit by that institution will be accepted by San Diego State University for credit toward transfer admission. San Diego which such credit satisfies the specific and elective requirements of degree programs.
Courses completed at regionally accredited institutions not offering the baccalaureate and at special-purpose baccalaureate- granting institutions are acceptable if specifically certified by the institution or by San Diego State University as similar in level and rigor to SDSU courses. Courses completed at institutions without regional accreditation or taken at a regionally accredited institution as part of a professional program, i.e., medical, dental, legal, veterinary, optical, etc. are not normally accepted by San Diego State University. Such courses may be accepted on an individual basis if a review by the appropriate department determines comparability to a course in the San Diego State University curriculum.
All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (e.g., joint Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., and Ed.S. applicants, master’s degree applicants, those seeking educational credentials, or advanced certificates, and holders of baccalaureate degrees) must file a complete graduate application as described in the CSU graduate and post-baccalaureate admission materials at http://www.csumentor.edu. Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements and graduated the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and the $55 nonrefundable application fee. Applicants for post-baccalaureate programs are limited to the choice of a single campus. To apply to another CSU campus, it is necessary to submit separate applications (including fees). All masters, doctoral, and credential students should consult the department or program listing in the Graduate Bulletin for specific department and/or program application instructions. In all cases, applicants should send official transcripts and examination scores to Graduate Admissions. Online applications are available at http://www.csumentor.edu. Graduate admissions information is available at http://www.sdsu.edu/admissions/graduate.
Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, or a credential, or certificate objective. Depending on the objective, San Diego State University will consider an application for admission as follows:
Applicants for any type of graduate study at San Diego State University must: (a) hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or the applicant has completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the graduate dean; (b) have attained a grade point average of at least 2.85 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree, or at least 2.85 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted, or hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association; (c) have been in good standing at the last institution attended; and (d) satisfactory scores on GRE or GMAT for degree seeking applicants (not required for credential or certificate applicants). Applicants who do not qualify for admission under provisions (a) and (b) may be admitted by special action if the graduate dean determines that there is other academic or professional evidence sufficient to warrant such action. Applicants from foreign countries see International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements.
Faculty may register for courses in accordance with the Division of Graduate Affairs policies. Faculty holding the rank of instructor and above may be candidates for degrees on this campus. Faculty may not seek degrees or register for courses within their own departments, programs, or schools and retain faculty status in that unit.
All applicants seeking admission to post-baccalaureate study at San Diego State University must apply and meet the minimum requirements to be accepted in one of the four following categories (consult the Graduate Bulletin for detailed information):
- Post-Baccalaureate Standing (Unclassified). Exchange students (non-foreign), visitors from other CSU campuses, and other transitory students may be admitted for one semester as unclassified graduate students; or
- Post-Baccalaureate Standing (Classified). Persons wishing to enroll in a credential or certificate program, will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or
- Graduate Standing (Conditional Classified). Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation; or
- Graduate Standing (Classified). To pursue a graduate degree, applicants are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.
These and other CSU admissions requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU Web site http://www.calstate.edu and the CSU admissions portal http://www.csumentor.edu are good sources of the most up-to-date information.
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate TOEFL/IELTS Requirements
All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 or higher (using the paper version) or 213 or higher (using the computer version) or 80 or higher (using the Internet version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students must obtain a score of 6.5 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Individual degree programs may require a higher minimum score. Applicants may be required by a program to submit a score for the Test of Written English (TWE). Individual degree programs may use the score on the TWE as an admission criterion or as an advising tool to identify students who may need further training in English.
San Diego State University is not accepting applications for second bachelor’s degrees.
Students enrolled at San Diego State University have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses or programs are impacted or admission to the desired program or admission categories are closed. This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the host campus and sometimes without paying additional fees. Although courses taken on any CSU campus will transfer to the student’s home CSU campus as elective credit, students should consult their San Diego State University academic adviser to determine how such courses may apply to their specific degree programs before enrolling at the host campus.
There are two programs for enrollment within the CSU and one for enrollment between CSU and the University of California or California community colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from the Office of Admissions and Records.
CSU Concurrent Enrollment Matriculated students in good standing may enroll on a space available basis at San Diego State University and a host CSU campus during the same term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student’s request to San Diego State University to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus.
Intersystem Cross Enrollment
Matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll on a “space available” basis for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.
San Diego State University students register online through the SDSU WebPortal at http://www.sdsu.edu/portal. On campus and telephone registration are not available. The Class Schedule available at http:// www.sdsu.edu/schedule contains specific information on registration, courses offered for the term, and a listing of the fees required for enrollment. Students will not be permitted to register until fees are paid. Payment of fees by itself does not constitute registration. A student is considered registered when: 1) fees have been paid, and 2) at least one course has been added prior to the first day of classes.
Registration Restrictions. The registration system will check for the satisfactory completion of the following tests and requirements: EPT (English Placement Test); ELM (Entry-Level Mathematics Examination); GSP (Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test); and WPA (Writing Placement Assessment).
Enrollment in some courses is restricted to students in specific majors and students at specific levels (i.e., freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate). Major code and student level restrictions are listed in the Class Schedule footnotes.
The registration system will not allow registration in courses that meet at the same day and time or have overlapping meeting times. The registration system will also not allow enrollment in more than one section of the same course unless it is repeatable.
Students entering SDSU as freshmen are required to complete coursework in composition, mathematics, oral communication, and critical thinking in a specific order. These enrollment requirements are enforced by the registration system. For more information, refer to the Major Academic Plan (MAP) at http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap.
Late Registration. Late registration is allowed during the schedule adjustment period each semester. Students wishing to register late must pay registration fees plus a $25.00 late fee before 4 p.m. on the 12th class day of the semester. After receiving an add code from the instructor of the course the student wants to add, the student must access the SDSU WebPortal to officially register. The last day to add classes is 6 p.m. on the 12th day of the semester.
Schedule Adjustment Policy. The schedule adjustment period allows you to drop a course, add course, withdraw from the university, and change the grading basis of a course. The deadline to DROP a class is the at 6 p.m. on the 10th day of the term. The deadline to ADD a class, change grading basis or withdraw from the university is at 6 p.m. on the 12th day of the term. You are not allowed to make any schedule adjustments after these deadlines and are responsible for knowing the current semester dates for these deadlines, which can be found on the academic calendar.
Instructor Initiated Drop Policy. Students who do not attend the first class session and the beginning of the second class session of a course may be dropped from that course by the instructor within the first eight class days of the semester. Students who do not meet prerequisite requirements can also be dropped within the first eight class days of the semester. Any student dropped by the instructor during this period will be notified of the action by e-mail. It is the student's responsibility to keep a current email address on file through the SDSU WebPortal at http://www.sdsu.edu/portal. To reenroll, the student must receive an add code from the instructor and reenroll in the course by 6 p.m. on the 12th class day of the semester.
NOT ALL INSTRUCTORS WILL DROP STUDENTS WHO MISS THE FIRST CLASS SESSION AND THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND CLASS SESSION. Students are responsible for all courses on their schedules. Students should check their online schedules regularly and take necessary action to add or drop during the schedule adjustment period.
Improper Registration in Graduate Courses. Only undergraduate students who are completing their bachelor’s degree and who have filed a formal request for permission to enroll for concurrent master’s degree credit or for concurrent post-baccalaureate credit may be authorized to enroll in 600 and higher-numbered courses. Undergraduate students who have not received permission for concurrent enrollment may not enroll in 600 or higher-numbered courses for any purpose without prior permission of the graduate dean. Undergraduates who enroll in advanced courses without permission are subject to administrative disenrollment. The registration for graduate students who have not met the stated prerequisites for Course 799A, Thesis, at the time of registration may be canceled. Religious Observances. By the end of the second week of classes, students should notify the instructors of affected courses of planned absences for religious observances. Instructors shall reasonably accommodate students who notify them in advance of planned absences for religious observances. Statewide Placement Test Requirements San Diego State University requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. Admitted freshmen must take the ELM/EPT (if required) by the May test date prior to enrollment. These examinations are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college entry-level English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills both in English and in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in remedial programs in either English or mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Students who do not successfully complete their remediation requirements within one year of their initial enrollment will be administratively disqualified.
Students register for the EPT and/or ELM through the Student Testing, Assessment and Research Office. Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to the Prospective Student Center.
English Placement Test (EPT). The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses. The CSU EPT must be completed by all entering undergraduate students, with the exception of those students who present proof of one of the following:
- A result of “Ready for CSU College-Level English Courses” located on the STAR report of the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test.
- A score of 550 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning test taken April 1995 or later.
- A score of 24 or above on the English section of the ACT taken October 1989 or later.
- A score of 680 or above on the College Board SAT writing section.
- A score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and Composition or the Literature and Composition examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program.
- A score of 4-7 on the Higher Level English A1 International Baccalaureate examination.
- Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the CSU General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) composition or critical thinking requirement, provided this course was completed with a grade of C or better.
Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Placement Examination. The ELM examination is designed to assess the skill levels of entering San Diego State University students in the areas of mathematics typically covered in three years of rigorous college preparatory courses in high school (algebra I, algebra II, and geometry). The CSU ELM must be completed by all entering undergraduate students with the exception of those students who present proof of one of the following:
- A result of “Ready for CSU College-Level Mathematics Courses” located on the STAR report of the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test or Algebra II.
- A result of “Ready for CSU College-Level Mathematics Courses –Conditional” located on the STAR report of the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test or Algebra II, plus successful completion of a CSUapproved mathematics or mathematics-related course taken before you enroll at SDSU.
- A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT or on the College Board SAT Subject Tests-Mathematics Tests Level I, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator).
- A score of 23 or above on the mathematics section of the ACT.
- A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus examination (AB or BC) or Statistics examination.
- Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the CSU General Education-Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) quantitative reasoning requirement, provided the course was completed with a grade of C or better.
University requirements for establishing residency are independent from those of other types of residency, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency. These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student should pay university fees on an in-state or out-of-state basis. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residence Requirements. These laws governing residence for tuition purposes at the California State University are California Education Code sections 68000-68090, 68120-68134, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900-41916. This material can be viewed on the Internet by accessing the California State University's Web site at http://www.calstate.edu/GC/resources.shtml.
The Office of Admissions is responsible for determining the residence status of all new and returning students based on the Application for Admission and the Residency Questionnaire. The Office of the Registrar determines residence status for currently enrolled students using the Reclassification Request Form, and, as necessary, other evidence furnished by the student. A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish eligibility for resident classification will be classified as a nonresident.
Generally, establishing California residence for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely. An adult who, at least one full year prior to the residence determination date for the term in which enrollment is contemplated, can demonstrate both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely may establish California residence for tuition purposes. A minor normally derives residence from the parent(s) they reside with or most recently resided with.
Evidence demonstrating intent may vary from case to case but will include, and is not limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver's license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting an apartment where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.
Nonresident students seeking reclassification are required to complete a supplemental questionnaire that includes questions concerning their financial dependence on parents or others who do not meet university requirements for classification as residents for tuition purposes. Financial independence is required, along with physical presence and intent, to be eligible for reclassification.
Non-citizens establish residence in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.
Exceptions to the general residence requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070- 68084 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906-41906.5, and include, but are not limited to, members of the military and their dependents, certain credentialed employees of school districts and most students who have attended three years of high school in California and graduated or attained the equivalent. Whether an exception applies to a particular student cannot be determined before the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because neither campus nor Chancellor's Office staff may give advice on the application of these laws, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal adviser.
Residence determination dates are set each term.
Semester Term Campuses
Fall September 20
Spring January 25
Summer June 1
The residence determination dates for the four stages of CalStateTEACH are as follows:
Stage 1 September 20
Stage 2 January 5
Stage 3 June 1
Stage 4 September 20
Students classified as non-residents may appeal a final campus decision within 120 days of notification by the campus. A campus residence classification appeal must be in writing and submitted to:
The California State University
Office of General Counsel
401 Golden Shore, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
The Office of General Counsel can either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review. Students incorrectly classified as residents or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition are subject to reclassification as nonresidents and payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student is also subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
Resident students who become nonresidents or who no longer meet the criteria for an exception must immediately notify the Office of the Registrar. Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residence for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residence determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.