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Undergraduate Admissions

SDSU accepts applications between October 1 and December 15 for admission the following fall.
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International Students

If you are planning to attend SDSU on an F-1 student visa, review the steps to apply.
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Veterans & Service Members

We will do everything in our means to assist you as you embark on an exciting academic career with us.
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Graduate Students

Read the graduate program details and keep track of deadlines for application requirements.
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Adult Learners

Apply for online degree programs, certificates, and career training programs through SDSU Global Campus.

The California State University (CSU) System

San Diego State University (SDSU) is one of 23 universities in the California State University system. When you are applying for admission to SDSU through Cal State Apply, you are using the California State University common application.

Lower Division and Upper Division

These terms refer to both courses and students. Lower-division courses are at the 100 or 200 level, and upper-division courses are at the 300, 400 or 500 level. Lower-division students (also known as underclassmen) have completed less than 60 semester units and are usually first-years and sophomores. Upper-division students (also known as upperclassmen) have completed 60 units or more and are usually juniors and seniors. SDSU accepts transfer applications from upper-division students only.

California Residency

Under California law, most out-of-state students cannot establish residency to waive nonresident tuition at SDSU. You must prove that you have moved to California for reasons other than your education. Learn about California residency for tuition purposes.