I Have Been Admitted

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Fall 2019 Admitted First-Time Freshmen

Congratulations on your admission to San Diego State University! Completing these steps will start you on the path to becoming a student at SDSU.

Accept Your Offer of Admission

Complete the Steps to Enroll listed below to accept your offer of admission and reserve your place for fall 2019. For your reference, a printable version of the Steps to Enroll are also available.

Parents of Admitted Students: Be sure to review the Steps to Enroll with your student and visit the Future Aztec Parents website.

Reserve your place in the fall 2019 class by submitting all of the following items to the Office of Admissions no later than the deadlines listed below. If all of the items are not received or postmarked by the date listed, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your offer of admission will be canceled.

Due May 1, 2019

  • Accept the offer of admission and submit your online Intent to Enroll

    Accept the offer of admission and submit the online Intent to Enroll $400 nonrefundable deposit in your SDSU WebPortal. This deposit will apply toward your fall basic tuition and fees.

  • Request official transcripts be sent to SDSU

    Official transcripts are required from all high schools and colleges you previously attended even if you withdrew from the course(s) or the course(s) were non-academic or not applicable to your college major. College courses listed on high school transcripts will not be considered official. You must request that official transcripts, on the high school or college official letterhead, be sent directly from your school to the SDSU Office of Admissions either electronically or in a sealed envelope. For a transcript to be considered official, it must remain in its original sealed envelope. If opened, the transcript will no longer be valid. SDSU will not accept any transcripts delivered in person or handled by the student. Request your transcripts as soon as grades are posted so that the transcripts will arrive by the deadline. Please keep in mind that it can take several weeks for a school to send a transcript once it is ordered.

    • High school transcript(s) including fall 2018 grades.

      If you have attended more than one high school, you must submit official transcripts from all high schools attended.

    • Transcripts from all colleges you attended while in high school including fall 2018 grades.

      SDSU will only accept electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts webpage. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school must send the transcripts directly to:

      Office of Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Drive
      San Diego, CA 92182-7455

  • Send official test scores for SAT, ACT, and/or AP exams
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Testing Program (ACT) electronic test scores for all exams you have taken (if not listed on your high school transcript).

      SAT and/or ACT scores are needed for admission determination and placement in English and mathematics. If your SAT and/or ACT test scores are not listed on your high school transcript and you did not indicate SDSU as a destination for your scores when you took your test(s), you must contact the testing agency to request the electronic scores be sent to SDSU. Please contact the appropriate testing agency listed below.

      The College Board SAT Program
      P.O. Box 8057
      Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
      (866) 756-7346
      The College Board website
      CSU code: 3594

      ACT Records
      P.O. Box 451
      Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0451
      The ACT Test website
      SDSU code: 0398

    • Advanced Placement (AP) exam score reports should be sent electronically to SDSU.

      Advanced Placement exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for AP high school courses taken. If you took AP exams prior to your senior year in high school, submit the results for those AP exams by May 1, 2019. Results for AP exams taken during your senior year will need to be submitted by the July 15, 2019 deadline. Obtain your AP test scores by calling the AP Grade Reporting Service toll-free at (888) 225‑5427 or writing the following address if your exam scores were taken within the last four years. SDSU's AP school code is 4682.

      AP Services
      P.O. Box 6671
      Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
      The College Board website

  • Submit Housing License Agreement and $375 nonrefundable initial payment

    (Applies only to students required to live on campus. More information is available in Step 4—Apply for Housing.)

Due July 15, 2019

  • Request final official transcripts be sent to SDSU
    • High school transcript(s) including spring 2019 grades.

      Your school needs to send final official transcripts, which include spring 2019 grades and proof of high school graduation (e.g. graduation date posted on high school transcript). Your admission eligibility was determined using the information you reported on your application for admission. All courses you listed as in progress or planned in your senior year must be completed with grades of C- or higher. You must also maintain your reported overall grade point average. Your transcript(s) will be used to verify your self-reported information. If your grade point average and/or current course grades drop, or if there is a discrepancy in what you reported on your application compared to your transcript(s), your offer of admission may be withdrawn.

    • Transcripts from all colleges you attended while in high school including spring 2019 grades.

      SDSU will only accept electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts webpage. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school must send the transcripts directly to:

      Office of Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Drive
      San Diego, CA 92182-7455

  • Send official test scores for AP exams taken during your senior year

    Advanced Placement (AP) exam score reports should be sent electronically to SDSU. Advanced Placement exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for AP high school courses taken. Results for AP exams taken during your senior year need to be submitted by the July 15, 2019 deadline. Obtain your AP test scores by calling the AP Grade Reporting Service toll-free at (888) 225‑5427 or writing the following address if your exam scores were taken within the last four years. SDSU's AP school code is 4682.

    AP Services
    P.O. Box 6671
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
    The College Board website

  • Send official International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores for all exams

    International Baccalaureate exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for the IB exam. Send results for senior year IB courses by July 15, 2019. To place a request to have your official IB test scores sent to SDSU and view additional information, visit www.ibo.org or call (301) 202‑3000.

    Americas Global Centre
    7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200 West
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    (301) 202-3000
    www.ibo.org

Once you submit your Intent to Enroll, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your SDSUid account. Complete the steps in the email to activate your account.

It is very important that you complete this step. You will use your SDSUid to log in to multiple systems at SDSU, which are used for business and academic purposes.

What is the Difference Between SDSUid and RedID?

SDSUid is an online account, which looks like an email address (e.g. [email protected]). Activate your account on the Activate Your SDSUid web page.

Your RedID is a nine digit number beginning with an 8. You used your RedID to log in to the SDSU WebPortal to view your application status check.

Once you submit your Intent to Enroll, you will use your SDSUid account to log in to many online SDSU systems.

Make a Plan

It's time to decide how you and your family will finance your SDSU education. Take into account your overall cost of attendance, which includes basic tuition and fees, housing, transportation, books, and personal expenses. By combining grants, loans, scholarships, part-time employment, savings, and contributions from your family, it is possible to make this investment affordable.

However, this will take careful planning and not all students will qualify for grants and scholarships. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships should you need help with planning on how to finance your education.

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees refer to the Student Account Services website.

Apply for Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid programs (grants, part-time jobs, and student loans) are awarded to students who apply and meet eligibility requirements.

To begin the financial aid application process:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval option when completing your FAFSA to reduce errors and list SDSU's federal school code (001151) on your FAFSA.
  • By March 2, California residents need to submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for a Cal Grant.

Once you receive a confirmation email from AidLink, visit the AidLink website to review your Financial Aid Estimate. Compare the total cost of attendance with your Financial Aid Estimate and determine how you and your family will be covering the remaining cost.

Apply for SDSU Scholarships

A scholarship is free money that is usually awarded based on your achievements and qualifications. To be awarded, you must apply.

SDSU scholarships are competitive and each requires a separate application and essay. Some require additional application materials such as a letter of recommendation. Review each scholarship's application requirements carefully.

To begin the SDSU scholarship application process:

You are notified of your eligibility by late spring. Check AidLink regularly for your application and award status and the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for additional scholarship opportunities posted throughout the year.

Apply for External Scholarships

Organizations other than SDSU award countless scholarships each year. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Review External Scholarships and Scholarship Resources on the SDSU scholarships website to get started.

Guidelines for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Priority Deadlines

Financial aid and scholarship applications are reviewed and aid is awarded throughout the year based on available funding. Some grant funds are limited so apply early and submit documents as soon as requested.

Email and AidLink

The SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships uses email and your AidLink account to communicate with you about documentation you need to submit to determine your award. Once awarded, you will be notified by email and you will be able to view your award through AidLink. We use the email address on record in your SDSU WebPortal account.

AidLink is our secure web-based, self-service system that enables you to keep informed about your financial aid and SDSU scholarship applications. Log in to AidLink to monitor your financial aid information and application status, download and print documents you need to submit, activate your student loans, and more.

Your Financial Aid Award and Disbursement

Log in to AidLink to view your Financial Aid Estimate. If you are registered for classes and your aid is available, payment toward university charges and direct deposit of funds to your designated bank account begins August 19. Direct deposit is the only method available to receive the balance of your financial aid and scholarship awards after paying university charges. To sign up for direct deposit and to view your university charges and payments, log in to your student account at the Student Account Services website.

When your financial aid is disbursed, amounts due from basic tuition and fees and housing will be deducted automatically from awarded aid. Student Account Services will send you an email and you may view the transactions in your student account.

Residence Hall Payments and Financial Aid and Scholarships

The university will use your financial aid award (grants, loans, or scholarships), to pay any outstanding institutional charges, including housing fees. After you have paid the $375 nonrefundable initial payment due with your SDSU Housing License Agreement, the remaining amount of your semester's housing and meal charges will be deducted from your financial aid disbursement at the beginning of the semester.

If the amount of aid you receive is insufficient to cover all housing costs, you will be responsible for making payments with your own resources by each due date. Visit the Office of Housing Administration and Residential Education website for payment amounts and due dates.

If your award includes Direct Loans, keep in mind that the process to activate these loans (particularly parent loans) can take several weeks. Be sure to allow time for processing if you want to use the loan funds to make your housing payments.

All admitted first-time freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for their first two years.

Steps to Apply for Housing

  1. Once you submit your Intent to Enroll, you will receive an email with instructions how to activate your SDSUid account. Be sure to complete these steps since you will use your SDSUid to submit your housing license agreement.
  2. The License Agreement will be made available to admitted students who are required to live in on-campus housing via the SDSU WebPortal on March 1. Get more information on how to complete the First-Time Freshmen application on the Office of Housing Administration website.
  3. Once your completed License Agreement and nonrefundable $375 initial payment are received by the university, the Office of Housing Administration will send you an email acknowledgment and space confirmation. If you are required to live in on-campus housing, you must submit the License Agreement and nonrefundable $375 initial payment by May 1 or your admission will be canceled.

Visit the Office of Housing Administration website for information on the housing application process, and a description of the various housing options.

Housing Resources

Sophomore Success Program

Students who live in SDSU campus housing are proven to academically out-perform their peers who live off campus. Research shows that the average GPA is 11 percent higher for residential students and 13 percent higher for students living in learning communities.

Because of this proven success, the SDSU Sophomore Success Program was created, which enables program participants to receive customized career development support, flexible guest, meal and roommate policies, and enhanced safety and security.

Visit the Sophomore Success Program website for more information.

All students must meet specific immunization requirements. Please visit the Student Health Services website for the latest information regarding immunization requirements.

Health Care Insurance

Medical care is an important part of taking care of one's own health and well-being. SDSU Student Health Services (SHS) is a vital program, but it does not cover medical emergencies, after-hours care, a full range of medical specialists, hospital facilities or other medical services provided outside of SHS. In addition, access to SHS does not meet the government mandate for health insurance. Therefore, it is recommended that students arrange with their health plan to have a local primary care physician.

While the University does not provide accident or health insurance coverage to students, we do have services available to assist students with obtaining or utilizing health care. Students can meet with a Community Resource Specialist in Well-being & Health Promotion Department to learn more about their health insurance, to find local providers who accept their insurance, to learn where to go in an emergency, and to obtain assistance in accessing specialists. Students can also be connected with an Enrollment Specialist if they are looking to obtain health insurance or to better understand their options. To make an appointment call (619) 594-4133 or find out more on the Well-being & Health Promotion website.

Basic tuition and fees are due a few weeks before your registration date. Students from outside California must pay their additional nonresident tuition before the first day of classes.

A registration notification will be sent to you in June, which will prompt you to go to My Registration in your SDSU WebPortal for your class registration date and fee payment information. Pay your fees by your fee payment deadline using the Student Account Services website in order to register on your assigned registration date. After your first semester, you are responsible for checking your SDSU WebPortal for this information.

Things to do before attending New Student Orientation:

If you are eligible for financial aid basic tuition and fee payment postponement, you may delay payment. You can determine your eligibility for financial aid fee payment postponement by accessing My Registration in the SDSU WebPortal. When your financial aid is disbursed, amounts due for basic tuition and fees will be deducted automatically from the amount you receive. If your aid is unavailable or insufficient to cover all of your fees, you are responsible for paying your fees.

Any unpaid fees or additional fees incurred, due to lab fees or units added, will be billed to you after the schedule adjustment deadline. Student Account Services will send you an email directing you to the Student Account Services website so that you can download and pay your balance. It is a good idea to check your student account (select Online Student Account Services) every few weeks in case you do not receive an email. The Billing Statement Dates schedule is located on the Student Account Services website.

Cost of Attendance Note

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory system wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028-66028.6 of the Education Code)

All New Students Are Expected to Attend Orientation

SDSU is committed to your academic success. Therefore, you are expected to attend New Student Orientation to help you learn the essentials for being a successful student.

Freshmen who attend New Student Orientation* will:

  • Register for fall 2019 classes. Your final official high school transcript must be received in the SDSU Office of Admissions at least one week prior to your orientation date. If we do not receive your transcript by this date, an administrative hold will be placed on your University record and you will be unable to register for fall classes. This transcript is in addition to the transcripts you submitted with your Intent to Enroll.
  • Receive a personalized information packet showing what classes you need to take.

*You must attend the entire orientation program to register for classes (approximately 8 a.m. to 5:30 pm.).

Why You Must Attend

  • Understand General Education, major, testing, and graduation requirements.
  • Receive essential academic planning and course registration assistance.
  • Learn how to use SDSU's registration system and other WebPortal services.
  • Meet with assistant deans, faculty, and trained student ambassadors.
  • Learn more about SDSU's programs designed specifically for first-year students.
  • Learn what it means to be a member of the SDSU community.

New Student Orientation for freshmen is offered in mid-July. Space is limited for each orientation program (to allow students to make connections). Do not make travel arrangements before you have made a reservation for New Student Orientation. You can make your reservation online beginning on May 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. PST.

Plan to attend Explore SDSU Open House with your parent(s) on March 23, 2019 and New Student and Parent Orientation in summer 2019. All new students are expected to attend New Student Orientation. If you can travel to San Diego for only one of the two programs, please attend orientation in the summer. Specific details about New Student Orientation will be available on the Office of New Student and Parent Programs website by April. For more information, call the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at (619) 594-1509.

What Last Year's Students Said About Orientation

More than 94 percent of freshmen students left orientation with a schedule of classes for their first semester and an understanding of how to use SDSU's online registration system.

After completing last year's orientation program, 95 percent of the students who returned an evaluation would recommend attending orientation to future students.

Parent Orientation

Parent involvement plays a key role in the academic success of students during their college years. For this reason, SDSU sponsors a Parent Orientation program that runs concurrently with the student program. Students and parents will be separated into different sessions. Research shows that students who bring parents to orientation are more likely to earn a higher grade point average and continue on to their second year of school.

By attending orientation, parents will:

  • Learn how to contribute to the personal development and academic success of their student.
  • Learn what it means to be a member of the SDSU community.
  • Learn about academic programs, including General Education and graduation requirements, and student support services.
  • Meet faculty, staff, and current students.
  • Become members of the Aztec Parents Association.

Ninety-seven percent of parents who completed a program evaluation recommended attending Parent Orientation to future Aztec parents. In addition, parents attending orientation automatically become members of the Aztec Parents Association.