Steps to Apply
Review the Cal State Apply International Student Admission Checklist to determine which items you need to have on hand before completing and submitting the Cal State Apply application.
Complete the Cal State Apply online application with the $55 USD nonrefundable application fee. Submit the online application with the nonrefundable $55 USD application fee before submitting any other documents.
Guidelines for Completing the Cal State Apply Application
- The name on your Cal State Apply application should match the name as it appears on your passport.
- Date of birth must be written in Month/Day/Year format (mm/dd/yyyy).
- You are required to select an intended major/program of study. Undeclared is not an option.
- If you are applying to the International Business major, then you must select a language emphasis that is not your native language.
- After you submit your application you will receive an email confirmation.
- Do not submit transcripts or test scores prior to submitting the online application.
Within two weeks of submitting your Cal State Apply application, you will receive an email from San Diego State University that includes your RedID number, which is your SDSU student identification number. You will use this number to create your SDSU WebPortal account and in the future, you will use this number to log in to your SDSU WebPortal account to check the status of your application.
Guidelines for Creating a WebPortal Account
- You must have a valid email address to create your SDSU WebPortal account.
- Check your spam and junk email folders to ensure your privacy settings are not preventing you from receiving email from SDSU. Your email privacy settings should be adjusted to receive SDSU emails.
- When you are asked to enter a Social Security Number (SSN), re-enter your RedID number in this field.
- If you need additional assistance activating your SDSU WebPortal account, please contact the SDSU Office of the Registrar at (619) 594-6871 or by email at [email protected].
The deadline to submit your required high school documents will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account. All official documents must be submitted in sealed (unopened) envelopes issued by your high school or the Ministry of Education. SDSU will not process transcripts received by email or in an opened envelope.
- High School Transcripts
You are required to submit official high school transcripts in sealed envelopes issued by the school or Ministry of Education to the SDSU Office of Admissions. Official transcripts or grade reports are required from all high schools attended and must include grades 9 through 12 or grades 10 through 12 depending on the country. Review the Freshmen: Requirements by Country for country specific information.
- High School Diploma/Graduation Certificate
If you have completed high school at the time of your application, you must submit a certified copy of your diploma or graduation certificate with your official transcripts. If you are in your final year of high school, you will be required to submit a certified copy of your diploma or graduation certificate if admitted to SDSU.
- English Translation
If the transcript and diploma/graduation certificate are not issued in English, you must submit a certified literal English translation of each document, which must come directly from your high school or from a professional, certified translator in sealed envelopes. The translation must contain all information shown on the original language documents in the same format. SDSU recommends that you request more than one official transcript in order to provide one copy to the translation service and a sealed copy to the Office of Admissions.
Guidelines for Submitting Official High School Documents
- Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the high school or the Ministry of Education. Official transcripts are defined as documents submitted in sealed envelopes issued by the school or the Ministry of Education. Envelopes should not be opened by the applicant. Transcripts that arrive opened will be considered unofficial and will not be reviewed. Transcripts submitted by email will not be accepted.
- Official transcripts are required from each high school attended. Courses and grades (either domestic or international) listed on transcripts that are from a school other than the school issuing the transcript will be considered unofficial.
- If your school will not mail transcripts directly or if you prefer to mail the transcript yourself, you must place the sealed envelope (unopened) issued by the school inside another envelope and mail to the SDSU Office of Admissions.
Deadline to Submit High School Documents
The deadline to submit documents will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal under Admission Status. SDSU recommends that all documents are submitted to the university using a guaranteed delivery service, such as Federal Express or DHL, which allows you to track and confirm delivery of your documents to SDSU. Please retain all receipts and tracking numbers for your reference. Official documents should be submitted to:
Office of Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455
How Long Will it Take to Process My Documents?
Allow up to three weeks for processing AFTER documents have been delivered to SDSU. The status of documents and test scores will be updated in your SDSU WebPortal account AFTER they are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
All international first-time freshmen (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:
- TOEFL 80 iBT/ 550 PBT or higher: Scores are sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to SDSU using the Institution Code 4682. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope. The test score must be from within the past two years.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 58 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Office of Admissions. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- Completion of SDSU's American Language Institute Level 106 course with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- ACT English section: Score of 22 or higher.
- SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing score of 550.
- Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exam: Score of 4 to 7.
- Advance Placement (AP) Test (Language & Composition or Literature & Composition): Score of 3 or higher.
Deadline to Submit Proof of English Proficiency
The deadline to submit the proof of English proficiency will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account under Admission Status.
Guidelines for Submitting English Proficiency Results
- Your name on your test score report must match the name on your Cal State Apply application. If the spelling of your name does not match exactly, it will cause a delay in processing your score. If you submitted your scores and the names do not match, contact International Admissions.
- If you did not specify SDSU as an institution to receive your test results at the time of your TOEFL test, you may contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) by calling (609) 771-7267 to request that your score is sent to SDSU by using institution code 4682. ETS charges a fee for the additional request. A minimum score of 80 on the iBT is required.
- Contact IELTS for instructions on sending your score to SDSU. A minimum overall score of 6.5 is required.
- Contact Pearson for instructions on sending your PTE score to SDSU. A minimum overall score of 58 or higher is required.
If you are graduating from a U.S. accredited high school, continue to step 5.
Applicants graduating from a U.S. high school or an overseas U.S. accredited high school are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores. Test scores are submitted electronically by the testing agency to SDSU using the test codes listed below.
The College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 8057
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
The College Board website
CSU code: 3594
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0451
The ACT Test website
SDSU code: 0398
Deadline to Submit SAT or ACT Scores
The deadline to submit the SAT or ACT test score will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account under Admission Status.