Fall 2023

This timeline is for first-year and transfer applicants.

If you will be applying as a graduate student, please review the Graduate I Want to Apply web page. If you are an applicant who will study in the U.S. on an F-1 Visa, review the International Graduate I Want to Apply web page. Deadlines also differ by program, so be sure to review the individual graduate program for details.

October 1–November 30

Apply online through Cal State Apply.

October 1–March 2

Apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

November 5

Attend Virtual Preview Day and learn why SDSU is for you.


Transfer applicants update course information and submit the mandatory Academic History Update on the Cal State Apply website.


Admission decisions are emailed to students and the Housing License Agreement is available.

April 15

Attend Explore SDSU Open House Admitted Student Day.

May 1

Deadline to submit:

  1. The Intent to Enroll deposit
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Test scores
  4. The Housing License Agreement (if applicable)

June 30

Transfer deadline to submit final college transcripts, including spring grades.

July 15

First-year deadline to submit final official transcripts, including spring grades.


New Student Orientation.

Late August

Fall semester begins.

*Dates are subject to change.