Fall Steps to Apply

Fall 2022

Applications are accepted from upper-division transfer students between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall.

Application Checklist

Plan ahead and apply early. Have the following items on hand before you begin your Cal State Apply application:

  • Unofficial transcripts. You'll be asked to enter all courses you've completed, those currently in progress, and any you plan to take.
  • Your citizenship status.
  • Credit card. Application fees are due at the time of submission and are paid by credit card.
  • Annual income. If you are a dependent, then use your parents income. If you are independent, then use your income.
  • CCCID and Campus ID. Required for ADT applicants from a California community college. These numbers should be printed on your transcript.
  • Your parent's employment background and two recommendations. This applies only if you are applying to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

How to Apply Video Tutorials

Need Help with Your Cal State Apply Application? Watch the videos for step-by-step instructions.


San Diego State University uses the CSU common admission application, Cal State Apply. Please keep the following items in mind before you complete and submit your application:

  • Application Fee - A nonrefundable filing fee of $70 must accompany your application.
  • Major - You must choose a major when you apply to SDSU. All majors are competitive, meaning every major has more applicants than available slots (impaction). Transfer students are admitted based on intended major for a bachelor's degree at SDSU. Therefore, you will not be able to change your major as an applicant or admitted student.
  • Transfer Coursework - You must report all transfer coursework from all institutions you previously attended. Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided on your Cal State Apply and SDSU Supplemental applications. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer. Do not send your transcripts unless you are offered admission.

Apply to SDSU

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. You will use your RedID number and SDSU WebPortal account to check the status of your application.

Create your SDSU WebPortal account

  1. Visit the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Create New Account.
  2. Enter your RedID, which is listed in your acknowledgment email, and your birthdate, and then select Activate.
  3. Once you select Activate, an email with a temporary password will be sent to you.
  4. Go back to the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Log In.
  5. On the Account Authentication screen, enter your RedID in the RedID/User Name field, and the temporary password that was just emailed to you.
  6. Select Log In.

Returning Applicants

If you previously applied to SDSU and have an existing SDSU WebPortal account, Log In, and enter the password that you previously created. Do not select Create New Account.

If you cannot remember your password:

  1. Go to the SDSU WebPortal home page
  2. Select Log In
  3. Select Can't Log In
  4. Select Reset Password
  5. Once you select Reset Password, an email with a temporary password will be sent to you.
  6. Go back to the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Log In.
  7. On the Account Authentication screen, enter your RedID (which is listed in your acknowledgment email) in the RedID/User Name field, and the temporary password that you just received.

If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Help With Your SDSU 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. Email is SDSU's official form of student communication.
  • You will be asked to enter your Social Security Number (SSN) to create your SDSU WebPortal account. If you do not have a SSN or if you did not report your SSN on the application, enter your RedID number in this field instead.
  • Your RedID was provided in your application acknowledgment email. If you cannot find it, use the Forgot RedID? web page. Contact the Office of Admissions if your RedID is not found.
  • If you need additional assistance activating your SDSU WebPortal account, please contact the Office of Admissions.

In early January 2022, you will receive an email instructing you to complete the online SDSU Supplemental Application, which will be accessible in your SDSU WebPortal account under the Admission Status menu option. You will need to refer to your most recent transcripts when completing the SDSU Supplemental Application. Be prepared in advance by collecting copies of all college transcripts with fall 2021 grades and any in-progress or planned courses for spring 2022, so you may refer to them as you complete the SDSU Supplemental Application.

The SDSU Supplemental Application is a requirement for:

  • all upper-division transfer,
  • upper-division readmission applicants, and
  • those seeking a second bachelor's degree in nursing,

and is used to gather essential information necessary for admission decisions. Your admission is based on the information provided on both the Cal State Apply and SDSU Supplemental applications.

If you are admitted, your admission is provisional pending verification of the self-reported information on your Cal State Apply and SDSU Supplemental applications using your official transcript(s). Admission may be rescinded if your GPA, test scores, courses grades, and/or number of transferable units are lower than what you reported on the application, or if you miss any admission deadlines. To ensure accuracy, refer to your college transcripts or education plan.


  • January: You will receive an email letting you know the online SDSU Supplemental Application is available in your SDSU WebPortal account.
  • January 24, 2022: The deadline to complete your SDSU Supplemental Application. No changes can be made to the Supplemental Application after that time. Do not skip this very important step. Requests to complete the SDSU Supplemental Application after the deadline will not be approved. The SDSU Supplemental Application cannot be reopened after the January 24 deadline.

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