Admissions

How and When to Apply

Before you apply, use the links in the gold bar above to review the admission criteria that applies to you.

When to Apply

We accept undergraduate applications for fall admission during the October 1 to November 30 filing period. We do not accept undergraduate applications for spring admission. Graduate applications are accepted beginning October 1 for fall admission, and deadlines vary by program.

How to Apply

SDSU uses the California State University common admission application through the CSUMentor website. A nonrefundable filing fee of $55 must accompany your application. If you cannot apply online, contact the Office of Admissions to make special arrangements to apply electronically with campus assistance.

Freshman applicants:

  • Submit the CSUMentor application and $55 fee during the October 1–November 30 filing period.
  • Take the SAT or ACT by the November test date and request the electronic scores be sent to SDSU.
  • Music and Dance majors: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in January/February, for admission to the major and the university.
  • Theatre Arts (Performance) major: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in January/February, for admission to the major and the university.
  • Nursing Major: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and you will be ranked for admission with other Nursing applicants by college preparatory courses GPA and sub scores in Critical Reading/English and mathematics of the SAT Reasoning and ACT tests. You must also earn a B or better grade in high school intermediate algebra, biology and chemistry with lab courses. If AP or IB level courses were taken in these areas, you must earn a B or better grade in the course.
  • Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported data on the application, so we do not need your transcripts until after you are admitted. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application, such as high school GPA, course titles and grades. Transcripts will be used to verify your self-reported information and any misreporting will jeopardize your admission status.

Transfer applicants:

  • Submit the CSUMentor application and $55 fee during the October 1–November 30 filing period.
  • Complete the Supplemental Application in your SDSU WebPortal account in January. If you have requested the Nursing major or have completed only international coursework, you will not be required to complete the supplemental application.
  • Music and Dance majors: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in January/February, for admission to the major and the university.
  • Theatre Arts (Performance) major: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in January/February, for admission to the major and the university.
  • Nursing majors: In addition to the CSUMentor application, you must also submit a School of Nursing application (not the Supplemental Application) by the November 30 deadline. Specific instructions are provided for Upper-Division Nursing Transfers. Review details before you apply to this major.
  • Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported data on the application, so we do not need your transcripts until after you are admitted. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application, such college GPA based on transferable units, course titles and grades. Transcripts will be used to verify your self-reported information and any misreporting will jeopardize your admission status.

International applicants:
Application processes and timelines vary, so please review the International Admissions website.

Graduate applicants:
Application processes and timelines vary by program, so please review the Graduate Admissions website.