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) and Theatre Arts (Design & Technology): You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, or have an approved portfolio review for acceptance to the major and the University.
  • Admission is based on self-reported data, so we do not need your transcripts until after you are admitted. Transcripts will be used to verify your self-reported information.

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 between January and February.
  • 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) and Theatre Arts (Design & Technology): You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, or have an approved portfolio review for acceptance to the major and the University.
  • Nursing majors: You must also submit a School of Nursing application (not the Supplemental Application). Specific instructions are provided for Upper-Division Nursing Transfers. Review details before you apply to this major.
  • Admission is based on self-reported data, so we do not need your transcripts until after you are admitted.

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.