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 Acting and Musical Theatre 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 SAT critical reading and/or redesigned SAT evidence-based reading and writing or ACT English and mathematics. 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.
  • Athletic Training: You must submit a separate application to the School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences in addition to the CSUMentor application. Additional admission criteria are required for acceptance to the Athletic Training major and the university. For more information, visit the School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences website.
  • Music and Dance majors: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in February, for admission to the major and the university.
  • Nursing majors: In addition to applying for admission online at CSUMentor by November 30, 2016, you must also complete the SDSU Supplemental Application and answer the specific nursing questions by January 23, 2017. Upper-division and second bachelorís students applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of fall 2016. RN to BSN applicants applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2017.
  • Television, Film and New Media – Production: Transfer students admitted to the pre-major in Television, Film, and New Media with an emphasis in Production are required to submit a petition portfolio the second Monday in April. Please visit http://ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/degree_programs/tfm_transfer_students for additional information on the portfolio requirements.
  • Theatre Arts – Performance Acting and Musical Theatre 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.
  • 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 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.