Freshmen : I Have Been Admitted
Checklist to Enrollment
- Freshmen Calendar
- Start Intent to Enroll Process
- Submit Confirmation Form and Clear Health Insurance Requirement
- Fulfill Visa & Legal, Financial Requirement
- Fulfill Testing Requirements
- Apply for Housing
- Pay Tuition and Fees
- Register for Classes via WebPortal
- Meet Immunization Requirements
- Attend mandatory New International Student Orientation Program & Check-in at International Student Center
- Request that your final college transcript (including spring grades) be sent to SDSU Office of Admissions by July 15. Request personal copies for yourself to keep in an advising file.
- May 1 - Deadline to accept your offer of admission by submitting your online Intent to Enroll $400 deposit, official transcripts (including fall grades).
- May 1 - If you are applying for on-campus housing - Deadline to submit your Housing License Agreement and housing deposit for a priority space in on-campus housing.
- Beginning in May - If you are attending the optional freshmen orientation - Online reservation system opens for New Student Orientation.
- Class registration information sent to new students.
- Pay your tuition and fees as soon as possible.
- Request that your final high school transcripts (including your most recent grades) be sent to SDSU Office of Admissions by July 15.
- Request early arrival for on-campus housing through the Office of Housing Administration
- Pay your class registration fees and clear any holds listed on your SDSU WebPortal.
- July 15 - All final official high school transcripts are due to the Office of Admissions
- July 16 - submit International Student Confirmation form to the International Student Center
- Make sure you have satisfied the Immunization Requirements (must be satisfied by the end of the first semester of study at SDSU)
- August 18 - International Student Orientation Begins
- August 18 - early arrival for residence halls. You must pay for and request this option through the Office of Housing Administration.
- August 19 - 20 - check-in at International Student Center.
- August 21 - 25 - Mandatory Orientation Sessions.
- August 26 - Classes begin.
Submit Intent to Enroll
Reserve your place in the Fall 2013 class by submitting all of the following items to the SDSU Office of Admissions by the date indicated in your WebPortal account. If you do not submit the Intent to Enroll by the deadline indicated in your WebPortal account, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your space will be made available to another applicant.
Submit the online Intent to Enroll $400 deposit in your SDSU WebPortal. The deposit is non-refundable, and can be made electronically through the SDSU WebPortal. This deposit will apply toward your fall basic tuition and fees.
Send Final Transcripts
Send official transcripts to SDSU with your final grades. You do not need to submit another evaluation if you have already done so. Final Official Transcripts - Due July 15
Transcripts should be sent to SDSU Office of Admissions. If the name on your transcript differs from the name you applied with, this can create delays. If possible, indicate your RED ID.
Have transcripts mailed to:
Office of Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-7455
Submit Test Scores
The College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 8057
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
SDSU Code: 4682
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0451
SDSU Code: 0398
Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores (only for students who attended US accredited high schools)
Advanced Placement exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for AP high school courses taken. Please provide your AP test results shortly after you submit your online Intent to Enroll $400 deposit and other official documents. Send results for senior year AP courses separately by July 15. To obtain your AP test scores, write to the following address or call the AP Grade Reporting Service toll-free at (888) 308-0013 if your exam scores were taken within the last four years. SDSU's AP school code is 4682.
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Visit the AP Tests Web site for additional information.
SDSU Code: 4682
Submit the International Student Confirmation Form which was mailed to you in your Welcome Packet. By signing this form, you promise to provide proof that you have an approved health insurance policy. If you do not, your registration will be cancelled.
It is strongly recommended that you buy the insurance offered through the ISC. It complies with all of the mandated requirements and it offers a special group rate and features a reduced deductible and a claims processing service.
For more details refer : Confirmation Form & Health Insurance Requirement
Legal Requirement to Transfer Your I-20
If you are attending school in the US, SDSU cannot issue your I-20 until your current school "releases" your SEVIS record to SDSU. Notify your International Student Advisor at your current school of your intent to transfer to SDSU and have them "release" your SEVIS record to San Diego State University, SEVIS School Code : SND214F00142000. When your International Student Advisor "releases" your SEVIS record, SDSU will issue your SDSU I-20 in 3 to 5 business days. Please note, SDSU does not have a transfer-in form; therefore your admission letter should be sufficient proof of your acceptance.
Pay SEVIS Fee and Obtain Your Visa
(for students studying outside the U.S.)
A valid student visa is required for entry to the US.
(Note: Canadian citizens do not require visas but are required to present the I-20 at the port of entry.) Before applying for the visa, you must pay the SEVIS fee.
To find information on paying the SEVIS fee, go to www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/ The easiest way to pay the fee is online. If you are outside the US and do not already have a valid student visa, you must apply for one at the nearest US Consulate.
View http://usembassy.state.gov for information about your consulate's process for non- immigrant visa applications and to download the visa application form. When you apply for your visa, you will need to show your valid passport, I-20 form, proof of sufficient funds available to meet all expenses, and proof that you have paid the SEVIS fee.
You will receive an I-94 on the airplane (small white card) that the Department of Homeland Security official will staple into your passport next to your visa. Please safeguard your I-94; you will need this document to prove your legal status in the US. When you enter the US, you will present your valid visa and I-20 to the DHS official. Canadian citizens must present the I-20, financial documentation, and proof of SEVIS payment.
Legal Requirement: Full Course of Study
Your international student visa requires you to enroll as a full-time student each and every semester. For undergraduates this means a minimum of 12 units per semester. Courses in Extended Studies or Open University do not count toward full-time status.
All California State University first-time freshmen must fulfill the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) requirements. These are placement examinations to determine which level of Math and English courses you need to begin with in your first semester at SDSU.
August 25 is the final chance to take the ELM and/or EPT tests at SDSU without compromising the students
admission to SDSU. International students residing outside California will be allowed to take the EPT/ELM. A HOLD will be placed on your spring 2013 registration if you do not take the tests and you will not be allowed to register. International students residing in California are strongly encouraged to take the tests before the first day of fall classes. The EPT/ELM is offered at any of the CSU campusses in the spring 2012 semester. See Test Registration below for a link to more information.
The following ELM/EPT test dates are being offered at SDSU:
|Fall 2013 Dates to be announced in June|
|Fall 2013 Dates to be announced in June|
|Fall 2013 Dates to be announced in June|
If you are required to take the ELM/EPT you must register for the exam(s). Failure to do so will cause a hold on your class registration.
You will be prompted to type in your RedID, and local address. You may indicate the International Student Center address if you do not have a local address. You will receive your admission ticket via email. You must have this ticket with you to enter the exam.
Do I need the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam?
Answering YES to one or more questions fulfills your ELM requirement. If you answer “NO” to ALL of the following, you must take the ELM.
- Score 550 or higher on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning test or SAT Subject Tests level I or II in mathematics?
- Score 23 or higher on the mathematics section of the ACT?
- Score 3 or higher on the Calculus AB or Calculus BC examination or on the statistics examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program?
- Pass, with a grade of "C" or higher, a transferable college math course that satisfies the General Education mathematics/quantitative reasoning requirement by the end of the spring 2011 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)
- Receive a result of "Ready for CSU College-Level Mathematics Courses" on the Early Assessment Program (EAP), augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test?
You are strongly encouraged to take the ELM even if you receive a result "Ready for CSU College-Level Mathematics Courses – Conditional" on the Early Assessment Program (EAP), augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test.
Do I need the English Placement Test (EPT) Exam?
Answering YES to one or more questions fulfills your EPT requirement. If you answer “NO” to ALL of the following, you must take the EPT.
- Score 500 or higher on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning test?
- Receive a score of 680 or above on the College Board SAT Writing section?
- Score 22 or higher on the English section of the ACT?
- Score 3 or higher on the Language and Composition or the Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program?
- Pass, with a "C" or higher, a transferable college English composition course that satisfies the General Education composition or critical thinking requirement by the end of the spring 2011 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)
- Receive a result "Ready for CSU College-Level English Courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in the 11th grade as part of the English Language Arts California Standards Test?
- Receive a score of 4-7 on the Higher Level English A1 International Baccalaureate exam?
Test Score Information
It can take several weeks for your scores to be released. The score release dates reflects when students may access their results online at www.ets.org/csu. Your score will determine which level of English or Math course you need to take.
San Diego State University requires all freshman to live on-campus. For more information please see: On-Campus Housing.
Tuition and fees are due a few weeks before your registration date. You are not billed for these fees. You will receive a postcard in early June telling you to go to "My Registration" in your SDSU WebPortal for your registration date and fee payment information. The postcard is only sent prior to your first semester at San Diego State University. After your first semester, you are responsible for checking your WebPortal for this information.
Pay your fees by your fee payment deadline using the Student Account Services Web site in order to register on your assigned registration date.
Things to remember when paying your tuition and fees:
- If you paid the online Intent to Enroll deposit, subtract this amount from your tuition and fee payment. (If you are not sure, you may check your transaction history by selecting "Online Student Account Services" on the Student Account Services Web site.)
- Pay parking and student ID card fees if needed.
- Pay online using electronic check or credit card (MasterCard, American Express or Discover).
- To mail your tuition and fee payment, download a payment coupon from the WebPortal, follow the coupon instructions, and mail it with a check or money order.
- Or make a partial payment using the Basic Tuition and Fee Installment Plan by selecting "Online Student Account Services" on the Student Account Services Web site. Complete the Installment Contract online using My Payment Plan and submit payment using an electronic check or credit card (MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card).
The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.
Any unpaid fees or additional fees incurred, due to lab fees or units added, will be billed to you after the schedule adjustment period (the first 15 days of class instruction). Student Account Services will send you an e-mail directing you to the Student Account Services Web site so that you can download and pay your balance. It is a good idea to check your student account (select "Online Student Account Services") every few weeks in case you do not receive an e-mail. The billing calendar is located on the Student Account Services Web site.
More information about tuition and fees is located on the Student Account Services Web site.
- Clear Registration Holds and Pay Registration Fees
- Review the Registration Demonstration
- Select your Classes and Create your "WishList" in WebPortal
- Finalize your Class Schedule
- "Crashing" Classes
You must submit the Confirmation Form to the International Student Center otherwise you will have a hold on your registration.
Look in your WebPortal account to determine if you are required to register for the Entry Level Mathematics and/or English Placement Test. If this is a requirement, you will need to register for ELM/EPT (not necessarily take the exam) before you will be allowed to register for classes.
Lastly, just a reminder that you must to pay your registration fees by the date indicated in WebPortal in order to ensure that you can register for your classes on your registration date.
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All students are responsible for selecting and registering for their classes on the date and time indicated in your WebPortal account. International undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units. Do not wait to register for classes until you arrive on campus. We recommend you plan out your schedule in advance and create a "Wish List", so that on the date and time of your registration you just need to add these classes.
- Visit My Map Major Academic Plan and select your major to see a sample of courses that you can register for.
Where it indicates "GE Composition" for example, this indicates an SDSU requirement, not a specific class name. To search for classes that meet the "GE Composition" you can browse by GE option in WebPortal.
- Freshmen will take courses in a variety of disciplines in order to meet SDSU graduation requirements. The SDSU graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree are listed in the General Catalog. The General Catalog also has course descriptions.
- The Class Schedule lists all classes offered in the upcoming semester and can be found online at www.sdsu.edu/schedule.
- The Office of Advising and Evaluations provides general academic advising for enrolled undergraduate students.
Pay attention to pre-requisites.
(A pre-requisite is pre-condition or qualification that must be met in order to register for the class. For example, in order to enroll in English 100 which meets the GE Composition requirement, you must show a copy of your qualifying English Placement Test score or credit from Rhetoric and Writing Studies 92A or 92B or 97.
**Unless you are exempt from the English Placement Test or your EPT results indicated otherwise, you will need to enroll in RWS 94.
Courses numbered 100-200: The most basic level of coursework also referred to as lower division courses. No pre-requisites are required. These courses are generally taken by first year (freshmen) and second year (sophomore) undergraduates.
Example: Hist116 or Span212
Courses numbered 300-500: Usually taken by third year (Junior) and fourth year (Senior) and sometimes graduate (master’s level) students. These are considered “upper division” courses and generally require completion of pre-requisites.
Example: Span 302 – students must have completed Span202 and Span212 in order to enroll.
Courses numbered 600-799: These classes are open only to graduate students, that is, students who have completed the equivalent of a bachelor degree.
The first few weeks of the semester you will have the option to adjust your class schedule. You may add or drop classes through WebPortal. Students are responsible for their own schedule adjustments and for setting their schedules by the deadlines below.
Add and Drop Deadlines
There are two separate deadlines for adding and dropping classes each term. The last day to drop classes is the 10th day of the semester at 11:59 p.m., and the last day to add is the 12th day of the semester at 11:59 p.m.
The specific schedule adjustment deadlines for Fall 2013 are:
- Drop classes Dates to be announced in May
- Add classes Dates to be announced in May
- Change grading basis September 12, 2012
- Withdraw from the university September 12, 2012
Faculty have the option to drop you from their course for non-attendance or lack of required prerequisites. You must check your schedule prior to the drop deadline to make sure faculty have performed this action.
If the course you want is full or you cannot register, first consider other options. Is this a required course or optional? Will it be offered next semester? Can you fill your schedule with other necessary classes?
Next you may want to “crash” the course, which is a term used for the process of trying to enroll in a closed course.
Every department uses a different policy to determine who may crash in available seat. Therefore, it is important to contact the department to see if the department has a set procedure for crashing a course. You can see a demonstration on how to crash classes at:
Steps to crash a course:
- Contact the instructor and ask if they might accept crashers for their course and what the policy is. Usually you will be required to attend the first 1-2 lectures and sign a waiting list.
- If you do not receive a reply, attend the first day of class anyway. If the instructor does not announce the crashing policy, ask after the class is over.
If the instructor wishes to admit you, he or she will give you an add code. Log onto the WebPortal and enter the schedule number and add code.
All students must meet specific immunization requirements. If you do not provide proof of immunizations during your first semester at SDSU, you will not be allowed to register for classes the next semester.
To obtain more information refer : Health Insurance & Immunization Requirements
10. Attend mandatory New International Student Orientation Program & Check-in at International Student Center
It is very important to report to the ISC to complete the check-in process upon your arrival in the US. This is mandatory and failure to check-in at the ISC could result in termination of your SEVIS record and loss of your F-1/J-1 status.
For more information refer : New International Student Orientation Program