New Freshman Admits

After you receive an official offer of admission, please follow these important steps to ensure a smooth transition to Cal State LA (click on each section to expand, or visit the expanded webpage for the full text):

Submit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit no later than May 1st to accept your Offer of Admission

Once you have made the decision to attend Cal State LA, you must reserve your seat in the incoming class by submitting your $100 (USD) Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD). For Fall admission, the deposit is due no later than May 1st. For more information, visit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit webpage.

Satisfy the Terms of your Admission Offer

What is Provisional Admission?
Most first-time-freshmen applicants are still attending high school at the time of application and admission decisions are normally made on self-reported information before fall grades are available. Therefore, offers of admission for first-time freshman applicants are almost always provisional, and remain provisional until the following admission requirements are met.
 
All requirements must be completed by the end of the Spring term prior to enrollment at Cal State LA:
  • Completion of the CSU A-G subject requirements with grades of “C” or higher, by the end of the Spring semester prior enrollment at Cal State LA.
  • Graduation from High School.
  • Overall final high school GPA in college preparatory courses that is the same, or higher than, what was reported on the Admission Application. While some decrease in GPA may continue to meet admission eligibility, declines below admission cutoffs will result in withdrawal of the offer.
  • For impacted programs, attaining the required minimum GPA for the program.
Failure to meet these conditions will result in the rescinding of the admission offer. If readmission is desired for a future term, a new application must be submitted for that term, and applicants must meet all of the admission requirements in effect at that time.
 
How will I know if I have met all of the Conditions of Admission?
For Fall term admission, final official High School transcript(s) showing the date of graduation must be submitted no later than July 15. After final academic records are reviewed, you will receive an email sharing that your admission has been finalized, or rescinded for not meeting the conditions.
 
Students are allowed to attend Golden Eagle Orientation and register for classes prior to the audit of their admission decision. Some students may be required to self-report their senior grades prior to orientation to ensure they are on track for completion of the admission requirements. If the admission offer is rescinded after enrollment, the classes will be administratively dropped.
 
What are some Important Dates to keep in mind?
Please plan to meet the undergraduate admission deadlines for your admit term. To view the specific deadlines, visit the Admissions Deadline webpage.

Complete the English and Math Placement Tests

To ensure you begin college with the appropriate classes, new incoming freshmen must take the English (EPT) and Math (ELM) placement tests, unless exempt.
 
To learn more about these tests, including exemption methods, please visit:
It is strongly recommended that you take the EPT/ELM as soon as possible. For Fall admission, students should take these tests no later than in early May, prior to the start of the term. To register for the EPT/ELM exams, please visit https://ept-elm.ets.org/CSU. The registration deadline is two weeks before the posted test date. Each exam is $18, and a credit/debit card is required for online payment.

Apply for Housing

If you plan to live on-campus, Cal State LA offers apartment-style residence halls that are within walking distance to classrooms, sports facilities, and the library. For more information, visit the Housing Services webpage.

Participate in the Early Start Program

To better prepare students for academic success at Cal State LA, new freshmen who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level mathematics and/or English composition will be required to begin developmental Math and/or English courses in the summer. Additional information will be sent beginning in April to students who have accepted the offer of admission. For more information, visit the Early Start Program webpage.

Submit your Final Transcript(s) no later than July 15th

To verify your final admission eligibility, please plan to submit official, final high school transcripts and, if applicable, official test scores after high school graduation. To be considered final, the transcript must include courses/grades completed through final semester of your senior year, and your high school graduation date.
 
If you have already graduated from high school, please submit an official transcript after you submit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit. You do not have to wait until the final transcript deadline; documents can be submitted earlier if you have already graduated from high school.
 
If you took courses at a college/university prior to high school graduation, and the credit is not noted on your high school transcript, please also plan to submit a separate college transcript.
 
For Fall admission, final transcripts (and test scores) are due July 15th. If you take college courses in the summer prior to enrolling at Cal State LA, you must submit another set of final transcript(s) with grades posted, by the supplemental transcript deadline. For more information about official academic records, and how to submit them, visit the Document Submission webpage. To view missing documents, please visit your GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List.

Review the Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid options

The average student expenses will vary from student to student, depending on his/her living arrangements and individual needs. For the estimated cost of attendance at Cal State LA, visit the Cost of Attendance webpage, and select the appropriate academic year.
 
To assist with these costs, financial aid is available to eligible students. If you have not already done so, please submit the FAFSA (or the CA Dream Act) application.  The priority application deadline is March 2nd of the current year, for the following academic year. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid webpage. If you are a CA Dream Act applicant, please also submit the CA Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Eligible High School Graduates (AB-540) form, with supporting documentation, to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Attend Golden Eagle Orientation during the Summer

New undergraduate students are required to attend Golden Eagle Orientation to learn more about the university, and receive academic advisement and assistance with class registration. Additional information will be sent beginning in March to students who have accepted the offer of admission. For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Orientation webpage.

Review your GET To Do List and Stay Connected

Please remember to regularly check your email and GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List. You may also update your contact information in the GET portal. For instructions on how to login to GET, visit the GET webpage.

Activate your myCSULA Identity

After you accept our offer of admission, we encourage you to also active your myCSULA identity to access your myCalStateLA portal and campus email. 
 
Be aware that failure to satisfy all admission and enrollment requirements and deadlines will result in the withdrawal of the offer of admission or prevent you from enrolling in the University for the admitted term. Students who do not successfully enroll in the term of admission must reapply for future admission consideration and meet the requirements in effect at that time.