Returning Student Application and Admission

The following readmission categories pertain to former Cal State LA students who successfully completed at least one semester in a degree seeking baccalaureate program and have lost their continuing student status. Readmission consideration is based on both the academic standing when they left as well as whether they have attempted units since their enrollment in the Cal State LA degree program. Degree seeking students who are on an approved educational leave do not need to reapply for admission.

Important Information For Fall 2020 Admission

As you review the information below, please take note of the following:

  • Applicants must apply via the online Cal State Apply application. For some tips on how to complete the application, visit our Application Tips webpage.

    • IMPORTANT: If you have not attended elsewhere since leaving Cal State LA, and (a) completed less than 60 semester units of college credit, or (b) if you are reapplying after November 30, 2019, please submit the Returning Student Verification eForm to request a special code before accessing the Cal State Apply application.
  • The Cal State Apply application requires you to enter all college coursework, including Cal State LA courses, so have your transcripts handy and make sure you have adequate time before the deadline to complete your application.
  • To facilitate timely graduation, all Cal State LA majors have major-specific requirements for admission that focus on lower division preparation in the major. Please visit the Major-Specific Criteria webpage for the latest information about these requirements.
  • Be Aware: Cal State LA currently only considers returning students for Fall admission. Should additional space be available, Spring term applications may be considered in the future.

Returning Student Admission Eligibility

Returning Transfer Student

If you left the Cal State LA degree program in good academic standing, or were on probation, and you have attempted units at another college/university or through the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) since you were in degree seeking status, you are considered a Returning Transfer Student. Returning Transfer Students are held to the same eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines as new transfer students. They are also given 'local preference' for admission consideration. Refer to the Transfer Admissions webpage for details.

Returning Student

If you left the Cal State LA degree program in good academic standing, or were on probation, and you have not attempted units at another college/university, or through the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE), since you were in degree-seeking status, you are considered a Returning Student.

  • If you are applying to return to the same major, you will be evaluated for readmission based on your academic record and your ability to successfully complete the major in a timely manner including any degree progress requirements in that major.
  • If you are applying to a different major, you will be evaluated based on the Major-Specific Requirements required of current Cal State LA students to declare the new major, and your ability to successfully complete the major in a timely manner.

Returning students may be required to meet with an academic advisor, and/or submit an academic plan consistent with the timely graduation policy, in order to be considered for readmission.

Additional information for Disqualified Students

In addition to the above returning student types, if you were academically disqualified from Cal State LA and wish to seek reinstatement, you must follow the appropriate application procedure, and also meet readmission eligibility requirements to qualify for consideration. Readmission after disqualification is not automatic. Disqualified students must wait at least two terms before applying for readmission. For readmission, students must satisfy the terms and conditions from the disqualification interview as documented in the student's file by the academic advisor. Students must also have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that is at or above the minimum for their class level when they apply.

Level/College Units Completed Minimum Cum. GPA
FRESHMAN (0-29 semester units) 1.50
SOPHOMORE (30-59 semester units) 1.70
JUNIOR (60-89 semester units) 1.85
SENIOR (90+ semester units) 1.95
  • Units earned elsewhere while under disqualification can be used to reduce the total grade point deficiency, but not the Cal State LA deficiency (which may be corrected through Open University enrollment via the College of Professional and Global Education).

If the reinstatement request includes a change of major, you must have the support of the new major department, and if applicable, must meet the Major-Specific Admission Requirements for that major. Please remember that seeking readmission to the University requires a commitment of time, effort, and financial resources on your part, with no guarantee of reinstatement even if all minimum requirements for consideration are met.

Major-Specific Criteria For Change of Major Admission

All Cal State LA majors have Major-Specific Requirements for Admission that are focused on timely degree completion. Returning students are considered 'local' and may be offered admission to the new major if they meet both the admission requirements of the new major and Cal State LA's Timely Graduation policy.

If you are changing your major, please review the Major-Specific Criteria webpage for your major's specific requirements.

Application Process

Returning Transfer Student

Be Aware: Returning Transfer Students are held to the same eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines as new transfer students. Refer to the Transfer Admissions webpage for details.

  1. Apply online at Cal State Apply by the Returning Transfer deadline.
  2. If previously disqualified, meet with an advisor from your last major department, and then submit the approved Undergraduate Petition for Readmission from Disqualification to the Admissions Office within 30 days of reapplication. If you are changing your major, you must meet the Major-Specific Criteria for the new major, and also receive written support from the new major department.
  3. Plan to submit official transcripts from colleges/university attended since leaving Cal State LA. For Fall readmission, transcripts should include courses and grades earned through the prior Fall term; for Spring readmission, transcripts should include courses and grades earned through the prior Summer term.

Apply online using Cal State Apply by the Transfer Student Application Deadline. For Fall 2020 readmission, the deadline is November 30, 2019. Once your application has been submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge receipt of your application. Once we receive all required transcripts and documents, we will notify you via email of your readmission decision. Please plan to regularly check your email, and promptly respond to requests.

Returning Student

  1. Apply online at Cal State Apply by the Returning Student deadline.

    • IMPORTANT: If you have completed less than 60 semester units of college credit, or if you are reapplying after November 30, 2019, please submit the Returning Student Verification eForm to request a special code before accessing the Cal State Apply application.
  2. If previously disqualified, meet with an advisor from your last major department, and then submit the approved Undergraduate Petition for Readmission from Disqualification to the Admissions Office within 30 days of reapplication. If you are changing your major, you must meet the Major-Specific Criteria for the new major, and also receive written support from the new major department.

Reapply to Cal State LA by the Returning Student Application Deadline. For Fall 2020 readmission, the deadline is March 31, 2020. Once your application has been submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you are a returning student applicant who has NOT attended another institution since leaving Cal State LA, we can usually make an admissions decision without additional documents. We will notify you if additional documents are required and the deadline for submitting them. Please plan to regularly check your email, and promptly respond to requests.

Be Aware: If you last attended Cal State LA more than 5 years ago, please plan to resubmit official transcripts from all other institutions attended.

Admissions Notifications

Cal State LA uses email as the official means of communication with applicants. Applicants are required to maintain a current email address on file with the University, and to check their email regularly. You may update your email address at any time by visiting your Golden Eagle Territory (GET) Self-Service Student Center.

To help prevent these important emails from being flagged as spam/junk mail by your email provider, please mark the calstatela.edu domain as a safe sender in your email account.

You will receive notification of your admission status by email after we have reviewed your application and any required documents. Admission offers may be withdrawn if the GPA, completed courses, or course grades are lower than what is reported or if you miss any admission deadlines. Please make sure to report accurate information on your application!

How do I accept the offer of readmission?

To accept the admission offer, admitted students must pay the non-refundable $100 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) by May 1st for Fall admission. The deposit will offset a portion of the student's State University Fee. Returning transfers must also submit documents to confirm the admission decision within 30 days of the admission offer.

What if I am not offered readmission to Cal State LA?

In addition to applying to Cal State LA, we hope you have considered applying to one or two other colleges so that you will have alternatives in the event that you are not offered admission. If you are interested in pursuing another CSU as your backup, it may be in your best interest to also apply to that campus during the initial filing period, as many campuses have early filing deadlines.

Can I appeal my admission decision?

Denials of admission are made only after an extensive review of academic qualifications and weighing those qualifications against the competitive nature of our applicant pool; therefore these decisions are rarely overturned and are considered only for extraordinary reasons beyond the control of the applicant. Failure to provide complete and accurate information on the admission application will not be considered as a basis for appeal.

Appeals must be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date on the denial notification and must include a basis for the appeal, and supporting documentation. We will notify you by email within 4 to 6 weeks, of our response to your appeal request. Only one appeal may be submitted for an academic term so the packet must be clear and compelling when submitted. For additional information, review the Appeal Process.

Next Steps

Here are some important items to consider if you are offered readmission and decide to attend Cal State LA:

Financial Aid: Check out Financial Aid to explore the programs that can assist in making Cal State LA affordable. Be sure to review the application procedures and priority deadlines.

Campus 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 and Residence Life webpage.

Admitted Student Information: If you have already been offered readmission, refer to the Information for Admitted Returning Students.

Orientation, Advising, and Registration: To help ensure a smooth transition to Cal State LA, new transfers are required to participate in a one day Golden Eagle Orientation during the summer. Additional information will be sent beginning in April to students who have accepted the offer of admission. For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Orientation webpage.