New Graduate 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 see more information):

(1)  Satisfy the Terms of your Admission Offer

What is Provisional Admission?
Some applicants are admitted provisionally as the admission offer may still be contingent on the successful completion of a degree program, or the verification of good academic standing at the last institution attended. At minimum, a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree must be earned and posted by the end of Summer for Fall admission; by the end of Fall for Spring admission; or by the end of Spring for Summer admission.
Admission offers will be withdrawn if degree (or good academic standing) verification is not provided by the requested deadline. If the admission offer is rescinded after enrollment, the classes will be administratively dropped. International students with rescinded admission offers are responsible for following up with USCIS regarding the change to their student visa eligibility.
Admission applications and offers are non-transferable, and may not be deferred to a future term. If admission 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.
What does it mean if I have been admitted with Certain Conditions?
Some academic programs require new students to satisfy certain conditions during their first term of enrollment. If your admission notification includes mention of conditions, please contact your academic program department immediately to learn of the academic conditions (and/or course prerequisites) that pertain to your admission, and subsequent continued enrollment in the program.

(2)  For international students:  Apply for your I-20 or SEVIS Transfer

Applicants holding, or applying for a F-1 visa must complete and submit the online New Student I-20 Verification Form with signatures and appropriate documentation to show proof of funding.

If you are interested in attending Cal State LA, please do not wait for your admission decision before submitting these documents. The advance submission of the verification form, and financial documentation, will help expedite the issuance of the I-20; if your I-20 paperwork is complete, the International Programs Office can issue the I-20 immediately after your admission to the University.

If you are currently studying in the US, and please request to transfer your SEVIS to Cal State LA by completing and submitting the Transfer to Cal State LA Form. Please do not transfer the SEVIS until you receive the offer of admission, and you know that you plan to attend the University for the admit term. 

For other important information, including the deadline for the I-20/SEVIS transfer process, please contact the International Programs Office at (323) 343-3170, [email protected], or visit the International Programs webpage.

(3)  Apply for Housing

Living on campus offers numerous opportunities for students to build lifelong friendships, develop as leaders and achieve academic success. We offer apartment-style residence halls that are a short walk to class, the University-Student Union and various campus resources. To learn more, visit the Housing and Residence Life webpage.

(4)  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 Student Financial Services webpage, and select the appropriate term.
To assist with these costs, financial aid is available to eligible students. If you have not yet done so, please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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.

(5)  Submit your Final Transcript(s) with Degree posting

If you have not yet done so, please plan to submit official, final transcripts from your degree granting institution, and also from all institutions at which you completed any post-baccalaureate coursework prior to Cal State LA enrollment.
To be considered final, the transcript must include the final term’s grades, and if from the degree granting institution, the posted degree with conferral date.  
  • For Spring admission, final transcripts must be received no later than February 1st.
  • For Summer admission, final transcripts must be received no later than June 1st.
  • For Fall admission, final transcripts must be received no later than September 1st.
For more information about official academic records, and how to submit them, visit the Submitting Documents webpage. To see what documents are still pending, please visit your GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List.

(6)  Review your GET To Do List and Stay Connected

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment will send communications to the "preferred" email address as indicated in your GET Student Center. Please remember to regularly check your email and GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List. Once in the To Do list, click on the "To Do Item" name for more details, including the name of the specific school for a required transcript. You may also update your contact information in GET. For instructions on how to login to GET, visit the GET webpage.

(7)  Activate your myCalStateLA ID

If you decide to accept the offer of admission, you must also active your myCalStateLA ID. This is different from your GET login information. Once you have your myCalStateLA ID username and password, you may begin to use your myCalStateLA portal and campus email. 

(8)  Request use of a Preferred First Name (if applicable)

Cal State LA recognizes that some students may wish to use a Preferred First Name, other than their legal name, to identify themselves. The University acknowledges that a Preferred First Name can, and should, be used where possible in the course of university business and education. Information for students about requesting a preferred first name is found on the University Registrar website. Please take a moment to review this webpage, and see if using a Preferred First Name is right for you.

(9)  For international students:  Check in with the International Programs Office

The Cal State LA International Programs Office provides immigration and visa counseling for international applicants and students. They process and issue I-20s for study at Cal State LA. For more information, please visit the International Programs webpage.

(10) Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Newly admitted graduate students will be contacted by their departments regarding orientation, advising, and registering for classes. Please also visit the Office of Graduate Studies webpage to learn more about advanced studies at Cal State LA.

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 that are in effect at that time.