New International 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 see more information):

(1)  Submit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit by May 1st

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 by May 1st (or as otherwise stated in your admission notification). For more information, visit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit webpage. Also, international payments can be made via Flywire.

(2)  Satisfy the Terms of your Admission Offer

IMPORTANT for FALL 2020 new students:

Due to educational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cal State LA is committed to being flexible, and we will work with you to meet admission requirements. In the meantime, please focus on completing your high school graduation requirements.

What is Provisional Admission?

Most first-time freshman 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.

Admission offers will remain provisional until we have verified that you reported accurately on your admission application and that you meet all of the following admission requirements by the end of the Spring term, prior to enrollment at Cal State LA:


U.S. High School Graduates

Foreign High School Graduates

Course Preparation

Completion of each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirement (“a-g” courses) with a grade of 'C' or better.

Completion of a secondary education program intended for college/university preparation.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Have an overall final high school GPA in college preparatory courses that is the same, or higher than, what was reported on the Admission Application, or as calculated based on preliminary transcripts. If your final high school GPA falls below admission cutoffs, the admission offer will be rescinded.

High School Completion

Graduation from high school, or earned a California High School Equivalency Certificate or GED.

Obtain the equivalency to the completion of a high school level diploma, which may include successful examination scores.

Students in UK Secondary System: Completion of 2 A-Levels (grades D or higher) and 3-O Levels (grades C or higher) OR 4 AS-Levels (grades D or higher) and 3-O Levels (grades C or higher) in academic subjects.

Students in the IB System: Completion of IB Diploma with at least 6 subjects (3 HL and 3 SL) and an overall average of 4 or higher.

English Language Proficiency
Confirmed satisfaction of the English Language Proficiency requirement.


Failure to meet the above admission conditions will result in the rescinding of the admission offer. To be considered for admission to Cal State LA for a future term, please be aware that you must meet admission deadlines and requirements that are in effect at that time.

If admitted to Pre-Nursing, you must also meet the following criteria to remain in this specialized program:

  1. Have a minimum 3.50 GPA in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subjects (the 'A-G' courses); and
  2. Have earned 'B' or better grades in the following year-long high school courses:
    1. Intermediate Algebra, Algebra II, or Integrated Math III;
    2. Biology with lab; and
    3. Chemistry with lab.

Be aware: Each term of the year-long course must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better. If AP, IB, or Honors courses are taken in these areas, applicants must also earn 'B' or better grades in the course.


How will I know if I have met all of the Conditions of Admission?
For Fall term admission, final official High School transcript(s) (and if applicable, qualifying examination scores) showing the date of graduation should 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 most students will be able to register for classes prior to the audit of their admission decision. However, some students will be required to submit final academic records for review before they can register for classes. Please check your GET Self Service Student Center Holds section to see if you are held to this condition.
If the admission offer is rescinded after enrollment, the classes will be administratively dropped. Students with rescinded admission offers are responsible for following up with USCIS regarding the change to their student visa eligibility.
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.

(3)  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.

(4)  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. (Be aware: Before you apply for Housing, you must first submit your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD).)

(5)  Submit your Final Transcript(s) by July 15th

To verify your final admission eligibility, please plan to submit official, final high school/secondary transcripts and, if applicable, official exam 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 the successful passage of examinations are required for your secondary/high school diploma, please also submit the official results/marks from these exams.
  • 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 September 1st.

For more information about official academic records, and how to submit them, visit the Submitting Documents webpage. To view the specific missing documents, please visit your 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.

(6)  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. As an international student, please also include the CSU non-resident fee to your estimated attendance cost.

(7)  Attend Golden Eagle Orientation during the Summer

New and returning 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 May to students who have accepted the offer of admission. For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Orientation webpage.

(8)  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.

(9)  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.

(10)  Activate your myCalStateLA ID

After you accept our 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. 

(11)  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.

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.