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 Official Transcripts within 30 days of Offer of Admission
Transfer admission offers are normally based on self-reported information provided in the Admission Application. This is called Conditional Admission, and those who are offered admission will need to submit official documents, including transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, and test scores, in order to verify the information reported. This will also allow us to begin the official evaluation process of all transfer credit in preparation for advising at orientation.
To confirm your conditional admission offer, please submit official transcripts from each and every college/university attended, within 30 days of receiving the offer of admission. If you received, or are requesting credit based on test scores (e.g., AP, CLEP, IB, etc.), official results must be submitted as well.
For Fall admission, transcripts must include grades earned through the prior fall term, and if applicable, include in-progress spring courses.
For Spring admission, transcripts must include grades earned through the prior summer term, and if applicable, include in-progress fall courses.
For more information about official academic records, and how to submit them, visit the Submitting Documents webpage. To view which documents are needed, please visit your GET Self-Service Student Center To Do List.
Once all items are received, we will ensure that you reported accurately, and is on-track for meeting the admission requirements. Admission offers will be withdrawn for students who do provide the required information by the deadline, or for whom we cannot confirm the admission offer.
(2) Submit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit no later than 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 no later than May 1st. For more information, visit the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit webpage.
(3) Satisfy the Terms of your Admission Offer
What is Conditional Admission?
It is important to understand that admission to the University is a multi-step process. Our offer of Conditional Admission is based on the information you reported in your admission application. We will need to confirm this information by reviewing official college/university transcripts, test scores, verifications of degree, or military records. It is your responsibility to submit these documents within 30 days of conditional admission notification.
Once we receive your official documents, we will carefully review them to confirm that you accurately reported your qualifications, academic history, and your progress towards meeting the lower division preparation for your intended major. As part of the admission confirmation process, we may verify the following requirements:
We will review your transcripts (and test scores), to confirm that you have completed (or will complete) at least 60 transferable semester units (or 90 transferable quarter units), and the courses appropriate to meet CSU GE requirements, and if applicable, the Major-Specific Criteria for Admission. If used for admission eligibility, courses must be completed by the end of the preceding Spring term for Fall admission; or the preceding Summer term for Spring admission.
If an ADT was reported on your admission application, we may need confirmation from your CA Community College that you will complete the appropriate ADT program by the end of the preceding Spring term for Fall admission, or the preceding Summer term for Spring admission. If for any reason you will not be completing your ADT as initially reported, please contact the Admissions Office immediately, as this may change your admission eligibility.
Grade Point Average (GPA): Is the GPA you reported in your admission application accurate?
After we receive your official transcripts, we will calculate your overall transferable GPA to confirm that it 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 the withdrawal of the admission offer.
The admission offer is conditional until it is confirmed by the Admissions Office using your official academic records. After the admission confirmation process is completed, the Admissions Office will email you the outcome of the review. Admission offers will be withdrawn for students who do provide the required information by the deadline, or for whom we cannot confirm their admission eligibility.
What is Provisional Admission?
If the admission offer is confirmed, your status is either “Provisional” or “Clear.” Confirmed admission offers are almost always “provisional” because some admission requirements may still be in progress at the time of admission confirmation. Provisionally admitted applicants will be required to submit final copies of their college transcripts in order to confirm final completion of in progress requirements, and academic standing at the last institution attended.
All requirements must be satisfied by the end of the preceding Spring term for Fall admission, or the preceding Summer term for Spring admission.
Admission offers are provisional until it is verified that all of the following requirements are met:
Completion of at least 60 transferable semester units, or 90 transferable quarter units.
Completion of a minimum of 30 semester units, or 45 quarter units, in courses approved to meet CSU General Education (GE) requirements.
Completion with a grade of 'C-' or better by the end of the prior Spring term for Fall admission, or by the end of the prior Summer term for Spring admission, the CSU GE requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking*, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning. *The CSU Critical Thinking course requirement is waived for most Engineering majors.
Overall final transferable GPA 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.
Be in good standing at the last college or university attended in a regular session.
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 admission requirements in effect at that time.
How will I know if I have met all of the Admission Requirements (Clear Admission)?
Final college transcripts must be submitted by the following deadline:
Fall Admission: July 15 and must include grades earned through the spring term
Spring Admission: November 15 and must include grades earned through the summer term
After final academic records are reviewed, you will receive an email sharing that your admission has been finalized, or withdrawn for not meeting the conditions. Students are allowed to attend Golden Eagle Orientation and register for classes prior to the final audit of their admission decision. Some students may be required to self-report their Spring grades prior to advisement to ensure they are on track for completion of the admission requirements. If the admission offer is withdrawn after enrollment, 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.
(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) and official Test Scores no later than July 15th
To finalize your admission eligibility, please plan to submit official, final transcripts from each and every college/university attended. We require an official transcript from every institution attended, even if an institution's courses are also reported on another institution's transcript.
To be considered final, the transcript must include courses/grades completed as follows:
For Fall admission, transcripts must include grades earned through the Spring term.
For Spring admission, transcripts must include grades earned through the Fall term.
If you are using test credit to meet a transfer admission course, or unit requirement, you must also submit official test scores (e.g. AP, CLEP, IB, etc.) to Cal State LA.
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 summer grades posted, by September 1st.
(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.
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.
(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 April to students who have accepted the offer of admission. For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Orientation webpage.
(8) Review your GET To Do List and Stay Connected
(9) Activate your myCalStateLA ID
(10) 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.