Submitting Documents

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Requested documents must be received by the specified deadline.
Additional document deadline information will be emailed to you after you submit the University admission application.

Be aware: If you are a current (or former) Cal State LA student, the Cal State LA transcript does not need to be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Academic transcripts/academic records must be current and include an applicant’s full academic record of all courses taken, grades received, honors received, and degrees conferred. An official transcript is prepared and sent to Cal State LA by the issuing educational institution. If submitting paper/hard copies of official transcripts, the document should be printed on the issuing institution’s official paper/letterhead and sealed by the institution in an envelope. For electornic transcripts, see next section for details. All submitted documents become University property, and will not be released back to you.

  • "Official" documents will be considered unofficial if:
    • The accompanying institution's envelope is opened prior to receipt by the Admissions Office.
    • It is emailed (or uploaded) by the applicant to the Admissions Office.
  • Please do not fax documents to the Admissions Office; documents received via fax will be destroyed without review.

Cal State LA (CSU Los Angeles) accepts electronic transcripts from schools/colleges that partner with Parchment/Credential Solutions, Naviance, National Student Clearinghouse and for some California Community Colleges, eTranscript CA. If your school is using a different electronic transcript platform, please request for the electronic transcript to be sent to [email protected].

The University does not accept official documents/academic records for admissions-related purposes via fax or email from the applicant. Documents received via fax or email may be destroyed without review.

We understand that certain countries only issue one original academic record and/or degree certificate to a student. If you are in this situation, please do not submit your original records to the University because they will not be returned to you. We will accept copies for the initial review, but you will be required to present the original documents after admission, prior to enrollment. If your educational institution does issue multiple copies of academic records to students, please plan to submit official, original copies to the University. No exceptions will be made. All submitted documents become University property, and will not be released back to you.

Original international academic records/transcripts that have been opened and submitted by an applicant for admissions are no longer considered official. These records may be used for evaluation purposes, but you must also request that official transcripts (with the grading scale) from each school, college and/or university you have attended, to be sent directly to the Cal State LA Office of Admissions & Recruitment. If your institution does not issue records in English, certified English mirror/direct, word-for-word translations (not interpretations) must be submitted with the documents. To find a certified translator, visit, or go directly to the ATA search directory. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DOCUMENTS VIA FAX OR EMAIL.

If you will be mailing the foreign/non-US academic records directly to Cal State LA in one parcel/package via post or courier post, please include a coversheet with your mailed packet. The coversheet must indicate your first name, last name, Cal State LA ID number (CIN), application term, and the specific academic program that you applied to. Mailed transcripts must remain sealed in an envelope by the issuing institution.



If you are offered admission and have been asked to present your original academic records to the Admissions Office, please schedule an appointment. The meeting should not take longer than 30 minutes. After booking your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the virtual video conference meeting. To help prepare for the appointment, we also ask that you upload your final academic documents at least 2 business days prior to your scheduled appointment time.

International applicants (those requiring a F/J visa to study in the US) to a graduate/postbaccalaureate program with non-US academic records/transcripts are required to submit their international records (with the institution's grading scale), and ATA certified English word-for-word translation(s), to one of the following Foreign Credential Evaluation agencies for a Course-by-Course, Detailed Transcript Evaluation Report:

(Be aware, beginning with the Fall 2024 admission term, we will also accept reports from NACES member agencies when accompanied by official transcripts.)

For steps on how to submit your foreign academic records to these agencies, visit the Foreign Credential Evaluation Report page. Please make sure you request the Course-by-Course, Detailed Transcript Evaluation Report offered by the respective agency; incorrect report types will lead to missed deadlines and the withdrawal of your admission application.

Reports must be sent directly from the respective evaluation agency to the Cal State LA Admissions Office.

You must request for your official test scores to be sent directly to Cal State LA. You can order your scores online from the respective testing agencies at:

The College Board SAT

  • If you are only applying to Cal State LA, use the Cal State LA Code of 4399.
  • If you are also applying to other California State University (CSU) campuses, use the CSU Code of 3594 – this will allow any CSU campus to retrieve your score.

The College Board CLEP - from the school list, select "Manually enter institution" and then enter the following information:

     College/University Name: California State University - Los Angeles
     Street Address 1: 5151 State University Drive
     City: Los Angeles
     State: California
     Zip/Postal Code: 90032

ACT Records - use Cal State LA Code of 0320

Advanced Placement (AP) Scores - use Cal State LA Code of 4399

International Baccalaureate (IB) Results - send to California State University, Los Angeles

Exam scores are only valid for two years after the test date. Official scores must be sent directly to the University by the respective testing agency.

To learn how to request an official test score report to be sent to Cal State LA, click on the exam name:

  • TOEFL Request report to be sent to Cal State LA using Institutional Code 4399.
  • IELTS Request electronic or paper (hard copy) report to be sent to California State University, Los Angeles.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Send report to California State University, Los Angeles.
  • DuoLingo English Test (DET) – Request electronic report to be sent to Cal State LA via your online Duolingo Account.

By mail:
Cal State LA Admissions Office
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
United States of America
Admissions and Records Center
Student Services Building, 1st floor
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Short-term metered parking is available near the Student Affairs/Administration Buildings. For more parking information, visit the Visitor Parking webpage.

Or electronically, directly from pre-approved educational institutions and testing agencies.

The University does not accept official documents/academic records for admissions-related purposes via fax or email from applicants. Documents received via fax or email may be destroyed without review.

All academic records submitted to Cal State LA become University property and will not be released, or copied, except for situations in which Cal State LA redirects an application to another CSU campus due to non-accommodation.