Updates to Cal State Apply for Fall 2020
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Cal State Apply: What’s New for Fall 2020

Lorie Parch

Application season is here again! Here are a few updates to the process as well as helpful reminders to ensure your application isn’t delayed.

Updates to Cal State Apply for Fall 2020

​The priority application period for applying to the CSU for Fall 2020 opened on October 1 and will close on November 30. Get your application in early! Photo courtesy of Fresno State

 

​​​​​​​​​​If you're getting ready to apply to the California State University, you're not alone: Over a 12-month period, about one million people will apply to the CSU via Cal State Apply, the portal all students must use to submit an application for admission to any CSU campus

The priority application period for the Fall 2020 semester opened on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and closes on Saturday, November 30.

As always, the enrollment team at the CSU Chancellor's Office, led by Director of Enrollment Management Services April Grommo, Ed.D., strives to make the process of applying as easy as possible for students, parents and counselors. With that in mind, here are some changes and improvements you'll see if you're applying to attend the CSU starting in Fall 2020:


For All Students:

The application fee to apply to each CSU campus is now $70. So if, for example, you decide to apply to four campuses, the total fee would be $280. First-time freshman and transfer applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver of up to four campuses per term.

Once you've completed your application, the Cal State Apply portal will tell you if you are or are not eligible for a fee waiver; just click “Check my fee waiver status." If you aren't eligible, you will be shown a checklist so you determine if you answered all relevant questions correctly.

The process for entering your college transcript is simpler. “We've done away with the step of reviewing and finalizing your transcript," explains Dr. Grommo.

Social Security number validation has been updated to allow an option for people who don't have a Social Security number.

It's easier to search and find your high school in the “High Schools Attended" section of the application. If you can't find your school even after entering additional information, you can manually enter the information.

There have been changes in impaction on both campuses and degree programs for the 2020-21 academic year. Impaction means that there are more qualified applicants for a program or campus than can be accommodated. For the most current information, visit the Impaction center on Calstate.edu.

New immunizations and screenings are required. Effective with Fall 2020, all students will be required to be current on specific immunization and screening requirements.

 

If You Will Be a First-Time Freshman:

  • If you took the ACT, your results may be sent to just one CSU campus and Cal State Apply will share your results with any other campuses you've applied to within the California State University. Please be sure to report your ACT ID.
  • If you took the SAT, you can send your results to all CSU campuses to which you applied using the CSU-wide code 3594, or you can send your results to just one campus and Cal State Apply will share it with any others to which you've applied. You are highly encouraged to report your College Board ID.
  • If you've taken college classes while in high school on your own or through a formal dual enrollment program, be sure to specify on the application that you are a graduating high school senior with college credit. Any college courses you've taken that will appear on your college transcript should be reported on the College Transcript Entry screen. You can then add the appropriate “a-g" category for each college course manually. The Cal State Apply application automatically grants a full year of high school credit for each college course.

Ready to apply? Check the Freshman Application Checklist (PDF).


If You Are Transferring to a CSU Campus:

You can now enter a second ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer) on the application. Enter the college and the ADT you received.

Ready to apply? Check the Transfer Student Application Checklist (PDF).


Reminders & Clarifications:

Don't miss the deadline to apply for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Some but not all campuses have a deadline of November 30, 2019 for EOP applicants. Even if you've submitted your application to the CSU, you can still go back into Cal State Apply to indicate that you're interested in applying for EOP if you haven't missed the campus's deadline

To check the deadline for the campus(es) you're interested in, go to EOP Admission by Term (also available as a PDF). Also, one of your recommendations must be from someone who knows your academic history, such as a teacher or counselor.

If you're a DACA, undocumented or AB540 student and you're wondering about the citizenship question on the application, you should enter “None." Under “Residency," please select “California" as your state of residency if you consider California your home.

Students have all of October and November to apply, but it's still best to get your application in early if you can. "You may need to work with your counselor or your parent or guardian to gather together the information needed to complete your application," explains Grommo.

Applying early is especially important if you want to attend a CSU campus or degree program that is impacted.

If you have questions about applying to the CSU or need help with the application itself, reach out to the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center, which offers assistance by phone (857-304-2087), e-mail and chat. The times below are for phone and chat support; e-mail support is available 24 hours a day (all times below are PST):


October 1 to November 15, 2019

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

M-F

Chat

6 AM

6:30 PM

M-F

Phone

6 AM

6:30 PM

Weekends

Chat

10 AM

6 PM

Weekends

Phone

10 AM

6 PM


November 16 to 22, 2019

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

M-F

Chat

6 AM

11 PM

M-F

Phone

6 AM

9 PM

Weekends

Chat

8 AM

11 PM

Weekends

Phone

8 AM

9 PM


No​vember 23 to 29, 2019 (not including Thanksgiving)

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

M, T, W, F

Chat

6 AM

11 PM

M, T, W, F

Phone

6 AM

11 PM

Weekends

Chat

8 AM

11 PM

Weekends

Phone

8 AM

11 PM


Thursday, November 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving)

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

Thursday

Chat

9 AM

7 PM

Thursday

Phone

9 AM

5 PM


Saturday, November 30, 2019 - Priority Application Deadline Day

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

Saturday

Chat

6 AM

2 AM

Saturday

Phone

6 AM

2 AM


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