1. Accept Admissions Offer (AAO)
If you plan to attend SFSU, you MUST accept your offer of admission as soon as possible. Login to your SF State Gateway and click on the “Admission Status Details” button for your semester of admission. From there, you will be able to accept your admission offer and access your Student Center.
Once you accept your offer of admission, you will be assigned an SFSU email account. We will send important information to you through this email account, including priority course registration dates and new student orientation information. Please note, you will not be able to register for classes until you accept your offer of admissions.
2. Register and Pay for Your Orientation
Registration for Summer Orientation will open on April 1, 2018.
Once orientation registration is open, you can select the most suitable date to attend orientation and pay the orientation fee. You must register for orientation first.
- You can review the orientation session dates here
- Bookmark this page and return by April 1 for links to register for orientation
3. Clear Any Holds on Your Registration & Check Financial Aid Offer
All students must clear any existing registration holds before they can register for classes. You will need to clear Immunization, Health Insurance, and Financial holds before you can register for classes. We highly recommend reviewing your Student Center on a regular basis to address and resolve any and all holds on your account before attending orientation. Clearing any holds will make your course registration process operate smoothly!
- Learn about accessing and navigating your Student Center here
Immunization: SFSU requires ALL newly admitted students to submit immunization records for Measles, Mumps and Rubella. You should fax, mail, or submit proof of immunization in person directly to the Registrar's office.
Health Insurance: All international students are required to have health insurance while studying at SF State. Proof of insurance must be submitted directly to the Office of International Programs. Visit the Office of International Programs website for more details.
General "to do list" and Financial Aid: Complete any items on your “to do list” to ensure San Francisco State can award you all financial aid for which you are eligible. Also, check your Cal Grant status at mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/ and verify SF State is listed.
4. Contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center
San Francisco State University is dedicated to ensure that all aspects of campus life, learning, working and living - are universally accessible. If you anticipate needing accommodations as a student at SF State we recommend you contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC). You can register with the DPRC and document your disability to help you fully access student life at SF State.
5. Review SF State's Websites and Prepare Any Questions
The San Francisco State website is a rich resource of information but can be overwhelming as a first-year student. That is ok! We recommend navigating the website and record any questions you might have and bring those to be answered at your New Student Orientation Session.
6. Access and Check Your SFSU Email
Access your SF State email regularly for important communications and updates. Your sfsu.edu email address is the primary form of communication from the institution. It is your responsibility to check your email on a regular basis!
- Learn more about your Student E-mail and any troubleshooting support to access your email account
- Review "Get Started" resources for Information Technology Services
7. Send Final Transcripts: Must Arrive by Monday, July 16, 2018
Final transcripts must arrive by Monday, July 16, 2018. Check your Student Center at gateway.sfsu.edu for a list of required documents.
8. Review the 2018 New Student Guide Before Orientation
We recommend becoming familiar with the New Student Guide before New Student Orientation. You can download the New Student Guide here.
9. Prepare Travels and Arrival to New Student Orientation
Orientation will be at San Francisco State University. Check-in will be at the Main Lobby Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center at the following times (based on your Orientation session type: First-Year Freshmen or Transfer full-day or half-day (morning and afternoon):
First-Year Freshmen Full-day: 8:00 AM at the Main Lobby Level of the Cesar Chaves Student Center
Transfer Students, Half-day, Morning: 8:00 AM at the Main Lobby Level of the Cesar Chaves Student Center
Transfer Students, Half-day, Afternoon: 10:30 AM at the Main Lobby Level of the Cesar Chaves Student Center
Tranfser Students, Full-day: 8:00 AM at the Main Lobby Level of the Cesar Chaves Student Center