Congratulations and welcome to CSULB! You have an exciting journey ahead of you, and we want to make sure that you are well prepared to get started in pursuing your academic goals. As a new credential student, there are still a few steps you need to take to make sure you successfully transition to the Beach!
1. Submit Your Final Transcript (Provisional Admits Only)
Applicants to credential programs may be offered admission on a provisional basis if the baccalaureate degree is in progress at the time of admission. This requirement must be completed prior to enrollment in the program, and failure to meet this requirement will result in the rescission of the admission offer.
If you were offered “provisional admission,” you must submit to Enrollment Services a final official transcript showing the conferral date for your baccalaureate degree as follows:
- If you were offered provisional admission for the spring semester, you must submit the final official transcript no later than February 1.
- If you were offered provisional admission for the fall semester, you must submit the final official transcript no later than September 1.
2. Satisfy the Terms of Your Conditional Admission Offer (Teaching Credentials Only)
Offers of admission to teaching credential program applicants are conditional. Credential-seeking students must complete prerequisite courses and submit a credential program application by the end of the second semester in order to maintain admission to the university. If you have questions regarding your conditional admission status or program admission requirements, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center.
3. CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
The Schedule of Classes is published online for each term. By selecting the appropriate term, you can view the offerings by Academic Subject or by College. The lists are updated regularly to reflect changes. You can view the requirements for your program and the course descriptions in the University Catalog.
4. REGISTER FOR CLASSES
Students register for classes through their MyCSULB Student Center. Each semester, you will receive a registration appointment via email. It is imperative that you have a current email address listed in your Student Center in order to receive your appointment. Your registration appointment will announce the day and time you can begin to register for classes.
5. Review Costs and Financial Aid Options
Make sure to review the Tuition and Fees and payment dates. Payment is due within 30 days of registration or by the pre-semester payment deadline, whichever date comes first unless you qualify for a financial aid deferment. If you are enrolled in a program that prepares you for teaching in a classroom, you may be eligible to receive financial aid. Research the various Financial Aid options that may be available to help you fund your education.
6. Set Up Your Campus Email
CSULB students are required to maintain a current email address on file with the university and to check their email regularly as the university uses email as the official means of communication. Activate your BeachMail account here.
7. Learn About MyCSULB and BeachBoard
MyCSULB is your online center for class registration, financial aid awards and personalized student account information. BeachBoard is CSULB’s online learning environment that includes online course catalogs, virtual classrooms, resources and more. Take some time to learn about these online tools as you will be using them often during your time at CSULB.
8. GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE CAMPUS
9. CHECK OUT THE GRADUATE STUDIES RESOURCE CENTER
The Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC), located in Library 504, provides resources for post-baccalaureate students, including: writing support, study space, and funding opportunities for student scholarships and travel grants for students to attend academic conferences. The GSRC also offers workshops and hosts graduate events such as their annual Graduate Research Conference, Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, and Graduate Writing Institute.