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Steps for Newly Admitted Graduate Students

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 graduate 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)

What is “Provisional Admission”?

Graduate applicants may be offered admission on a provisional basis if certain requirements (such as the baccalaureate degree) are in progress at the time of admission. These requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in the program, and failure to meet these requirements will result in the rescission of the admission offer.

What steps do I need to take if I was offered “Provisional Admission”?

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.

After receipt of the final transcript, the admission decision will be audited to ensure all requirements have been met. If the requirements have not been met, you will receive notification that the offer of admission has been rescinded. Students will be allowed to enroll for classes prior to receipt of the transcript; however, if proof of degree completion is not received by the deadline, classes will be administratively dropped.

2. Satisfy the Conditions of Your Admission Offer

What does it mean if I was admitted in “Conditionally Classified” standing?

Graduate applicants who have deficiencies in prerequisite preparation for their program may be admitted with a standing of “Conditionally Classified” if deemed appropriate by the program’s faculty. This standing means that continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon meeting additional requirements specified by the academic department.

What steps do I need to take if I was admitted in “Conditionally Classified” standing?

You should be in contact with your Graduate Advisor if you have questions regarding the conditions of your admission or the timeframe by which you are required to meet these conditions.

At the end of your admission term, the department will monitor your progress and, upon successful completion of the specified prerequisites, your student standing will be changed to “Classified” status. You will be allowed to enroll in classes; however, if the required preparation is not completed within the timeframe established by the department (usually by the end of the first semester of enrollment), you may be immediately dismissed from the program. 

3. Attend Your Program Orientation

Check with your graduate program regarding an initial program orientation. Graduate programs vary in length and requirements, so it is important that you know what steps you will need to take to successfully complete your degree.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Review Costs and Financial Aid Options

Make sure to review the Tuition and Fees webpage for costs 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. Research the various Financial Aid options that may be available to help you fund your graduate education. Sources of potential funding include grants, scholarships, fellowships, and loans.

7. 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.

8. Learn About MyCSULB & 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.

9. Get Acquainted with the Campus

Explore CSULB! Learn about parking options and view a campus map (pdf) to orient yourself with the CSULB!

10. Check Out the Graduate Studies Resource Center

The Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC), located in Library 504, provides graduate studies resources such as graduate writing support, study space, short-term laptop loans, and funding opportunities for student scholarships and travel grants for students to attend academic conferences. The GSRC also offers workshops and hosts graduate events, including their annual Graduate Research Conference, Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, and Graduate Writing Institute.

11. Immunizations

All incoming CSULB students are required to complete a series of mandatory immunizations prior to registration. To learn more about this requirement, please visit our Student Health Services website for more information.