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Steps for Newly Admitted Transfers

You're in! Now what? Steps to Complete Your Admission

As a transfer student at CSULB, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in unique experiences (both inside and outside of the classroom) that can help you succeed with your academic goals and life pursuits.

Explore and complete the steps below to ensure you meet all requirements necessary to transition your academic experience to The Beach:


1. Activate Your Account and Student Email

Fall Deadline: May 1 
Spring Deadline: December 1

Each student gets their own account to access online campus services and their own CSULB email address. This email address is the primary mode of communication from the university to students.

Once you receive your offer of admission, you can follow these instructions to activate your student account:

  1. Go to the CSULB Password Utility and select Next.
  2. Then, enter your new CSULB email address (found in your acceptance email) and follow the instructions to set the password for your account.
  3. To set your password, you will need to confirm that it’s really you logging in by getting a verification code through a phone call or text message. (The phone number will be the one you used in your Cal State Apply application.)

After you activate your account, you can log in to CSULB Single Sign-On at, which is where you will be able to access your new email and other online services for students.

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2. Accept Admission Offer

Fall Deadline: May 1 
Spring Deadline: December 1

To accept your offer of admission:

  1. Log in to CSULB Single Sign-On and select Student Center (MyCSULB). Throughout your time as a student at CSULB, you'll use Student Center (MyCSULB) to review your financial aid information, register for classes, check your account balance, and more.
  2. In the Admissions section, select “Accept/Decline.”
  3. Follow the instructions to Accept/Decline Admission Offer.

When you accept your admission, you must pay the enrollment deposit, unless you qualify for a waiver. You can pay the enrollment deposit via credit card (MasterCard, American Express, Visa, and Discover are accepted) or electronic check. If you qualify for a waiver, the online process will automatically notify you. Once you accept your admission offer, you will receive an immediate confirmation that your acceptance and deposit have been accepted.

3. Satisfy the Terms of Your Admission Offer

It is important to understand that admission to the University is a multi-step process.  Our offer of Conditional Admission is based on the information you reported on your Supplemental Application.  As you would imagine, this information will need to be confirmed based on submission of official academic records, including college transcripts, test scores, verifications of degree, or military records.  Your first responsibility in satisfying the terms of your admission offer is to submit official copies of all requested documents in time to meet the published deadline.  

Once we receive your official documents, we will make a careful review of your academic record.  We will expect to see that you have met the minimum criteria for CSU eligibility and that you have accurately reported your progress towards meeting the lower division preparation for your intended major.  Some of the things we will be checking for include:

  • The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT):  
    Did you report that you are participating in the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) as part of your application for admission? 
    If so, we will need confirmation from your Community College that you are in the correct program and that you intend to graduate prior to beginning your enrollment at CSULB.  If for any reason you will not be completing your ADT as originally reported, please contact Enrollment Services immediately as this could affect your admission status.  
  • Grade Point Averages:
    Is the grade point average you reported on your Supplemental Application accurate?
    Based on your official college transcripts we will be calculating your overall college grade point to see if it is close to what you indicated.  Additionally, some programs require a minimum GPA for lower division course work in their major.  You will not be penalized for minor inaccuracies, but we do expect to see a grade point average that is competitive for your intended major.   
  • Course Work Completed:  
    Based on your transcripts and/or test scores, we will verify that you have completed (or will complete) sufficient units to meet junior standing (60 transferable semester units/90 transferable quarter units) or better.  We will also review your academic record to verify that you have completed (or will complete) courses appropriate to meet CSU General Education requirements and Major Specific Requirements for admission.
  • Course Work Planned:
    Courses you indicated as “Planned” on your Supplemental Application should be completed with a least a grade of “C” or better, but you should endeavor to maintain a competitive grade point average.  Please remember that courses should be completed in the timeframe originally indicated on your Supplemental Application; if you withdraw from a course in order to take it a future term, you may jeopardize your admission status.
  • Department Approval:  
    Some Highly Impacted majors require submission of additional documentation directly to the academic department, and the admission offer is subject to the approval of the faculty.

The admission offer is conditional based on a review of your official records by the Office of Enrollment Services.  We will be communicating with you by email with the result of our review, so be sure we have a current and correct address for you, and that you check your email often.  If we find that an applicant is no longer CSU eligible and/or competitive in their major, then we may withdraw our offer of admission.   Please contact us at the Office of Enrollment Services if you have any questions or concerns at (562) 985-5471, or by opening an admissions inquiry online. 

For more information on satisfying the terms of your admission offer, visit the application process.

4. Submit Initial Transcripts

Fall Deadline: March 15 
Spring Deadline: October 15

Admitted students who intend to enroll will be required to submit initial transcripts in order to confirm college courses completed/in-progress.

Official transcripts may be mailed in their original, sealed envelope to:

California State University, Long Beach
Enrollment Services/Admission
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Electronic copies of official transcripts may be sent directly from your college or university to Official transcripts cannot be forwarded by the student.

Official transcripts may also be dropped off (in sealed original institution envelope) in person at Beach Central located on the first floor of Brotman Hall.

5. Submit COVID-19 Vaccine Certification and Additional Immunizations

Fall Deadline: June 1
Spring Deadline: December 1

Students must meet the following immunization requirements:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Certification: All newly admitted students must submit their COVID-19 Student Vaccine Certification form via Single Sign-On in order to enroll in classes. There is also a place on the form to declare a legitimate medical or religious exemption. Learn more about the steps to submit certification by visiting the COVID-19 Info page.
  • Submitting Immunization Records: All incoming CSULB students are required to complete a series of mandatory immunizations prior to registration. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Student Health Services website

6. Review Costs and Accept Any Financial Aid Offers

Check for Award Notifications Starting in April

Visit the Financial Aid for Newly Admitted Undergraduates page to explore the different types of aid available and how to accept any financial aid offers you may have received. Plus, be sure to also explore scholarship opportunities for Incoming Transfer Students.

7. Sign Up for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR)

Fall Deadline: June 1
Spring Deadline: January 10

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) is a comprehensive program designed to support your transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. 

Visit the SOAR website for the latest updates about orientation and advising.

Ready to sign up? Get started by logging in to MyCSULB Student Center and select 'SOAR Sign-Up' in the Admissions section. Visit the Using MyCSULB Admissions page for support in navigating MyCSULB Student Center.

Watch the tutorial video below for sign up instructions and additional support.

How to Sign Up Video Tutorial:

Video Play SOAR Sign Up

Special Note About Registration: If you have any holds on your student record, you may be unable to register for classes. Prior to your SOAR session(s), check for any holds on your record by logging in to MyCSULB once you have activated your student account (refer to Step #1). Look for the Holds section and follow the instructions for any holds that may appear. If you need help or have questions about a hold, submit a help ticket with Beach Central.

8. Submit Final Transcripts

Fall Deadline: July 15
Spring Deadline: December 1

Admitted students who intend to enroll will be required to submit final official transcripts in order to confirm college courses completed and finalize CSULB transfer eligibility.  

Official transcripts may be mailed in their original, sealed envelope to:

California State University, Long Beach
Enrollment Services/Admission
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Electronic copies of official transcripts may be sent directly from your college or university to Official transcripts cannot be forwarded by the student.

Official transcripts may also be dropped off (in sealed original institution envelope) in person at Beach Central located on the first floor of Brotman Hall.

9. Apply for Housing

Fall Deadline: May

Newly admitted students are encouraged to apply for University Housing once they have been admitted to the university. 

10. Register for the GPE (if required)

Transfer students must take the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. It is strongly encouraged that you take the exam one month prior to attending SOAR orientation, as it can help you with registering for the correct sequence of classes. 

11. Discover Helpful Tools and Resources

Online Tools for Students:

As a CSULB student, you’ll have access to online tools that will help you meet your educational goals:

  • MyCSULB Student Center 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.
  • Beach Connect is CSULB’s mobile app for students. Beach Connect allows you to keep track of important to-dos and upcoming deadlines and make appointments with your advisors and other support resources.

You can access MyCSULB Student Center and Beach Connect through CSULB Single Sign-On. Take some time to learn about these online tools, as you will be using them often during your time at CSULB:

Additional Campus Resources: