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Steps for Newly Admitted Transfers

Once you have received your official offer of admission, there are important steps you will need to take prior to enrolling in classes at CSULB.


1. Accept Your Admission Offer and Submit Enrollment Deposit

Activate Your New CSULB Account

To accept your admission offer, you will need to activate your new CSULB 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.)

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Log in to Student Center to Accept Your Offer

Once you have set your password, log in to CSULB Single Sign-On and select Student Center (MyCSULB). In the Admissions section, select “Accept/Decline.”

To accept your admission online, you must either qualify for the waiver or pay the enrollment deposit via MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or electronic check. If you qualify for a deposit waiver, the online process will automatically notify you. For timely processing, we strongly suggest you submit your admission acceptance and enrollment deposit online via your MyCSULB Student Center. You will receive immediate confirmation that your acceptance and deposit have been accepted.

Remember, your response is due no later than May 1 for a Fall semester and December 1 for a Spring semester.

2. 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.

3. Review Costs and Financial Aid Options

Visit the Financial Aid website for detailed costs and funding options available. 

4. Register for the GPE

Transfer students must take the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. We strongly encourage you to take the exam one month prior to attending SOAR orientation. This will assure that you are placed in the correct sequence of classes when you register during SOAR orientation. 

5. Attend Orientation (SOAR)

6. Learn About Using MyCSULB, BeachBoard, and Beach Connect

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:

7. Set Up Your CSULB Email

CSULB students are required to maintain a CSULB email address on file with the university and to check their email regularly, as the university uses email as the official means of communication. If you haven’t already done so, log in to your BeachMail account using your CSULB email address and password.

You can set up your CSULB account password by visiting the CSULB Password Utility. You’ll use your account to access other computing services, including MyCSULB Student Center, beachnet+ wireless, and BeachBoard.

8. Apply for Housing

On campus housing is not a requirement for transfer students, but if you are in need of housing, please visit Housing for more information.

9. 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. 

10. Register for Classes

New students register for classes during SOAR. Explore the Schedule of Classes for the latest information about course offerings, modes of instruction, registration requirements, and more.