Key Dates and Deadlines

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Visit this page for the latest term deadlines for Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, Scholarshps, Fee Payments, and Graduation. For information on university holidays and future academic years, refer to the Academic Affairs Calendar.

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Event Spring 2024
Fall 2023
Applications open
First day that applications are accepted.
August 1 October 1
First-time, first-year (freshman) application deadline Closed to all applicants November 30
Lower-division transfer application deadline
Open only for highly qualified applicants to Nursing by referral of the department.
August 31 November 30
Upper-division transfer application deadline August 31 November 30
Second bachelor's application deadline
Open only for highly qualified applications to the following majors: Foreign languages, Nursing, Engineering, Natural Sciences (with the exception of Biological Sciences), and Math.
August 31 November 30
Readmission (Returning CSULB Students)
Students who have not attended another college or university since leaving CSULB.
August 31 November 30

Reinstatement Petition Process:
Students that are disqualified must complete all 3 steps below if considering returning to CSULB.

  1. Apply via Cal State Apply
  2. Submit a Reinstatement Petition to CSULB
  3. Submit official transcripts to CSULB (for all coursework completed and in-progress since disqualification)

For all steps and instructions, visit Academic Standing and Appeals.

Cal State Apply:
August 31

CSULB Petition and Transcripts:
October 1

Cal State Apply:
November 30

CSULB Petition and Transcripts:
February 15

Teaching credential programs application deadline November 1 June 1
Master's programs and certificates application deadline Varies by program
(no later than Nov. 1)
Varies by program (no later than June 1)
CSU Visitor/Concurrent Enrollment Deadline January 1 August 1
Cross-Enrollment Closed to all applicants Closed to all applicants
Undergraduate Admission Decisions
When an admission decision has been made, you will be notified by e-mail.  You can check the status of your application through Applicant Self-Service.
Mid-October - November Mid-February - April
Undergraduate Waitlist Decisions
Students originally placed on a waitlist will be notified by e-mail when an updated admissions decision is ready. Check the status of your application via Applicant Self-Service.
December - January May - July
Deadline to submit non-refundable enrollment deposit November 15 May 1

Looking for Summer Registration Support?
Summer 2023 registration for continuing students begins on March 6. Learn more about Summer Session for Continuing Students.

Event Spring
Schedule of Classes Oct. 10, 2022 March 6, 2023
Residency Reclassification Deadline
Last day to submit the CSU Residence Questionnaire to be reclassified as a California resident for tuition purposes.
Nov. 1, 2022 April 3, 2023
Continuing student (First Wave) registration begins
Registration appointment times are based on graduation status, class level, and units earned. Learn more via First Wave Registration.
Nov. 2, 2022 April 3, 2023
New graduate student and returning student registration December May - Sept.
Educational Leave Deadline
Last day to file an Application for Educational Leave for the semester. (After this deadline, applications are considered by exception only and an appeal with a $10 missed deadline fee is required. Late applications will be considered only until the last day of the semester during which the educational leave is taken.)
Dec. 23, 2022 May 19, 2023
New undergraduate student registration
New first-year and transfer students register at SOAR.
Dec. - Jan. June - Aug.
CSU Visitor/Concurrent Enrollment Deadline Jan. 1, 2023 Aug. 1, 2023
Petition for Exception to Maximum Unit Load
First day you can register for more than 18 units. An approved petition is required.
Jan. 2, 2023 July 31, 2023
Waitlist Deadline
Last day of waitlist auto-enrollment. After this date, waitlists are no longer used.
Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 7, 2023
First day of classes
A $25 late registration fee will apply for initial registration starting this date or later.   
Jan. 19, 2023 Aug. 22, 2023
Open University Enrollment Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 22 - Sept. 19, 2023
Last day to add or drop classes without approval
Deadline to add or swap a class without approval. Deadline to drop a class without receiving a W. Deadline to drop and receive a refund for reduction in calculated charges. All changes must be completed in MyCSULB Student Center by 10 p.m.

(Refer to Fee Payments and Refunds section for refund deadlines.)
Feb. 1, 2023 Sept. 5, 2023
Withdraw (with approval only)
Starting the third week of classes, you'll need to submit a request to withdraw in MyCSULB Student Center. If approved, you'll receive a W on your transcript for the class.
Feb. 2 - April 14, 2023 Sept. 6 - Nov. 17, 2023
Permission to Add (with approval only)
During the third week of classes, approval of the class instructor and the department are required to add a class. Contact the instructor to get approval before submitting a Permission to Add request in MyCSULB Student Center.
Feb. 2 - 8, 2023 Sept. 6 - 12, 2023
Late Add (by exception only)
During the fourth week of classes, you may only add a class if extenuating circumstances prevented you from enrolling before the deadline. Such requests are an exception to academic policy and require documentation. Approval of the class instructor and department are required. Contact the instructor to get approval before submitting a Permission to Add request in MyCSULB Student Center.

(Requests are considered by exception only and an appeal with a $10 missed deadline fee is required to submit your request, regardless of the outcome.)
Feb. 9 - 15, 2023 Sept. 13 - 19, 2023
Grade Option Change Request Deadline
Deadline to change grading option for a class to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU). (After this deadline, requests are considered by exception only and an appeal with a $10 missed deadline fee is required to submit your request, regardless of the outcome. Late requests are considered only until University Census.)
Feb. 8, 2023 Sept. 12, 2023
Deadline to file credit by examination Feb. 8, 2023 Sept. 12, 2023
University Census
Finalize your enrollment by this day. Enrollment as of this day is considered the official enrollment and is used for state reporting and select financial aid programs. Schedule changes after this day are not permitted, except for approved withdrawals.
Feb. 15, 2023 Sept. 19, 2023
Mid-Term Progress Reports
Instructors may provide mid-term progress reports, which are posted in MyCSULB Student Center. These grades do not appear on your transcript or affect your GPA; they are informational only. Because these are provided at the instructor's discretion, you may not receive mid-term progress reports for all of your classes.
Mid-March Mid-Oct.
Catastrophic Withdrawals
Withdrawal during the final three weeks of instruction is not permitted unless there are serious and extenuating circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from continuing in your classes and incompletes are not possible. 
April 15 - May 5, 2023 Nov. 18 - Dec. 11, 2023
Last day of classes May 5, 2023 Dec. 11, 2023
Final Exams May 8 - 13, 2023 Dec. 12 - 18, 2023
Last day of semester May 19, 2023 Dec. 22, 2023

For information about additional academic sessions, choose a category below:

The dates below are for financial aid and scholarships for the term indicated in the header column. (For example, the application window for BeachScholarships for the Fall 2023 semester is Jan. 19 - March 13, 2023.)

Event Spring 2024 Fall 2023
Financial Aid Applications Open
First day to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application for financial aid for the following academic year.
Oct. 1, 2023
(File the '23 - 24 FAFSA or DREAM Application)
Oct. 1, 2022
(File the '23 - 24 FAFSA or DREAM Application)
Priority Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted by 10 p.m. If you submit your application after this day, you will not be eligible for CSULB or California state financial aid, but you may still be eligible for federal grants, loans, or other scholarships.
Aug. 31, 2023
(New Students for Spring Only)
March 2, 2023
(All Students)
Deadline to submit requested documents Dec. 31, 2023
(New Students for Spring Only)
June 14, 2023
(All Students)
Award notifications sent to new students Beginning October 2023 March - April 2023
Award notifications sent to continuing students June - July 2023 June - July 2023
Disbursement begins
Most financial aid funds are applied toward any outstanding charges, including any installment plans. The first possible date funds can be released is 10 days before the first day of classes each semester.
January 12, 2024 Aug. 12, 2023
BeachScholarships Application Period
All new and continuing students may apply. Application periods are for scholarships to be provided during the indicated semester.
TBD August 21 - October 4, 2023

Fee Payment Schedule
Event Spring 2023 Fall
First Fee Payment Deadline (fall only)
Deadline for students who registered April 4 - June 30, 2022 to make a deposit, accept financial aid, or pay tuition in full. See “When to Pay” on the Tuition and Fees webpage for more information.
N/A July 12, 2023
Fee Payment Deadline
Fees are due 30 days after registration or by this deadline, whichever occurs first. Your payment due date is available on MyCSULB Student Center. If you register after this day, your fees will be due the next day. (A $10 late payment fee will be assessed on balances past due after this day.)
Jan. 4, 2023 Aug. 9, 2023
Refund Schedule
Event Spring 2023 Fall
Deadline to drop and receive a full refund
Drop all classes by this day to receive a full refund. Starting the first day of classes, students who drop all their classes will owe prorated fees based on the date of withdrawal. See “Refunds” on the Tuition and Fees webpage for more information.
Jan. 18, 2023 Aug. 21, 2023
Deadline to drop and receive a refund for reduction in calculated charges
This is the same day as the last day to add, swap, or drop a class without approval. All changes must be completed in MyCSULB Student Center by 10 p.m. 

(Refer to Registration section for registration deadlines.)
Feb. 1, 2023 Sept. 5, 2023
Deadline to withdraw from all classes for prorated refund March 23, 2023 Oct. 27, 2023

The deadline to apply to graduate depends on the term you plan to graduate. Applications begin the year before your expected graduation term and end during the fall or spring term preceding your graduation date. (For example, the application window for students graduating in Spring 2023 is March 2 - Oct. 15, 2022.)

Expected Graduation Term Application Deadline Application Window
Fall March 1 Oct. 16 - March 1
Winter March 1 Oct. 16 - March 1
Spring Oct. 15 March 2 - Oct. 15
Summer Oct. 15 March 2 - Oct. 15