Key Dates and Deadlines

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

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EventFall 2024
Spring 2025
Applications open
First day that applications are accepted.
October 1August 1
First-time, first-year (freshman) application deadlineNovember 30Closed to all applicants
Lower-division transfer application deadline
Open only for highly qualified applicants to Nursing by referral of the department.
November 30August 31
Upper-division transfer application deadlineNovember 30August 31
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.
November 30August 31
Readmission (Returning CSULB Students)
Students who have not attended another college or university since leaving CSULB.
November 30August 31

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:
November 30

CSULB Petition and Transcripts:
February 15

Cal State Apply:
August 31

CSULB Petition and Transcripts:
October 1

Teaching credential programs application deadlineJune 1November 1
Master's programs and certificates application deadlineVaries by program (no later than June 1)Varies by program
(no later than Nov. 1)
CSU Visitor/Concurrent Enrollment DeadlineAugust 1January 1
Cross-EnrollmentClosed to all applicantsClosed 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-February - AprilMid-October - November
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.
May - JulyDecember - January
Deadline to submit non-refundable enrollment depositMay 15November 15

EventFall 2024Spring 2025
Schedule of ClassesMar. 11, 2024Oct. 4, 2024
Residency Reclassification Deadline
Last day to submit the CSU Residence Questionnaire to be reclassified as a California resident for tuition purposes.
Apr. 2, 2024Nov. 1, 2024
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.
Apr. 8, 2024Oct. 28, 2024
New graduate student and returning student registrationMay - Sept.December
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. 24, 2024May 23, 2025
New undergraduate student registration
New first-year and transfer students register at SOAR.
June - Aug.Dec. - Jan.
CSU Visitor/Concurrent Enrollment DeadlineAug. 1, 2024Jan. 2, 2025
Petition for Exception to Maximum Unit Load
First day you can register for more than 18 units. An approved petition is required.
Aug. 5, 2024Jan. 2, 2025
Waitlist Deadline
Last day of waitlist auto-enrollment. After this date, waitlists are no longer used.
Aug. 5, 2024Jan. 6, 2025
First day of classes
A $25 late registration fee will apply for initial registration starting this date or later.   
Aug. 26, 2024Jan. 21, 2025
Open University EnrollmentAug. 26, 2024Jan. 21, 2025
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.)
Sept. 9, 2024Feb. 3, 2025
Day 1 Textbook Access
Deadline to opt-out of the textbook access (D1TA) program. Must be completed by 11:59 p.m.
Sept. 9, 2024Feb. 3, 2025
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.
Sept. 10 - Nov. 20, 2024Feb. 4 - April 18, 2025
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.
Sept. 10 - 16, 2024Feb. 4 - 10, 2025
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.)
Sept. 17 - 23, 2024Feb. 11 - 17, 2025
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.)
Sept. 16, 2024Feb. 17, 2025
Deadline to file credit by examinationSept. 9, 2024Feb. 10, 2025
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.
Sept. 23, 2024Feb. 17, 2025
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.
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. 
Nov. 21 - Dec. 11, 2024May 9, 2025
Last day of classesDec. 11, 2024May 9, 2025
Final ExamsDec. 12 - 18, 2024May 12 - 17, 2025
Last day of semesterDec. 24, 2024May 23, 2025

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

Students may still submit 2024-2025 FAFSA/CADAA forms after the priority deadline!
The priority deadline to apply for aid was May 2, 2024. Students are still encouraged to apply for aid for the 2024-2025 academic year through June 30, 2025 but may not be eligible for certain types of aid (including CSULB or California state-funded aid) since the priority deadline has passed.

EventFall 2024Spring 2025
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.
Dec. 31, 2023File the 2024 - 2025 FAFSA or DREAM App.
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.
May 2, 2024
(All Students)
Aug. 31, 2024
(New Students for Spring Only)
Deadline to submit requested documentsJune 28, 2024
(All Students)
Dec. 31, 2024
(New Students for Spring Only)
Award notifications sent to new studentsApril 17, 2024Beginning October 2024
Award notifications sent to continuing studentsJune - July 2024June - July 2024
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.
Aug. 16, 2024January 13, 2025

BeachScholarships Application Periods:
CSULB is proud to offer several scholarships to help students cover the costs of their education. These funds come from a variety of university, federal, state, and private sources--but unlike loans, they do not have to be repaid. Opportunities are available for new and continuing students.  Learn more about scholarships.

  • Fall 2024 Applications: Apply between Jan. 22 - Mar. 12, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Applications: Apply between Aug. 26 - Oct. 6, 2024

Fee Payment Schedule
EventFall 2024Spring 2025
First Fee Payment Deadline (fall only)
Deadline for students who registered April 8 - June 30, 2024 to make a deposit, accept financial aid, or pay tuition in full. See Tuition and Fees: Payment Deadlines.
July 17, 2024N/A
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.)
Aug. 14, 2024Jan. 8, 2025
Refund Schedule
EventFall 2024Spring 2025
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.
Aug. 25, 2024Jan. 20, 2025
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.)
Sept. 9, 2024Feb. 3, 2025
Deadline to withdraw from all classes for prorated refundOct. 28, 2024TBD

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 TermApplication DeadlineApplication Window
FallMarch 1Oct. 16 - March 1
WinterMarch 1Oct. 16 - March 1
SpringOct. 15March 2 - Oct. 15
SummerOct. 15March 2 - Oct. 15