New Student Requirements

Congratulations on your admission for Fall 2024!
Please complete the requirements listed below to ensure a smooth transition to CSULB. 

To attend CSULB for the fall 2024 semester you are required to enter the US on or before August 19. The earliest an F-1 student can enter the US for fall 2024 is July 20, 2024.

  1. Complete the “Next Steps” list for your academic program level.
    Clear Your Holds. ​​You cannot register for classes until all your holds are cleared in your MyCSULB account. Check for these holds:
    1. International Admissions Documents
    2. Immigration Check-In
    3. Health Insurance:
      • You are required to purchase the CSULB-approved health insurance coverage via JCB before registering for courses.
      • First-year students and Transfers must purchase JCB medical insurance IMMEDIATELY after signing up for SOAR.
      • Purchase JCB Health Insurance.
  2. Deadline to Submit Admissions Documents: 
    • Undergraduate: July 15, 2024
    • Graduate and Post Bac: July 15, 2024

Mail Documents to: 

Center for International Education 
International Admission
6300 East State University Drive
FND 185B
Long Beach, CA 90815 USA

If you have any questions, submit a ticket inquiry.

  1. Prepare the required documents:
    • A copy of the biographical page (photo page) of your passport.
    • and a current financial/bank statement.
  2. Submit the CSULB Form I-20 Request with your documents. Complete the request online through the links below. Requests are not accepted through email.

Form I-20 will be processed and delivered electronically to your CSULB student email. After you receive your CSULB form I-20, you can apply for an F-1 visa.

After receiving your CSULB form I-20, follow the steps below to apply for an F-1 visa:

  1. Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee (online). All prospective F-1 students are required to pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee.
    • Print a copy of your payment confirmation.
    • Take your SEVIS fee payment confirmation to your visa interview. Carry the SEVIS fee payment confirmation along with your visa when entering the U.S.
  2. Apply for an F-1 Visa
    • Visit the U.S. Department of State’s website for information about applying for an F-1 visa. You can also find your nearest embassy or consulate by visiting the U.S. Embassy website.
    • After receiving your F-1 visa, check it for accuracy.
    • Make sure that you have digital and hard copies of all your documents when preparing to travel.
    • Carry the SEVIS fee payment confirmation along with your visa when entering the U.S.

Complete the online Immigration Check-In:

  • New Students:  within 3 days of your entry to the U.S. 
  • Transfer students from other U.S. institutions:  complete the immigration check-in anytime after receiving the new CSULB form I-20.