CSU Webmaster's Frequently Asked Questions

The California State University is the country's largest four-year university system with 23 campuses located throughout the state of California. The campuses offer excellent educational opportunities at affordable costs. Please Explore the System for more information.

ADMISSION INFORMATION: Please visit CSUMentor, a comprehensive guide to the California State University's 23 campuses. Also visit the Students and Student Academic Support sections of our website for more admission information.

ADMISSION STATUS: The status for admission into particular programs may be found in the "Application Filing Status Report" at CSUMentor. The best way to find out the most current information, however, is to contact the campus admissions office at a specific campus. Additional information is available at our main admissions link.

An essay is not a requirement for admission to the California State University system. However, it may be an option at campuses that are defined as impacted or in majors that are impacted. Consult the campus admission office to which you are applying to verify whether your major is impacted and to find out whether or not an essay is required. Campuses may be located on our map of campus locations.

You must submit an individual application for each campus for which you wish to apply. Current application fee is $55 per application. Dates for submission of applications are listed on the CSUMentor Application Filing Status Report.

Please contact individual campuses for additional information about registration dates, semester/quarter starting dates, finals, seasonal breaks, and commencement.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION: Prospective students should visit the CSUMentor website. It provides a user-friendly process for selecting a CSU campus, planning to meet CSU entrance and academic requirements, applying for admissions and financial aid, understanding financial aid eligibility and opportunities, and establishing an electronic communications link between the student and CSU campuses.

DISTANCE LEARNING: CSU campuses support a variety of technology-delivered courses and programs. Some technology delivered programs require campus attendance or are subject to campus residency provisions. Other technology-delivered programs may be completed in a remote setting. Registrants are encouraged to check with their academic advisor or campus Extended University Office for details. Also see CalstateTEACH

REACHING A SPECIFIC CAMPUS: If you have a question for a specific campus, please send your inquiry directly to that campus.

LOCATING STUDENTS AND STAFF: While this website does not have a comprehensive systemwide directory available, please see our Campus Personnel Locators page for campus-specific personnel locators.

POLICY REGARDING USE OF CSU LOGOS: The CSU has a strict policy regarding the use of its logos and trademarks. The policy of the CSU Board of Trustees of the CSU is that the seal, logos and images used on the CSU website may not be used by persons and organizations other than the CSU. If you have any questions contact the Office of Public Affairs for the Chancellor's Office at (562) 951-4800 or by e-mail.

HAVE YOU REACHED US BY MISTAKE? The California State University is a public state university system with an emphasis on teaching and teacher and workforce preparation. All of our campuses, except for the California Maritime Academy, have the "State University" identification in their name.

The University of California (UC) is also a public state university system with an emphasis on research. All UC campuses can be identified through the "University of California" identification in their name.

The University of Southern California (USC) is a private university.

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