What's Different About the New Way to Apply to the CSU
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What's Different About the New Way to Apply to the CSU


When Cal State Apply, the CSU’s new application platform, launches today, expect to see some big improvements.

What's Different About the New Way to Apply to the CSU

No need for multiple applications anymore; the new Cal State Apply application portal makes it simple to apply to as many CSU campuses as you like with a single application. Photo courtesy of CSU Channel Islands


Starting today, June 1, 2017, there will be an entirely new way to apply to all 23 campuses of the California State University: Cal State Apply.

Cal State Apply will replace CSUMentor, which has been in place since 1997. The last day to submit an application via CSUMentor was May 31, 2017.

The new application will be open for applications starting with the Winter 2018 quarter.

Beginning on August 1, applications will be accepted for the Spring 2018 semester, and October 1, 2017 will launch the application period for the Fall 2018 semester. The priority application period for the Fall 2018 period will run from October 1 to November 30, 2017.

All applicants to the CSU must apply through this platform.

"We're very excited about the launch of the new Cal State Apply platform because it represents significant improvements to the previous system that we believe will greatly help students, parents and counselors," says April Grommo, Ed.D., director of enrollment management services at the Chancellor's Office, in Long Beach.

Here are some of the most important updates to be aware of as you prepare to apply to the CSU:

  1. There's now one single application for all 23 CSU campuses. Many prospective students want to apply simultaneously to more than one campus, something that was time-consuming to do with the previous application. Now you can select any and all campuses you want your application to be sent to simultaneously.
  2. Applying to EOP is now part of Cal State Apply. For more than 40 years, the CSU's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has worked to improve access to higher education and opportunity to low-income and educationally disadvantaged Californians, most of whom are first-generation college students. By integrating the application to EOP into the application for admission, the CSU hopes to make more eligible students aware of the program. (Learn more about applying to EOP in the EOP Application Book, 2017-18.)
  3. ACT and SAT scores are automatically sent. If you're an incoming freshman who has taken the ACT or SAT, your test results will be distributed to all CSU campuses to which you've applied – so there's no need for you to send the scores to each school's admissions office.

For the Fall 2017 semester, the CSU system received 845,416 applications. About 575,000 of those were for first-time freshmen, while nearly 256,000 were from undergraduate transfer students.

The system also received over 14,000 applications from credential and graduate applicants.

"Our mission at the CSU is student success, first and foremost," stresses Dr. Grommo. "And that starts with students' very first experience with the system – when they're applying."