Welcome New Graduate Students

New Graduate Students

Six Essential Steps to becoming a Graduate Student at SF State

We are thrilled to welcome you to the Gator family. To make it official, there are six important steps that all admitted graduate students need to complete to confirm enrollment. This checklist will walk you through those steps to start your future at SF State.

To accept your offer, you first need to set up your Student Center account with a password. Visit the SF State ID for New Student Password set up to complete this step. Make sure you have your student ID number handy provided in your acceptance notice. You’ll need it.

Accept your offer!

Log into your new Student Center account at gateway.sfsu.edu. Under the Future Students heading, click on Application Status. When prompted, click the Access Student Center button.

Once in your Student Center, go to the Admissions section and under the My Applications box, click Accept or Decline and ACCEPT YOUR OFFER!

New Graduate Students

Your Student Center will automatically update with your acceptance status.

Having problems, need help troubleshooting? Try watching the Accept Admissions Offer video or contact your student services representatives at (415) 338-2234 or gradstudies@sfsu.edu. We can guide you through the process.

Registration for New Graduate Students begins Thursday, June 10, 2021 – Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

View Class Schedule and Register for Classes https://cms.sfsu.edu/content/registering-classes

Having problems, need help troubleshooting? Contact your student services representatives at (415) 338-2234 or gradstudies@sfsu.edu. We can guide you through the process.

Introduce yourself to your graduate coordinator by email. The graduate coordinator for your program oversees program specific admission procedures, hosts department orientations, will help you identify your primary graduate faculty advisor, and may help you identify committee members on theses, creative works, field projects, or graduate examinations. Your graduate coordinator is a primary resource.

Graduate Coordinator Contact Information https://grad.sfsu.edu/content/graduate-coordinators

June events

July events

New Graduate Student Orientation week August 9 – 13

  1. Sign-in to your Student Center. Under Student, select Financial/Jobs
  2. Select the Access Student Center button
  3. Under the Finance section, click View Financial Aid and select 2022 as your aid year.
  4. To accept your Financial Aid Award, click on Accept/Decline awards at the top of the page. Remember to select 2022 as your aid year.

If you have any questions, please review the Financial Aid website.

Explore additional resources for Funding Your Education https://grad.sfsu.edu/content/funding-your-education

  1. Submit an official copy of your final transcripts that show all of your grades and your date of graduation.
  2. Submit final transcripts no later than September 30, 2021, to:
    Email: graddocs@sfsu.edu (Must come directly from the institution itself. Attached PDFs from student’s email will be considered unofficial).
    Mail: Division of Graduate Studies, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 254, San Francisco, CA 94132.
    Visit the Transcripts and GEADT Certification page for more information on how to submit your records.

New Student Welcome Events

Grad Student Kick Off - June Events
End Registration Frustration:  SF State registration basics, how to choose courses using the bulletin, making payments , & more! Thursday, June 10, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
End Registration Frustration: SF State registration basics, how to choose courses using the bulletin, making payments , & more! Tuesday, June 15, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
Graduate Gator Points of Pride : Together we will explore the graduate student spaces on campus as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Thursday, June 17, 5:00 - 5:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
Join us for the Graduate Student Financial Aid Info Session and learn about how financial aid works and the type of aid available. Friday, June 18, 11:00 AM Register
End Registration Frustration:  SF State registration basics, how to choose courses using the bulletin, making payments , & more! Thursday, June 24, 5:00 - 5:30 PM Zoom password: 1600

Grad Student Kick Off - June Events
Graduate Gator Points of Pride: Together we will explore the graduate student spaces on campus as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Thursday, July 1, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
End Registration Frustration:  SF State registration basics, how to choose courses using the bulletin, making payments , & more! Thursday, July 1, 5:00 - 5:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
End Registration Frustration:  SF State registration basics, how to choose courses using the bulletin, making payments , & more! Thursday, July 8, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
Graduate Gator Points of Pride: Together we will explore the graduate student spaces on campus as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Thursday, July 15, 5:00 - 5:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
End Registration Frustration:  SF State registration basics, how to choose courses using the bulletin, making payments , & more! Thursday, July 22, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Zoom password: 1600
Graduate Gator Points of Pride: Together we will explore the graduate student spaces on campus as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Thursday, July 29, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Zoom password: 1600

Grad Student Kick Off - June Events
Event Title: Description Date & Time Zoom Link
Plenary speaker | Welcome from dean TBD TBD
New Graduate Student Orientation Welcome: Congratulations on your acceptance to San Francisco State University! Your journey to an advanced degree begins now! The Division of Graduate Studies is excited to welcome you and invites you to attend our Virtual New Student Orientation Welcome webinar. This is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the higher expectations of graduate students, learn about campus resources, and meet the Division of Graduate Studies Dean and Assistant Dean Monday, August 9, 11am Register
Welcome to SFSU- Meet the Graduate Studies Staff (session one): Q & A session Monday, August 9 @ 4:00 PM TBD
Welcome to SFSU- Meet the Graduate Studies Staff (session two): Q & A session Tuesday, August 10 @ 10: AM TBD
Q&A with Office of Financial Aid: Office of Financial Aid answers frequently asked questions specific to post-baccalaureate students July, August (TBD) TBD
Q&A with Bursars Office (Session 1): Join us in an information session followed by Q&A with the Bursa’s Office. This will be an opportunity to learn about the Finance section of your Student Center, about academic finances within SFSU and an opportunity to ask question directly to the Bursar’s Office. For information regarding the Payment deadlines, Refund Schedule and the Schedule of Tuition and Fees please visit: https://bursar.sfsu.edu/content/Fall-2021 August 10th 1pm - 2pm Register
Q&A with Bursars Office (Session 2): Join us in an information session followed by Q&A with the Bursa’s Office. This will be an opportunity to learn about the Finance section of your Student Center, about academic finances within SFSU and an opportunity to ask question directly to the Bursar’s Office. For information regarding the Payment deadlines, Refund Schedule and the Schedule of Tuition and Fees please visit: https://bursar.sfsu.edu/content/Fall-2021 August 12th 1pm - 2pm Register
Q&A with International Admissions TBD TBD
Holds and Navigating Student Processes | OTR, forms, etc. | Student Center (Session 1): Join us to learn about navigating student processes as well as navigating your Student Center as a New Graduate Student. August 11 @1pm Register
Holds and Navigating Student Processes | OTR, forms, etc. | Student Center (Session 2): Join us to learn about navigating student processes as well as navigating your Student Center as a New Graduate Student. August 13 @1pm Register
Navigation Course Registration TBD TBD
Accessing Campus Resources TBD TBD
Housing Options TBD TBD
GTA/GA Opportunities TBD TBD
Fellowships/Scholarships/GTA/GA Opportunities TBD TBD
New Student Cohort Meet and Greet Monday, August 9th TBD
Meet your Graduate Associated Students Representative and Get Involved in Student Life on Campus: Q&A on the role of Graduate Student Representative and services of Associated Students TBD TBD
Graduate Student Expectations (Academic Standing, Milestones): Congratulations on your admission! We look forward to supporting your pursuit of academic achievement and intellectual endeavor. As a graduate student, you are held to a higher academic standard. We encourage you to attend this webinar session to familiarize yourself with the academic policies, procedures, and resources available to graduate students. Wed.,Aug. 11 11am Register
The Librarians TBD TBD
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Taking care of your psychological well-being is important as you embark on your graduate student journey. Join this session to learn about services available through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and how to access them. Thurs, Aug 12, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Register
Dream Resource Center TBD TBD
BUC overview of services TBD TBD
ASPIRE: SFSU Pandemic Survival Guide: The transition to college is already a lot, and then we have the COVID-19 pandemic and continued racial injustice on top of that. Join our session with Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services staff, as we offer some strategies to help you survive and thrive in your first year at SFSU. The will be held from 2:00 – 3:00PM on recurring dates that you are able to access on our RSVP form. Register
LGBTQ – Interfaith group overview of services TBD TBD
Career Leadership & Development Services: Session to review resources for securing employment on campus and promote events/services with CSLD TBD TBD
Academic Technology Workshops TBD TBD
Credential Student Welcome TBD TBD
Certificates Student Welcome: Session to review certificates policies and CAP forms submission process. Tuesday, August 10 @ 2: PM Register
Second Baccalaureate Students Welcome TBD TBD
Grad Gathering: Join us for this fun social event at the end of new student orientation week! A mixer style event with games, as well as a chance for networking, and community building. Friday, August 13th 5PM-5:45PM Register
Department Orientations TBD TBD TBD
SF State Scholars Welcome: Session for Undergraduate Scholars to review program policies and transition process. Thursday August 12 @11am Register
End Registration Frustration: Join us for a brief Zoom session to learn how to navigate course registration as a newly admitted student. We will cover SF State registration basics, how to choose courses using the bulletin, making payments in the Student Center, & more!  Thursday, August 12, 1:00 - 1:30 PM  Zoom
Graduate Gator Points of Pride: New to SF State or the Bay Area? Join us on a virtual tour of our main campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Together we will explore the graduate student spaces on campus as well other fun spots nearby.   Thursday, August 10, 5:00 PM-5:30 PM  Zoom
Graduate Student Virtual Learning (Session 1): Get ready for virtual learning during this brief Zoom session. Together we will explore the specialized digital learning tools available to our graduate students. Become more comfortable navigating iLearn, view the Library resources, consider virtual tutoring options, and the Student Technology Quickguide. Tuesday, August 10, 1:00 – 1:30 PM  Zoom
Graduate Student Virtual Learning (Session 2): Get ready for virtual learning during this brief Zoom session. Together we will explore the specialized digital learning tools available to our graduate students. Become more comfortable navigating iLearn, view the Library resources, consider virtual tutoring options, and the Student Technology Quickguide. Thursday, August 12, 5:00-5:30 PM  Zoom