Newly Admitted Students

Graduate Students at Oracle Park


You belong here. We are thrilled to welcome you to the Gator family! This checklist will guide you through the next steps to start your future at SF State.

Accept your admission offer now! Accepting your admission offer will secure your place in the program, obtain an SF State e-mail address, and receive enrollment appointments to enroll in courses.

  1. Log into Under the LaunchPad, click on the Student Center button.
  1. Once in your Student Center, go to the Admissions section and under the My Applications box, click Accept or Decline and ACCEPT YOUR OFFER!
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After accepting their admission offer, students will be automatically assigned an SF State email account. We will send detailed instructions regarding your SF State email account to your personal email address once it has been created. Once enrolled, you will receive critical reminders regarding class registration for the upcoming semester and other important information at that account.

You will also receive instructions for setting up two-factor authentication which will be required to access SF State information resources and helps protect your student account.

Registration for all newly admitted graduate students will begin on June 12, 2023 (check enrollment time in your Student Center)

Contact your academic program to see what courses to enroll in for your first semester.

View important dates on the Registrar’s Website. For more support join one of our upcoming End Registration Frustration workshops.

At the start of every semester, we host a New Graduate Student Orientation for all of our new incoming students. This is a general orientation in which we host a variety of different workshops designed with your success in mind. Spring 2023 orientation will be offered on a hybrid basis on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19. Please refer to the orientation schedule of events below.

Your individual department may also be hosting an orientation session. This will be an event more specific to your studies, where you will get to meet members of your cohort/peers in your program and faculty.

We look forward to meeting you!

It is very important that you pay your tuition fees on time. Please review the Bursars website and mark your calendar for important due dates. Note that payment plans are available, and international funds can be sent using Flywire.

The first disbursement of financial aid will be one week before school starts. Subsequent disbursements occur once a week throughout the semester, and you will only receive a disbursement if there is any remaining aid needed to disburse for that semester.

Learn more on our Funding Your Education page.

Official electronic transcripts must be addressed to SF State Graduate Studies and sent directly from your institution to Transcripts submitted as attachments directly from the student will be considered unofficial and will not meet official transcript requirements.

Please send official, sealed transcripts to:

Division of Graduate Studies
1600 Holloway Avenue
Administration 254
San Francisco, CA 94132

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Fall 2023 New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule



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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 welcomes 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 Dean of Division of Graduate Studies.

Monday, August 7

3:00 - 4:00 PM Pacific

Zoom Registration Link:…

International Graduate Studies - Fall 2023 Welcome to SF State! Welcome newly admitted students! You will learn about the Office of International Programs (OIP), SF State campus services & resources. You will connect with current students and faculty at SF State and have a chance to ask questions.

Tuesday, August 8

10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific

Zoom Registration Link:…

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!

Tuesday, August 8

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

Registration not required. Click Zoom link to join:

SF State Scholars Undergraduate Student Orientation Session: The Division of Graduate Studies welcomes our newly admitted Fall 2023 SF State Scholars students! In this session, we will review program policies and the transition process as a Scholars student.

Tuesday, August 8

1:00 - 2:00 PM Pacific

Zoom Registration Link:…

Accessing Resources at SF State: Are you searching for more support as you begin your graduate education at SF State? Explore the wide array of campus resources available to help you find community, manage your finances, promote your health and well-being, and support your academics as a newly admitted graduate student in this informational session.

Tuesday, August 8
2:00 - 3:00pm Pacific

Register here:…

Q&A with Office of Student Financial Aid: Office of Student Financial Aid answers frequently asked questions specific to post-baccalaureate students.

Tuesday, August 8
3:00 - 4:00 PM Pacific

Register here:…

CSU Student Research Competition Panel: Please join us to learn more about academic research and events at Grad School.

Tuesday, August 8
5:30 - 6:30 PM Pacific

Register here:

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.

Wednesday, August 9
9:30 - 10:00am Pacific

Registration required. Register here:

Q&A with Bursar’s Office: Join us for an information session followed by Q&A with the Bursar’s Office. This will be an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Finance section of your Student Center, learn about academic finances at SF State, and to ask questions directly to the Bursar’s Office. For information regarding the Payment deadlines, Refund Schedule and the Schedule of Tuition and Fees please visit:

Wednesday, August 9

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific

Zoom Registration Link:

SF State Planetarium Show: Join us for a FREE planetarium show right here at SF State! The Spitz projector at the center of the room projects more than 1300 stars, along with the sun, moon, and planets, onto the dome-shaped ceiling.  Learn which objects are observable from the SF Bay Area throughout the year.

Wednesday, August 9

12:00 - 2:00pm Pacific

Space is limited. Registration required. Register here:

Campus Tour with our Graduate Student Ambassadors: Get acquainted with SF State! Come join our Graduate Student Ambassadors as they provide a tour of our beautiful SF State campus.

Wednesday, August 9

2:30 - 4:30pm Pacific

Space is limited. Registration required. Register here:

Get to Work with Career & Leadership Development (CLD): Career & Leadership Development (CLD) is your hub for resources and assistance on your career development. In this session you’ll learn how to maximize CLD’s wide-ranging support services including on-campus employment, career counseling and tons of online resources, all to help you put your education to work.

Wednesday, August 9
5:00 - 6:00 PM Pacific

Register here:…

Academic Technology Student Resources: This session will help students prepare to work remotely and interact with their course content, classmates and instructors using remote modalities.

Thursday, August 10

10:00am - 10:45 am Pacific

Register here:…

SF State Global Museum Tour: The Global Museum houses outstanding permanent collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, and uses family and student-oriented exhibitions as the bases for innovative educational programming for SF State, the extended San Francisco community, and Bay Area school districts. Join us for a FREE tour!

Thursday, August 10

11:00am - 1:00pm Pacific

Space is limited. Registration required. Register here:


Graduate Student Expectations: 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.

Thursday, August 10

1:00 - 2:00 PM Pacific

Zoom Registration Link:…

You Matter, Belong, and Fit at SF State! The Division of Equity and Community Inclusion is committed to creating spaces and events that affirm our identities, our commonalities, and what makes us unique. Learn how you can get connected and involved! Equity & Community Inclusion consists of the following areas:


- Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services

- Black Unity Center

- Diversity & Student Equity

- Dream Resource Center

- Jewish Student Life and Interfaith Programs

- Latinx Student Services Center

- LGBTQ Student Life

- Muslim Student Life and Interfaith Programs

Thursday, August 10


2:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific

Zoom Registration Link:

SF State Library Tour and Services: Join the SF State librarians for a library tour and review of services and resources most relevant to graduate students. This session will feature a tour of the library including study spaces, the Digital Media Studio and MakerSpace overview, Special Collections and Archives overview, Library Retrieval System (LRS) demo, and more!

Thursday, August 10

2:00 - 4:00 PM Pacific

Space is limited. Registration required. Register here:

International Student Orientation for F-1 students – Day 1 (Hosted by the Office of International Programs): In this session, you will learn about the Office of International Programs (OIP), SF State campus services & resources, connect with current students and faculty at SF State, and have the opportunity to attend an information fair with bank/phone companies and student organizations.

Wednesday, August 16

8:45am – 1:00pm Pacific

Event is fully in-person. Registration not required. Please bring your SF State Student ID card if possible or know your SF State Student ID Number.

SF State Campus - SF State Student Life & Events Center (Annex I)

1 North State Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132


International Student Orientation for F-1 students - Day 2 (Hosted by the Office of International Programs): In this session, you will meet your international student advisors and have a chance to ask questions, go through a virtual “document check in” to review your immigration paperwork, and learn about F-1 employment opportunities and work authorization.

Thursday, August 17

9:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific

ZOOM: OIP will email the zoom registration link to each student in early August 2023.

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