Newly Admitted Students

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Congratulations!

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 gateway.sfsu.edu. 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 6, 2022 (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 graddocs@sfsu.edu. 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
U.S.A

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Spring 2023 New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

SESSION

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

International Orientation Session: Join us for our international student orientation session, here you can expect to gain insight on life as a student at sf state, registering for courses, and general admissions information.

Wednesday, January 18
10:00 - 11:00 AM PST

Please register for this session: ZOOM

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

Wednesday, January 18
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Please register for this session: ZOOM
 

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.

Wednesday, January 18
1:00 - 2:00 PM PST

Please register for this session: ZOOM

ZOOM Q&A Drop-In Hours: Join us via ZOOM to have your questions as a newly admitted student answered.

Wednesday, January 18
2:00 - 4:00 PM PST

Registration not required. Select link below to join.

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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 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.

Wednesday, January 18
4:00 - 5:00 PM PST

Registration not required. Select link below to join.

ZOOM

Coffee Meet & Greet + Q&A with the Division of Graduate Studies: Join the Division of Graduate Studies for some coffee and get your get your questions answered in our newly remodeled space!

Thursday, January 19
9:00 - 11:00 AM PST

Meet in Administration Building, Room 254.

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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.

Thursday, January 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Meet in Administration Building, Room 254.

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SF State Scholars Undergraduate Students Welcome Orientation: This will be a great time for you to meet with your Scholars cohort.  It will also be an opportunity for students to ask questions and be introduced to their SF Scholars program and the Division of Graduate Studies

Thursday, January 19
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Please register for this session:
ZOOM
 

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  • Choosing my courses
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