Admission

Admission to the program is based on the standard CSU transfer requirements: 60 semester units of transferable college-level work with a C average, completed by the end of the semester before enrollment in the program. (Summer and Winter Intersession not included). Thirty of these units must be in general education at a C or better, including A1 (Speech), A2 (Composition), A3 (Critical Thinking) and B4 (Math/Quantitative Reasoning). Entrance requirements can be in progress or planned when you apply, but they must be completed by the end of the Fall or Spring semester preceding enrollment.

Pre-Admission Advising

Susie McFeeters provides pre-admission advising. Please mail, e-mail, or fax copies of your transcripts to her, and she will evaluate your situation and tell you what you need to do, if anything, in order to fulfill the entrance requirements. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to seek advising before submitting an application. Due to the volume of requests, please allow at least a week for Susie to complete your assessment.

Important Dates

Fall 2017 - Applications for Fall 2017 programs are being accepted now.
January 15, 2017 - Submit completed applications to be considered for available grants and scholarships. (Applications for grants and scholarships must be submitted separately, contact the SSU Scholarship Office for details, www.sonoma.edu/scholarships.)
March 30, 2017 – Submit Fall 2017 program applications for guaranteed evaluation. (Petitions for late application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, program space and processing time permitting. Please submit the Admissions Appeals form with a late application.)
July 5, 2017 – ERD for Fall programs due.

We accept applications on a first-come basis. If necessary, a waiting list is started after the initial batch of applications has been received. Usually, most people on the waiting list have gotten into the program because others who applied earlier cannot come. However, there are no guarantees, so applying earlier is better than later.

Application Process

  • Please DO NOT try to apply online through CSU Mentor. We will not receive your application.
  • Students may have only one open application to Sonoma State University at a time. If you have already applied to another program, please contact Susie McFeeters at 707-664-2601 before applying to this program.
  • International students (those requiring a student visa to be admitted to SSU): please see further information below.

To apply:

  • Fill out and print the Undergraduate Application
  • Mail to the address below with check, money order or credit card information for $55 payable to Sonoma State University for the application fee made via this Fee Payment Form
  • Request two official, sealed copies of transcripts from all institutions previously attended, even if you did not complete any coursework, and even if you think the units are not transferable.
  • Please note: we cannot accept handwritten applications as the dropdown menus are invisible on the printed form.

You do not need to request SSU transcripts. If you completed resident coursework at SSU within the last five years, all of your transcripts will already be on file.

If space is available after the priority deadline, we may continue to accept applications. If you apply after the deadline, we will also need an Admissions Appeal form. Questions about supporting documents can be directed to Susie McFeeters.

All materials should be mailed to the following address:

SSU School of Extended and International & Education
Attn: Bachelor's Degree Completion
1801 E. Cotati Ave, Stevenson Hall 1012
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Once your file is complete, Admissions takes about 10 weeks to do the complete evaluation cycle.

Regarding Transcripts

We need two official, sealed copies of your transcript(s) to complete your application, one for the Admissions Office and one for the student file kept by the program to which you are applying. We cannot process applications until all transcripts have been received. If you have work in progress, send a set now, and request a second set to be sent when your work has been completed.

Some colleges are moving to online transcript transmission. At this time, SSU is accepting electronic transcripts from only these sources:

  • CSU Mentor
  • Parchment (now includes Docufide and Naviance)

In order for your electronic transcript to be considered official by our Admissions staff, it must be sent to the default e-mail when you request an e-transcript from one of these sources. Please select Sonoma State as the recipient.

Please indicate on your application which colleges may be sending e-transcripts by checking the “e-transcript?” box after the college attended information so we can better track them.

At this time, SSU is not issuing e-transcripts to other colleges.

International Applicants

In addition to the application requirements and forms listed above, international students must complete the following:

  1. Supplemental Application for International Student Admission
  2. Financial Affidavit for International Students

If possible, include both forms with your other application materials and send to the address listed above. SEIE will forward all materials to the Office of Admissions when your application materials are complete. Additional information for completing immigration/visa paperwork may be required; you will be contacted by International Admissions if this is necessary.

Fees

The fee as of Fall 2017 for each 10-unit course is $425 per unit for a total of $4,250 per semester, which comes to $17,000 for the entire 40 units. Fees are paid by check, money order, or credit card at the time of registration. Students who need additional coursework to complete degree requirements will be responsible for those fees.

The fee rate you started at is locked in for the duration of the program so long as you are continuously enrolled. If you interrupt your studies for one or more semesters, you will be subject to any applicable fee increases.

Financial Aid

Need-based federal grants and loans may be available to help pay for your course of study. For more detailed information about obtaining financial aid, please contact the SSU Financial Aid Office. If you would like to get an estimate of how much of an award you may qualify for, the Student Aid Commission website has online calculators.

Other Financial Resources

  • Scholarships: The application period for campus-based scholarships runs from October 1 through February 1 for the next academic year. For an application and more information, as well as links to external scholarship opportunities, see the SSU Scholarship website.
  • Private loans: Try searching the web for private loan sources.
  • Employers: Check with your employer about reimbursement for all or part of your expenses.
  • Tax deductions: Some tax deductions can help defray the cost of the program, including the Lifetime Learning tax credit. Also, a certain amount of assistance from your employer can be excluded from your income. Ask your tax consultant for details, or see IRS Publications 508 and 970 available at www.irs.gov.
  • Veterans' benefits: Veterans may be eligible for a variety of benefits. See the Veterans' Services Office site for information.

Some tax deductions can help defray the cost of the program, including the Lifetime Learning tax credit. Also, a certain amount of assistance from your employer can be excluded from your income. Ask your tax consultant for details, or see IRS Publications 508 and 970 available at www.irs.gov.