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 beginning Spring 2014, 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.
Applications for Spring 2017 will be accepted beginning August 1, 2016. Please do not apply online through CSU Mentor: your application will not reach us.
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.
Complete the undergrad application, print it and mail it with a check or money order payable to Sonoma State University for the $55 processing fee.
We will also need two official, sealed copies of transcripts from all institutions previously attended (except SSU), even if you did not complete any coursework, and even if you think the units are not transferable. At this time, certified PDF transcripts can only be used for pre-admissions screening. If you completed resident coursework at SSU within the last five years, all of your transcripts will already be on file. You do not need to request SSU transcripts. Your application cannot be processed until all transcripts have been received.
All materials should be mailed to the following address:
SSU Extended & International Education
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Once your file is complete, Admissions takes about 10 weeks to do their complete evaluation cycle.
Some colleges are moving to online transcript transmission. At this time, SSU is accepting electronic transcripts from four sources:
- CSU Mentor
Please indicate on your application which colleges may be sending e-transcripts by writing "e-trans" next to the name of the college so we can better track them.
In order for your 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. If the request form requires you to enter an e-mail address when you select Sonoma State as the recipient, you may use email@example.com.
Remember that we need two 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. You may choose one of the following options:
- Request one e-transcript to be sent to the SSU default and a second e-transcript to be sent to the program coordinator's e-mail, as per the information given on the program's Admission page;
- Request one e-copy and one official sealed paper copy, both to program coordinator; or
- Request two official sealed paper copies to be sent to the program coordinator.
At this time, SSU is not issuing e-transcripts to other colleges.
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.
The current fee for each 10-unit course is $400 per unit (as of Fall 2015) for a total of $4,000 per semester (subject to change). Fees are paid by check, money order, or credit card at the time of registration. A three-payment plan is also available for those preferring to spread the cost over the course of the semester.
Please note that your fee rate 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.
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.
Scholarships may be available to those who qualify. The application period runs from September 15 through January 15 for the next academic year. For an application and more information, as well as links to external scholarship opportunities, see the SSU Scholarship website.
You may also search the web for private loan sources, or check with your employer about reimbursement for all or part of your expenses. 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.