STEP 1: Apply for CSU Admissions
A) Apply online at with $55.00 CSU Application fee or Fee Waiver. Be sure to mark "Yes" on the CSU Application to apply for EOP services. The EOP Application is a seperate process beyond the CSU Applicaiton.

B) Submit official High School transcripts and take entrance exam early! EPT-ELM, SAT or ACT scores/other exams.
STEP 2: Apply for EOP Admissions
When you submit the online CSU Admission Application and request EOP services, you will be directed to the CSUMentor EOP application to do the following. LINK: EOP CSUMentor Application online

Read the EOP information on CSUMentor. The EOP Program is for those that qualify as a First Generation CSU college-bound students, meaning none of your parents attained a 4-year degree and you are below the EOP Income guidelines set by the State according to number in Household. (See >>Eligibility link<< for numbers).

STEP 3: Apply for Financial Aid
Application for Financial Aid is a separate process from the CSU and EOP admissions process. Go to the FAFSA website: and submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year beginning January 1st - March 2nd is the deadline for priority consideration. Our Financial Aid SSU code 001156 on your FAFSA. Call the Financial Aid Office at for more information. ALL EOP APPLICANTS MUST FILE THE FAFSA.

Financial Aid: Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application between January 1 and January 15 to receive your best financial aid award. To meet this deadline, many students will use estimated family income based on 2013 figures and then update later with accurate 2014 information when tax return is completed.

NOTE: If you mistakenly stated that you are not interested in EOP on your CSUMentor Application and would like to change your response, please do the following: Send us an email at which includes your full name and SSU ID (if applicable). Write a short statement about what happened and state your intent to apply for EOP.
STEP 4: Take the CSU EPT/ELM Placement Tests
This is only for 1st Time Freshmen admissions: You are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Math (ELM) if you have not submitted any SAT/ACT exemption. See the College Board website online for more detials. We strongly recommend you take your EPT/ELM tests by March but no later than May unless you are exempt by SATs, AP Tests, etc. Make sure you take the ELM Entry Level Math and the EPT, English Placement Test if you are not going to take the SAT/ACT. AP or Advanced Placement scores of over 3 will exempt you from these test also. See your High School Counselor for details.

See our >>Testing website<< for schedule of exams.