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Applying for Admission

To apply for admission to San Diego State University, students must file a complete application and transcripts as outlined in the campus bulletin. Both completed application forms and transcripts should be sent to:

Admissions Office
San Diego State University
San Diego, California 92182

The application period for the Fall semester is during the preceding month of November, while the application period for the Spring semester is during the preceding month of August.


All students who are eligible to register for classes use SDSU's touch-tone telephone registration system, RegLine (619) 594-7800. Registration for fall semesters begins in July and continues until the week before classes. Spring registration normally begins in mid-December. You will be assigned a specific day and time to call and register.

During registration periods, RegLine is available Monday through Thursday from 7:15 am until 6:45 pm and on Fridays from 7:15 am until 4:45 pm. The system is not available when the campus is closed. Each semester's Class Schedule includes a calendar that indicates the days SDSU is closed.

If you have problems accessing RegLine at your assigned time, call (619) 594-7800 Monday through Friday 9 am until 4 pm.

Open University Course Credit

The Open University program allows high school graduates and working adults to attend regular University classes once enrolled students have registered and classroom space is still available. The registration process is easy; University admission is not required. These classes are offered on a space-available basis only. We cannot guarantee a space or that you will be accepted into any class. Instructors are not required to accept Open University students even if space is available.

No formal admission procedures are required for courses. Enrollment in a course through the College of Extended Studies does not constitute admission to, or enrollment in San Diego State University. Open University course credit is nonmatriculated resident credit. Students who have not been admitted to the University will still receive resident credit. A maximum of 24 units may be applied to an undergraduate degree. A maximum of 9 units may be applied to an advanced degree. Consult the graduate bulletin or the graduate division for more details and applicability of specific courses. Grades earned through Open University become part of the student's SDSU scholastic average.

Students can enroll in courses at the Higher Education Center if space is available in the class. Enrollments are approved or denied on the first day of class at the Higher Education Center at Miramar College. Students who are approved for enrollment can complete the paperwork and pay applicable fees at that time. For full details on Open University enrollment, consult the College of Extended Studies Spring bulletin, available in mid-December, or the College of Extended Studies Registration Office at 619-594-5152.

Schedule of Fees for Regular Enrollment

Fees and tuition are subject to change without notice by the Trustees of The California State University. For updated information regarding the fee structure for the current semester please refer to the Class Schedule.

Registration Fees - All Students

Auditors pay same fees as students carrying courses for credit. Nonresident (foreign and out-of-state) students pay additional fees.

Paying Your Registration Fees

You have two options for paying your fees -- payment in full or the installment plan. Regardless of the option you choose, return your fee payment coupon and fees in the envelope enclosed with your RegLine notice to the University Cashier's Office by the fee payment date listed on your RegLine notice. It is recommended that your payment be sent as soon as possible to avoid any delay in accessing RegLine.

Be sure to write your RegLine Access Date in the upper left corner of the envelope to help us process your fees faster. You may submit your forms and fees by mail, or take them to the SDSU Cashier's Office.

If you are eligible for a Financial Aid fee deferment, your RegLine notice will explain how you submit any fees you may owe.

For further information, see your current Class Schedule or call (594-6323; press '4' upon connection).

Open University Tuition

Fees for Open University are determined each semester and indicated on the application form and must be paid in full at the time of registration. Payment can be made in cash, check or money order, Mastercard, Discovercard and Visa.

Financial Aid Office

Division of Student Affairs
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7436
Telephone: (619) 594-6323
Office location: Student Services Building 3605
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you think that you or your family will not be able to pay for all of your educational costs, you are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Student financial aid programs are intended to provide assistance to students who do not have the necessary financial resource to meet the cost of higher education. Most students qualify for some type of aid.

For Further Assistance

Contact the Financial Aid Office for further information and applications.

Scholarship Office


Division of Student Affairs
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Telephone: (619) 594-6180
Office Location: Student Services West #3636
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

At San Diego State University, there are two types of scholarships available for students: the University Scholarship and Private Scholarships.

University Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • A 3.5 GPA overall, or 3.7 in your last 30 units
  • Attendance at SDSU full-time in the year the scholarship is awarded

The applications will be available in the Scholarship Office in the November preceding the year of the scholarship award. The deadline will be February 1.

To request an application by mail, send us a stamped and self-addressed envelope. Request the regular University Scholarship application (for undergraduates other than entering freshmen and for graduate students).

Private Scholarships

In this office, we offer other scholarship applications that we receive from various organizations, throughout the year. Fliers are posted throughout the campus when new scholarships become available. Forms available at Student Affairs.

General Information

Students on financial aid (or loans) will be cleared by Financial Aid office if eligible to receive scholarship funds. Checks in amounts of $500 or more will be distributed in two semesters according to federal guidelines.

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