New Students / Freshmen

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New Students: Freshmen

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Fullerton! This checklist is for new international freshmen who will begin their first semester at the University. Bookmark this page and visit often to successfully prepare for your first semester at CSUF.

Pre-Semester Start Checklist

Please complete all items before the start of your first semester at CSUF. Many items will have to be completed well before the semester starts, so please read the entire list and prepare early.

How to Receive your Form I-20 (for New Students admitted Fall 2020)

New Students Admitted for Spring 2021 Instructions coming soon. Please check this webpage later for updated instructions.

The following items Your Form I-20 will only be prepared after you receive an official offer of admission from CSUF, you have accepted your admission and paid the enrollment deposit. Follow the steps below based on whether you plan to study in the U.S. or outside the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester.

Step 1:  Submit financial documents to International Student Services
Submit a complete Financial Affidavit of Support, proof of funding (bank statement or sponsor letter) and a copy of your passport. Please make sure to include your full name and Campus-wide Identification number (CWID) on all documents.

Step 2:  Transfer your SEVIS record to CSUF (if applicable)
If you have attended or are currently attending a school in the United States as an international student on F-1 status, please notify your previous school to transfer your SEVIS record to California State University, Fullerton, School Code: LOS214F00210000. You must transfer your SEVIS record before the start of your first semester at CSUF. You must transfer your SEVIS record before the start of your first semester at CSUF and before the end of your 60-day grace period.

Step 3:  This last step is based on whether you plan to study in the U.S. or from outside the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester.

Reminder: New international students who will study in the U.S. for Spring 2021 must complete the Virtual New Student Check-In and the Virtual New International Student Workshop (date/time to be announced) before the semester begins. Failure to complete these requirements could negatively impact your F-1 status. Please frequently check your CSUF emails for updates.