How to Apply

Apply for this program using Cal State Apply. Please read this page in full before applying.


How to Apply Expand

How to Apply

  • Review Cal State Apply Application TIPS
  • Go to Cal State Apply, select the term you wish to apply for, and hit the Apply button.
  • Create your Cal State Apply account and complete your Extended Profile. Be sure to choose “First Bachelor’s Degree” for the “Degree Goal” in this section.
  • Complete the Personal Information, Academic History and Supporting Materials sections of the application. 
  • To add the Ethnic Studies application:  Click on “Add Program”
    • Search for “San Francisco State University” under campus and “Extended Education” for source and choose the term you are planning to apply for. 
    • Choose the application designated for “Pre-Bachelor Applicants.” 
    • Complete the Required and Optional Questions 
    • Upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcript 
    • Submit the application

Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2023 Application Cycle

August 1, 2022

Applications Open

October 1, 2022

Application Deadline

October 31, 2022

Deadline for all official transcripts to be received*

*Note: Complete applications with official transcripts will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Hard copy transcripts can take up to 4 - 6 weeks for processing.


Fall 2022 Application Cycle

October 1, 2021

Applications Open

May 1, 2022

Application Deadline

May 31, 2022

Deadline for all official transcripts to be received*

Eligibility Expand


To be eligible for admission, a student must:

  1. Be a resident of California or another authorized state. See State Authorization.
  2. Have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units
  3. Have completed all lower-division General Education requirements
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable units attempted
  5. Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  6. Have completed at least 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of college coursework with a grade of “C” or better in each course

Transcripts Expand


All students must supply official transcripts* of their college work to be accepted into the program. Submit any unofficial transcripts showing college coursework at the time you complete your Cal State Apply application.

Please send hard copy original official transcript(s) to
College of Extended Learning 
San Francisco State University 
160 Spear Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please send electronic original official transcript(s) to:

*Current SF State degree seeking students and graduates are exempt from the Official Transcript submission requirement.

General Education Requirements

Information about lower-division General Education requirements is listed at SF State Bulletin > General Education.

Students who enter with an AD-T (AA-T or AS-T) can complete the program in two years with a full-semester load (15 units per semester).

Cross Registration or Concurrent Enrollment

Students can enroll at a local community college or CSU campus to complete university electives, program electives or lower-division General Education requirements. You may do this concurrently with your program enrollment. Once the course is completed, it will show up on your SF State transcript but is considered a non-campus course. Information and eligibility requirements are listed in the SF State Bulletin.