You’ve been admitted. What must I do next?

Admitted Guide for Fall 2023 Freshmen

1. Celebrate the moment and post a selfie using #FutureDolphin on Instagram. 

2. Stay on Track

Your admissions is provisional (conditional) on successfully completing all admission requirements. Regularly check your email, the one you used when completing the online Cal State Apply application, for important messages from the university.  

3. Complete the 3-Step Intent to Enroll process by the Extended Deadline of Thursday, June 1 at 11:59 p.m. to reserve space for fall 2023 (including Mechatronics Engineering).

Our offer of provisional admission is only valid for the fall 2023 term. You may not defer your enrollment to a later semester. Our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn if you fail to complete all three steps of the Intent to Enroll process, as described below, by the deadline.

CSUCI allows students to request a one-time deferment of their admission to the next available term, which is typically next fall. If it has been more than one term, the student will be required to complete a new application and pay the required fee. Updated transcripts are required for coursework that has been completed, or is in progress of being completed, since first being admitted to CSUCI. Students may request a deferral by emailing Admissions (

Log into your myCI portal and complete the following 3-steps by the extended deadline of Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (including Mechatronics Engineering): 

Step 1: Accept our Offer of Provisional Admission 
Step 2: Choose a Mandatory Orientation Session 
Step 3: Pay the Non-Refundable Orientation Fee 

For instructions on how to complete the 3-step Intent to Enroll process. Learn more about checking your Admission Status.

Can I defer payment of the orientation fee until my financial aid award is disbursed?
This depends, as NOT ALL STUDENTS WILL QUALIFY. Students who filed a 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application on or before the March 2, 2023 deadline AND have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 4,000 or less will be considered for a deferment. You must check the “Holds” section of your Student Center (visible in the upper-right corner of your portal). If you do not see “FA Orientation Deferral,” then you must pay the orientation fee by the above deadline or our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn. 

If you see “FA Orientation Deferral” noted in the “Holds” section of your Student Center, then payment of the orientation fee will be charged to your first semester’s account. In other words, your fee will be deferred (but not waived).

Is the orientation fee refundable?
Once paid, the orientation fee is non-refundable and may not be applied to a future term. This means you will NOT receive a refund even if (a) you request to have our offer of admission (provisional or final) withdrawn at a later date or choose not to enroll; (b) our offer of provisional admission is withdrawn because you failed to meet an admission or enrollment requirement or deadline (including the transcript deadline); or (c) our offer of provisional admission is rescinded after reviewing your final transcript(s).

IMPORTANT: You may be held responsible for paying the orientation fee if you were deferred and any of the above conditions apply. Contact if you have any questions about the fee.

4. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

Over 80% of our undergraduates receive some form of financial aid,  including grants and scholarships that they don't have to pay back. If you haven't already done so, apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2, 2023. If requested, you must submit all required and completed documents by the Financial Aid Priority Filing Deadline of July 1, 2023. To receive a tuition-fee deferral and ensure timely processing of your financial aid award, you must meet the March 2, 2023 deadline and, if applicable the July 1, 2023 deadline. Remember, you pay for any difference between your financial aid award and your actual fees.

For additional information, visit Financial Aid and Scholarship at or e-mail for questions.

5. Attend one of our Welcome Receptions - March 2023

This event is a great opportunity for families to meet our staff and find out more about CSUCI near them. We will be hosting five Welcome Receptions throughout Southern California. RSVP today by visiting

6. Attend Admitted Dolphin Day - April 29, 2023

This event allows new students and their supports to explore all CSUCI has to offer and experience what it means to be a Dolphin! More information is available by visiting

7. Apply for Housing

The online Housing application for NEW residents will open in April 2023. New students are not required to live on campus. For more information visit

8. Review your Learning Community Options

If you have completed the 3 Step Intent to Enroll process, the Join the Pod survey will be sent to you after May 1st.  Among other questions related to your course selections for your first year, this  survey will require you to rank your top four Learning Community preferences.  Take a look at the 2023 Learning Community options here to prepare for this requirement in the Join the Pod survey.

9. Participate in Early Start (if needed)

Early Start will be available for students who need additional support in mathematics or English. Students who need to participate in Early Start have been emailed with registration details. 

More information is available by visiting our Early Start webpage.

10. Submit Final Official Transcripts/AP Test Scores by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023

Please check your To-Do list in myCI to check if you are missing transcripts.

To receive final clearance to attend CSU Channel Islands in the fall, you must arrange to have your final transcripts (with your graduation date posted) and AP scores (if any) sent directly to the Admissions Office at the address noted below. (Official Transcripts must be a hard copy transcript in a sealed envelope mailed to our Admissions department.) These documents must be received no later than July 14, 2023:

CSU Channel Islands
ATTN: Admissions - Sage Hall
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012

You may have an option to request official electronic transcripts from your high school directly. If your school's transcript ordering system asks for a recipient name and email, please indicate CSU Channel Islands and admissions@csuci.eduWe will not accept transcripts emailed to our Admissions office from the student. Do NOT fax transcripts. Our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn if you fail to meet the transcript deadline.

NOTE: Improperly addressed transcripts may not reach the Admissions Office. Please address your transcripts as noted above.

  • If you took Advanced Placement (AP) exams in high school, you must request that your official scores be sent to us directly from the College Board by this deadline (unless you have already done so). Request scores at least 6-8 weeks in advance. 

Students may also hand-deliver their transcripts to the CSUCI Admissions Office provided they remain in the same sealed envelope provided to them by their registrar. Check our Admissions office hours before visiting campus. 

11. Submit Residency Documents (if required) - Due Friday, July 28, 2023

This requirement is for students with a Residency documents for students with a residency status of “Another State or U.S. Possession” or “Undetermined”.  Those who submit their documents after the deadline, or submit incomplete documents, may not have them processed in time for fall 2023 term. This may result in students being charged non-resident tuition for fall 2023. State residency determines the admissions criteria and fee structure for all applicants. Your residency is determined by the information submitted in your application for admission and is referenced in our offer of provisional admission letter. For additional information, please visit: or e-mail for questions.

12. Connect with us if you have questions 

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