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

Be prepared by reading the Fall 2020 Freshmen Enrollment Guide (PDF, 4M) 

To reserve your space for fall 2020, you must complete a three-step Intent to Enroll process no later than Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Our offer of provisional admission is only valid for the fall 2020 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 Our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn if you fail to complete all three steps of the Intent to Enroll process, as described below, by the deadline.

Step 1: Accept our Offer of Provisional Admission by May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Start by logging into your myCI and clicking on “CI Records.” Your login information was sent to the email address you provided on your application.

  • Once logged in, scroll down to the bottom of the page (under “Admissions”) and “Accept” or “Decline” admission.

    Note: A yellow triangle will appear in your Student Center after you submit your intent to enroll. You can ignore the triangle, but you must pay close attention to items on your To Do List.

Step 2: Choose a Mandatory Orientation Session by May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

After accepting our offer of admission, you are now ready to register for a mandatory orientation session. Look for the link, “Register for Island View Orientation (IVO).” You will be directed to log back into your myCI student portal in order to register for the session that pertains to your major.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to enter your preferred email address. If you do not receive an email confirmation, then you did not successfully register. Retain a copy of your confirmation as it may be necessary to prove registration.

Step 3: Pay the Non-Refundable Orientation Fee of $175 by May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

After registering for an orientation session, you must complete the final step in the Intent to Enroll process: pay the non-refundable orientation fee. It is highly recommended that you pay the orientation fee before logging out. If you log out prior to submitting payment, you will need to use the payment link embedded in your myCI Student Center. To get there, log on to myCI and click on “CI Records” under “My Links.” For detailed instructions, visit

IMPORTANT: Be sure to enter your preferred email address. You will receive an email confirmation if your payment was successfully received. If you do not receive an email, then your payment was not received. Save a copy of the receipt as it may be necessary to prove payment.

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 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application on or before the March 2, 2020 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 fee by May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. or our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn – no exceptions!

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.

Step 4: Submit SAT/ACT test scores (if required)

Deadline for CSUCI to receive your SAT/ACT test scores (if required) is Jan. 13, 2020. Most students should have submitted their test scores as part of the admissions application process.

Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid

If you have not already applied for financial aid, file a FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2, 2020. If requested, you must submit all required and completed documents by the Financial Aid Priority Filing Deadline of May 31, 2020.To receive a tuition fee deferral and ensure timely processing of your financial aid award, you must meet the March 2, 2020 deadline and, if applicable, the May 31, 2020 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, call 805-437-8530 or e-mail .

Step 6: Apply for Housing (optional)

Although not required for incoming freshmen, living on campus is a popular option for both new and continuing students. Beginning in April 2020, interested students may submit a housing application in myCI. For additional details, please visit the Housing webpage at

Step 7: Participate in Early Start (if required to do so)

The CSU requires first-year students who may need additional support in math and/or English to participate in Early Start. Students required to participate in Early Start must do so in order to enroll in fall classes. Deadline to report where you plan to take Early Start classes or submit a written appeal if you are unable to participate due to an extenuating circumstances is due June 15, 2020. Please refer to the Appeals webpage: for more information.

Deadline to register and pay for Early Start classes is July 2, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. and July 6, 2020, respectively. Fall classes will be canceled if a student fails to attend and complete Early Start classes.


Step 8: Submit Final Transcripts

In order 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. These documents must be received by CSU Channel Islands no later than July 13, 2020:

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

Electronic transcripts are preferred. Do NOT email or 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.

Step 10: Submit Residency Documents (if required)

Deadline to submit Residency documents for students with a residency status of “Another State or U.S. Possession” or “Undetermined” is July 13, 2020. Those who submit their documents after the deadline, or submit incomplete documents, may not have them processed in time for fall 2020 term. This may result in students being charged non-resident tuition for fall 2020. State residency determines 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:, call Records & Registration at 805-437-8500, or e-mail

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