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

Admitted Freshmen for Fall 2021

To reserve your space for fall 2021, you must complete a three-step Intent to Enroll process by the extended deadline of  May 28, 2021. Our offer of provisional admission is only valid for the fall 2021 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 Our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn if you fail to complete all three steps of the Intent to Enroll process, as described below, by the deadline.

For instructions on how to complete the 3-step Intent to Enroll process.

Step 1: Accept our Offer of Provisional Admission by the extended deadline of May 28, 2021 by logging onto your myCI portal.
Step 2: Choose a Mandatory Orientation Session (for the major you are interested in) by the extended deadline of May 28, 2021 by logging onto your myCI portal.
Step 3: Pay the Non-Refundable $50 Orientation Fee by the extended deadline of May 28, 2021 by logging onto your myCI portal.

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 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application on or before the March 2, 2021 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you must pay the orientation fee by the extended deadline of May 28, 2021 or our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn – no exceptions!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This means you will NOT receive a refund even if (a) you request to have our offer of admission (provisional or final) withdrawn at a later date or choose not to enroll; (b) our offer of provisional admission is withdrawn because you failed to meet an admission or enrollment requirement or deadline (including the transcript deadline); or (c) our offer of provisional admission is rescinded after reviewing your final transcript(s).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: Apply for Financial Aid (optional)
If you haven't already, apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2, 2021. If requested, you must submit all required and completed documents by the Financial Aid Priority Filing Deadline of May 31, 2021.To receive a tuition fee deferral and ensure timely processing of your financial aid award, you must meet the March 2, 2021 deadline and, if applicable, the May 31, 2021 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.

Step 5: Attend our Virtual Admitted Dolphin Days (April 14-17)
This 4-day event allows you to explore all the university has to offer and experience what it means to be a CSUCI Dolphin! If you missed this event, please view our recorded sessions here

Step 6: Apply for Housing (optional)
Although not required for incoming students, living on campus is a popular option for both new and continuing students. For additional details, please visit the Housing webpage at

Step 7: Participate in Early Start (if needed)
Early Start will be available for students who would need additional support in Mathematics or English. All courses will be available online during summer 2021. Students will be emailed after May 5, 2021 if you would need to participate in Early Start.

June 11th - Deadline to Declare where you will be taking Early Start.
July 1st - Deadline to Register for Early Start

Courses will be conducted online through Extended University during summer 2021. Please make sure to visit our Early Start webpage for more information.

Step 8: Submit Final Official Transcripts/AP Test Scores
Please check your To-Do list via your myCI portal Student portal in order to check if you are still missing 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. (Official Transcripts must be a hard copy transcript in a sealed envelope mailed to our Admissions department.) These documents must be received by CSU Channel Islands no later than July 15, 2021:

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.

  • Deadline to submit Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores. If you took 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).
  • AP credit awarded from your transferring institution will not suffice. Exams taken four or more years require additional processing time. Please plan accordingly. Request scores at least 6-8 weeks in advance.

As an added convenience, we are also offering a curbside drop-off option. On Thursday, July 15, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., CSU Channel Islands' Admissions Office will be available for you to drop off your official transcript(s) and AP Test Scores (if applicable). Please note that transcripts and test scores must be official and sealed in an envelope. 

Curbside Transcript(s) & AP Test Score(s) Drop-Off Information:
Address: One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012
Location: Behind Sage Hall Building/Parking Lot A2
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Step 9: 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 Friday, July 30, 2021.
Those who submit their documents after the deadline, or submit incomplete documents, may not have them processed in time for fall 2021 term. This may result in students being charged non-resident tuition for fall 2021. 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: or e-mail for questions.

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