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1. Review Admission Requirements

A first-time freshman is a student who has earned no college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation. Click on below for more information on the admission requirements:

2. When to Apply

Freshmen are admitted once per year in the fall semester. First time students are usually accepted once per year in the fall semester.  

  • Applications for Fall 2021 are accepted October 1st- December 4th, 2020

Submit your Application Online at:

3. Attend a Cal State Apply Information Session

If you are interested in applying to our campus and need a help on submitting your application. RSVP for a Cal State Apply Information Session by visiting

4. Pay a $70 Application Fee or Request a Waiver

  • You may qualify to have the cost of applying to a CSU campus waived. Applicants applying for admission through CSU Apply are provided an opportunity to apply electronically for a fee waiver with immediate analysis of their eligibility.
  • Unless your fee has been waived, you will need to include a $70 application fee before your application can be submitted.

After you've Applied

  • Check your email for your myCI login information:
    • Typically is sent 48 hours after your application is submitted and downloaded. During peak processing times, this may take up to 3-4 business days. If you did not receive this information, please contact as soon as possible so login information may be resent.
    • Activate this account and login to your myCI to check your admission status and any To-Do items CSUCI is requesting from you in order to process your application.
  • Admission Decisions:
    • A provisional Admissions letter and next steps will be emailed to you if you have met all the admission requirements. If we are unable to offer you admission, you will receive a denial notice via email.
  • Check your email often:
    • Throughout the admissions and enrollment process, CSU Channel Islands will communicate via messages posted on your To-Do List in your myCI account and the email address listed on your application. You will be held responsible for frequently checking your CSUCI email and monitoring your myCI account throughout the remainder of the admission and enrollment process.
    • Check your bulk mail and/or spam filter folder, and set your email to accept all messages from the domain.
  • Check your Admissions Status on your myCI portal
CI Campus Preview Days

CI Campus Preview Days

Campus Preview Days provide future freshman and transfer students an opportunity to visit campus and discover more about CI.

Learn more about Campus Preview Days

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