Admitted Guide for Fall 2023 Transfers

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

2. Stay on Track

You Admissions is provisional, so make sure you complete all requirements. Regularly check your email (the email you used when completing the online Cal State Apply application). Learn more about checking your Admissions Status here. 

3. Complete the 3-Step Intent to Enroll process by Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. to reserve space for fall 2023. 

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 Our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn if you fail to complete all three steps of the Intent to Enroll process, as described below, by the deadline.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 Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.: 

  • 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Deferral,” then you must pay the orientation fee by May 1, 2023 or our offer of provisional admission will be withdrawn.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.

3. Submit Official Transcripts and AP/CLEP Test Scores ASAP but no later than March 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

We will conduct transfer-credit evaluations as transcripts are received. These evaluations will help you register for classes in a timely manner. Registration appointments will be available as early as April 2023, transcripts and the Intent to Enroll process would need to be submitted before registering for classes.  

Request transcripts and AP scores (if any), as early as possible. Electronic transcripts are preferred. You can request official electronic transcripts from your community college/university directly. If your school's transcript ordering system asks for a recipient's name and email, please indicate CSU Channel Islands and We will not accept transcripts emailed from the student; they must be sent directly from the college or university.

If your college or university is unable to send the transcript electronically, they may be postal mailed in a sealed envelope to: 

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

Students may also hand-deliver their transcripts to the CSUCI Admissions Office if they remain in the same sealed envelope provided to them by their registrar. 

Note: If you have taken coursework from an institution outside of the United States, your transcript must be evaluated by a credentials evaluation service, such as International Education Research Foundation IERF) at Request your official report at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the transcript deadline.

If you took AP exams in high school or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, you must request that your official scores be sent to us directly from the College Board by the transcript deadline (unless you have already done so). AP/CLEP credit awarded from your transferring institution will not suffice. Exams taken four or more years ago require additional processing time. Please plan accordingly. Request scores at least 6-8 weeks in advance.

4. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships by March 2, 2023 

Over 80% of our undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. Students may qualify for grants 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, 2022. 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 newly admitted students and their supporters 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. Submit Final Official Transcripts by Friday, July 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

If you had previously submitted your transcripts and had any in-progress grades that were not posted at the time, you will need to once again submit official transcripts. Please check your To-Do list via your myCI portal to check if you are still missing transcripts. To receive final clearance to attend CSU Channel Islands in the fall, you must arrange to have your final transcripts and AP scores (if any) sent directly to the Admissions Office. 

9. Submit Residency Documents (if required)

The deadline to submit Residency documents for students with a residency status of “Another State or U.S. Possession” or “Undetermined” is Friday, July 28, 2023. Those who submit their documents after the deadline, or submit incomplete documents, may not have them processed in time for the fall 2023 term. This may result in students being charged non-resident tuition for fall 2023. 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

10. Upload Required Immunizations via your myCI Portal before your Orientation date.

CSU Channel Islands requires that all entering students entering for Fall 2023 must submit documentation of vaccination or immunity.  Visit for more information on what is required. 

11. Attend Orientation in August 2023.

Visit the Transfer Orientation webpage for more information. 

12. Connect with us if you have questions: 

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