International Student Services

Freshman Applicant

When to Apply

When to Apply as a Freshman
SemesterApplication Filing Period
FallOct 1 - April 1 
SpringAugust 1 - September 30


  • In the event that a deadline falls on a day in which the campus is closed, the deadline will be extended to the next campus work day.
  • Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • THe Fall semester begins in August and the Spring semester begins in January.

How to Apply

Step 1: Are you academically eligible for admission?

Step 2: Submit an Online Application and Pay $70 Application Fee

Apply online at Cal State Apply: in new window).  Select the application for UNGERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.  A $70 fee is payable online at the time of application.

Note: The CalStateApply online application is a new system and under revision.  If you have any difficulty completing the online application, please submit the paper application (PDF).  When submitting a paper application, the $70 fee may be paid in one of the following ways:

Step 3: Submit Supporting Documents

In addition to the online application, please submit the following documentation:

  • Financial support documents
  • Official high school transcript(s) – both the original and a translated English version must be submitted
  • Proof of  English language proficiency (Select university code 4048 to electronically send test scores to CSU, Chico)
  • Copy of passport biographical information page

Unofficial, emailed transcripts will be accepted in order for us to make an expedited admission decision.  However, official transcripts are required to complete your admission file.   

To be considered official, a transcript must be in a sealed envelope and be:

  1. Issued directly from the high school, college or university

  2. A certified copy issued by a government office (example: Kuwait Cultural Office)

  3. A certified copy from an official translation service


Final Official Transcript Submission Deadlines:

  • Fall - August 1st
  • Spring - January 15th

Mail Official Transcripts to:

International Undergraduate Admission
CSU, Chico
400 W 1st St
Chico CA  95929-0680

Admission Denials – Appeal Process

If you feel there is new, serious, and compelling information that might affect our decision, you may submit an appeal. You have  15 business days from the date you receive your denial letter in the mail to submit a hard copy letter of appeal to the Appeal Committee.

The committee must see a demonstrated need to repeal the denial decision based on the new information being submitted. Your appeal letter should be submitted to International Education and Global Engagement at  You are entitled to one appeal per academic term.