Applying to a California State University The CSU priority application period is October 1 to November 30. Apply early, as the web site gets very busy and slow at the end of November. Completing the Application: Go to www.csumentor.edu. Remember to save your work often. Set up an Account. Make sure to use your legal name as it appears on your birth certificate and social security card. WRITE DOWN YOUR USER NAME AND PASSWORD IN A SAFE PLACE. Click on “Apply Online” Click on “Undergraduate Admission Applications” Click on Fall 2009. DO NOT CHOOSE Winter/Spring 2009. Select a campus from the drop down list and click “Start New Application.” Read the application information and then click “Begin Application.” Page 1 – Choose a term from the drop-down box. This will usually be Fall 2009. Choose a major from the drop down box. You may choose undeclared at most campuses. However, at some campuses, if you choose undeclared, the type of degree sought will be required to be “none.” If this is so, you may want to consider choosing another major. Entry status – if you took any college level classes, including community college, while you were in high school, choose “Graduating high school senior with college credit.” Otherwise, choose “Graduating senior with no college credit.” After you complete a screen, click the “Next” button at the bottom to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to move to the next screen, CSUMentor will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. CSUMentor also allows you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved by using the page jump on the left side of the screen. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be re-entered prior to submittal. Also, do not use the “BACK” and “FORWARD” buttons on your browser, as your data will not be saved. Use the “Next” and “Previous” buttons on the bottom of each page instead. Page 2 – Enter your personal information. If your permanent address is the same as your current mailing address, click that choice, which is in blue. Double check that your e-mail address is correct. This is very important since campuses will communicate with you primarily by e-mail. Pages 3 and 4 – complete all information. You are not required to complete the section “Total Annual Family Income and Family Size” unless you are applying for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and/or a fee waiver. Page 5 – Ethnic code – this is an optional question. Your answers to these questions will not impact your admission decision in any way. However, providing it will be helpful to each campus. Page 6 – Enter Berkeley High School as your last high school attended. There is also space to enter two other high schools if you have attended other schools. At the bottom of the page, EAP is the Star test which you took during your junior year. Pages 7-8 – This is where you enter all of the classes you have taken from 9th through 12th grades, including courses taken at the community college. You must have a copy of your transcript so that you can enter this information correctly. To begin entering courses, click “Add a New Course.” Choose the grade level during which you took the course, the year you took the course, the title of the course from the drop-down box, the term type (semester for all BHS classes) and the grade for each semester. For classes taken in senior year, click “In Progress” for classes taken first semester, and “Planned” for classes you are planning to take second semester. For most students in the ’09 class, you were a freshman in 2005-2006, a sophomore in 2006-2007, a junior in 2007-2008, and a senior in 2008-2009. List only courses at BHS which are included on the a-g course list. You will find these in the drop-down box when you are adding each course. They have a “P” or “H” in front of them on your transcript. Do not list PE or IES. Note that Economics will be found under the “Electives” section of the courses, not in Social Science. If you took Algebra 1 in 8th grade and/or a foreign language in 7th or 8th grade, include those courses on the application. For repeated courses, enter only information for the course in which you received the higher grade. For example, let's say you received a "D" in the first semester of world literature your sophomore year and then repeated the first semester of world literature during summer school at BHS, and earned a "B." List the first semester of world literature only once (during summer), and only list the grade of "B." Do not list the semester in which you received a “D.” If you repeated a course more than once, you must list all other semesters you took the course and the grades, except for the first one. If instead of repeating the course at BHS, you took a similar world literature course at a community college, list only the community college grade, not the BHS grade of a D or F. (This rule is only for the California State Universities. It is NOT true for the UC application. See the “Applying to the University of California” hand-out if you are applying to a UC.) The box at the top of each subject area indicates the number of years in that subject you must have taken in order to be eligible. If you have less than the number required, doublecheck to make sure that you have not forgotten to add any courses. At the end of the list of courses (page 7), you can either calculate your own GPA using only grades from courses you took in the 10th and 11th grade that are on the UC/CSU approved course list or you can click for help with the CSU Mentor GPA Calculator. These are all grades on your transcript with a “P” or “H” in front of them, the only courses you should have listed on the application. If you need help with this calculation, see Ms. Abrams or Ms. Price. Page 11 – (pages 9-10 are for transfer applicants only) Indicate if you are applying for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). If so, after you submit your application for admission to the campus, you will also need to fill out the EOP application form. Page 12 - Finally, if you are applying for a fee waiver, fill in the requested information. Then submit your application. Print out your application and keep the copy for your records. You will only be able to submit this information once, so make sure that the information is correct. You will not be able to go back and fix the information you entered once the data is submitted. Submitting Test (ACT/SAT) reports. In addition to writing in your test score on the CSU application, you must request the testing agencies to send official score reports to the CSU. (Hint: You can use one College Board Code which will automatically send your SAT (not ACT) scores to ALL CSU campuses: 3594) What happens next: You will receive an application acknowledgement letter from the campus(es) to which you applied. Follow instructions about when to send other documents. Check your e-mail regularly as you will receive information on setting up a web portal at each campus. If any campus needs additional information, they will communicate with you through the web portal.
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