Nov. 30 priority application deadline fast approaching


High school seniors, college students hoping to transfer and all others interested in attending Cal State San Bernardino a year from now must file their applications during the upcoming priority application period for fall 2013 to receive full admission consideration.

The application period for the 2013-2014 school year began Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 30, 2012.

Because of uncertainties of state funding to the CSU, students applying for the fall 2013 term will be placed on a waiting list, pending the approval or rejection of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

If California voters defeat the initiative, it will trigger an additional $250 million budget cut to the CSU, which could lead to the possibility of further reductions in enrollment. Admissions notifications for fall 2013 will be sent only after the fate of the tax measure and subsequent impacts on enrollment are known.

“We are not sure if we will be able to accommodate as many students as we have in the past, because we don’t know how Proposition 30 will do in the November election,” said Olivia Rosas, Cal State San Bernardino’s associate vice president for enrollment services. “If the initiative fails, it’s likely that campuses throughout the California State University system will be forced to reduce our enrollment numbers. The situation is very uncertain right now, so it’s crucial that students apply right away and hope for the best.

“Naturally, we will do all we can within our control to accommodate as many eligible students as possible, but they need to pay extra attention this year to all of the deadlines. There simply won’t be much wiggle room this year for those applicants who don’t take all of the necessary steps during the application process.”

Those who apply during the Oct. 1-Nov. 30 priority application period must qualify academically and complete all of the necessary requirements for admission.

Students interested in applying to Cal State San Bernardino can find more information at the university’s admissions office website  or can contact CSUSB’s Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment to set up an appointment with a counselor. The office number is (909) 537-5188.

Graduate and post-baccalaureate students should contact the graduate admissions office at (909) 537-5030 or visit the graduate studies website for more information.


Click on the image to go to the CSUMentor website.

All applicants can complete their applications by logging onto CSUMentor, a Web-based system that helps students plan and apply to the CSU online. It is designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus, finance their higher education and apply for admission. The site offers technical support, course-check and open and closed campus information.

Rosas recommends that students pay close attention to all of the admissions information they receive from the university, such as deadlines, event dates and the additional documents they need to finalize their application. Students are strongly encouraged to take the entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT as well as placement tests such as the Entry Level Math exam (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) as soon as possible to improve their chances of getting admitted to the university and know what classes they will take when they get here.

“The next step after getting admitted to the university is to secure financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and so on,” she added.

Students in need of assistance with their electronic applications may call for technical support at (800) GO-TO-XAP (or 800-468-6927). The service is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students with additional questions about applying to CSUSB can contact the university’s office of admissions and student recruitment at (909) 537-5188.