International Students Fall 2017 Stay On Track

International students

Stay On Track - Action Items
Dates/Deadlines Task Details
October 1 - April 30

Application filing period

Student applications received.
December 19 - June 15

Admissions decision

Application notification begins on September 30 and is provided on a rolling basis. In order to secure a space with the university, refer to your admission letter for your final deadline to submit your student enrollment reservation.
July 8

Submit your student ernollment reservation

You can accept your offer of admission by the following: Print this SER Form

Fax or mail to:
Sonoma State University
Attn: Seawolf Service Center
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Fax: 707-664-2060
Attn: Kerbrina Boyd

December 19 - Ongoing

Apply for a VISA

It is very important that you begin the Visa application process as soon as you accept your admissions.


Ongoing Make Travel Arrangements  You should plan to arrive at SSU several days before the mandatory orientation program for new international students. More information on getting to SSU can be found on our website.
December 19 - Ongoing

Submit Internation Transfer Form

Students transferring from a school in the U.S. should fill out and submit the International Student Transfer Form
March 30 - July 15

Submit mandatory immunization records

All entering students must send copies of official immunization records to the SSU Office of Admissions and Records showing they have received the required 2 dose series of Measles/Rubella (MMR) vaccine to the SSU Office of Admissions and Records prior to enrolling at SSU. Those who will be under age 19 on Aug. 22, 2017 must also send records showing they have received the required series of 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine. Compliance is a mandatory condition of enrollment and should be completed no later than July 15, 2017. Students unable to locate immunization records may send copies of blood test results confirming immunity to the diseases prevented by the required vaccines. 

Read more now about the immunization requirements and how to satisfy them. Attach these records to the completed Immunization Form, and send promptly to:

SSU Immunization Requirements, Fall 2017
Office of Admissions and Records
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 

Students who do not comply with this pre-enrollment requirement on time will have a Hold on their ability to register for classes and are subject to other late compliance penalties. The CSU is considering adding additional immunizations to this requirement. See the above immunization requirements link for details - in the frequently asked questions section.

Information on TB clearance requirements for international students

December 1 - Ongoing

Apply for Housing

International students can apply for campus housing once they have been accepted to the University. To apply for campus housing, go online to the ResidentWeb to create an application and pay the $300 Housing Down Payment.
Housing down payment does not guarantee a space or specific assignment. Housing is in high demand and space fills quickly. A waitlist will be started once housing is full.

Refund Information: 50% refundable if requested in writing by June 15, 2017; non-refundable thereafter. Read more @ Housing

January 1 - May 27

Take Placement test(s)

We strongly encourage you to take your English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) as early as possible. Your letter of admission explains which test you may be required to take.

Testing Services offers ‘Local Scoring’ sessions the weekend prior to the start of every Fall and Spring semesters. The Local Scoring of the MATH (ELM) Entry Level Math exam will provide the score for placement purposes.

The register portal online is at the following address: can be contacted for any questions regarding registration procedures at 1-925-808-2142. The EPT/ELM placement exams are administered by all the CSU system-wide campuses and can be taken at any available CSU site.

International Students can request testing accommodation in one’s country for an additional fee. International Students use the same registration procedures. Please select the 'Out of State' option available. Once the registration process is complete, Educational Testing Services (ETS) will contact the International Students to set up a testing venue to take the exams in the local area, if possible.

Go to the SSU Testing site for more information.

March 1 - Ongoing

Accept campus housing offer

Campus housing offers are sent electronically on a space available basis. In order to accept your offer, you will also need to submit a $300 Housing Down Payment by the designated deadline. Housing Down Payment does not guarantee a specific assignment. Refund policy: 50% refundable if requested in writing by June 15, 2017; non-refundable thereafter. Read more at Housing
April 24

Register by appointment

Fall 2017 registration appointment dates & times will be available in November. Watch your SSU email for specific dates and instructions. See Registration Announcements for more information.

Purchase health insurance

Health insurance must be purchased prior to your enrollment at SSU. Please read the health insurance purchase information and fill out the health insurance plan enrollment form. The form should be faxed to (707) 664-2613. Please also register online at
July 1

Submit payment for mandadory registration charges

You must pay your mandatory registration charges by July 1, 2017. Even if schedule changes are planned, you must complete the registration process by paying the mandatory charges or an automated disenrollment process will occur.
July 10

Submit final transcripts

Your offer of admission is contingent upon you meeting the specific admissions requirements outlined on your admission letter. It is mandatory that your official final transcripts and/or test scores are received in the Office of Admissions by July 10, 2017. Failure to submit your final documents by the deadline will void your offer of admission. In the event that final documents are not received by July 10 a hold will be placed on your account preventing further registration activity. Request that all your Official Transcripts be mailed to:      

Sonoma State University    
Attn: Admissions and Records    
1801 East Cotati Avenue    
Rohnert Park, Ca. 94928

October 1 - February 1

Scholarship material due
(For Academic Year 2017-2018)

Scholarships range from $250 to $5,000 per year. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater to apply for this program. Read more @ SSU Scholarships


August 16-18

Mandatory orientation

Please visit Center for International Education for information regarding the Mandatory Orientation
August 20 - 21

Move-in Weekend

Residents living on-campus will move into the Residential Community. Read more at Housing.
July 31 - Aug. 11 Open Registration

Need to adjust your schedule? Fall 2017 open registration/add/drop dates & times will be posted on our calendar.

Aug. 16 - Sep. 5 Late Registration You can still register during the late registration/add/drop period. Be sure to pay any associated student charges/fees no later than Sep. 5; registration is not complete without final registration payment. Make payment @ MySSU
Aug. 22 First day of instruction

Classes begin!