Apply to Graduate
SDSU officially graduates students at the end of the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students apply to graduate for the term in which they plan to complete all requirements for the degree.
- December graduation: Students completing all requirements for the degree by the end of the fall term.
- May graduation: Students completing all requirements for the degree by the end of the spring term.
- August graduation: Students completing all requirements for the degree by the end of the summer term.
Once you have determined that you are eligible to graduate, you need to submit a graduation application during the published application filing period and the one-time $100 nonrefundable application fee. After your graduation application is processed, and your graduation evaluation is completed, you will receive an email from your graduation adviser which may take 6–8 weeks. Graduation is based on the successful completion of all of your degree requirements by the last day of the semester of the graduation term you have applied for (i.e. if you apply for May graduation, you must complete all degree requirements by the last day of the spring semester).
Enrolled students must apply online through the SDSU WebPortal by selecting the Apply to Graduate menu option. The application filing periods are as follows:
|Semester Graduating||Application Filing Period|
|December 2021||February 5–September 3, 2021|
Remember that all debts owed to the university must be cleared before your application for graduation will be processed. This includes any outstanding bills such as parking, tuition, library fines, etc. Check with SDSU Student Account Services if you have questions regarding the status of your student account.
Once your application has been submitted and your application fee has been processed, you'll receive official notification to your SDSU email address confirming the receipt of your application and the graduation term you've applied for. The application is then forwarded to your assigned graduation adviser who will prepare a graduation evaluation for you. Once your graduation evaluation is complete, the graduation adviser will email you in approximately 6–8 weeks. You can then work with your graduation adviser if you have any questions about your evaluation or your progress toward degree completion.
If you are not a current undergraduate or second bachelor's degree student and are unable to apply online, you may send an email, including your full name at the time of enrollment and RedID, to the Office of Advising & Evaluations at [email protected] to request a paper version of the application and further instructions on how to complete the application process to include payment of the one-time $100 nonrefundable filing fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When does the university graduate students?
- SDSU officially graduates students at the end of the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students apply to graduate for the term in which they plan to complete all requirements for the degree. Students completing all requirements for the degree by the end of fall apply for December graduation. Students completing all requirements for the degree by the end of spring apply for May graduation. Students completing all requirements for the degree by the end of summer apply for August graduation.
- How do I know if I'm eligible to graduate?
- There are numerous resources available to help you determine if you are on track to graduate. You are encouraged to meet with your major adviser and your minor adviser (if applicable) to discuss how well you are progressing towards the completion of your major and minor requirements. In addition, academic advisers are available at the Academic Advising Center who are specially trained to answer questions about the university's graduation requirements.
- I applied for graduation once before and paid the fee. Do I need to pay the fee again?
- Anyone applying to graduate for December 2019 or later, must pay the one-time $100 nonrefundable filing fee. If you previously paid the one-time $100 filing fee, you do not need to pay again.
- How do I apply for concurrent graduate credit?
- If you complete work in excess of graduation requirements during the semester or summer session in which your graduation occurs, you may petition for concurrent graduate credit. You will not be awarded concurrent graduate credit automatically or for credit earned in semesters prior to graduation. Petition forms are available from Graduate Affairs and must be submitted to the Office of Advising and Evaluations by the schedule adjustment deadline of the term in which the concurrent credit is earned.
- What is a graduation evaluation?
- A graduation evaluation is an official degree evaluation prepared by your graduation adviser that lists your remaining degree requirements. The evaluation will show the remaining units needed to complete the degree as of the date the evaluation is prepared. Units in progress are included in the total units remaining. This is the official document that is used to determine whether you can receive your degree, so make sure you read the evaluation notes carefully and follow up on any issues that the graduation adviser brings to your attention.
- When do I have to complete all of my graduation requirements?
- All requirements must be completed by the graduation date that coincides with the term you apply for graduation. Grade changes, make-up of incomplete grades, petitions, test scores, waivers, and transcripts from other institutions must be on file with SDSU no later than the last day of the semester in which you are graduating. Official transcripts for work taken at another institution during your final semester must be received at SDSU no later than six weeks after the last day of the semester in which you are graduating.
- Why does my graduation evaluation still say I need to complete a particular requirement even though my adviser told me the requirement is okay?
- The graduation requirements found on your evaluation are from the SDSU General Catalog. Students are required to complete these requirements. In some cases, departments will allow an exception or adjustment to the requirements found in the General Catalog. In these instances, a Request for Adjustment of Academic Requirements (RAAR) form must be filed with all the appropriate approvals before an adjustment can be made to a student's evaluation.
- My graduation evaluation says I have to send my high school transcript. Do I really need to send my high school transcript?
- Yes. If your graduation evaluation indicates transcripts are required, then you must comply with this requirement. All official transcripts should be sent to:
- San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455
- Or electronically, if possible to:
- My graduation evaluation says I have to send a college transcript. Do I really need to send my college transcript? What if I dropped the course? What if I decided not to attend the institution?
- Yes, all SDSU students are required to file official college transcripts from every institution they attended prior to graduation. If you decided to withdrawal from coursework or not take classes from an institution you reported as attending, then you must still submit an official college transcript or official Letter of Non-Attendance prior to graduation.
- If I have an Incomplete (I) in one of my courses, will that prevent me from graduating, even if I do not need the course for any remaining requirement?
- In order for your degree to be conferred, all graduation requirements must be completed, all undergraduate transcripts must be on file and considered final with the Office of Advising and Evaluations, and final grades must be issued for all courses.
- What if I study abroad during my last year at SDSU prior to my graduation?
- Students who study abroad are required to have official transcripts sent from the institution attended before the completion of all degree requirements can be verified. SDSU is not able to accept electronic transcripts from institutions outside of the United States, so it is important to understand that some institutions located abroad can take several months to send a transcript. Therefore, students who have applied to graduate and have studied abroad in their last year might experience a delay in the finalization of their graduation.
- I think I might be eligible for graduating with honors and distinction. How will I know for sure?
- Graduating with honors is granted to undergraduate students who achieve high grade point averages. The determination of honors will be done at the time the bachelor's degree is conferred. Distinction in the major is granted to students who meet the GPA qualifications and who have received their major department's recommendation. Candidates for a second bachelor's degree are not eligible to graduate with honors. Your graduation adviser will automatically do the calculation of honors and distinction. However, to be considered for distinction, all removal of incompletes and grade changes must be submitted by the end of the fifth week of your final semester. All changes for summer term graduates must be received by the end of the fifth week of the spring semester prior to graduation.
- Who can I contact with questions about my graduation evaluation?
- Students who have questions concerning their graduation evaluation should contact their graduation adviser. Your graduation adviser's name and contact information is on the email you received when your graduation evaluation was completed.
- I applied to graduate but I won't be able to complete my requirements in time. What should I do?
- If you realize that you will not complete the graduation requirements by the end of the term for which you applied to graduate, then you will need to reapply for, or transfer to, the term that you plan to complete all requirements. To reapply to graduate or transfer your graduation term, visit the SDSU WebPortal, and select the Apply to Graduate menu option. Changes from December to May or August graduation, or changes from May or August to December graduation, will require the cancellation of your active graduation application by selecting the Cancel the Current Application for Graduation option before submitting a new graduation application for the desired term. Students transferring their May graduation to August, should select the Transfer your Application for Graduation option. If you are having trouble reapplying to graduate or transferring your graduation term through the SDSU WebPortal, send an email, including your full name at the time of enrollment and RedID, to the Office of Advising and Evaluations at [email protected] to request a paper version of the application or transfer form. It is highly recommended that you consult with your graduation adviser as soon as possible to discuss your particular situation and the best possible course of action.
- I applied for graduation, but I need one more semester to complete my requirements. How can I get a registration time?
- If you do not complete all degree requirements by the end of the term for which you applied to graduate, then you will need to reapply for graduation for a future term during the published filing period. After the current application has been cancelled and processed, it will take 24-48 business hours for the Office of the Registrar to assign you a registration date and time for the next term.
- I'll have my degree requirements satisfied with the exception of my minor. Can I graduate and come back at a later date to complete my minor?
- No. If you wish to earn a minor or if a minor is required by your major, you must complete all requirements for your major and minor by the graduation date for which you applied.
- How do I cancel my graduation application?
- If you are an enrolled student, you can cancel your graduation through the SDSU WebPortal by selecting the Apply to Graduate menu option. Other students must submit a Graduation Cancellation form to the Office of Advising and Evaluations. To obtain a Graduation Cancellation form, email your graduation adviser.
- What is a Graduation Adviser?
- A graduation adviser is a specially trained academic adviser who assists graduation candidates with completing the requirements for the degree. Each graduation adviser works with specific departments and majors. The graduation advisers review records, complete graduation evaluations, review petitions, and confer degrees. Once you have applied to graduate, the assigned graduation adviser for your major will answer any questions you have with regard to completing the requirements for your degree.
- How do I know who my Graduation Adviser is and how do I contact them?
- Your graduation adviser's name and contact information is included in the email that you will receive when your graduation evaluation is complete. Please email your graduation adviser and make sure you provide your RedID so that they can access your record and respond to you promptly.