Monday, December 17, 2012

Everything You Wanted To Know After Submitting Your Admission Application But Were Afraid to Ask Part II

Let's jump right into part two and answer some more questions you may have. 
6.  I really want to go to Chico, but I don't think I can afford it.  What should I do?  Check for scholarships in your local community.  Many times scholarships go unclaimed for lack of applicants.  Be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning January 1, 2013 by the March 2nd priority filing deadline.  With financial aid, the early bird sometimes gets the worm.  It its OK to estimate income amounts-don't wait!
6a.  I just realized I made a mistake on my application!  What should I do?  Send an email to with your name, date of birth and if you have it, your Chico State ID number.  Just explain what the mistake was and we'll make the correction for you.   If it is sensitive information, like a social security number, call our office with the change. 
7.  I'm doing really badly in a class.  Can I drop it?  It depends.  If you're a high school student and you need the course to complete your A-G requirements or you're a community college student who needs the course as part of the "Golden Four" core classes or to meet the admission unit quota, then dropping the course could effect your application.  It's best to call our office to check. 
8.  I know I'm going to fail a course I need for admission.  What can I do?  Again, it's important to call our office to see what your options are.  Both high school and transfer students have until the end of the spring semester to make up any kind of deficiencies for admission.  Summer course work isn't allowed to meet admission requirements.
9.  What if my friend gets admitted before I do?  What should I do?  Don't panic.  Processing applications is a long and involved undertaking.  Our staff goes through your file with a  fine tooth comb and that process can't be rushed.  Make sure you're checking both your portal and your Wildcat email because it could be that we're missing information from you to make a final decision and you haven't responded to our request. 
10.  After I'm admitted to Chico State I don't have to worry about anything else right?  I'm all set?  Actually, all admission decisions are conditional, that means they aren't permanent and can still be taken back if students fail to meet admission requirements.  Your admission decision is permanent once we get your final transcript with your final grades on it.  If you're a high school student, your graduation date should on your official transcript as well.  Once you're admitted you'll receive a What's Next flyer with a month by month check list of everything you'll still need to do, like taking placement tests and applying for housing.
 That's all for now!  Perhaps you'll be walking our hallowed halls this time next year!  Good luck!

Everything You Wanted To Know After Submitting Your Admission Application But Were Afraid To Ask Part I

Congratulations! You've submitted your fall 2013 application for admission and you probably have a ton of questions about your next step, or maybe you don't exactly know what your next step is! I wanted to answer some questions that may be going through your head right now.

1. My friend/sister/neighbor missed the November 30th application deadline!  Is it too late to apply for fall?   Yes!   You can find a list of other CSU campuses still accepting applications here:  Just click on "Is your campus still accepting applications?" in the lower right-hand corner.

2.  When is the next time they can apply?  The next potential application period will be for the spring 2014 semester.  We're not entirely sure at this point what the spring application status will be and we won't know until late summer.  Students should check back with us then to get a final status on spring.  If the application does open, it will be available beginning August 1, 2013 and will close on August 31, 2013.  The spring semester will begin in January 2014.

3.  When will I hear if I've been admitted? Admissions decisions go out on an on-going, rolling basis, so you could potentially learn if you've been admitted as early as January and or as late as April.  It's best to check your CSU Chico portal account and Wildcat email account regularly to get the most up to date information about your application status. Your portal account is the first place where you can find out if you've been admitted.

4.  You said check my portal account. What is that?  Your CSU Chico portal account gives you access to your Student Center.  The Student Center is where you can check your admission status, your hold and to-do list and everything you'll need as a student at Chico State.  The portal can be accessed via our main page,  Once you create your portal you also create your Chico State email account which you  also need to check regularly. 

5.  Should I send my transcripts now?  Unless the Admissions Office contacts you directly via your Chico State Wildcat email asking for a transcript, no.  Final transcripts will be due on July 15th. 

Stay tuned for part two of this series where I'll tackle some more questions applicants may have!