Freshman Fall 2020 Stay On Track

Freshman in between classes

Stay On Track - Action Items
Dates/Deadlines Task Details
Dec 1 - June 1 Admissions decision

Notification of admissions decisions begin on December 1 and continues on a rolling basis. In order to secure a space with the university, the Enrollment Reservation and Mandatory Orientation Deposit is due by June 1, 2020 (refer to your letter of admission for due date).

Dec 1 - June 1    
Refer to your letter of admission for exact due date.

Complete your reservation with SSU

Complete your reservation by purchasing the package appropriate to your class level when you log onto your MySSU Online Services account. After purchase, finalize your Admissions acceptance through MySSU. For instructions and screenshots on how to pay the Enrollment Reservation Deposit (ERD) online, follow these self-service steps

If you cannot pay online, you can print this ERD form. Mail to:

Sonoma State University
Attn: Seawolf Service Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NOTE: If you are an EOP applicant, call 707 664-2427 or email before submitting your deposit. 

Refund Information: If you change your mind about attending Sonoma State University, you must notify the University in writing. The Enrollment Reservation Deposit is non-refundable, however the Campus Housing Down Payment is 50% refundable if requested in writing by June 15, 2020; non-refundable thereafter. Email your Housing Down Payment refund request to

Hardship Deferment: If you are unable to pay the Housing Down Payment at this time, you may request a Hardship deferment. Please refer to the Hardship form for qualifications, payment specifications, and instructions. 

Dec 1 - June 1 Select your Orientation Date

Once you completing your reservation accept your offer of admission and by purchasing Package 1 or 2, please return to log into your MySSU account to select a specific orientation session date. You can do this starting December 1st. If you have questions regarding the sign-up process, please contact the New Student Orientation and Family Programs Office at (707) 664-4464, or visit us at our website for step-by-step instructions @ Orientation

Please note, if you close the MySSU window during the process of selecting Packages 1 or you will not be eligible to sign up for an Orientation workshop until 24-48 hours later.

NOTE: Sonoma State is no longer requiring a fee to participate in orientation. If you have already paid an orientation fee, you will be issued a refund check in 10-14 business days.​

Dec 1 - Ongoing Apply for campus housing by paying Housing down payment

To apply for campus housing, purchase the ERD with Campus Housing via your MySSU Online Services account.

All students interested in living on campus must pay a down payment, which applies to your admit term semester housing charges.  Once we receive your down payment, you will be contacted (within 10 days) with instructions on completing a housing application. First Year students who pay their down payment and complete the housing application by 11:59pm on June 1, 2020 are guaranteed a space in on-campus housing for the 2020 academic year; and we will do all we can to honor students' top community and room type preferences.  Assignment priority is based on the date the Housing Down Payment is made.  For more information about on-campus housing, please visit

If you purchased the ERD without Campus Housing and need to now pay the Housing Down Payment, please contact Residential Education & Campus Housing at (707) 664-2541.

If you are unable to pay the reservation deposits at this time, you may request a Hardship Deferment which reduces the initial payment. More information is available on the Hardship Deferment form regarding eligibility, payment specifics, and instructions.

Refund Information: Campus Housing Down Payment is 50% refundable if requested in writing by June 15, 2020; non-refundable thereafter. Read more @ Housing


Beginning Oct 1 - Ongoing (Priority deadline  March 2) Submit Financial Aid application and materials

The application process is free. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application (Dream App) using SSU's school code of 001156. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, complete the FAFSA online at FAFSA. Otherwise, complete the Dream App at Dream App. Read more at Financial Aid

Oct 1 - Feb 3

Scholarship materials due 

For Academic Year 2020-2021. Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 per year. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater to apply for this program. Read more @ SSU Scholarship

March 1 - Ongoing Accept campus housing offer and choose a living community   

Campus housing offers are emailed on a space available basis to the email address provided when you applied. Accept your offer to live on-campus and choose a living community by the designated deadline on your offer email. Living communities do fill up quickly. Read more @ Housing

March 30 - July 15 Submit mandatory immunization records

All incoming new students are required to submit immunization documentation to the SSU Student Health Center through the My Health Portal tile on their My SSU Online Services Portal. This must be completed at least 6 weeks prior to the start of each student’s first semester of classes at Sonoma State University. Students who do not meet this deadline are subject to conditional enrollment and other late compliance penalties. Students are able to access their My Health Portal once they have paid their SSU Enrollment Reservation Deposit.

Please vist Immunizations for Fall 2020 Entry on the Health Center's website for further details. 

April 25 Virtual Seawolf Decision Day

Virtual Seawolf Decision Day is SSU's online open house for students who have been admitted for Fall 2020. Join us for three hours of virtual workshops, demonstrations, and lectures, designed to give you and your family a preview of what it is like to be a Seawolf. Learn more on the Virtual Seawolf Decision Day page.

June 1-July 9

Submit Authorization to Consent for Treatment of Minors for Students under 18 years old

For Parents and Guardians of Students who will be under 18 when the SSU Fall semester begins, please promptly complete, sign and return Authorization to Consent for Treatment of Minors (PDF)

June 3-30   Attend mandatory Freshman Orientation

New Student Orientation is a required program for all students in order to register for courses. Read more @ Freshman Orientation

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 final high school transcript with the graduation date posted is received in the Office of Admissions by July 10, 2020. Failure to submit your final high school transcript by the deadline will void your offer of admission. Request that all your Official Transcripts be mailed to:

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

Aug 10

Pay your mandatory registration charges 

If you begin the registration process from June 1- Aug 10 you must pay your mandatory registration charges by Aug 10, 2020. Even if schedule changes are planned, you must complete the registration process by paying the mandatory registration charges or an automatic disenrollment process will occur.

Financial Aid Students: If you have applied for financial aid and have received an offer from our Financial Aid Office by Aug 10, 2020, in an amount sufficient to cover your semester mandatory registration charges, the payment of your mandatory registration charges will be deferred until your first disbursement for Fall 2020. You will NOT be disenrolled. If you file your FAFSA after July 1, 2020, you must front your Fall mandatory registration charges or your classes will be dropped in August.

Aug 15-16 Move-In Weekend

Residents living on-campus will move in to the Residential Community. Read more @ Housing

July 27 - Aug 14 Open Registration

Need to adjust your schedule? Fall 2020 open registration/add/drop dates & times will be posted on our calendar.

Aug 19- Aug 31 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 August 31; registration is not complete without final registration payment. Make payment @ MySSU
Aug 18 First day of instruction

Classes begin! Confirm your schedule and payments for Fall 2020 through MySSU