California State University, Fullerton

Waitlist Information for First-Time Freshmen Students

What is the waitlist?

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Due to high demand and limited space in the direct entry Nursing program, our enrollment numbers are very limited. As a result, we have established a waitlist for the fall 2015 freshman Nursing program class. We will determine whether space is available once our admitted Nursing students decide to accept their offers of admission by signing up for New Student Orientation (NSO). Beginning in early May, if it has been determined we have room in our freshman Nursing program class we will select students from the waitlist based on Eligibility Index.

How will I be notified that I have been offered a space on the waitlist?

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You will receive an email from CSU Fullerton notifying you that you have been offered a space on the waitlist. The email will be sent to your Fullerton and home email addresses. You can also view your waitlist offer within your Student Center, which is accessible through your Student Portal .

Who is eligible to be on the waitlist?

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Nursing applicants who have accepted their waitlist offer are eligible to be on the waitlist.

Is a deposit required to be on the waitlist?

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No. There is no fee required to be on the waitlist.

How long do I have to accept my waitlist offer?

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You will have until May 1st to respond to the offer. You must respond online to accept the waitlist offer through your Student Portal. If you do not respond by May 1st your waitlist offer will be revoked and your application will be withdrawn from consideration.

If I accept my waitlist offer, how long will it be until I know if I am admitted or not?

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If we are able to utilize the waitlist, we will be admitting applicants according to the Eligibility Index from highest to lowest, until maximum capacity is reached in the Nursing program. If you are selected from the waitlist, you will receive an admit letter via email and instructions on how to accept your offer of admission and pay your enrollment deposit. In addition, you will receive information on how to sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO). If we are able to select from the waitlist, the earliest we would start selecting would be in early May.

How are students selected from the waitlist?

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The waitlist is rank-ordered according to Eligibility Index. If we are able to utilize the waitlist, we will be admitting applicants according to the Eligibility Index from highest to lowest, until maximum capacity is reached in the Nursing program.

How do I know my position on the waitlist?

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Your position on the waitlist is determined by your Eligibility Index. Our list is not published. Therefore, if you are selected from the waitlist, you will receive an admit letter via email and instructions on how to accept your offer of admission and pay your enrollment deposit. It will also include information on how to sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO).

If I am admitted from the waitlist, are there additional steps I need to complete in order to secure my admission?

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Yes. If you are admitted to the University, you must "accept" your admission and pay your enrollment deposit. Admitted freshman students are required to accept admission and pay a $250 enrollment deposit in order to reserve a space in our class. The admission acceptance must be received within two weeks of being admitted. Admitted freshman students can accept admission and pay the enrollment deposit through their Student Portal within the Student Center. Under the Admissions area of the Student Center, click on the Application Status link. The Accept/Decline button will be displayed. Click on the Accept/Decline button to accept your admission to CSU Fullerton. If you have not yet been admitted, you can check the status of your application by selecting the “View Detailed Information” from This Application link. For further information about Accepting Admission, please visit the Accepting Admission FAQ page.

After you have accepted your admission and paid your enrollment deposit, you must sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO is mandatory for all freshmen. Should you have further questions or need more information about NSO, please contact New Student Programs at (657) 278-2501. You also will need to send us your final official high school transcript with your graduation date posted by July 15, 2015. If we do not receive your final official transcript by this date, your admission will be rescinded. You must also check to see if you need to sign up for the ELM and/or EPT. You can check your ELM/EPT status by selecting the “View Detailed Information” from This Application link with the Student Center. You also need to check to see if you need to sign up for the Early Start Program (ESP). ESP information is located in your Student Center within your ESP SMART Page.

Who is eligible to receive a waitlist offer?

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Freshmen Nursing applicants will be eligible to be on the waitlist if they have the following:

  • Nursing applicants, you must have an Eligibility Index of 4300 to 4399.
  • Completed all A-G coursework with a "C" or better prior to graduation.

If I am on the waitlist, do I have to adhere to any deadlines?

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Yes. You must turn in your final official high school transcript by no later than July 15, 2015.  If you are admitted from the waitlist, you must accept admission within two weeks of your admission offer. For further information about Accepting Admission, please visit the Accepting Admission FAQ page . For other critical admission deadlines, please visit the Admission Deadlines page . .

Am I committed to enroll if I accept my waitlist offer?

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No. However, if you are admitted to the University, you will have two weeks to accept your admission and pay your enrollment deposit. If you do not accept admission and pay your deposit within two weeks, your admission offer will be revoked and your application will be withdrawn from consideration.

What if I did not receive notification regarding my waitlist offer?

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An email will be sent to your Fullerton and home email addresses informing you of your waitlist offer. You must accept your waitlist offer online, so it is important you continue to regularly check your Student Portal . You will only have until May 1st to accept your waitlist offer. If you don't accept by May 1st, your application will be withdrawn from consideration.

What happens if I decline my waitlist offer?

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If you decline your waitlist offer your application will be withdrawn from consideration.

How do I appeal a missed admission deadline?

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You must visit the Admissions Appeals page and complete an admission appeal packet.  It is important your package is complete and that your appeal is submitted within one month of the date of the “missed deadline” notification/communication from the Office of Admissions.

Who can I contact for further questions?

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If you have any questions, contact the Admissions and Records office at (657) 278-2300.