College of the Arts Student Advising

Our students' academic success is our priority, which is why mandatory advising is part of our college practice each semester.
The information below is for current students, not for prospective or newly admitted students.

Quick Questions: If you have a question not related to major advising, email the Student Success Center at  and staff can help answer general questions and/or identify the right individual or office that can assist you.

Advising Holds (C01): If you have a department advising hold on your student portal, this means that you must satisfy your major advising requirement before you can register for classes. Holds will be removed within 3-5 business days after completing the advising requirement. 

Graduation Candidates: If you have a concern regarding your Titan Degree Audit (TDA) or to verify that the graduation term you have applied for is correct, please schedule an appointment with the Graduation Specialist after registering for the courses for your graduation term. Approval of your intended graduation term is based on the verification that you are enrolled in all remaining course requirements. For more information about graduation requirements, visit the Office of Registration and Records Opens in new window .

Major Advising

Faculty advisors help students plan and select a class schedule and answer questions specific to major requirements. Connecting with your faculty advisor is important to your success, so plan to meet with your advisor once per semester. Click on your major below to schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor or complete your advising requirement.

Specialized Advising

Graduation Advising: The Graduation Specialist provides advising to juniors (60-89 units) and seniors (90+ units). Meet with the Graduation Specialist if you have questions about graduation requirements, need help to determine when to apply for graduation or the graduation term you applied for is no longer the appropriate term based on your remaining requirements. The Graduation Specialist does not provide major advising. 

Academic Success Advising: The Retention Specialist provides advising to students on academic notice and provides all students with the necessary tools and resources to succeed academically. Meet with the Retention Specialist if you need help navigating the registration system or need information on University/College academic policies (stop-out, petitions, withdrawals, change of grade, etc.). The Retention Specialist does not provide major advising. 

Student Success Advising: The Student Success Center supports students experiencing complex/sensitive issues or concerns related to their college experience. Meet with the Center if you need help getting connected to campus resources or student support services. Contact the Student Success Center.

General Education Advising

Your Student Success TeamOpens in new window can provide guidance on your General Education (GE) requirements and the policies and procedures related to GEs. Please e-mail or visit them in person in VA Building D, room 280AOpens in new window for availability.

Career Advising / TitanNet

The Arts Career Specialist provides career advising.  Students seeking help and resources for finding jobs and internships, creating resumes, writing cover letters, interview preparation, graduate school planning and other career related topics may schedule an in-person or virtual appointment through TitanNet or stop by weekly Drop-In hours.

VisitOpens in new window the Career Center page


How do I schedule an appointment in TitanNet? You can book a virtual or in-person advising appointment through your portal or the Navigate Student app. 
View the instructions on   how to downloadPDF File Opens in new window   the Navigate Student app and   how to scheduleOpens in new window   your appointment. 

Applying for Graduation




CSUF students are eligible to apply for graduation once they have declared a concentration, earned at least 85 cumulative units, and have a 1.85 or higher in their CSUF and cumulative GPA. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at CSUF.

Students can apply for fall, spring, or summer graduation. As a graduation candidate, they will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremonyOpens in new window for the year in which they graduate. 

Grad Check Process for College of the Arts students

  1. Review Your TDA. Plan to apply one year in advance or when you have 8-10 classes remaining. Your graduation term should be the semester in which you will complete your final requirements. Example: if you have eight courses remaining and you take four in the FALL semester and four in the SPRING semester, spring is your anticipated final semester to select for your graduation term.
  2. Meet with a faculty advisor to make sure you will be able to complete all major coursework within your graduation term.
  3. Meet with the Graduation Specialist to make sure you will be able to complete all General Education coursework and meet the unit requirements for your degree (120 units for the BA, 40 of which are upper division, and 30 in residence. 132 units for the BFA, 40 of which are upper division, and 30 in residence. (If you are pursuing a double degree objective, please be aware of the exclusive unit requirement.)
  4. Apply for Graduation online
    • Log-in to your CSUF portal
    • Select the cube icon on the upper right side of the screen
    • From the cube dropdown menu, select the “Student Homepage” icon
    • On the next page, select “Academic Records”
    • A menu will appear on the left side of the screen. From the menu, select “Apply for Graduation”
    • View “Undergraduate Program” hyperlink
    • Select your anticipated graduation term
    • Submit Application
    • Pay $115 graduation fee. Please note that the fee DOES NOT need to be paid right away. You will need to pay by the deadline for your anticipated graduation term. Please see all deadlines on the Registration and Records webpageOpens in new window .

5. Next steps: College of the Arts students initiate the “grad check” process by applying for graduation. Once you have applied, we recommend that you attend a Grad Check Workshop. You will receive an e-mail from the Graduation Specialist with a list of all upcoming sessions. If you want to know if you are “on track”, attending a workshop should be your first step.

6. Graduation Status: When you apply, you will see your anticipated graduation term and a graduation status populate on your TDA. Your status will read “Department Review” until:
• We review your Titan Degree Audit (TDA) and verify that you are enrolled in all remaining degree requirements. This is typically done at the beginning of your final semester before the registration deadline. Note: you do not need to set up a meeting for this. If we see you are not on track, we will reach out.
• You pay the $115 graduation fee
• You will then be made a “Candidate” for graduation. Once you see this status, please do not make any changes to your schedule without consulting with the Graduation Specialist.
• If you need to change your graduation term, please e-mail the Graduation Specialist. There is no cost to change your graduation term and you do not need to re-apply for graduation.

Commencement takes place once a year every May. Once you become a Graduation Candidate, you will receive communications from the University to register for commencement. You will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony for the year in which you graduate. More information can be found online hereOpens in new window .

Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023 = Commencement in 2023
Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024 = Commencement in 2024

All commencement communication will be via official CSUF e-mail. Please check your CSUF e-mail account frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I meet all the requirements to apply for graduation, but my homepage will not let me. Who do I contact?
Please contact Records at

If I paid my graduation fee already but need more time, do I need to pay the fee again?
No. The graduation fee is a one-time payment that carries over with you until you graduate.

Can someone do a final review of my TDA and requirements to make sure I am good to graduate?
Yes. You are welcome to contact the Graduation Specialist via e-mail. If a meeting is required, they will let you know. Please note that this is not the final grad check approval but can help you prepare for your final semester(s). 

I applied for the wrong graduation date. Can I change it?
Yes. Contact the graduation specialist to request an extension. Please provide your CWID and preferred graduation term in the email.

When do I walk for graduation ceremonies?
You can graduate in fall, spring, or summer semesters and you will be invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony held after Spring semester for the year in which you graduate.

Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023 = Commencement in 2023
Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024 = Commencement in 2024
I don’t know if I have paid the fee or not and/or I cannot pay on my student homepage. Who do I contact?
Please contact CSUF Student Business Services at

How do I return to CSUF?
Students leave the university for many reasons and return for many reasons as well. Your path to re-enrollment and continuing your educational journey begins here! For additional questions on the return process check out the Bring Back Titans website for information for returning Titans.

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