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Application Consideration for Military Veterans

Last Revised:  October 18, 2012

California State University – Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach extends all beneficial services possible to United States military veterans returning from service while upholding academic standards.   It is recognized that military veterans are discharged from military service in such a manner and schedule that they may not necessarily be able to comply with normal/established dates for application for admission and acceptance to California State University, Long Beach.  Accordingly, the following process has been adopted. 

Late applications

CSULB will automatically extend the undergraduate application deadline for members of the US Military.  The deadline will be six months following the discharge from military service or release from a hospital stay resulting from combat wounds not to exceed June 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester.

To apply for this application extension, military veterans must submit the following documents to the CSULB Office of Veterans Affairs Services within the timeframe listed above:

  1. the appropriate application for admission,
  2. application fee, and
  3. a DD-214,  or a certified statement or document signed by a command military officer or NCO indicating the date of discharge and/or the name of the hospital or medical facility in which the applicant received care, and the date of release from that hospital or medical facility.
  4. Official transcripts of all institutions attended including military transcripts.  (Note: High school transcripts are not required for upper division transfers.)

If the veteran meets the application extension criteria, they will be notified if any additional documents are needed to consider their admission application.  Other deadlines (file completion, intent to enroll, etc) will be adjusted as needed depending on the timing of the admission application.

Admission Criteria

The above policy does not exempt military personnel from meeting the established academic requirements for enrollment and admission to California State University, Long Beach.  Military veterans will receive the ‘local preference’ in consideration for undergraduate admission.  Extension of the application deadline should not be considered any indication of the admissibility of the veteran to the University or requested major.  The Office of Veteran Affairs Services will work with the veterans to facilitate their request for admission and to offer educational alternatives should the student not be admissible.   Cases where course work planned for terms not normally used in admission determination (summer for fall admission, fall for spring admission) will be forwarded to the AVP Enrollment Services for review.