HECSA: How to Apply and Timeframe
Step 1: CalState Apply Application (NO LATER THAN March 1st)
- Submit a graduate application to Cal Poly through Cal State Apply by the deadline. Please visit the Cal State Apply FAQ for more information. You will be required to upload the following to your Cal State Apply application*:
- A copy of your unofficial transcripts
- Unofficial transcripts for all other colleges/universities (if applicable)
- Name and email of 3 individuals to submit a letter of recommendation
* Please note that all of the listed items are required to submit your application.
- Pay the $55 application fee online
- Submit one official transcript from all colleges and universities attended other than Cal Poly directly to the Admissions Office. (Cal Poly degree holders do not need to provide these transcripts unless coursework was taken after posting of your degree). Instructions for submitting you for official transcripts can be found at the following link:
Before submitting your Cal State Apply Application, ensure that you have successfully completed the following:
- Cumulative higher education grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for your last 60 semester or 90 quarter units. Applicants for whom the program is a fit with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for admission and should highlight in the application:
- Any extenuating circumstances that led to a lower GPA.
- Work/volunteer experiences relevant to student affairs/counseling.
- GRE is NOT required
- We encourage ALL applicants to apply for financial aid in order to be eligible for any School of Education scholarship opportunities.
Step 2: Statement of Purpose - Personal Interest Essay (NO LATER than March 1st)
- Once you have submitted your Cal State Apply Application, applicants must then submit a Personal Interest Essay that addresses five questions in five double-spaced, word processed pages. Essay responses will be read and evaluated for both content and style. Please upload your completed essay as a Word or PDF document using the following form:
Step 3: Counseling and Guidance Applicant Interview (Typically held during the end of March, beginning of April)
Applicants will be contacted by the School of Education office to arrange an on-campus group interview time. Those unable to attend the on-campus interview may be able to interview by phone or Skype. All interviews are conducted by Counseling and Guidance faculty. There will be an opportunity for applicants to pose any additional questions during the interview.
Step 4: Counseling and Guidance Applicants are notified of their status (NO LATER than May 1st)
After interviews are concluded, Counseling and Guidance faculty will make recommendations to the Cal Poly Office of Admissions for acceptance to the program. Following notification that an applicant has been recommended for acceptance to the graduate program, a Letter of Intent will be mailed to each applicant. Applicants must sign and indicate their intent to accept the offer of admission in the Letter of Intent and return the form by May 1st. Once the Letter of Intent is returned to the program coordinator, applicants are made aware of numerous work opportunities on campus within the Student Affairs arena. These have included positions in Housing, Athletic Academic Mentoring, Academic Advising, Orientation Programs, etc. The official offer of admission to the graduate program and the University will come from the Cal Poly Office of Admissions.
Questions? Please contact: