Important Steps - Checklist for Spring 2021 New Students

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Fresno (Fresno State)! Your rewarding journey starts here. If you have received your admission letter, the acceptance package, and I-20 Form (if enrolling in the U.S.), you are ready to complete the following steps.

Please go through each item carefully. Don’t miss the dates for the required virtual Orientation!


Set Up Your MyFresnoState Account and Email

To access your MyFresnoState student portal you first need to create your personal Fresno State email. Please follow the instructions to create your account at or follow the prompts at

Your student ID number can be found in your admissions welcome email or at the top of the Admissions letter. Once your email account is created, log into and check out your Student Center (within your student portal) where you can register for classes, update your address, pay your tuition and fees, and much more.  

Complete the Online Pre-Orientation

Complete the Online Pre-Orientation

  • After selecting "Create New Account," select "International" in the drop-down menu.
  • When creating your account, make sure to save your password!

Get your Official Student ID Card (The Bulldog Card)

Register for Classes

To access your student portal and enroll for classes, please create your personal Fresno State email at Using your student ID number listed at the top of the Admissions letter, follow the prompts to create your account. Once your email account is created, you may begin to register. Log into and navigate to your Student Center (within your student portal) and click on My Academic Records & Registration. Next click on class search. Click Select Term, to pick which semester you would like to look for classes. Select Subject (Note: You do NOT have to fill in every field!). Click on the 'Search' button and a listing of all matching courses will appear. Meet with your Academic Advisor virtually to determine which courses to take for your first semester/year. To make a virtual appointment and meet your academic advisor, click on Major Advising Centers. It would be a good idea to review the required general education courses prior to your meeting so that you can jot down any questions you may have beforehand.

Spring 2021 In-Person Course Requirement

"F-1 students in new or initial status after March 9, 2020, will not be able to enter the United States to enroll in a U.S. school as a nonimmigrant student for the fall/spring term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online."
Meaning students physically arriving in the U.S. for the Spring 2021 semester must enroll in at least 1 in-person course to meet the immigration requirements and maintain their F-1 student status. Failure to meet the in-person course requirement will result in the termination of your SEVIS immigration record.
Please contact Jasmine Cao at for assistance with selecting an in-person course.  
UNDERGRADUATE students are encouraged to enroll in our special international section of the GE course UNIV 1 to meet the in-person requirement. You must contact Jasmine Cao for a permission number to be enrolled in this course. 
ENROLL in UNIV 1 by December 21st, 2020 to guarantee your seat. After December 21st, we cannot guarantee the availability of this course. Don't delay and register today! 

Attend Orientation

Pay for Classes

Pay for Classes

  • Visit the Accounting Services website for all your Money Matters

Review Health Insurance

Review Health Insurance

As a condition of your enrollment at California State University, Fresno, you will be automatically enrolled in the Fresno State-approved health insurance policy when residing in the U.S.

Students enrolled outside the U.S. may request to waive this mandatory requirement. The form will be available shortly.

Complete English and Math Placements (Undergraduate Students ONLY)

ALEKS Exam (Undergraduate Students Only)

Undergraduate students are required to place their appropriate mathematics courses through the ALEKS PPL system. ALEKS PPL is a learning and placement program. It uses adaptive questioning to determine your mathematical knowledge and skills quickly.

  • Use this link to log in to the International student cohort ALEKS PPL system. Your ALEKS PPL class code is DWYHU-JHVUV.
  • Bookmark the Fresno State ALEKS PPL Portal.
  • Complete the initial knowledge check. Take your time on this assessment, as the ALEKS PPL system will give you topics to study and practice which are appropriate to your skill level.
  • Work in ALEKS PPL. Complete at least 70% of the ALEKS PPL pie chart before you arrive here at Fresno State. Take an additional practice placement to see your improvement.
  • Proctored placement exams will be taken online through the ALKS PPL Portal.
  • For additional math placement information please visit the Math Department's Website here.

Complete English 10 Self Placement Assessment (Undergraduate Students Only)

English 10 is required in General Education Area A2 and serves as a prerequisite for other classes down the road towards your bachelor’s degree completion. The combination of English 5A and English 5B (completed in 2 semesters) is equivalent to English 10 (completed in one semester).

It is highly recommended you complete your self-placement assessment prior to enrollment through this link to determine which English course is recommended for you. It's a subjective self-placement assessment rather than a real English ability test and should take no more than 10 minutes to finish. Undergraduate students who have not met General Education, Area A2, should enroll in either English 10 or English 5A in their first semester.

If you are an Undergraduate Transfer student who has taken some college-level units, you may have already met the requirement of General Education, Area A2. You must have passed the class with a “C” grade or better. If you have any questions about any English course that you completed, please contact our Transfer Coordinator, Alicia Montejano at

If Arriving in Fresno with an F-1 Visa

Make Transportation Arrangements

Due to social distancing requirements, our university airport pickup service is temporarily suspended. You have the option of using the Taxis outside of the Yosemite International Airport or Uber drive to reach your apartment/hotel/dorm after you arrive in Fresno. If you have any further questions regarding arriving in Fresno, you may contact Jasmine Cao at

Make Housing Arrangements

Submit Immunizations Documentation

All new students who will come physically on campus arerequired to provide specific health information to the Fresno State Student Health & Counseling Center for health clearance. Please review the Immunization Requirements for International Students.

You will need the following documents to complete your health clearance requirements:

  • All immunization records from childhood and adulthood.
  • Any blood test results for Tuberculosis (TB) and chest x-ray reports if you have them.
  • Please complete this TB Blood Test Verification Form and bring supporting documents to the Check-In Days. A representative from the Student Health & Counseling Center will be present to collect your documents and answer any of your questions

If you have questions regarding the form or the university health immunization policy, you may contact the Student Health & Counseling Center.

Apply for U.S. F-1 or J-1 Visa

*If you are enrolled in fall 2020 outside the U.S., you do not need a U.S. visa to enroll. You may apply for the U.S. visa with your most updated I-20 in preparation of coming to campus when in-person instruction is resumed.

Although U.S. embassies have suspended routine visa interviews globally due to Covid-19, some individual embassies have resumed regular visa appointments. You may find out the most up-to-date information through these links below. Visa appointment availability in general, Visa appointment availability in a specific city, Travel ban updates, SEVP Covid-19 Guidance