Questions common for incoming students
Who takes SF State's Write to Regiser (WTR) for English Composition and when?
Every SF State student who has not earned college credit for ENG 114 must take the WTR. Students who are taking Early Start English as part of their Early Start requirement do the WTR within that course. All other students should complete it before their new student orientation date, or, if not attending orientation, before the date to sign up for courses.
How do I know if I need to take Early Start?
California residents who are in Pathway 4 for math, English, or both must take Early Start. It is recommended for students in Pathway 3.
How do I know which Early Start course to sign up for?
For 2018, students required to take English will take Early Start English 99. Students who are required to take Math may take Early Start Math 70 (3 units, in person) or Early Start Math 40 (1 unt, online, self-paced).
Why should I attend New Student Orientation?
In addition to being introduced to school resources and policies, students receive an earlier registration date than the general freshmen population--as well as assistance in registering. This means orientation students have more choice of courses and times--and are more likely to sign up for the right courses as advisors are there in person to help. See New Student Programs page for more info.
What should I bring to New Student Orientation?
- Unofficial copy of high school transcript
- Unofficial copy of any college transcript (if took college courses)
- Vaccination records if not already submitted (Most California High Schools do this for you)
- Any other item requested by your "To Do" list or other department
What if I can't make it to New Student Orientation?
- Visit the New Student Programs page and read their materials.
- After summer orientations have ended in July, visit the Advising Hub's Missed Orientation link.
Questions common for continuing students
Why is my math course so heavy on group work?
SF State wants to help students move beyond memorization of formulas. Solving problems in groups helps students develop the reasoning skills that will benefit them not only in future math courses, but any courses that require systematic problem-solving. We realize it may be a new style of learning, so be sure to ask instructors, tutors (carp.sfsu.edu), and our department for advice.
How do I sign up for tutoring?
I am having life challenges. How do I get advising or referrals?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or make an appointment. (We are in ADM 211.)
Questions common for international students
Do I have to take the ALEKS placement exam?
We ask international students to take this if they DO NOT have SAT scores, ACT scores, or trasnferrable college credit for math. Students who opt not to take ALEKS--and who don't have qualifying SAT/ACT scores nor college credit--will be most likely taking math with support (pathway 4) their first year.
What if I still have questions?
Contact us at email@example.com.