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Early Childhood Studies

Public Announcement

Sonoma State University is hereby notifying the general public that the Early Childhood Studies major will be declared an impacted program for the fall 2017 term. If you are planning to apply for the fall 2017 admission cycle, you must meet the additional admission requirements for the major. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions.

First-time Freshmen

  • First time freshmen will be ranked according to eligibility index and/or incoming GPA and offered admission according to higher ranking.

Transfer Students

  • Completion of 60 transferable units
  • Completion of 30 GE units
  • Area A1, A2, A3 and B4 completed with a C or better
  • Cumulative CSU transferable GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of 3 transferable units in Child Development/Early Childhood Education with a grade of C+ or better.



August 1 to August 31

  • Open to upper-division applicants.
  • Open to lower-division applicants. All admitted students will be undeclared.
  • Closed to the following majors for upper division applications:
    • Nursing (applications are only accepted in the fall)
    • Human Development
    • Hutchins School of Liberals Studies
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
    • Psychology (Will only consider local students who will complete their Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)by the end of the fall semester)
  • Closed to second bachelor's degree
  • Closed to first-time freshman applicants.

Sonoma State University will be accepting applications for the Spring 2017 term from August 1-31, 2016. Please be advised that due to enrollment constraints and space availability we may be unable to process your application regardless of the major you apply to. We recommend that you also apply to other CSU campuses. We will notify applicants by October 1, 2016 if their application will be reviewed or if we are not able to accommodate all the applications.

In the event that Sonoma State University receives a large volume of applications, priority will be given as follows:

  • Associate Degree for Transfer students (SB1440) from our local service area, based on availability by major.
  • Local service area students, based on availability by major. Service area will be determined based on address, county of residence and last college or university attended.
  • Applicants from outside our service area will be accommodated based on space capacity. Please be advised that you should apply to other CSUs that are also open for spring as Sonoma State University cannot guarantee that your application will be processed.
  • All applications will be processed based on first choice major; alternate majors may be considered based on space availability. Once an offer of admissions is made into a major no subsequent major changes are guaranteed. Major changes are subject to department approval.
  • If you are applying to an impacted major please refer to the impacted major criteria for additional admissions criteria.

**Due to enrollment constraints, we advise students to apply to more than one CSU campus.**


August 1 to Expected Closure Date as Listed

  • Biology – Expected closure October 31, 2016.
  • Education (Credential programs) – Priority deadline of September 30, 2016. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis (to be determined by the School of Education).
  • Education (MA programs) – Priority deadline of October 31, 2016. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis (please contact the School of Education for more information).
  • ITDS – Must contact department for approval to apply. Contact person is David Hartranft.
  • MPA – Expected closure October 31, 2016.

Graduate programs not listed will not be accepting applications for Spring 2017.

Programs in the School of Extended and International Education have different deadlines. Please see the SEIE website for program and application information.



October 1 to November 30

  • First Time Freshmen - CLOSED
    • Closed to the following programs:
      • Human Development
      • Liberal Studies Ukiah
      • Nursing
  • Upper Division Transfer - CLOSED
  • Lower Division Transfer - CLOSED
  • Second Bachelors - CLOSED


October 1 to Expected Closure Date as Listed

  • OPEN to the following programs:
  • CLOSED to Second Bachelors
  • CLOSED to Unclassified Post baccalaureate
  • CLOSED to the following programs:
    • Credentials and Education Program (closed on June 30)
    • Psychology (closed on May 31)
    • Master's in Business Administration Program (MBA) (closed on April 30)
    • Master's in Public Administration Program (MPA) (closed on April 30)
    • Kinesiology Program (Not accepting applications for Fall 2016.)
    • Biology Program (closed on January 31)
    • Counseling Program (closed on January 29)
    • Cultural Resource Management Program (closed on January 31)
    • English Program (closed on March 4)
    • History Program (closed on February 15)
    • Interdisciplinary Studies Program (closed on March 31)
    • Nursing Program (closed on January 31)


October 1 to April 30

Programs in the School of Extended and International Education have different deadlines. Please see the SEIE website for program and application information.


To appeal the submission of a late application, please follow these steps:

  • Complete and turn in the paper application available on the CSU website.
    • Mentor screen printouts will not be accepted in place of the complete paper application. See link above.
  • Include the application fee (check or money order) for $55 or fee waiver.
  • Include a letter of appeal.
  • Include official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Appeals for late applications MUST be complete and have all appeal components included in the appeals packet. These include the appeal form, letter of appeal, completed paper application, transcripts, and application fee payment along with any other documents the student feels are relevant. Appeals for late applications that do not include all necessary parts are returned to the student without review.

Send to:
Sonoma State University
Admissions and Records Office
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Attention: Natalie Kalogiannis