Your Education is 10 Quick Online Steps Away

CalSouthern champions an open admission model that enables learners with varying backgrounds, qualifications, and circumstances to easily enroll in an accredited, online certificate or degree program. We are dedicated to helping you earn your degree at any level, and achieve your goals based on effort and dedication.

An accessible education begins with a simple enrollment process that isn’t delayed by entrance exams, rigid semester schedules or closed courses. You can begin your online application immediately knowing that our dedicated and professional admissions representatives are always available to walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

Here’s how the CalSouthern enrollment process works:

1. Complete Your Online Application

The online form is easy to use. Set the enrollment process in motion today! It only takes minutes to submit your application.

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6. Acceptance

Your completed application and transcripts will be evaluated after submission. If you meet the requirements for admission, you will receive a notice of acceptance via email and a personalized letter of acceptance from your dean.

2. Submit Your Transcripts

Undergraduate program applicants must submit their high school transcripts (or complete and sign an attestation form confirming your high school graduation) and transcripts of any completed collegiate courses.

Graduate program applicants should submit their undergraduate degree transcripts and any additional college courses completed.

Electronic submission of transcripts from your previous college/university to, is strongly preferred.

Colleges and universities may also fax a copy of your transcripts with a cover sheet to 714-480-0834.

Colleges and universities may send transcripts via US Mail, FedEx, or UPS. Transcripts sent using these methods require more time to receive and process, delaying enrollment into the university.

7. Review Your Degree Plan

Once accepted, you will be able to review your degree plan, which lists the courses required to complete your chosen academic program. You will also review a performance fact sheet, which provides university graduation rates and other important data.

3. Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, we require a copy of a government-issued ID. Just scan and upload a copy of your driver’s license, passport, government employee card, or official government ID card online.

8. Choose a Payment Option

We offer several interest-free tuition payment options to choose from. You’ll have the freedom to select the option that’s best suited for your personal financial circumstances.

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4. Personal Statement (Graduate programs only)

Applicants to graduate programs must submit a short personal statement. This helps ensure you are positioned for success and that the program is a good fit for you.

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9. Sign Your Enrollment Agreement

Your enrollment agreement clearly outlines the number of credits required to complete your program, any transfer credits accepted, the total cost of your program, the tuition refund policy, and other important information. You will also make your first tuition payment at this time.

5. Pay Your Application Fee

CalSouthern’s application fee is just $75 and you can pay in a variety of ways including online, by phone, by check or by wire transfer. Questions can be directed to or 1.800.477.2254 ext. 4246.

10. Start Your Academic Program!

At this point, you’ll be contacted by your Learner Support Specialist to ensure you are ready to begin. They will confirm the start date for your first course and walk you through a quick but thorough orientation process. You’ll be prepared with all the information you need to get started.

Accreditation & Approvals


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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