Sonoma State Application Essay

Applying to ENSP

There are three ways of applying to the Environmental Studies and Planning (ENSP) major or minor:

  1. A student may declare a major/minor in ENSP when applying to Sonoma State University as a Freshman.
  2. A transfer student with 60 units or more may declare a major/minor in ENSP when applying to Sonoma State University as a Transfer Student.
  3. Once enrolled at SSU, a student may apply to change their major or minor to ENSP if they meet the academic requirements and complete the application process outlined below.


Admission Requirements for students currently enrolled at SSU who want to change their major/minor:

Please note that even undeclared students must apply to change to the major or minor.  All students considering this major/minor are encouraged to seek academic advising prior to starting their application.

For currently enrolled students at SSU, Spring '18 will be the next aplication period opens Feb 19 with a deadline of 4pm March 16. Applications are only accepted during one or two application windows each year so if you are interested, we encourage you to apply during one of those application windows. Applications outside of the stated application windows will not be accepted.

 Application form

  1. Write an essay of no more than 500 words, typed and double spaced.  Explain how you became interested in the environment, your career goals, and why you feel ENSP is the right major/minor for you. 
  2. Complete the ENSP Admission Application.
  3. Complete a Change of Major/Minor form. Advisor name and chair's signature to be left blank. You do not have to declare a study plan/concentration when applying to the department but we encourage you to do so.
  4. Attach a copy of your transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for this purpose). Minimum Grade Point Average:  2.75. Applicants with a grade point average below 2.75 will be considered and may be accepted upon showing unique and compelling circumstances. Please include an explanation of those circumstances at the bottom of your essay.
  5. Submit application to office at Stevenson 3016 during the application window.

If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to visit Stevenson 3016 or email

University Scholarship Program Application

The University Scholarship Program is designed to provide encouragement and public recognition to students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 per year. The primary criterion for awards from the University Scholarship Program is outstanding scholarship with restrictions applying to some awards, e.g., residence, major, etc. Your accurate completion of the scholarship application will ensure you are considered for every scholarship for which you qualify. Please read the following carefully. In order to be considered for a Sonoma State University scholarship, applicants must be a continuing student or a new student who has applied for admission for the 2018-19 academic year and is planning to attend SSU full-time in a degree or credential program. If you are a new applicant to SSU, please make sure to activate your My SSU account login before you attempt to apply for scholarships. All scholarship applicants must use their My SSU login user name and password to access the scholarship application.

Scholarship Application Requirements

Outstanding academic achievement including a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale is required. This GPA is calculated on your unweighted, cumulative GPA as determined by Admissions and Records, including the Fall semester preceding the application deadline. Applicants must submit a complete application by the deadline date in order to be considered. Letters of recommendation are no longer required for 2018-19.

Please be prepared to provide two separate statements/essay. The first is a short statement regarding your financial neediness and is only required of the students who answer "yes" to needing financial assistance to attend college on the application. The second is an essay addressing your academic record and achievements, any honors received, and your academic ability and potential and is required of all students. Please review the specific instructions and guidelines for the essay portion.

Download a printable version of the USP guidelines.

When and How to Apply

The application period begins October 1 of each year. Applications are submitted online and the entire package must be submitted by February 1 of the application year. Students must re-apply every year. Awards will be announced by May.

We are no longer taking applications for the 2018-2019 academic year, students may apply for 2019-2020 after October 1, 2018.

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