First-Time Freshman Admission Requirements
First-time freshmen must meet the following eligibility requirements: 1)be a high school graduate or equivalent; 2)complete the 15-unit comprehensive “a-g” pattern of college preparatory course; and 3)earn a qualifying “a-g” grade point average (GPA) as described below:
- California residents and graduates of California high schools will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater “a-g” GPA.
- Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 may be evaluated for admission based upon supplemental factors such as number of courses exceeding minimum “a-g” requirements, household income, extracurricular involvement, and other available information that would inform the campus admission decision. Each CSU campus will determine the supplemental factors used with GPA to determine eligibility in these cases and communicate these criteria publicly for prospective students.
- Non-California residents may be eligible for admission to the CSU by earning a 3.00 or greater “a-g” GPA along with other supplemental factors utilized by the individual campus, including those outlined by impacted campuses and programs.
Update as of February 2021: The California State University (CSU) will continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies for the following terms: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 admission cycles.
This temporary change of admission requirements will also apply to impacted CSU campuses and programs. Campuses and programs designated as impacted may utilize higher “a-g” GPA thresholds for applicants, as well as identify supplemental criteria and their relative weights, in making admission decisions. However, in no case will standardized test scores be utilized in making admissions decisions for applicants during the 2021-2022 academic year.
The CSU will continue to honor Advanced Placement exams on which scores of 3, 4, or 5 are earned, regardless of the delivery mode of the exam.
High School Course Requirements: The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or better is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement. Check out this page for more detailed information: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/Pages/admission-requirements.aspxAdmission Impaction: Many CSU campuses receive more applications than can be accommodated and are designated “impacted campuses.” Students should check to determine if a more selective admissions criteria or higher eligibility index for admissions at these campuses will be used. There may also be an additional application process for a campus that admits by major. See www.calstate.edu/sas/impactioninfo.shtml.No Essay/Personal Statement is required or accepted for admission to the CSUs. No letters of recommendation are required or accepted for admission to the CSUs.