California State University

Admissions Requirements

If you're interested in entering the California State University as a freshman, you'll have to satisfy these requirements:

1. Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (a-g courses) with a letter grade of C or better, with at least 11 courses finished prior to the beginning of your last year of high school.

The 15 courses are:

  • a. History (2 years required)
  • b. English (4 years required)
  • c. Mathematics (3 years required, 4 years recommended)
  • d. Laboratory science (2 years required)
  • e. Language other than English (2 years required, 3 years recommended)
  • f. Visual and performing arts (1 year required)
  • g. College-preparatory elective chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university (1 year required)

2. Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.61 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.

3. Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT or SAT. The CSU does not use the SAT Writing section or the ACT Writing score to calculate the CSU Eligibility Index.


How To Apply

You may apply to as many CSU undergraduate campuses as you like with just one application. Each of your chosen campuses will receive your application and official ACT/SAT test scores.

The Fall 2020 priority admission application filing period for all applicants is October 1-November 30, 2019.

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