Freshman Requirements            

Generally, first-time freshman applicants will qualify for regular admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination; and
  2. Have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index (see section on Eligibility Index); and
  3. Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements (see “Subject Requirements”).

Eligibility Index – The eligibility index is the combination of the high school grade point average and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. Grade point averages (GPA) are based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory "a-g" subject requirements, and bonus points for approved honors courses.

Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.

A CSU Eligibility Index (EI) can be calculated by multiplying a grade point average by 800 and adding your total score on the mathematics and critical reading scores of the SAT. Students who took the ACT, multiply your the grade point average by 200 and add ten times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes), need a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates several combinations of required test scores and averages.

 Persons who neither graduated from a California high school or are a resident of California for tuition purposes, you need a minimum index of 3502 (SAT I) or 842 (ACT). Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section.

An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for non-residents) is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT because campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission.

Eligibility Index Table for California High School Graduates or Residents of California [top]

GPAACT ScoreSAT I Score
3.00 and above qualifies with any score
2.9910510
2.9810520
2.9710530
2.9611540
2.9511540
2.9411550
2.9311560
2.9211570
2.9112580
2.9012580
2.8912590
2.8812600
2.8712610
2.8613620
2.8513620
2.8413630
2.8313640
2.8213650
2.8114660
2.8014660
2.7914670
2.7814680
2.7714690
2.7615700
2.7515700
2.7415710
2.7315720
2.7215730
2.7116740
2.7016740
2.6916750
2.6816760
2.6716770
2.6617780
2.6517780
2.6417790
2.6317800
2.6217810
2.6118820
2.6018820
2.5918830
2.5818840
2.5718850
2.5619860
2.5519860
2.5419870
2.5319880
2.5219890
2.5120900
2.5020900
2.4920910
2.4820920
2.4720930
2.4621940
2.4521940
2.4421950
2.4321960
2.4221970
2.4122980
2.4022980
2.3922990
2.38221000
2.37221010
2.36231020
2.35231020
2.34231030
2.33231040
2.32231050
2.31241060
2.30241060
2.29241070
2.28241080
2.27241090
2.26251100
2.25251100
2.24251110
2.23251120
2.22251130
2.21261140
2.20261140
2.19261150
2.18261160
2.17261170
2.16271180
2.15271180
2.14271190
2.13271200
2.12271210
2.11281220
2.10281220
2.09281230
2.08281240
2.07281250
2.06291260
2.05291260
2.04291270
2.03291280
2.02291290
2.01301300
2.00301300
Below 2.00 does not qualify for regular admission