A first-time freshman is a student who has earned no college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation. You are eligible for admission as a first-time freshman if you:

  • Have or will have graduated from high school or equivalent; AND
  • Meet at least a 2.5 GPA or greater for CA residents and graduates of a CA High School/ 3.0 or greater for non-CA residents and graduates of a non-CA High School; AND
  • Have or will have completed 15 year-long college preparatory courses (see below chart) with a grade of “C-” or better upon graduation from high school (see first bullet point).
    • The CSU will consider course grades of “credit" or “pass" as fulfilling “a-g" requirements for those courses completed during winter, spring or summer 2020 terms. All other coursework must be graded and a grade of C- or better must be earned for the course to satisfy “a-g" requirements. Grades of credit/pass or no credit/no pass will not be included in the calculation of high school GPA.

Years RequiredSubject
2 yearsU.S. History and Social Science: (must include 1 year of U.S. History OR 1 semester of U.S. History and 1 semester of Government, AND 1 year of history/social science from either the “a” or “g” subject area)
4 yearsEnglish: 4 years of college preparatory English composition/literature (including no more than 1 year of Advanced ESL/ELD)
3 yearsMathematics: (min. of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II OR integrated math sequences)
2 yearsLaboratory Science: 1 year physical and 1 year biological (one course from the “d” subject area and the other from the "d" or “g” area)
1 yearVisual and Performing Arts: one year or two-one semester courses in the same discipline required, chosen from the following disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, Drama, & Visual Arts (e.g., painting, web/graphics, design, film/video, inter/multimedia arts)
1 yearCollege Prep Electives:(chosen from the "a-f" courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements of the "a-g" subjects, or courses that have been approved from the U.C. "a-g" list
  • For California high school graduates or residents of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 or Non-CA high school graduates or non-residents of California earning a GPA between 2.47and 2.99, students will be evaluated based upon the below supplemental factors. 
    • Supplemental Factor: Academic Achievement
      • CSU Admissions Requirement "A-G" (10th- 12th grade) GPA
      • CSU Admissions Requirement: "A-G" Coursework beyond the minimum 30 semesters
    • Supplemental Factor: Community Commitment
    • Supplemental Factor: Other Applicant Attributes
      • First Generation College Student (either parent/guardian has not obtained a bachelor’s degree)
      • Educational Programs Participation (e.g. AVID, Upward, Bound, Talent Search or Education Opportunity Center, Puente Project, MESA, etc.)

Please note: The California State University (CSU) temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.  Students are encouraged to take exams or submit exams in order to determine Math and English Course placement upon entrance into CSUCI.

CI Campus Preview Days

CI Campus Preview Days

Campus Preview Days provide future freshman and transfer students an opportunity to visit campus and discover more about CI.

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