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 by the end of the spring term preceding fall enrollment at CI; AND
  • Meet the CSU Eligibility Index, which is the combination of your high school GPA (calculated from 10th, 11th, and 12th grade a-g courses) and your test score* on either the SAT (critical reading/Evidence Based Reading and Writing + math) or ACT composite score; AND
    • SAT I Scores: (Your GPA*) x 800 + Your SAT I total (math+CR/EBRW) = Your Eligibility Index (Note: Please scroll down to find information on the revised SAT exam.)
    • ACT Scores: (Your GPA)* x 200 + (10 x ACT Comp) = Your Eligibility Index
  • 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).
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

*Based on grades earned in all approved college preparatory "A-G" courses after the 9th grade

  • Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last two years of high school will be granted additional points (an A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; C, 3 points; D, 1 point).
  • California High School Graduates or California Residents must have a minimum index of 2950 using SAT I scores or 694 using ACT scores.
  • Non- CA High School Graduates or non- CA Residents must have a minimum index of 3570 using SAT I scores or 842 using ACT scores.

For the Eligibility Index Table for California High School Graduates or Residents of California, please visit:https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/eligibility-index

For the Eligibility Index Table for Non-resident or Non-graduates of California, please visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/eligibility-index

** 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.

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