First-Time, First-Year Student Admission Eligibility

║┌┴¤═° accepts applications from entering first-time, first-year students (freshmen) each year from╠řOctober 1 through November 30╠řfor admission to the following fall semester.╠řWe receive applications from thousands of highly qualified applicants each year. First-time, first-year╠řapplicants must meet minimum ║┌┴¤═° eligibility requirements below to be considered.╠řStudents may only be considered for one application per academic year.╠ř

Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below, and then find out how to apply.

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You can apply to ║┌┴¤═° as a first-time, first-year student (freshman) if you have:

  • not yet graduated high school, but are on track to graduate with a high school diploma by the spring term prior to fall enrollment.
  • graduated high school, but have not taken college courses beyond the summer after graduation.

To be considered for first-time, first-year╠řadmission to ║┌┴¤═°, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Complete each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern╠řof college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C or higher prior to high school graduation.
  2. Graduate from high school by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment.
  3. Have a minimum ║┌┴¤═° Index╠řto be considered. The ║┌┴¤═° Index╠řis the result of a formula that combines your achievement in high school college preparatory courses. Refer to ║┌┴¤═°╠řIndex╠řfor details of how this index is calculated.

The minimum ║┌┴¤═°╠řIndex╠řto be considered ║┌┴¤═° first-time, first-year╠řadmission:

  • Graduates of California high schools and other╠řCalifornia residents:
    • ÔÇő2.5 GPA or greater in college preparatory subjects per CSU minimum requirements
    • 3,200 minimum ║┌┴¤═° Index╠řfor non-STEM majors
    • 3,600 minimum STEM╠řIndex╠řfor STEM majors (this is higher than the minimum for CSU systemwide eligibility)
  • Other non-California residents:
    • ÔÇő3.0 GPA or greater in college preparatory subjects╠řper CSU minimum requirements
    • 3,500 minimum ║┌┴¤═° Index╠řfor non-STEM majors
    • 3,600 minimum STEM╠řIndex╠řfor STEM majors (this is higher than the minimum for CSU systemwide eligibility)

Applicants╠řwho meet the minimum ║┌┴¤═° criteria above╠řwill be considered based on their intended major.

  • Applicants to Music and Dance:
    Eligible Applicants will be admitted based on the faculty evaluation of an audition, auditions are mandatory.
    Contact the╠řDance department╠řor╠ř╠řfor details of the audition process.
  • Applicants to Nursing:
    Admission to Nursing will be to a Pre-Nursing status. Students must meet specific course and GPA milestones to remain in Pre-Nursing and must apply to the Nursing department to be considered for admission to the major at the junior level. ║┌┴¤═° strongly recommends that applicants to Nursing complete additional math courses beyond the minimum required for the CSU to improve the likelihood of success in the major and timely graduation.
  • Applicants to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors (STEM majors):
    Applicants will be admitted based on a calculated STEM Eligibility Index.╠řThe STEM Eligibility Index╠řplaces additional weight on quantitative skills required for success in these majors. Refer to╠řSTEM╠řIndex╠řfor details of how this index is calculated. Applicants who are considered local╠řbased on their high school of graduation or military status will be offered admission if they meet the minimum STEM╠řIndex. The minimum for consideration is 3,600. Local students who do not meet the 3,600 STEM Index, but have a 2.5 GPA or greater in college preparatory subjects and a 3,200 ║┌┴¤═° Index╠řwill be offered admission as undeclared majors.
    • Other eligible applicants will be ranked by the STEM Index and will be offered admission based on space available in the major or college.╠řAdmission to STEM majors will be to a pre-major╠řstatus. Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at ║┌┴¤═° that indicate the studentÔÇÖs ability to succeed and complete the major.
    • ║┌┴¤═° strongly recommends that applicants to STEM majors complete additional math courses beyond the minimum required for the CSU to improve the likelihood of success in the major and timely graduation.
  • Applicants to other majors, including undeclared:
    Applicants will be admitted based on the calculated ║┌┴¤═°╠řIndex used in establishing minimum ║┌┴¤═° eligibility above. Applicants who are considered local╠řbased on their high school of graduation or military status will be offered admission if they meet the minimum Eligibility Index╠řrequired of the major. Other applicants will be ranked by the Eligibility Index╠řand will be offered admission based on space available in the major or college. Admission to some majors will be to a pre-major status. Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division courses and GPA requirements at ║┌┴¤═° that indicate the studentÔÇÖs ability to succeed and complete the major.

  • Local Applicants:
    Applicants who are considered local╠řbased on their high school of graduation or military status who meet the ║┌┴¤═° minimum eligibility requirements but are not admissible to the major will be offered admission as an undeclared╠řstudent. Undeclared students will explore other appropriate majors through coursework and advising and must meet the major-specific criteria for the major prior to declaring a major by their junior year. Applicants should note that undeclared╠řis not a route to their initial intended major. Undeclared students work with university advisors to identify and succeed in alternate majors.
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  • This program encourages applicants from targeted communities based on low socioeconomic status and historically low rates of college going to submit supplemental materials for a holistic admissions review. A limited number of applicants will be admitted based on, community involvement/leadership, overcoming significant hardship, and potential for degree completion.
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  • Other applicants:
    Admission to ║┌┴¤═° is very competitive. As a result, many eligible applicants will not be offered admission. ║┌┴¤═° strongly recommends that all applicants have a backup plan

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