A first-time freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation.
For Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 admission, CSU campuses have temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT exams in determining admission eligibility. Admission requirements (including test scores) beyond Fall 2022 have not been determined.
  • Are, or will be, a high school graduate or have completed a GED.
  • Has completed required courses with grades of "C" or higher in the "a-g" college preparatory subjects by the end of spring. See the list of A-G courses.
For fall admission, all requirements and high school graduation must be completed by the end of the spring term. Courses completed in the summer after graduation will not be considered in the admissions evaluation.

The grades you earn in high school are the most important factor in CSU admission decisions. Your high school grade point average is calculated using your grades in all your college prep "a-g" classes completed after the 9th grade.
First-time freshmen must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a high school graduate or equivalent; complete the 15-unit comprehensive “a-g” pattern of college preparatory course; and earn a qualifying “a-g” grade point average (GPA) as described below.
  • California residents and graduates of California high schools will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater “a-g” GPA.
  • Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 may be evaluated for admission based upon supplemental factors.
​​This temporary change of admission requirements will also apply to impacted CSU campuses and programs. Campuses and programs designated as impacted may utilize higher “a-g” GPA thresholds for applicants, as well as identify supplemental criteria and their relative weights, in making admission decisions. However, in no case will standardized test scores be utilized in making admissions decisions for applicants during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years.
Campuses will use a combination of students' “a-g" GPA and supplemental factors to determine admission eligibility. Supplemental Factors that campuses may use include:
  • Number of courses exceeding minimum “a-g” requirements, 
  • GPA in math and or science courses,
  • Household income, 
  • Extracurricular and leadership involvement, 
  • Educational program participation in high school
  • Other available information that would inform the campus admission decision. 
Each CSU campus will determine the supplemental factors used with GPA to determine eligibility. See the Supplemental Factors by campus for campus details.
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