Frequently Asked Questions - Freshman Admission
Information for Freshmen
How do I apply?It's easy to apply. Simply complete the 2014-2015 California State University Undergraduate Application for Admission. The application is available online at this site (Admission Application) or by downloading in PDF format, completing it, and mailing it directly to the CSU campus to which you are applying. You can also complete the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Supplemental Application online.
When do I apply?A list of initial filing period dates for the 2014-2015 Admission Application can be found here.
After the initial application period, campuses continue to accept applications on a space-available basis.
For high-demand (impacted) majors, you must file during the initial filing period.
Filing your application during the initial filing period is strongly encouraged for all applicants to facilitate your attending your campus of choice.
Do I need to pass the High School Exit exam to be eligible for admission?Freshman applicants must submit a final transcript showing that they graduated from high school. The transcript of an applicant who fails to pass the CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) will NOT show that the student has graduated. As a result, the applicant is not eligible to attend a CSU as a first time freshman.
How do I get more information from the campus?Campuses are eager to provide you with more information about their campuses. You can use this site to link to the campus website to obtain more information. Campuses also appreciate letters or emails asking for more information. Best of all, if you can, be sure to visit the campuses in which you are interested and take a campus tour.
What's an impacted program?An impacted major or program is one where more applications are received from eligible students during the initial filing period than the campus can enroll. These high-demand majors or programs will have additional admission criteria above the minimum CSU admissions standards. Several campuses across the CSU have impacted programs. If you are interested in applying to one of these impacted programs, be sure to file an admission application during the initial filing period.
Which programs and campuses are impacted?
Most campuses have some impacted majors that require additional admission criteria. Generally, the majors remain the same from one year to the next, but the criteria are subject to change, and you should contact the campus directly for the most current information.
Detailed information about the 2014-2015 CSU impacted campuses and majors can be accessed at www.calstate.edu/SAS/impactioninfo.shtml.
Can I earn college credit while still attending high school?Yes, all campuses will allow you to earn credit toward your degree. You can earn college credit for completing AP examinations with a score of 3 or better or by passing higher-level International Baccalaureate examinations with passes of 4 or higher. You can also take college courses while in high school and, generally, they may be counted toward your college degree.
What are the basic freshman admission requirements?The CSU uses a combination of your high school grade point average and your score on either an SAT or ACT. Your GPA and test score are added together to compute an Eligibility Index. The requirements for an out-of-state nonresident student are higher than the requirements for California residents. A chart showing the California resident Eligibility Index and nonresident Eligibility Index is available for your reference. Remember, the indices in these tables are the minimum scores. Higher GPA and test scores may be required for admission to high-demand majors and campuses.
Eligibility Index - California Residents
Eligibility Index - Nonresidents
How can I find out about financial aid?There are a number of places on CSUMentor with financial aid information. For general information visit Financial Aid Overview; if you have additional questions visit the Financial Aid section of the FAQ.
Can I get my SAT scores sent directly to CSUMentor?Yes, by inputting the CSUMentor code of 3594 on the SAT score report form, any CSU campus of your choice will receive your SAT scores.
Must I submit the SAT or ACT Writing scores for admission?The CSU collects but does not use the Writing Scores on the ACT or SAT for admission decisions.
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