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Graduation Requirement

For admission to the CSU, graduation from high school and receipt of a high school diploma are admission requirements. If you are like most students, this is a logical conclusion of attending high school. So for most CSU freshman applicants, the other basic admission requirements — high school coursework and grades and test scores — should be the focus of your attention.

Graduation Options

It is always best to stay in high school to receive your high school diploma. We realize that sometimes it is just not possible to do so. There are options available for completing the equivalent to a high school diploma. So if you cannot earn your diploma, consider one of the following options.

  • Passing the California High School Proficiency Examination is the legal equivalent of earning a high school diploma.

  • The General Education Development program (GED) is another examination program that, upon successful completion, offers the equivalent of a high school diploma.

IMPORTANT! Remember that completing either the California High School Proficiency Examination or the GED does not eliminate the high school course requirements or the grades and test requirements.

Admission Requirements

- Overview
- Subjects
- Grades & Tests
- HS Graduation
- Early Start Program
- International Students

Eligibility Index
- California Residents
- Nonresident Index
- Campuses That Have
  Higher Standards
- Majors That Have
  Higher Standards
- Residency

Impacted Programs
- Supplementary
  Admission Criteria
- Major vs. Campus
- Honors Courses
- Math and English
- Undergraduate
  Admission Tests
- English Language
- Educational
  Opportunity Program
  (EOP) Admission

Finances (Financial Aid - Cost)

Planning Tools

- High School Course
- GPA Calculator
- Eligibility Index

Suggested courses and activities by grade:
- 9th Grade
- 10th Grade
- 11th Grade
- 12th Grade

- Mathematics
  Diagnostic Testing
- CSU Math Success
- CSU English Success

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