Undergraduate Admission

Prospective students, applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study, in day or evening classes, must file a complete undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be in the form of a check or money order payable to: The California State University, or by credit card, if submitting the online application, and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term.

All students meeting university requirements will be eligible for admittance as a Pre-Psychology major and can petition for the Psychology major upon completion of prerequisite requirements (see BA in Psychology for more information).

Application Filing Periods
Terms Applications first accepted Initial Filing Period
Fall 2011
Oct. 1, 2011
Oct. 1-Nov. 31, 2011
Winter 2012
June 1, 2011
June 1-30, 2011
Spring 2012
Aug. 1, 2011
August 1-31, 2011

*The university has re-opened undergraduate admissions for Winter and Spring 2012. The new deadline to apply for Winter Quarter is September 15, 2011 and the new deadline to apply for Spring Quarter is September 30, 2011. All interested students should submit their application and any relevant materials by these deadlines to ensure full consideration.


Generally, first time freshmen applicants will qualify for regular admission if they

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination,
  2. Have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index (see Catalog, pg. 37), and
  3. Have completed with grades of "C" (2.0) or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements (see "Subject Requirements" below). Courses must be completed prior to the first enrollment in the California State University.

Subject Requirements

The CSU requires that first-time freshmen applicants complete, with grades of "C" (2.0) or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.

  • 2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government.
  • 4 years of English.
  • 3 years of mathematics (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra).
  • 2 years of laboratory science (1 biological and 1 physical, both with labs).
  • 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence).
  • 1 year of the same discipline in visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU “a-g” list.
  • 1 year of electives chosen from the subject areas listed above or approved college preparatory elective courses.

High School Graduation Equivalency

Students who are not high school graduates may satisfy the high school graduation requirement by submitting the California Certificate of Proficiency or the General Education Development (GED) certificate or equivalent certificates awarded by other states.

  1. California High School Proficiency Test
    A "pass" on the California High School Proficiency Examination is considered equivalent to graduation from high school.
  2. Tests of General Educational Development (GED)
    An applicant submitting scores on the GED has established high school graduation equivalence if the average score for the five tests is 45 or better and each score is at least 40.

Applicants presenting the high school proficiency test or the GED will be expected to meet the fifteen unit college preparatory subject requirements. Grades in courses completed after grade nine are used to calculate the grade point average for the eligibility index.


Students who have completed fewer than 90 transferable quarter college units (fewer than 60 semester units) are considered lower division transfer students. Students who have completed 90 or more transferable quarter college units (60 or more semester units) are considered upper division transfer students. Students who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet those admission requirements. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.

Lower Division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for admission as a lower division transfer student if they have a grade point average of at least 2.0 ("C"), 2.4 for a non-California resident, or better in all transferable units attempted, are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and meet any of the following standards:

  1. Will meet the freshman admission requirements (grade point average and subject requirements) in effect for the term to which they are applying; or
  2. Were eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation except for the subject requirements, have been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation, and have made up the missing subjects.

Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1988 should contact the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment to inquire about alternative admission programs.

Making Up Missing College Preparatory Subject Requirements

Lower division applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways.

  1. Complete appropriate courses with a "C" or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
  2. Complete appropriate college courses with a "C" or better. One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
  3. Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations.

Consult with any CSU admission office for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.

Upper Division Transfer Requirements

Applicants will qualify for admission as an upper division transfer student if:

  1. They have a grade point average of 2.0 ("C"), 2.4 for a non-California resident, or better in all transferable units attempted;
  2. They are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and they have completed at least 90 quarter (60 semester) units of college coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of "C" or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics. The 90 quarter units must include all the general education requirements in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking (at least 12 quarter units) and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.


As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the Tests of General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examination);
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years;
  3. If there has been any college attendance, a "C" (2.0) average or better in all college work attempted.

Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.

To assess these skills, SAT or ACT scores must be presented prior to determination of admission. The ACT is offered on campus through the Testing Office.