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California State University (CSU) System

The California State University System is the largest and most diverse university system in the United States with over 430,000 students on twenty-three campuses offering programs in over 200 subject areas.

A comprehensive web-based resource, called Cal State Apply, has been developed to assist students and their families in learning about the Cal State System. Topics covered on this interactive site include selecting the best CSU campus for you; financing your education; information about admissions including filing dates and applications

Students are eligible for admission as a freshman at a CSU campus when meeting the following three criteria:

  • Taking specific high school courses. Completion of the 15-unit “a-g” pattern of required courses.

  • Grades and test scores. CSU uses an Eligibility Index that combines your high school GPA with your SAT or ACT test score. The writing section scores are not required for admission purposes. If your GPA is 3.0 or above, you are not required to take either test. However, SAT or ACT scores are used by CSU colleges for English and math placement. Students who do not take the SAT or ACT are required to take placement exams upon admission.

  • Graduation from high school, passing the California High School Proficiency Examination, or passing the General Education Development (GED) test.

Several CSU campuses are in high-demand and overcrowded in certain majors. Check with each college to see if they are imposing additional criteria for these programs. Also, some colleges may have higher standards for students who live outside of the local campus area.