Students planning to enter the CSU can apply though the online application tool,
CSUMentor. CSUMentor is also designed to help
students and their families in choosing a CSU campus, planning to meet admissions
requirements, and getting answers to frequently asked questions.
The CSU accepts the top third of all high school graduates—the equivalent of a B average.
Students with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and above automatically qualify for
admission. Students with a GPA below 2.0 do not qualify for regular admission. The
admission of students falling between these two cutoff points is determined by a
combination of GPA and standardized test scores.
Entering freshmen are required to have completed a college-preparatory curriculum
that includes four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of U.S.
history/government, two years of laboratory science, two years of foreign languages,
one year of visual and performing arts, and one year of college preparatory electives.
Many CSU students enter the university as transfer students, mostly from California
community colleges. Most CSU campuses are able to offer admission to prospective transfer
students, who have completed 60 units of transferable coursework including at least 30
units of general education. Completion (with grades of "C" or better) of college courses in
written and oral communication as well as critical thinking and mathematics is required for
CSU transfer admission.
Extensive information of all types of CSU undergraduate admissions including any
supplemental criteria, which may apply for admissions to "impacted" programs or campuses,
is available at www.csumentor.edu.