1. How can I get an admission application to
CSU undergraduate applications for admission both in electronic and paper formats are distributed by CSU campus each fall to high schools and community colleges in California.
2. If I don't live near a California high school or community college, how do I get an application for undergraduate admission?
You may write to any CSU campus to request an application. Click
here for a directory of CSU campuses to request a paper application.
Click here to access the electronic
application on CSUMentor.
3. How do I get an application for post-baccalaureate
or graduate study?
You may access the electronic application for post-baccalaureate
or graduate study through CSUMentor.
Click here to access the electronic application on CSUMentor.
or You may write to any CSU campus to request an application. Click
here for a directory of CSU campuses.
4. Are admission applications accessible through
Yes. Click here to access
CSU's Undergraduate Electronic Application on CSUMentor.
5. When should I apply for admission?
Applicants should apply well in advance of the term that they
wish to enter. The CSU has designated initial filing periods as
those months that applicants can begin applying for specified terms.
The initial filing period for a fall term is the preceding November
1-30, June 1-30 of the previous year for a winter quarter, and August
1-30 of previous year for the spring term.
6. May I apply after the first month of the
Yes, all campuses accept applications during the first month
of the filing period. Most campuses, except San Diego and San Luis
Obispo, continue to accept undergraduate applications after the
initial filing period until capacity is reached. Post-baccalaureate
and graduate applications are accepted until the capacity is reached.
7. How do I find out which campuses are accepting
The Application Status Report shows
which campuses are accepting undergraduate applications.
8. What are the CSU's undergraduate admission
First-time freshman applicants are eligible for admission if
they are high school graduates, have completed with grades of C
or better all courses in the comprehensive college preparatory pattern,
and have a qualifiable eligibility index. Detailed information is
given on the Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Transfer students will qualify for admission if they have a grade
point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable units attempted
(2.4 for nonresident, upper-division transfer students), are in
good standing at the last college or university attended, and meet
one of several standards. Detailed information is given on the Undergraduate
Admission Requirements under Transfer Requirements page.
9. How are international students evaluated?
International students are held to comparable admission standards.
For this purpose, "foreign students" include those who
hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or other nonimmigrant
classifications. Verification of English proficiency, financial
resources, and academic performance are important considerations.
Official transcripts from foreign institutions must be on file at
least eight weeks prior to the term for which application is being
made. See the Undergraduate Admission Requirements
page for additional information.
10. How can I get information about a specific
You may write to a specific CSU campus (click
here for a directory of CSU campuses), or you can get information
on the Internet. The campus directory also includes links to CSU
campus Internet sites.
11. What degrees and majors are available?
The CSU offers more than 1,400 bachelor's and 500 master's degrees
in over 200 subject areas. For a complete listing of degrees and
majors available at CSU campuses, consult either the paper or electronic
undergraduate admission application.
12. What is an impacted program?
Undergraduate programs are designated as impacted when the number
of applications received during the initial filing period is larger
than the number of spaces available. Impacted programs and campuses
require supplementary criteria.
13. What is the application filing fee?
A nonrefundable application fee of $55 is required for each
application filed at each campus.
14. Do I have to send an application to each
campus to which I apply?
You must apply separately to impacted majors and campuses and
send a $55 application fee to each campus. If you are applying to
a non-impacted program or campus, the application form allows you
to designate an alternate campus should you not be accommodated
at the first choice campus.