Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
  1. How can I get an admission application to the CSU?
  2. If I don't live near a California high school or community college, how do I get an application for undergraduate admission?
  3. How do I get an application for post-baccalaureate or graduate study?
  4. Are admission applications accessible through the Internet?
  5. When should I apply for admission?
  6. May I apply after the first month of the filing period?
  7. How do I find out which campuses are accepting applications?
  8. What are the CSU's undergraduate admission requirements?
  9. How are international students evaluated?
  10. How can I get information about a specific campus?
  11. What degrees and majors are available?
  12. What is an impacted program?
  13. What is the application filing fee?
  14. Do I have to send an application to each campus to which I apply?

1. How can I get an admission application to the CSU?
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 the Internet?
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 filing period?
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 applications?
The Application Status Report shows which campuses are accepting undergraduate applications.

8. What are the CSU's undergraduate admission requirements?
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 page.

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 campus?
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.


If you have any questions, please e-mail them to sasweb@calstate.edu. We will either send a reply or add your question and the answer to the FAQs.

Thank you.



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