Freshman: Planning for College

Freshman: Planning for College

What Do You Need to Go to the CSU?

All 23 campuses use the same criteria to determine who is admitted.

Read Admission Requirements

​High School Courses You Have to Take

Make sure these "a-g" courses are part of your high school education.

See Requ​​ired Classes

"How to Get to Cal State"

This step-by-step guide prepares middle school and high school students for admission to a CSU campus.

L​earn “How to Get to Cal State”

G​rades & Test Scores

You'll need to keep your grades up and take the ACT or SAT if you plan​ to attend the California State University.

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  • Eligibility Index

    Use your GPA and test scores to determine whether you’re eligible for admission to the CSU.​

  • Check Your Score

  • Early Assessment Program
  • Academic Preparation

    Academic Preparation ensures first time freshman are placed in appropriate general education math and English courses when they attend the California State University​

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  • Early Start Program
  • Early Start Program

    This program helps students prepare for college-level math and English classes before their first semester of college.

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  • Educational Opportunity Program
  • Educational Opportunity Program

    If you're a low-income or educationally disadvantaged student in California, you may qualify for help with admission counseling, workshops, tutoring​ and more.

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