Skip to main content

California State University (CSU)

Admissions and Related Information

The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 447,000 students, and 45,000 faculty and staff, they are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

Admission/Cal State Apply
A free online resource to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus, plan to finance higher education, review fees and cost of attendance, and apply for admission.

Admission Requirements
Undergraduate admission requirements, including freshman and transfer information, for the 23 CSU campuses. 

Financial Aid 

Information on financial aid resources available to students at the CSU. Also included is the average cost of attendance by CSU campus and information on fees and non-resident tuition (tuition is not charged to California residents).

Impaction Information 
Click here to get the latest information on Impacted Campuses and Programs.

Application Guidebook 2021-22

Looking for more details on admissions requirements and policies of the CSU system?  Download the Admissions Guide Book for further reference.


Missed the Wilson Counselor CSU Application Workshop? 

Access the powerpoint here!

CSU Admission Statistics

While admissions at the CSU will vary by campus and major, below are some stats on the freshmen admission rates for the entering class of the Fall of 2018.


Fall 2021 UPDATE:

CSU has altered admission policy for Class of 2021 and will NOT use the Eligibility index as test scores are NOT required for admission based on Covid 19.  Students will need a 2.5 CSU GPA.  Mulitfactor criteria may be used in addition, visit your campus websites for more information.

CSU Eligibility Index

PLEASE NOTE!  This Eligibility Index is NOT in use for Fall 2021 applicants! 

Calculate Your CSU Eligibility Index

Once you calculate your grade point average, you can use this formula to see if your grade point average and test scores meet the minimum required eligibility index.  California residents must have a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using SAT scores or 694 using ACT scores.

**Neither ACT nor SAT writing scores are included in the calculation of the CSU Eligibility Index.)**

Using SAT Scores (not with writing):

Your GPA  x 800 + Your SAT Total = Your Index 


Using ACT Scores (not with writing):

Your GPA x 200 + (10 x ACT Comp) = Your Index

Updated CSU Eligibility Index 

CSU Online Eligibility Calculator

CSU Major Selection


All CSU campuses admit student's according to major.  Each major at each campus will have a different Eligibility Index required for admission.  A good rule of thumb is to apply for the major that you are most interested in, but choose an alternate major that is not impacted (if possible).  Keep in mind that Cal Poly Pomona, our local CSU, will look at intended major ONLY.

Search of CSU System by majors

CSU impaction

When the number of applications received from qualified applicants is greater than the number of available spaces, a campus is considered “impacted”.

An impacted campus is allowed to use additional criteria to screen applications - usually a higher GPA and test score.

All undergraduate programs, pre-programs, and undeclared/undecided programs are impacted for the following campuses:

  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Fresno State
  • CSU Fullerton
  • Cal State LA
  • CSU Long Beach
  • San Diego State University
  • San José State

CSU Impacted Majors Search