2010 Facts About the CSU

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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.


Admission offices at the 23 campuses use three factors to determine eligibility for freshmen. Most applicants who are admitted meet the standards in each of the following areas: specific high school coursework, suitable grades in specified courses and test scores, and graduation from high school. Some CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local campus area. Because of the number of students who apply, a few campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Many CSU campuses utilize local admission guarantee policies for students who graduate or transfer from high schools and community colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region.

The majority of transfer students enter as upper-division transfers, and must complete at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units before transferring. To apply for admission to graduate or postbaccalaureate studies at the CSU, individuals must complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.5 grade point average and be in good academic standing, while satisfactorily meeting the professional, personal, scholastic and other standards for graduate study.

For detailed admissions information, including specific campus application information, visit CSUMentor »