Freshman Admission for Veteran and Dependent Students
Many veteran students are eligible for first-time freshman admission if they met the CSU eligibility requirements while still in high school. Students who fall under this category may request a pre-advising appointment with the campus of their choice to assist them in determining eligibility status. In addition, dependent students may use the below section to assist them in determining eligibility and application procedures.
All California State University campuses welcome applications from transfer students. You are considered a transfer student if you have completed coursework at any community college, college or university in the first regular school term following your high school graduation. If you completed college units before high school graduation or during the summer between high school graduation and your first regular college term, you are considered a first-time freshman and need to meet the CSU’s first-time freshman admission requirements. The number of units you have completed at the time you enter a CSU determines the admission standards that will apply to your application. It is important to identify which admission requirements apply to you.
The majority of transfer students enter as upper-division transfers. Upper-division transfers must complete at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units before transfer.
Some CSU campuses permit some students to enter as lower-division transfers. If, at the time you will enter the CSU, you have completed 59 or fewer semester or 89 or fewer quarter units you are a lower-division transfer.
All CSU campuses have higher standards for out-of-state students. Some campuses have higher standards for particular majors. Finally, a few campuses have higher standards for all applicants. For more information, visit CSUMentor.
For California Residents
Admission offices at the 23 campuses use three factors to determine eligibility:
- Specific high school courses
- Grades in college preparatory courses and test scores
- Graduation from high school
Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area. Because of the number of students who apply, several campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. For more information, visit CSUMentor.
For Nonresident Students
Students who are not California residents need to complete the same pattern of courses, but they need a higher GPA and test score combination. See the Eligibility Index for Nonresidents for more details.
Active duty military personnel and service members discharged in California are usually granted waivers of California nonresident fees.