Admission to CSULB
CSULB’s core academic purpose is to graduate students with highly valued degrees. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to fostering student success both in and out of the classroom. We encourage prospective students to find out more about our campus to see if CSULB is the right choice for them.
The Office of University Outreach and School Relations is the primary student recruitment and guest relations office for the university. It disseminates information on the CSU and CSULB Admissions and financial aid policies and procedures; on CSULB’s academic programs; and on student services to prospective students and counselors from high schools and community colleges in the CSULB service area and surrounding communities.
A major focus of University Outreach and School Relations is the implementation of outreach and recruitment programs and services to reach a diverse pool of talented high school and transfer students for whom CSULB is their “University of Choice.” The Office, under the direction of the President, is also responsible for recruitment of President’s Scholars (California valedictorians and National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists).
University Outreach and School Relations offers guided campus tours by appointment. Those interested in visiting the campus should call (562) 985-5358. Specialized campus visits for K-12 students, parents, counselors and other interested groups may also be arranged.
In addition, the office administers pre-admissions and application workshops for prospective freshmen and transfer students; the Young Scholars Programs for qualified high school students; the Early Assessment Program (EAP); admission services for adult re-entry students; and educational awareness and academic enrichment services for elementary and middle school students.
The Office of University Outreach and School Relations is located in Brotman Hall, Room 289. For more information, visit the UOSR website at www.csulb.edu/outreach.
Admissions Procedures and Policies
Requirements for admission to California State University, Long Beach are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Students who are not sure of these requirements should consult a high school or community college counselor or the Admissions Office.
Electronic versions of the CSU undergraduate and graduate applications are accessible on the World Wide Web at www.csumentor.edu. The CSUMentor system allows students to browse through general information about the CSU's twenty-three campuses, view multimedia campus presentations, send and receive electronic responses to specific questions, and apply for admission and financial aid. Information on CSULB requirements and deadlines can be found at www.csulb.edu.
Applications may be obtained online or at any California high school or community college or from the Office of Admission at any of the campuses of the California State University. Applying online via www.csumentor.edu is encouraged, and many CSU campuses will facilitate use of online applications for admission.
Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents
CSU, Long Beach advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residence questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, of Title 5, California Code of Regulations).
Undergraduate Application Procedures
Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study in day or evening classes must file a complete undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be in the form of a check or money order payable to “The California State University” or by credit card if submitting the online application, and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate campus and major may be indicated on the application, but applicants should list as an alternate campus only a CSU campus that also offers the major. Generally, an alternate major will be considered at the first choice campus before an application is redirected to an alternate choice campus. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted and/or closed campus may be re-routed to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.
Students who break attendance by not enrolling in classes each semester, and who have not filed for educational leave, must reapply for admission. Transcripts of work completed elsewhere during the absence must also be submitted. Students who left under academic disqualification must submit an Academic Appeals Petition with their completed application prior to August 1 for the Fall semester or December 1 for the Spring semester.
The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, August for spring terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus where they are offered; others are impacted only at some campuses. Candidates for admission must meet supplementary criteria if applying to an impacted program.
The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those programs that are impacted and the supplementary criteria campuses will use. That announcement will be published in the CSU Review distributed to high school and college counselors, and made available online at www.calstate.edu/AR/csureview/. Information about the supplementary criteria also is sent to program applicants. Detailed impaction information is also available at www.calstate.edu/AR/impactioninfo.shtml.
Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. If applicants wish to be considered for an impacted program at more than one campus, they must file an application to each.
Supplementary Admission Criteria
Each campus with impacted programs uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include ranking on the freshman eligibility index, the overall transfer grade-point average, completion of specified prerequisite courses, and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants who are required to submit scores for either the SAT I or the ACT and are applying for fall admission should take the test as early as possible and no later than October of the preceding year if applying for fall admission.
The supplementary admission criteria used by the individual campuses to screen applicants appear periodically in the CSU Review and are made available by the campuses to applicants who seek admission to an impacted program.
Unlike unaccommodated applicants to locally impacted programs who may be redirected to another campus in the same major, unaccommodated applicants to systemwide impacted programs may not be redirected in the same major but may choose an alternate major either at the first choice campus or another campus.
Application Filing Periods
October 1, 2005
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2005
August 1, 2006
August 1-31, 2006
Filing Period Duration
Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category because of overall enrollment limits. Students applying after the initial filing period should consult the campus admissions office for current information. Similar information is conveniently available at http://www.csumentor.edu/filing_status/Default.asp.
On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from their first-choice campus within two to four weeks after filing the application. The notice may also include a request that additional records be submitted necessary for the campus to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements and campus requirements for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is reviewed, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.
Undergraduate Requirement Deadlines
Prior to matriculation, students must complete, in a timely manner, admission requirements — including subject requirements, unit minimums, and grade-point averages. Refer to the Enrollment Services web site (www.csulb.edu/enrollment) for current requirements.
Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs
Upper-division students enrolled at any CSU campus will have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses or programs are impacted. This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the host campus and sometimes without paying additional fees. Although courses taken on any CSU campus will transfer to the student’s home CSU campus as at least elective credit, students should consult their home campus academic advisors to determine how such courses may apply to their degree programs before enrolling at the host campus.
There are two programs for enrollment within the CSU and one for enrollment between CSU and the University of California or California Community Colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from Office of Enrollment Services.
CSU Concurrent Enrollment – matriculated students in good standing may enroll at both their home CSU campus and a host CSU campus during the same term. Credit earned at the host campus is automatically reported at the student’s request to the home campus to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus.
CSU Visitor Enrollment – matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported automatically at the student’s request to the home campus to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus.
Intersystem Cross Enrollment – matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.
Concurrent Enrollment Within the CSU
All CSULB students wishing to enroll concurrently at CSULB and one of the other 23 California State University campuses must request permission to do so from the Office of Enrollment Services. Concurrent enrollment within The California State University system is limited to students who have completed a minimum of 12 units at CSULB, have a minimum 2.0 grade-point average, are in good academic standing and have paid fees at CSULB for 12 units or more regardless of the total number of units earned at both campuses. No additional fees may be collected after the last day to add classes. Concurrent Enrollment is subject to space availability and registration priority policies at the host campus.
No graduate student may register concurrently at this and any other collegiate institution without advance permission. Permission may be given for concurrent enrollment at CSULB and other institutions if recommended by the department graduate advisor and approved by the Dean of the appropriate college. Forms for concurrent enrollment may be obtained from the college office. When such permission is granted, the academic load at CSULB must be reduced accordingly.
Visitor Enrollment Within the CSU
Students enrolled in any CSU campus may apply to transfer temporarily to another CSU campus in Visitor status, if they have (1) completed 12 units at the home campus, (2) have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the home campus, (3) are in good academic standing at the home campus, and (4) are eligible to register under continuing status at the home campus. Approval for visitor enrollment is valid for one term only and is subject to the host campus policies including application deadlines, space availability, and registration priority. Details and Visitor Enrollment Applications are available at the Office of Enrollment Services. Students from other CSU campuses seeking visitor status at CSULB must also contact their home registration office for additional information.
Applicants not admissible at this time under any of the preceding provisions are advised to enroll in another institution, such as a community college, to prepare for admissibility at a future date.
University College and Extension Services has become the College of Continuing and Professional Education.
Open University (Adjunct Enrollment) — Through Open University, students who are NOT matriculated in the University may take regular University classes for academic credit on a “seat available” basis with permission of the department chairperson and the course instructor. Open University enrollment does NOT constitute admission to CSULB. Students may apply up to 24 units of Open University Credit or Special Session credit earned in a non-matriculated status toward a baccalaureate degree. At the option of the appropriate college and department, up to 6 units may be applied to a graduate degree. This limit may be increased to 9 units in some instances. For specifics, check with the department chair. For more information call University College and Extension Services at (562) 985-5561.
University College and Extension Services — University College and Extension Services (UCES) programs are designed to meet the personal and professional development learning needs of the community. Through its credit and professional development (non-credit) classes, certificate programs, seminars and special programs, teleconferences, and customized work-site training, UCES brings the resources of CSULB to individuals and groups in formats convenient to their life/work situations. UCES' Integrated Distance Education for Adult Students (IDEAS) continuously develops courses for delivery on the World Wide Web. Unless they are offered in fulfillment of a degree program, Special Sessions courses do not require admission to CSULB. UCES also administers the winter session program, in addition to a variety of credit courses throughout the academic year. For a free bulletin of current offerings, call (562) 985-5561 or stop by the UCES office, located at Foundation Education Center (FND 104), 6300 State University Drive.
Summer Session and Winter Session Students
Summer and Winter Sessions enrollment is open to all CSULB students, prospective students, students from other colleges and universities, and interested individuals from the community. No application or admissions process is required for summer and winter registration.
Registration in Summer as an Open University student does not insure the privilege of enrolling in the fall or spring semester. To register for Winter Sessions courses, students should contact University College and Extension Services at (562) 985-5561. To register for Summer Sessions, contact the Office of Enrollment Service, see http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/summer/.
Preparation and Eligibility
California State University, Long Beach continues to be the University of Choice for a talented and diverse group of California's best and brightest students. Beginning with Fall 2002, CSULB has been receiving more first-time freshman applicants than can be accommodated. To maintain the academic quality of CSULB academic programs and services, supplemental admissions criteria, are applied to first-time freshman applicants. First-time freshmen must:
• Apply on time, preferably on-line. Apply between October 1 and November 30.
• Take the SAT 1 or ACT preferably during October but no later than December and request scores be sent to CSULB.
• Complete the CSU required 15 unit course pattern prior to graduation.
• Perform well – earn the best grades possible (including the senior year).
• Pursue a back up plan should they not be offered admission to CSULB.
Students will qualify for regular admission when the university verifies that they have a CSULB qualifiable minimum eligibility index and will have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subjects. Applicants to an impacted program must also meet supplementary criteria.
The eligibility index is the combination of a high school grade-point average and a score on either the ACT or the SAT. Beginning with admission for Fall 2004, a grade-point average is based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school that satisfy all college preparatory "a-g" subject requirements with bonus points for approved honors courses (excluding physical education and military science).
Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last two years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade, can be accepted. Each unit of "A" in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; with 4 points for a "B;" and 3 points for a "C."
A CSU Eligibility Index (EI) can be calculated by multiplying a grade-point average by 800 and adding a total score on the SAT I, the mathematics and critical reading scores of the SAT. Students who took the ACT, multiply the grade-point average by 200 and add ten times the ACT composite score (add 2 points to the ACT score received if taken prior to October, 1989). California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT I or 694 using the ACT to be considered for admission.
Persons who neither graduated from a California high school or are residents of California for tuition purposes, need a minimum index of 3502 (SAT I) or 842 ACT; (2 points are added to the ACT score if it was taken prior to October, 1989). Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section.
California State University, Long Beach requires all applicants for freshman admission to submit test scores from the SAT I or ACT, regardless of their high school grade-point average. No freshman applicants will be admitted who have not submitted the required test scores.
Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section.
The California State University requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of “C” or higher, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A “unit” is one year of study in high school.
Social Science - 2 years to include 1 year of U.S. History and/or Government
English – 4 years
Mathematics – 3 years to include algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
Science – 2 years with laboratory to include 1 year of biological science and 1 year physical science
Foreign Language – 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence).
Visual and Performing Arts – 1 year-long course in which the second semester builds on the first from a single VPA area to include art, dance, drama/theater, or music
Electives – 1 year selected from the areas above.
Foreign Language Waiver
The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate competence in a language other than English equivalent to or higher than expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. Students should consult with their school counselor or any CSU campus admission or relations with schools office for further information.
Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities
Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements if at all possible. If an applicant is judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of his or her disability, alternate college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by the applicant's academic advisor or guidance counselor in consultation with the director of a CSU disabled student services program. Although the distribution may be slightly different from the course pattern required of other students, students qualifying for substitutions will still be held for 15 units of college preparatory study. Students should be aware that course substitutions may limit later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics. For further information and substitution forms, please call the Director of Disabled Student Services at (562) 985-5401.
Grades, in up to eight semester courses designated as honors courses in approved subjects and taken in the last two years of high school, receive additional points in grade-point average calculations. Each unit of A in approved courses will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; C, 3 points; D, 1 point; and none for F grades.
High School Students — Young Scholars Program
Students still enrolled in high school who have preparation equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates will be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and by the appropriate CSULB department chair. Such admission is only for a specific program and does not constitute the right to continued enrollment. More information is available from the Office of University Outreach and School Relations
California State University, Long Beach may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned for the senior year. The campus will monitor the senior year of study to ensure that those so admitted complete their senior year of studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all course work has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school be received at any later than the census date for a student’s first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, and cancel any university registration for students, who are found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.
Lower-Division Transfer Applicants
Students who have completed college units after graduation from high school are considered a transfer student. Students who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) by the established deadlines are considered lower-division transfer students. CSULB does not currently accept applicants at the lower-division level.
Upper-Division Transfer Applicants
Students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) by the established deadlines are considered upper-division transfer students. (See Undergraduate Requirement Deadlines above.)
CSULB is currently impacted for upper-division transfer students and may utilize supplemental criteria for upper-division transfer admission. Upper-division transfer students from the Long Beach City College District will be admitted if they apply during the initial filing period and meet CSU systemwide admission eligibility criteria by the required deadlines. Transfer grade point average will be the principal component of the supplementary criteria. Upper-division transfer students who meet CSU systemwide admission eligibility criteria by the end of the spring smester, but who transfer from schools outside of the CSULB "local area" (Long Beach City College District) will be ranked according to grade point average and admitted until enrollment capacity has been reached. All upper-division transfer applicants must apply to a specific major. All students seeking admission to an impacted program or major must meet the supplemental admission criteria for the major. Students who are not admitted to the impacted program may be offered admission to an alternate major or will be offered redirection to another CSU campus that is accepting applications for that major. For more details, please check the campus website at www.csulb.edu/enrollment.
To be considered for admission to a non-impacted major as an upper-division transfer student, students must meet the following minimum standards by established deadlines:
1. have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester units and have a GPA of at least 2.0 ("C" or better) in all transferable units attempted (non-residents must have a 2.4 GPA or better), and
2. in good standing at the last college or university attended, and
3. have completed at least 30 semester units of college coursework with a grade of C or better in each course at a level at least equivalent to courses that meet General Education requirements. (Courses are to be selected from English, arts and humanities, social science, science, and mathematics.) The 30 units must include all the General Education requirements in communication in the English language and critical thinking (at least 9 semester units) and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.
International Student Applicants
The International Admissions component of the Center for International Education assists academically eligible international students to apply for admission to the University, and advises them of CSULB’s financial, immigration and English language requirements. Throughout the students’ attendance, the International Admissions staff is involved in their registration, evaluation of transfer credit, changes of majors, and graduation checks. Students are also counseled regarding their field of study requirements, which vary at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
International Admission Requirements
The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, “foreign students” include those who hold U.S. visas as students, as exchange visitors, or as members of other nonimmigrant classifications.
The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of foreign students. Verification of English proficiency (see the section on TOEFL Requirement for undergraduate applicants), financial resources, and academic performance are all important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file by April 1st for the first term and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.
Priority in admission is given to residents of California. There is little likelihood of nonresident applicants, including international students, being admitted either to impacted majors or to those majors or programs with limited openings.
CSULB encourages eligible international students to apply for undergraduate and graduate level studies. International students are defined as those who hold non-immigrant (student or exchange) visas. Application requests and questions should be directed to International Admissions (email@example.com), located in the Center for International Education (BH 201).
International students need to complete a different application process than U.S. students. The following documents are required:
1. International application form;
2. $55.00 application processing fee;
3. Affidavit of support from financial sponsor;
4. Bank statement/letter from financial sponsor;
5. Proof of acceptable English proficiency (usually met by the Test of English as a Foreign Language);
6. Official academic documents and certified English translations;
7. ACT or SAT (required for student athletes and graduates of U.S. high schools);
8. GMAT (required for graduate business majors only);
9. Letters of recommendation (graduate level applicants).
Graduate applicants must check with their prospective departments for earlier deadlines.
Once all the documents are submitted to the International Admissions Office, eligibility for admission will be determined based on English proficiency and academic history, as well as other considerations. Graduate applications will be forwarded to the graduate departments for review by the graduate coordinators. Once admitted, international students will receive pre-arrival, arrival, and orientation information, and the appropriate immigration form and instructions on how to legally enter and/or remain in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that international students be aware of and follow DHS regulations to remain legally in the U.S. for the duration of their academic status. International students on “F” and “J” visas must be enrolled as full time students. Courses taken through the University College and Extension Services at CSULB or courses taken concurrently at other colleges nearby may only count toward full time status when approved in advance of course registration by the Center for International Education. Questions about DHS policies may be directed to the Center for International Education.
The Examination in English as a Second Language (EESL) is a placement test required of admitted graduate students for whom English is a second language. Failure to take the EESL test will result in a registration hold placed on the student’s record. Students may also be required to enroll in one or more English as a Second Language course(s) based on performance on the test. Please contact International Student Services for more information about EESL requirements and exemptions
All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction, must present a score of a minimum of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (applicants taking the Computer-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language must present a score of 173 or above and those taking the Internet-based (iBT) test must score 61), unless the applicant:
1. has proof of at least three years attendance at a secondary level educational institution in a country where English was the principal language of instruction.* CSULB interprets “where English was the principal language of instruction” to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the native language (the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents is English), and that the students receive academic instruction in all subjects (except foreign language courses) at all levels of education in English, or
2. completed at least 56 transferable units from accredited U.S. community colleges and/or universities and earned a grade of A, B, or C in English 100 or its equivalent*, or
3. successfully completed CSULB’s American Language Institute’s Intensive English Language Program.*
Undergraduate applicants who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. and who are subject to the above TOEFL requirement may submit results from the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in lieu of TOEFL. A score of 954 on the ELPT is required of such applicants.
EXCEPTION: Applicants applying for Film and Electronic Arts, which requires a 550 TOEFL score, and Journalism, which requires a 600 TOEFL score, will not be waived from the TOEFL requirement.
*For this exemption to remain valid, once having met the exemption, the student must not have left the U.S.A. for more than two years to reside or study in a country where English is not the predominant language of business, education and day-to-day societal functions.
Effective August 1, 1995, as a condition of receiving an
I-20 or DS-2019 form, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the United States Department of State and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The campus President or designee will determine which insurance policies meet these criteria. Further information may be obtained from the Center for International Education, Brotman Hall 201, (562) 985-4106.
A very limited number of applicants who do not meet regular admission requirements may be considered by the University through an alternate screening process. As part of this review, admission may be offered based on institutional interests, special talents, or special circumstances. The authority to grant special admission is delegated to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services based on the recommendations of the appropriate campus committees.
Admission as a Candidate for a Second Baccalaureate Degree
The University generally does not admit students who already hold a bachelor’s degree for the purpose of seeking a second baccalaureate degree. Exceptions are made only in the case of students seeking their second undergraduate degree in fields for which there is an identified critical need: nursing, engineering, science, and mathematics. Candidates for a second baccalaureate degree should apply using the graduate application.
Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Applicants
All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (e.g., joint PhD and EdD applicants, master’s degree applicants, those seeking credentials, and those interested in taking courses for personal or professional growth) must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admission booklet materials at www.csumentor.edu. Applicants seeking a second bachelor’s degree should submit the undergraduate application for admission. Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements and graduated the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and the $55 nonrefundable application fee. Since applicants for postbaccalaureate programs may be limited to the choice of a single campus on each application, redirection to alternate campuses or later changes of campus choice will be minimal. To be assured of initial consideration by more than one campus, it will be necessary to submit separate applications (including fees) to each. Applications may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office or the Admissions Office of any California State University campus. An electronic version of the CSU graduate application is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.csumentor.edu. Applications submitted by way of www.csumentor.edu are preferable.
Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Admission Requirements
Graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate objective. Depending on the objective, the CSU will consider an application for admission as follows:
General Requirements – The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate studies at CSULB are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall at the time of enrollment: (1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or is to have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) have attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted (excluding lower-division and extension course work taken after the degree); and (4) satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.
Students who meet the minimum requirements for graduate and postbaccalaureate studies will be considered for admission in one of the three following categories:
Postbaccalaureate Classified – Students who wish to enroll in a credential or certificate program, they will be required to satisfy professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or
Graduate Conditionally Classified – Students may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authorities, they can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation; or
Graduate Classified – To pursue a graduate degree, students will be required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.
Graduate and Postbaccalaureate TOEFL Requirement
All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. These students must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (applicants taking the Computer-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language must present a score of 213 or above), unless the applicant:
1. Submits proof of having obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution where English was the principal language of instruction. CSULB interprets “where English is the principal language of instruction” to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the native language (the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents is English), and the applicant received academic instruction in all subjects (except foreign language courses) at all levels of education in English, or
2. Notification from CSULB’s American Language Institute that the applicant has successfully completed levels 5 and 6 of the American Language Institute Program.
EXCEPTION: Applicants applying for Public Policy and Administration, which requires a 600 TOEFL, will not be waived from the TOEFL requirement. Also, for this exemption to remain valid for other students, once having met the exemption, the student must not have left the U.S.A. for more than two years to reside or study in a country where English is not the predominant language of business, education and day-to-day societal functions.
Application to Credential Programs
Students planning to enroll in credential programs must also file an application for admission to the University.
Information on application to credential programs is available from the appropriate department or program coordinator.
Note: Some programs have established application periods each year which are separate from the University application periods and process.
University College and Extension Services has become the College of Continuing and Professional Education.
Persons who have not been accepted by the University for the semester they wish to attend may request permission to audit courses through University College and Extension Services.
Students who have been accepted by the University may audit courses. See the regulation under “Grades and Administrative Symbols.” The deadline to declare an "audit" grade option is the end of the third week of instruction. Follow the instructions in the Schedule of Classes for requesting a course as an "audit" grading option. At the end of the semester the instructor will assign an "audit" grade to the official grade sheet which will be forwarded to the Office of Enrollment Services for recording.
Courses taken for audit may be repeated in subsequent terms for credit.
Courses successfully audited are listed on the student’s academic record but carry no credit or grade points.
Returning students must reapply to the university under the same conditions and deadlines as all other applicants.
Students who have not maintained continuous attendance status are subject to the General Education requirements in effect at the time of their re-entry to the University with the following exceptions:
Previous CSULB students who completed their entire lower-division general education package before returning to CSULB, will not be held for additional general education requirements except for the 9 upper-division capstone general education units.
Previous CSULB students who were under the pre-1981 general education requirements AND who before leaving the University completed 90 or more units, including 24 general education units in categories 1-5 (with at least one course in each area) will not be held to post-1981 general education requirements other than the requirement of 9 upper-division units. Such students may satisfy the general education mandate by completing the pre-1981 40-unit requirements appropriately and completing the 9 unit upper-division requirement (overlap is permitted).
California Community College transfer students who provide official full certification of general education requirements will not be held for additional general education requirements except for the 9 upper-division capstone general education units including the Human Diversity requirement.
The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should write the campus Admissions Office regarding specific policies governing hardship admission. (See Admissions Procedures and Policies at the beginning of this Section.)
As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant twenty-five years of age or older may be considered for undergraduate admission as an adult student who meets all the following conditions:
1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the Tests of General Educational Development or the California High School Proficiency Examination).
2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
3. If there has been any college attendance in the last five years, has earned a “C” average or better in all college work attempted.
Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.
Senior Citizen Education Program
The Senior Citizen Education Program enables eligible California residents 60 years of age or older to enroll as regular students at a cost of $3.00 per semester. The program, which was founded at CSULB, has been in operation since 1975. Individuals are attending courses in a variety of subject areas and class levels from freshman through graduate standing.
Note: Regular admission standards apply. Requests to waive the application filing fee must accompany the application. Once admitted to the University, students will be sent registration information advising them of the procedures for fee payment and the dates that they may register. Courses are available to program participants approximately three weeks before the beginning of each semester on a “space available” basis. Due to high enrollment and impacted programs some courses may not be available for participation by Senior Citizens.
Participants in the Senior Citizen Education Program are required to maintain good academic standing and are subject to all university policies, procedures, late fee payments and deadlines.
The office of Testing and Evaluation Services provides Information regarding admissions, placement, and certification examinations. The office is located in Brotman Hall 216. For information, phone (562) 985-4007, FAX (562) 985-2415, or visit the Testing Office website at www.csulb.edu/testing.
Test programs currently offered include the SAT and Achievement Tests, ACT, EPT/ELM, WPE, PRAXIS, and the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. Information racks immediately outside the office offer registration bulletins for the above-mentioned exams as well as the MCAT, LSAT, CSET, CBEST, GRE, RICA, and TOEFL exams.
The Testing Office also provides services to faculty, staff and administrators regarding research design, questionnaire construction and data analysis.
Freshman applicants must submit SAT I and/or ACT scores directly to CSULB. Students should take these tests no later than December of the prior year. Registration forms and the dates for the SAT and/or ACT are available from high school or college counselors or from a CSU campus testing office. Students may also write to or call:
The College Board (SAT I)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Complete information regarding these tests may be found at www.csulb.edu/testing.
Systemwide Placement Test Requirements
The California State University requires each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, to take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they may be a condition of enrollment. They are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring basic English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills both in English and in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in remedial programs in either English or mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Failure to complete remediation by the end of the first year may result in denial of enrollment for future terms.
Students register for the EPT and/or ELM at their local CSU campus. Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to Testing and Evaluation Services, Brotman Hall (BH) - 216 or by calling (562) 985-2007.
English Placement Test (EPT)
The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses. The CSU EPT must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:
• A score of "Exempt" on the augmented English CST, i.e., the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11.
• A score of 550 or above on the verbal section of the College Board SAT I Reasoning Test taken April 1995 or later.
• A score of 24 or above on the enhanced ACT English Test taken October 1989 or later.
• A score of 680 or above on the re-centered and adjusted College Board SAT II: Writing Test taken May 1998 or later.
• A score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and Composition or the Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement program.
• Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) written communication requirement, provided such course was completed with a grade of "C" or better.
To file for one of the above exemptions, students may obtain an Exemption Form from www.csulb.edu/testing (select EPT from the menu) or call Testing and Evaluation Services (562) 985-4007. Information bulletins and registration materials for the EPT will be mailed to all students subject to the requirement. The materials may be obtained from Testing and Evaluation Services.
Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination Placement
The ELM examination is designed to assess the skill levels of entering CSU students in the areas of mathematics typically covered in three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses in high school (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry). The CSU ELM must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:
• A score of "Exempt" on the augmented mathematics CST, i.e., the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11.
• A score of "conditionally exempt" on the augmented CST, i.e., the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) plus successful completion of a Senior-Year Mathematics Experience (SYME).
• A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT I Reasoning Test or on the College Board SAT II Mathematics Tests Level I, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator).
• A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing Mathematics Test.
• A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement mathematics examination (AB or BC) or Statistics examination.
• Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) quantitative reasoning requirement, provided such course was completed with a grade of "C" or better.
To file for one of the above exemptions, students may obtain an Exemption Form from www.csulb.edu/testing (select ELM from the menu) or call Testing and Evaluation Services (562) 985-4007. Information bulletins and registration materials for the ELM will be mailed to all students subject to the requirements. Required exams will be indicated in the Letter of Admission. The materials may also be obtained from Testing and Evaluation Services.
Advanced Placement Credit
California State University, Long Beach grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit for each AP course. Refer to the Advanced Placement Examination Credit table in the Academic Information section of this Catalog.
More specific information is available from the Office of Enrollment Service at (562) 985-5471 or a student's major department.
International Baccalaureate Credit
Students with scores of 5 or higher in International Baccalaureate Higher Level courses will be awarded baccalaureate credit of 4 to 10 units, depending on course equivalency. Applicants to CSULB who wish to obtain lower-division course credit for completed International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations must submit an official IB transcript. Course equivalency for Higher Level examinations completed with a grade of 5 or higher is listed in the International Baccaluareate Examination Credit table in the Academic Information section of this Catalog
For questions or information, please call the Office of Enrollment Service at (562) 985-5471 or consult the department.
Immigration Requirements for Licensure
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193), also known as the Welfare Reform Act, includes provisions to eliminate eligibility for federal and state public benefits for certain categories of lawful immigrants as well as benefits for all illegal immigrants.
Students who will require a professional or commercial license provided by a local, state, or federal government agency in order to engage in an occupation for which the CSU may be training them must meet the immigration requirements of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act to achieve licensure. Information concerning these requirements is available from Academic Affairs, (562) 985-4128.
Students enrolled in a California school for the seventh grade or higher on or after July 1, 1999 will have satisfied the requirements for Hepatitis B and for Measles/Rubella. Entering CSULB students who have not satisfied these requirements must comply with the following requirements. These are not admission requirements, but students who do not satisfy them will not be permitted to enroll in the California State University. Failure to comply will result in a “hold” on future registration.
• Measles and Rubella Immunization: All new and readmitted students born after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of full immunization against measles and rubella prior to enrollment.
• Hepatitis B Immunization: All first time enrollees 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at CSULB must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum 4 to 6 months period.
• Meningococcal Disease Information: Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form to housing indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine.
References: CSU Executive Order No. 803 Immunization Requirements / California Assembly Bill 1107.
Measles/Rubella & Hepatitis B clearance is obtained by presenting to Student Health Services 1) a medical immunization record showing dates of shots given, or 2) a record of blood tests showing immunity, or 3) receiving immunization(s). or 4) making a request for medical or personal religious exemption. Students may receive the immunizations from their health care provider, HMO, or Public Health Department at low, or no cost. Immunizations may also be obtained at Student Health Services with no charge for Measles and Rubella and at Student Health Services cost for each Hepatitis B injection (series of 3). Acceptable proof may be by records from high school, private health care providers, and local health departments. For more information call (562) 985-4771, or visit the website www.csulb.edu/shs. Other useful vaccine information is available through the United States Centers for Disease Control National Immunization Program www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/default.htm.
Student Selection and Denial
The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant’s suitability and the best interests of the University.
Students should be prepared to meet expenses for fees within 30 days of registration. Books should be purchased when classes begin. Other expenses are ongoing and must be anticipated monthly and included in the total cost of attendance. Expenses generally go up an average three to four percent per year. Actual costs depend upon where the student lives and if there are dependent children. Financial aid programs are designed to help students meet standard University-related expenses during the academic year. The following budgets will assist students in planning costs for average expenses:
(Costs include University fees, books and supplies, room and board, personal miscellaneous and transportation based on 2005-2006 CSULB budgets.)
Student living at home with parents (nine month term) $10,106
Student living in a residence hall (nine month term) $12,708
Single student living off-campus (apartment, house
nine month term, assumes shared housing) $15,424
University Residence Halls
The campus residence hall complex consists of 18 halls and accommodates 1,962 residents, including an International House complex which houses 86 students. All halls are coeducational and the majority of rooms are intended for double occupancy.
Residents may apply to reside in two-story halls utilizing suite designs or more traditional halls which have double rooms on either side of a long corridor. Halls are available with Regular Quiet Hours or Very Quiet Hours and residents may select 12 or 19 meals per week. A limited number of regular single rooms is available. The room and board rate is approximately $6,600-$7,000 depending on the accommodations and meal plans selected.
Applications for the academic year are accepted between January 1 and February 26. Housing spaces will be assigned in application order. Licenses will be mailed on March 17 to all students who apply by the priority deadline of February 26. The license agreement and payment must be received in the Housing Office by 5:00 p.m. on April 21 to retain priority ranking in application order. Students who apply after February 26 will be placed on a first-paid, first-served waiting list. Applications are available online at www.housing.csulb.edu.
An off-campus housing website is available to provide the maximum amount of information on vacant rental properties in the surrounding community while minimizing the time required to do a search. The website features comprehensive rental information including photographs, virtual tours and driving instructions. Searching the database may be refined as needed — for example, by neighborhood or by price range — and is free to students, faculty and staff. Students also may use the site to list vacant rental property or to look for a roommate to share accommodations. The website is provided as a service to CSULB by My Ideal Home Network and may be viewed at www.housing.csulb.edu/offcampus.