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Student Applicants

Eligibility Index

The eligibility index is the combination of the high school grade-point average and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. Grade-point averages (GPA) are based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculation of GPA are grades earned in 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 the total of 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). Persons who are 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.

For admission to terms during the 2011-2012 college year, the university has no plans to include the writing scores from either of the admissions tests in the computation of the CSU Eligibility Index.

Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are residents of California for tuition purposes, need a minimum index of 3502 (SAT) 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.