CSULB accepts applications from entering freshmen students each year from October 1 through November 30 for admission to the following fall semester. We receive applications from thousands of highly qualified applicants each year. Freshmen applicants must meet minimum CSULB eligibility requirements below to be considered. Students may only be considered for one application per academic year.
Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below, and then find out how to apply.
Who is Considered a Freshman?
You can apply to CSULB as a first-time freshman if you have:
- not yet graduated high school, but are on track to graduate with a high school diploma by the spring term prior to Fall enrollment.
- graduated high school, but have not taken college courses beyond the summer after graduation.
What are the minimum CSULB eligibility requirements?
To be considered for freshman admission to CSULB you must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Complete each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C or higher prior to high school graduation.
- Graduate from high school by the end of the Spring term prior to Fall enrollment.
- Have a minimum “Eligibility Index” to be considered. The “Eligibility Index” is the result of a formula that combines your achievement in high school college preparatory courses with the results of the redesigned SAT, old SAT or ACT. Refer to Eligibility Index for details of how this index is calculated.
The minimum Eligibility Index to be considered for Fall 2018 CSULB freshmen admission:
- Graduates of California high schools and other California residents:
3,200 minimum “Eligibility Index” to be considered for non-STEM major and a 3,300 minimum “STEM Eligibility Index” for STEM majors. (Be aware this is higher than the minimum for CSU system-wide eligibility.)
- Other non-California residents:
3,570 minimum “Eligibility Index” to be considered.
How will students be considered for admission?
Applicants who meet the minimum CSULB criteria above will be considered based on their intended major.
Applicants to Music and Dance:
Eligible Applicants will be admitted based on the faculty evaluation of an audition, auditions are mandatory.
Contact the Dance Department or Music Department for details of the audition process.
- Applicants to Nursing:
Admission to Nursing will be to a ‘Pre-Nursing’ status. Students must meet specific course and GPA milestones to remain in Pre-Nursing and must apply to the Nursing Department to be considered for admission to the major at the junior level. Be aware: CSULB strongly recommends that applicants to Nursing complete additional math courses beyond the minimum required for the CSU to improve the likelihood of success in the major and timely graduation.
Applicants to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors (STEM majors):
Applicants will be admitted based on a calculated STEM Eligibility Index. The STEM Eligibility Index places additional weight on quantitative skills required for success in these majors. Refer to STEM Eligibility Index for details of how this index is calculated. Applicants who are considered local based on their high school of graduation or military status will be offered admission if they meet the minimum STEM Eligibility Index. The minimum for consideration is 3,300. Other eligible applicants will be ranked by the STEM Eligibility Index and will be offered admission based on space available in the major or college. Admission to STEM majors will be to a ‘pre-major’ status. Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student’s ability to succeed and complete the major. Be aware: CSULB strongly recommends that applicants to STEM majors complete additional math courses beyond the minimum required for the CSU to improve the likelihood of success in the major and timely graduation.
- Applicants to other majors including undeclared:
Applicants will be admitted based on the calculated Eligibility Index used in establishing minimum CSULB eligibility above. Applicants who are considered local based on their high school of graduation or military status will be offered admission if they meet the minimum Eligibility Index required of the major. Other applicants will be ranked by the “Eligibility Index” and will be offered admission based on space available in the major or college. Admission to some majors will be to a ‘pre-major’ status. Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division courses and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student’s ability to succeed and complete the major.
What If I Am Not Admitted to the Major for Which I Applied?
- Local Applicants:
Applicants who are considered local based on their high school of graduation or military status who meet the CSULB minimum eligibility requirements but are not admissible to the major will be offered admission as an ‘undeclared’ student. Undeclared students will explore other appropriate majors through coursework and advising and must meet the major-specific criteria for the major prior to declaring a major by their junior year. Applicants should note that ‘undeclared’ is not a route to their initial intended major. Undeclared students work with university advisors to identify and succeed in alternate majors.
- The BEACH Pathways Program:
This program encourages applicants from targeted communities based on low socioeconomic status and historically low rates of college going to submit supplemental materials for a holistic admissions review. A limited number of applicants will be admitted based on, community involvement/leadership, overcoming significant hardship, and potential for degree completion.
- Other applicants:
Admission to CSULB is very competitive. As a result, many eligible applicants will not be offered admission. CSULB strongly recommends that all applicants have a back-up plan!