First-Time, First-Year Admissions

Early on, first-time, first-year are immersed in engineering and participate in a first-year learning community that stresses teamwork. The Engineering Student Success Center provides many support services to help students succeed, from advising and tutoring to advice with writing and communication. A first-year experience coordinator is dedicated to helping freshmen get acclimated and stay on track. The Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST) provides added academic support for incoming first-time, first-year students.

Preparing for a Degree in Engineering

Preparation is the key to success in all majors. This is especially true for Engineering programs, which can be extra challenging. Although Engineering is open to all students, those with a solid foundation in Science and Mathematics are more likely to succeed. Recommended high school courses include:

  • 4 years of Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus)
  • 4 years of Lab Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • 4 years of English (Composition, Literature)
  • 2 years of Social Sciences (U.S. History, Government, Economics)
  • 2-3 years of Electives (Computer Science, Art, Music, Speech)
  • 2 years of Foreign Language courses

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Majors

Applicants will be admitted based on a calculated STEM Eligibility Index. The index places additional weight on quantitative skills required for success in these majors. 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.

For more information about first-time, first-year Application and Admission please visit CSULB’s first-time, first-year Admission website.

Admission Criteria

Admission to all majors at CSULB is competitive as CSULB continues to have more qualified applicants than spaces available for new students. Be aware that CSULB criteria are higher than CSU system-wide minimum eligibility requirements.

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