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Early on, freshmen are immersed in engineering and participate in a freshmen 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 (BEST) and Excellence through a Community of Engaged Learners (EXCEL) provide added acdemic support for incoming freshmen.

Our more than two dozen active student organizations are a great way to get involved and meet new friends. And CSULB Engineering’s industry partnerships provide many research and internship opportunities. We invite you to explore the many challenging and exciting engineering, computing, and engineering technology degrees and programs offered at CSULB.

Take Advantage of Step into STEM

STEP into STEM is a two-week online (during Summer 2021) program for first-time freshmen to familiarize themselves with the social and academic expectations of college, increase preparation and confidence in mathematics, learn to navigate the CSULB campus, and build a network of STEM peers, faculty, and staff. Students will work with a mentor, improve math skills over the two-week program, and learn about the various campus resources at CSULB. Apply by May 23

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.

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 Freshmen Application and Admission please visit CSULB’s Freshman Admission website.

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

Transfer Students

The College of Engineering continues to be a popular choice for transfer students, who account for half of CSULB engineering graduates. With their reputation for having theoretical knowledge and practical know-how, CSULB engineering grads are highly sought after by industry employers. We invite you to explore the many challenging and exciting engineering, computing, and engineering technology degrees that CSULB offers.


Preparing for Transfer

Students interested in transferring to CSULB's College of Engineering should have a strong foundation in math and science (particularly Calculus and Physics) and an interest in analyzing and creative problem solving. Lower-division preparation courses are important in determining your success in engineering, and must be completed before transferring to CSULB.

Admission Criteria

A high-demand campus, CSULB receives more applications than can be accommodated. In addition to meeting CSULB's admission requirements, transfer applicants interested in engineering must complete major-specific minimum requirements. Find out more about admission criteria.

Second Bachelor's Degrees

CSULB accepts applications for second bachelor's degrees only from highly qualified applicants to Engineering. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the major-specific criteria for transfer applicants in addition to minimum post-baccalaureate admission requirements. Eligible applicants will be accepted on a space-available basis after eligible transfer students are considered. Find out more about applying for second degrees.

Increasing Your Chances

Since admissions are extremely competitive, applicants are encouraged to complete as many General Education and Lower-Division major courses as possible before transferring to CSULB, including Preferred Requirements and beyond, if possible. It makes practical sense to take courses that not only prepare you for engineering, but increase your chance of being admitted and expedite graduation. View the College of Engineering's degree roadmaps and to identify transferable coursework from California community colleges.