Freshman Eligibility

How to Qualify for Regular Admission

Please note: college credit is not allowed beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation.

You must earn grades of C or better for each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements (known as the A-G Requirements). The CSU will accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during winter, spring or summer 2020 terms and during winter, spring, or summer 2021 terms.

Requirements (A-G Courses) Years required
A. History/Social Science:
1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester U.S. history and 1 semester civics or American government
1 year social science or history
2 years
B. English
College preparatory English composition and literature
4 years
C. Mathematics
College preparatory — three 1-year courses in algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or algebra II
or a 3-year-long sequence such as Math 1, 2, 3 or integrated math 1, 2, 3
3 years (4 recommended)
D. Laboratory Science
1 year biological science w/lab (i.e., biology, anatomy, physiology)
1 year physical science w/lab (i.e., chemistry, physics)
2 years
E. Language Other Than English
2 years in the same language (may be satisfied by demonstrating equivalent competence in another language)
2 years
F. Visual & Performing Arts
1 year in the same discipline: Art, dance, theater/drama, music
1 year
G. College Prep Electives
To be selected from the above A-F areas and other approved electives
1 year

View a full list of a-g courses for your High School

  • California residents and graduates of California high schools must meet a minimum GPA of 2.5 in A-G coursework taken in grades 10, 11, and 12.
  • Non-California residents and graduates of non-California high schools must meet a minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater in college preparatory coursework taken in grades 10, 11, and 12.

 Prospective First-Time Freshmen

A-G Coursework
The CSU will consider grades of "credit" or "pass" to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during winter, spring, summer or fall 2020 terms and during winter, spring or summer 2021 terms.

All other coursework must be graded and a grade of C- or better must be earned for the course to satisfy “a-g” requirements. Grades of credit/pass or no credit/no pass will not be included in the calculation of high school GPA.

English and Mathematics
The CSU strongly recommends that ALL students enroll in a yearlong senior-year English course and a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course as student-specific Early Assessment Program (EAP) guidance may not be available at the time of senior year course registration.

These courses could include Expository Reading and Writing (ERWC), Math Reasoning with Connections (MRWC), weighted honors and International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) or other advanced courses.

ACT and SAT Tests
ACT/SAT examinations will not be used to determine admission eligibility for the 2023-2024 academic year.

AP Exams
The CSU will continue to honor Advanced Placement exams on which scores of 3, 4, or 5 are earned, regardless of the delivery mode of the exam.

Supplemental Criteria

If we determine that there is space available after Stan State admits all eligible applicants, we will review students in the following categories:

  • 2.0 – 2.49 GPA in-state applicants (completed all A – G)
  • 2.47 and 2.99 GPA out-of-state applicants (completed all A – G)

We will consider the following factors:

  • "A-G" GPA
  • "A-G" courses above 15-unit
  • Low Income
  • School Free & Reduced Lunch
  • First Generation
  • Educational Programs
  • Work Experience
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Foster Youth Services

Additional students may be admitted based on their Multi-Factor Admission Score based on enrollment capacity.

Pre-Nursing Impaction for Spring 2024 & Fall 2024

The pre-nursing major is designed to prepare students for the nursing program at Stanislaus State. Pre-nursing students complete the pre-requisite courses for the major. Successful students must submit a supplemental application to the nursing program upon completion of pre-nursing prerequisites.

Applications for the pre-nursing major will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher in grades 10, 11, and 12.
  • High school English GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or higher and completed an approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 (C- or better)
  • High school Biology and Chemistry with grade of B (3.0 GPA) or better

Steps to Enrollment

The steps outlined here are to ensure your successful transition as a future warrior. Many of the following items will be shown in your student center “To Do” list at myStanState and as a courtesy, we will send email reminders.

We know you have a lot of choices – we’re honored you’ve chosen to become a warrior! Visit your student center at myStanState to accept your admission offer.

You can accept your admission via the Becoming a Warrior link under your "To Do" list (see Becoming a Warrior Guide). “Becoming a Warrior” is a helpful tool that will show you everything you need to do to ensure a smooth transition to Stanislaus State, all in one convenient place.

Note: If you have never logged in to your myStanState student center, the Becoming a Warrior link will become available 24 hours after your first log in. 

New Student Orientation is a mandatory requirement for all incoming students. At NSO you will meet our exceptional faculty and staff who will assist you with academic advising and course registration. After you accept your admission, you will be registered for NSO based on your reported incoming major. Check NSO's website for dates and more information.

If you are interested in applying for on campus housing, visit the Housing & Residential Life website. Reserve your spot early!

To verify your final eligibility, you need to submit final official transcripts listing all final grades and the date of high school graduation. Official transcripts MUST BE in their sealed envelopes from the source. Opened transcripts or transcripts in personal envelopes will be considered "unofficial." Transcripts must be postmarked by the deadline.

Visit the dates and deadlines webpage

Mailing address:
Stanislaus State Admissions Office
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382

Stanislaus State will accept electronic transcripts via the following:

  • Parchment
  • National Student Clearing House (MJC Only)
  • Military Services

If your institution provides certified electronic transcripts through another service, have those transcripts sent directly from your institution to

For more information on submitting transcripts, go to: 

Entering CSU students are required to present proof of immunizations before beginning their first term of enrollment. Visit the Health Center website for information on how to meet this requirement.

Updated: May 20, 2024