You qualify for regular admission as a first-time freshman if you'll:
Be a high school graduate
Please note: college credit is not allowed beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation.
Have completed your A-G Requirements
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).
|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
College preparatory English composition and literature
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)
|E. Language Other Than English
2 years in the same language (may be satisfied by demonstrating equivalent competence in another language)
|F. Visual & Performing Arts
1 year in the same discipline: Art, dance, theater/drama, music
|G. College Prep Electives
To be selected from the above A-F areas and other approved electives
|View a full list of a-g courses for your High School|
Have a qualifiable eligibility index
The eligibility index is the combination of your high school grade point average and your SAT/ACT test scores. Graduates of California high schools or residents of California must have a minimum eligibility index of a 2900 using SAT or 694 using ACT. Nonresidents of California must have a minimum index of 3502 using SAT or 842 using ACT.
Calculating your Eligibility Index
If you took the SAT prior to March 2016:
(High School GPA X 800) + (SAT Critical Reading + Math Score) = Eligibility Index
If you took the Redesigned SAT (March 2016 and after):
(High School GPA X 800) + (SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) + Math Score) = Eligibility Index
The CSU will not "super score" or combine test results across old and new tests. If an applicant has taken both the new and old SAT, the total score of a single test that is most advantageous to the applicant will be used.
If you took the ACT:
(High School GPA X 200) + (10 X ACT Composite Score) = Eligibility Index
Test Score Requirement
SAT/ACT test scores are required unless you have a grade point average of 3.00 or above. Test scores must be sent electronically from either the American College Test (ACT) or the College Board (for SAT). Even if SAT/ACT is not required for admissions eligibility, they are highly encouraged as these tests can be used for placement purposes.
To send test scores electronically go to the appropriate website:
SAT (www.collegeboard.com) – To release your SAT scores to Stanislaus State use code 4713. Or use the Cal State Apply Code of 3594, this will allow ALL CSU campuses to utilize your SAT scores.
ACT (www.act.org) – To release your ACT scores to Stanislaus State use code 0435. Scores can only be released to individual campuses.
The New Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
In March 2016, the College Board began administering a redesigned SAT. Most first-time freshmen entering in fall 2017 or later will have been administered the new test.
The CSU will accept the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and the Mathematics section scores of the SAT to determine the applicant's CSU minimum eligibility index. The SAT eligibility index formula will remain the same.
Beginning with the Fall 2018 admission application cycle the CSU minimum Eligibility Index needed for California High School graduates will increase to 2950.
|Admissions Application Cycle||In-State Minimum Eligibility Index||Out-of-State Minimum Eligibility Index|
|Fall 2017 admissions||2900||3502|
|Beginning Fall 2018 admissions||2950||3570|