Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements for First-Time Freshmen

CSUDH is not impacted for First-Time Freshmen Applicants. Additional information regarding CSU Campus Impaction is available on the California State University website.

The university's criteria for admission as a first–time freshman are met if a student:

1. Is a high school graduate;

2. Has a qualifiable eligibility index; and

3. Has completed with grades of "C" or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements. Courses must be completed prior to the first enrollment in the California State University.


Eligibility Index

The eligibility index below is the combination of high school grade point average (GPA) and the score on either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I).

The GPA is based on grades earned during the final 3 years of high school (excluding physical education and military science) and bonus points for approved honors courses.


Eligibility Index*

Resident Eligibility Index Table (abbreviated version)Nonresident Eligibility Index Table (abbreviated version)


Up to 8 semesters of honors courses taken in the last 3 years of high school can be accepted, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade. Each unit of "A" in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; "B" 4 points; and "C" 3 points.

Students can calculate the index by multiplying their GPA by 800 and adding the mathematics and critical reading scores on the old SAT I or mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing on the new SAT I. Or, if a student took the ACT, multiply GPA by 200 and add 10 times the ACT composite score (without the writing score).

(GPA x 800) + old SAT I mathematics and critical reading scores or (GPA x 200) + (ACT composite score without the writing score x 10).

A California high school graduate (or a resident of California for tuition purposes) needs a minimum index of 2950 using the SAT I or 694 using the ACT. If neither a graduate of a California high school nor a resident of California for tuition purposes, a student needs a minimum index of 3570 (SAT) or 842 (ACT). If the grade point averages 3.0 or above (3.61 for nonresidents), students are exempt from submitting test scores. However, students are urged to take the new SAT or ACT since all campuses use test results for advising and placement purposes.

*Please visit to view any outstanding eligibility requirements.  Should SAT or ACT scores be required they will be listed on your student account.


Eligibility Index Required



California Residents







Students will qualify for regular admission when the university verifies that they have met the requirements on the eligibility index and will have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subjects and if applying to an impacted program, meet supplementary criteria.

Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section.


Subject Requirements 

The CSU requires a 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first–time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or higher is required for each course you use to meet the subject requirement.






History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government and 1 year of social science)



English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)



Math (4 years is recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year)



Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)



Language - other than English* (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable)



Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art)



College Preparatory Elective (One more year of any college preparatory subject)



Total Required Subject



*Language - other than English (Foreign Language) Subject Requirement

The Language - other than English (foreign language) requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate competence in a language other than English equivalent to or higher than expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study.

Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory courses, if at all possible. If a student is judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of his or her disability, alternative college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by the student's academic advisor or guidance counselor in consultation with the director of the university's disabled student services program. Students should be aware that failure to complete courses required for admission may limit their later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics.


English Proficiency 

If English is not your native language, or you have not had three years (full-time) of your secondary education (or higher) taught in English, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency. Since most classes are taught in English, you will need to demonstrate your ability to read, write, and speak English. For more information, please review the English Proficiency Requirement.