Admissions Requirements


Admissions Requirements

GPA Requirements
Student must receive a minimum A-G GPA of 2.5 or higher for California residents or graduates of California high schools (3.0 for non-California residents).

A-G Requirements
Students must complete all A-G college preparatory coursework with grades of C- or better. For Fall 2022, A-G coursework with a Pass/Credit taken during Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall 2020 terms and during Winter, Spring or Summer 2021 terms will be considered to fulfill A-G requirements.

Graduation Requirement
Students must graduate from high school or equivalent.

A-G Requirements

The A-G requirements, also called Academic Subject Requirements, represent the minimum academic preparation you must meet to be eligible for admission to the California State University (CSU) system. Students must also complete this A-G college preparatory pattern of courses with grades of C- or better:





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 life science and 1 physical science)



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



Visual and Performing Arts (1 year-long course from approved courses in Visual Art, Dance, Drama/Theater or Music. May also complete two semester-long courses from the same discipline)



College Preparatory Elective (May be selected from the A-G or other approved college preparatory "A-G" courses)



Total Required Subjects


*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.

Multi-Factor Admissions Requirement

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has implemented a multi-factor admissions review process to evaluate First-Time, First-Year applicants whose GPA fall between 2.0 – 2.49. Below is a list of the supplemental factors CSUDH will use to evaluate students with an A-G GPA between 2.0 – 2.49 with the most significant weight/consideration given to GPA:

  • Additional A-G coursework and GPA
  • Educational Partnership Programs
  • Service Area High Schools
  • First Generation
  • Household Income
  • Foster Youth
  • Extracurricular Involvement
  • Institutional Commitment Faculty Partnerships
  • Employment (5 hours or more a week)
Cal State Apply Application Workshops

If you have questions or need help completing the Cal State Apply admissions application, register for a virtual workshop.

Application Checklist

Before you start your application to CSUDH, please have these items ready:

1. Unofficial Transcripts

On your application, you’ll be asked to enter all the courses you’ve completed, in-progress, or plan to take. Admission decisions are based on self-reported information from your application and if needed, we’ll request official transcripts.

2. Social Security Number

If you have a US Social Security number, you are required to include it on the admission application.

3. Personal Email

Use your personal email address. Do not use your school or iCloud email, because it may mark our emails as spam, and you may not receive important information.

4. Annual Income

To determine if you qualify for an application fee waiver, you will be asked to enter your parents’ income. If you are an independent student, you must provide information about your household and income.

5. Payment Method

If you don’t qualify for a fee waiver, a $70 non-refundable application fee must be paid with a credit or debit card at the time of application submission.

Additional Information
  • In March 2022, the CSU has removed the SAT and ACT tests from the undergraduate admissions processes  Students are recommended to submit their scores only for placement purposes but are not needed for admissions purposes.

    Nothing will change for the incoming class of fall 2023, applying in fall 2022. The index will still be based on the applicants’ high school GPA, with the option of submitting ACT and SAT scores.

    For the incoming class of fall 2024, the admissions office will calculate the results of both indices—the old using GPA and optional test scores, and the new index still being developed. If a student qualifies for admission under either index, they will be admitted.

    The incoming class of fall 2025 will only be considered under the new CSU minimum eligibility index.

  • All initial admissions decisions are based on a students’ self-reported information provided on Cal State Apply.

  • A-G coursework must be graded and receive a grade of C- or better to satisfy the A-G requirements.

  • Students whose native language is not English or does not have three years (full-time) of secondary education (or higher) taught in English will need to provide proof of English proficiency. For more information, please review the “English Proficiency Requirement.” 

  • Detailed information about the CSU Admissions requirements can be found on the CSU webpage.

1. Do all CSUs have the same admission model?

Each CSU may have different criteria and will evaluate admission differently for the first year, first time (freshmen) students. Please check with each campus that you are considering applying to. 

2. How do you verify the non-academic criteria for the multi-factor admissions model?

Similar to the academic criteria, we use self-reported information from your application. If the items cannot be determined from your transcript, we may verify with your high school or request supporting documentation.

3. How will pass/credit grades earned during COVID-19 affect my admission decision?

Pass/Credit grades will be accepted for only the terms disrupted by COVID 19 (Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021). Such grades will not be calculated into your overall GPA but will be counted as satisfying the specific course requirement. Please note, additional terms may be added.

4. How will my A.P. and Honor classes impact my admission decision?

Advanced placement (A.P.) and honors courses will continue to earn extra GPA points for up to eight semesters of approved honors level, International Baccalaureate (I.B.) and Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two approved honors level courses taken in the 10th grade may be given extra points.

5. Can I earn college credit while still attending high school?

Yes, all CSU campuses allow high school students to earn credit toward their degree. You can earn college credit for completing Advanced Placement (A.P.) examinations with a score of 3 or better or by passing higher-level International Baccalaureate (I.B.) examinations with passes of 4 or higher. You can also take college courses while in high school and, if transferable, they may be counted toward your bachelor's degree.

6. Can I still submit my SAT/ACT scores?

Yes, you may submit such test scores. However, it will NOT be used for admission purposes. If admitted, these scores may be used for first-year course placement.