Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements


Cal State Apply Fee Waiver Information & Tips

CSUDH Application Fee Waiver Request

To be considered for the application fee waiver, you must be:

  • An undergraduate student, and
  • A California resident for more than one year, or
  • A U.S. citizen or
  • Someone with approved immigration status who qualifies for an AB540 non-resident tuition exception

If you believe you meet these requirements, please fill out the Application Fee Waiver Appeal Form and provide the additional documents listed below:

  1. The Application Fee Waiver Appeal Form.
  2. A personal statement detailing the change of income and circumstance, include your First Name, Last Name, and CAS ID Number from Cal State Apply (located under your name in the upper-right corner of the application).
  3. A copy of recent pay stub (if available), which should include the year to date earnings.
  4. Any documentation to support your request, such as: last year’s tax returns, medical, legal and/or unemployment documentation.

Submit the CSUDH Application Fee Waiver 

For security reasons, please click the Application Fee Waiver Submission icon below to upload your application fee waiver request to a secured Dropbox folder. Do not email your documents.  For instructions, please see Dropbox Instructions.

You will receive a decision within two business days. To avoid a decision being sent to your spam folder, please add to your email contacts list or address book.

Cal State Apply Application Workshops

The Fall 2021 application deadline for CSUDH has been extended to January 15, 2021. If you have completed your application but have not submitted it, or are still working on it, and have questions about qualifying for a CSUDH fee waiver, please text or call us Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We are also hosting virtual application workshops and our staff will help you complete and submit your application. To register, click on a date below. Space is limited!

December 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

December 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

January 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

January 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

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CSUDH Admissions Requirements

GPA Requirements
Students must receive a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher for California residents (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 2021 applicants, A-G coursework with a Pass/Credit taken during Winter/Spring/Summer 2020 will be considered to fulfill A-G requirements.

Graduation Requirement
Students must graduate from high school or equivalent

Multi-Factor Admissions Requirement

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), has implemented a new multi-factor admissions review process for Fall 2021 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)
Additional Information
  • This year the CSU temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses. Students are recommended to submit their scores only for placement purposes but are not needed for admissions purposes
  • All initial admissions decisions are based on a students’ self-reported information provided on Cal State Apply
  • Starting Fall 2020, 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 in CSU Admission Handbook
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 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 (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.

Application Checklist

1. Unofficial Transcripts

You will be asked to enter all courses you completed, those currently in progress, and any courses you plan to take.

2. Social Security Number

Have your social security number ready (if you have one) for financial aid purposes.

3. Personal Email

Use your personal email address. Do not use the email that your high school assigned to you.

4. Apply for Fall 2021

Apply online from October 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021 via Cal State Apply. CSUDH makes admission decisions based on self-reported information from the application! All admitted students who intend to enroll at CSUDH will be required to submit an official transcript to verify eligibility and high school graduation.

5. Apply for Financial Aid

Apply online from October 1, 2020 through March 15, 2021 for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application and use School Code 001141.

6. Pay Application Fee

A $70 non-refundable application filing fee (or fee waiver) must be paid at the time of application submission. Application fee waivers allow you to apply to four CSU campuses. Instructions for payment can be found on Cal State Apply.

7. Check Application Status

The Office of Admissions will communicate your next steps in the admission process via email. Email is the official method of communication for California State University, Dominguez Hills.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact an Admissions Counselor.


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, and Summer 2020). 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.

CSUDH offers a wide selection of outstanding degrees that reflect 'today's in-demand fields. Our degree programs offer a well-rounded curriculum that combines rigorous academics with a practical education.