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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Admissions Requirements

CSUDH is a non-impacted campus for upper-division transfer applicants.

Upper division students are eligible for admission to the CSU if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have completed 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units)
  2. Have completed at least 30 semester (45 quarter) units of general education courses, graded C- or better in each course including:
    • 1 course of 3 semester (4 quarter) units in written communication,
    • 1 course of 3 semester (4 quarter) units in oral communication,
    • 1 course of 3 semester (4 quarter) units in critical thinking, AND
    • 1 course of 3 semester (4 quarter) units in mathematics/quantitative reasoning. The mathematics course must be above the level of intermediate algebra. Go to for listings of CCC courses that meet the general education requirements.
  3. Have a grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable college units attempted; and
  4. Are in good standing at the last college or university attended (i.e. eligible to re–enroll at that college or university).

This transfer plan clears all course deficiencies that might have occurred in high school.

*BSN applicants refer to the School of Nursing for additional admission criteria.

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.

*For detailed information about the CSU Admission requirements please refer to the CSU Admission Handbook.

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.

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.