California State University

The CSU system has 23 schools statewide. Degrees available at the the CSUs are Bachelors (BA, BS), Masters (MA, MS, MEd), and Certificate & Credential programs.

Application Period:

October 1st - November 30th

Applying to the CSU

CSU Admission Requirements

G.P.A. - 2.5 & above

Completion of a minimum 15 unit High School Course Requirements (A-G courses)

A grade of 'C' or better in A-G courses

High School Graduation

SAT/ACT test scores are not required for admissions, but may be used for English & Math course placement

**Students with a 2.0-2.49 G.P.A may still be considered for admissions dependent of local campus decision or admission through EOP

Application Checklist

Unofficial Transcripts (High School and College Transcripts, if applicable)

Social Security Number, if you have one

Citizenship Status

Annual Income

CA Statewide Student ID

Test Scores, optional

Educational Program, Work, and Extracurricualr Participation Information

Payment Method (Credit Card or PayPal Account) for the application fee of $70 per campus, Fee Waivers available

Additional CSU Information

Educational Opportunity Program
EOP provides assistance to first-gen college students, and/or from low-income and educationally disadvantage backgrounds through mentorship, adacemic programs, financial assistance, counseling/advising, and other campus support services
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CSU Impaction
Some CSU campuses and majors receive more applications than available spaces, leading the school to be designated as "impacted". Impacted campuses and majors have a more selective admission criteria, but students from "Local Admission Areas" are given priority admissions.
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CSU Local Admissions & Service Areas
Every CSU campus give priority to students who attend high school in the university's service area. Click below to learn what campus is in your Local Service Admission & Area.
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California State University, Bakersfield in Bakersfield, California was established in 1968 becoming the 20th school in the 23-campus California State University system.
Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, California opened in 2002 as the 23rd campus in the California State University system.
Chico State
California State University, Chico, or commonly, Chico State, in Chico, California was founded in 1887, it is the second oldest campus in the California State University system.
Chico State
Dominguez Hills
California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California was founded in 1960 and the campus sits on the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest land grant in the Los Angeles area.
East Bay
California State University, East Bay was founded in 1957. The university's largest and oldest college campus is Hayward, with additional campus-sites in the nearby cities of Oakland and Concord.
Fresno State
California State University, Fresno is a public university in Fresno, California founded in 1911 and in 1972 the name was officially changed to California State University, Fresno.
Fresno State
California State University, Fullerton is a public university in Fullerton, California became the 12th state college in California to be authorized by the state legislature as a degree-granting institution. It has the largest student body of the 23-campus CSU system.
Cal Poly
California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt also known as Cal Poly Humboldt or Humboldt in Arcata, California is one of three polytechnic universities in the California State University system. It is the northernmost campus of the 23-school California State University system.
Long Beach
California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California was established in 1949 to serve the rapidly expanding post-World War II population. It is the second largest of the 23-school CSU system and one of the largest universities in the state of California by enrollment.
Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California was founded on July 2, 1947 and is located on the site of one of California's 36 original adobes.
Cal State LA
Maritime Academy
The California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California established in 1929 is the only maritime academy on the United States West Coast.
Cal Maritime
Monterey Bay
California State University, Monterey Bay in Monterey County, California has its main campus located on the site of the former military base Fort Ord along the Central Coast of California.
California State University, Northridge in the Northridge, California. It has the second largest undergraduate population as well as the third largest total student body of the 23-campus CSU system.
Cal Poly
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is in Pomona, California. It is one of three polytechnic universities in the CSU system and one among a small group of Polytechnic Universities in the U.S.
Sacramento State
California State University, Sacramento is in Sacramento, California. Founded in 1947 as Sacramento State College, it is the eleventh oldest school in the 23-campus California State University system.
Sac State
San Bernardino
California State University, San Bernardino in San Bernardino, California was founded in 1965. The university is classified as having high research activity.
San Diego State
San Diego State University in San Diego, California was founded in 1897. It is the third-oldest university and southernmost in the 23-member California State University system.
San Francisco State
San Francisco State University in San Francisco was founded in 1899 as a state-run school for training school teachers, obtaining state college status in 1921 and state university status in 1972.
San Jose State
San José State University in San Jose, California was established in 1857. SJSU is the oldest public university on the West Coast and the founding campus of the California State University system.
Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo located directly adjacent to the City of San Luis Obispo was established in 1901. It is the oldest of three polytechnics in the CSU system.
Cal Poly SLO
San Marcos
California State University San Marcos is in San Marcos, California. It was founded in 1989 as the 21st campus in the 23-campus California State University system.
Sonoma State
Sonoma State University is in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County, California. It is one of the smallest members of the California State University system.
Stanislaus State
California State University, Stanislaus is in Turlock, Stanislaus County, California. It was established in 1957 and is also the only campus in the system to offer a bachelor's degree in cognitive studies.
Stan State