First-Year Student Eligibility Requirements

First-year students must meet the following eligibility requirements:  

  • be a high school graduate or equivalent;
  • complete the 15-unit comprehensive “A-G” pattern with a grade of C- or better by high school graduation; and
  • earn a qualifying “A-G” grade point average (GPA) as described below.

"A-G" requirement may not be completed during the summer term prior to fall enrollment. 


Fall 2022 Admission update

California State University Fullerton will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for the 2022-2023 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for Fall 2022.

To determine first-year admission, Fullerton will rank order applicants by multiple factors, inclusive of:

Fall 2022 Admission update

Campus Admission Category

Academic Requirements "A-G" Overall GPA  
  "A-G" English GPA  
  "A-G" Math GPA  
  "A-G" Additional Courses over the "A-G" requirement (max=15)  
Institutional Commitment Educational Partnership School  
Applicant Attributes First Generation First in family to complete Bachelor's degree upon their graduation
  Free and Reduced School Lunch Recipient of free or reduced lunch in school
  Youth Services Foster Youth, Orphan, Ward of the Court

* Local area students are admitted at a lower Multi-Factor Admission Score (MFAS) than non-local applicants (see below)


CSU Fullerton will not evaluate the following applicants for admission:

  • Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49
  • Any non-California high school graduate or non-resident of California earning a GPA between 2.47and 2.99


CSUF will continue to accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" to satisfy "A-G" requirements completed during Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall 2020 terms and during Winter, Spring or Summer 2021 terms. All prior coursework must be graded and a grade of C- or better must be earned for the course to satisfy “A-G” requirements. Grades of credit/pass or no credit/non-passing will not be included in the calculation of high school GPA.



Cal State Fullerton is impacted by campus and major. Impaction means that there are more qualified applicants than can be admitted.  Meeting the minimum California State University (CSU) requirements does not guarantee admission CSUF. Admissions   is   competitive, therefore supplemental criteria may be used.  As an impacted campus, most CSUF majors do not accept second bachelor's applicants. Currently, the only major open to second bachelor's applicants is Nursing - Accelerated BSN.


local Admission area

Due to campus impaction, a local area is defined. Local area First-year students are admitted at a lower Multi-Factor Admission Score (MFAS) than non-local applicants. Visit Local Area High Schools  for a  complete list of schools.


Major impaction

The following majors have supplemental admission requirements:

Computer Engineering integrated BS/MS

  • Successful completion of at least (3) AP exams (scores of 3, 4 or 5) towards the major, and/or general education for a total of 10  semester units
  • One of the AP tests must be Mathematics/Calculus AB or Mathematics/Calculus BC (score of 4 or 5)
  • Minimum high school  GPA of 3.0 (unweighted)
  • Priority admission will be given to local area freshmen for Computer Engineering integrated BS/MS


Admission to the Dance major is based on the performance of a successful live dance audition. Visit the Dance departmentOpens in new window for audition requirements.


Admission to the Music major is based on the performance of a successful music audition. Visit the Music departmentOpens in new window for more information regarding the audition requirements, repertoire, and audition scheduling.


Admission to the Theatre major is based on the performance of a successful theatre audition. Visit the Theatre departmentOpens in new window for more information regarding the audition requirements and audition scheduling.


 For more information on the Nursing program, visit the School of NursingOpens in new window

Please Note: Cal State Fullerton does not defer admissions. If a student is unable to enroll for the admitted term, they will need to reapply for a future term.