International Freshmen Eligibility Requirements

Apply for admission during the application filing period October 1, 2020- March 31, 2021 for Fall 2021.

International freshmen must meet the following eligibility requirements:  

For majors with supplemental admission requirements, visit First-time Freshmen admission eligibility requirements.  See International Application Guide.Opens in new window  

Requirements for a Freshman from a U.S. High School

Freshman from a U.S. High School: Academic Requirements

Receive a “C-” or better in the following college-preparatory subjects:

 
Subject Area Required Years Required Classes
Mathematics 3 years required; 4 years recommended Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Laboratory Science 2 years required; 3 years recommended 1 year of Biology and 1 year of Chemistry or Physics
English 4 years required N/A
U.S. History and Science 2 years required 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
Visual and Performing Arts 1 year required N/A
Electives 1 year required N/A

SAT/ACT test scores are required for students attending high school in the U.S. Scores need to be received no later than December.

Requirements for a Freshman from a Foreign High School

Freshman from a Foreign High School: Academic Requirements

You must receive a “C-” or better in the following subject requirements:

 
Subject Area Required Years Required Classes
Mathematics 3 years required; 4 years recommended Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Laboratory Science 2 years required; 3 years recommended 1 year of Biology and 1 year of Chemistry or Physics
Social Sciences 2 years required; 3 years recommended History, Social Studies, Civics

Students with IGCSE/“O” Levels: You must provide scores for at least five subjects with a score of “C” or higher. Students in the new grading system are required to obtain a score of 4 or higher. Subjects must include English, Mathematics, Social Science, one Biology and one Physical Science (Chemistry or Physics). IGCSE/”O” Levels can be replaced by “A” Level or “AS” Level subjects.

Students in the IB System: You are required to complete at least six subjects with grades of 4 or higher. Subjects should include Math and Laboratory Sciences (Biology and Chemistry or Physics).

SAT scores are not required for students attending high school outside the United States, but are strongly encouraged.

TRANSCRIPTS

After applying to the Cal State Fullerton, you will be asked to submit transcripts. This includes high school/secondary school transcripts, as well as high school graduation date (if completed). Please note:

  • If admitted,  official transcripts will be required from each school listed on your application, grades 9-12.
  • All academic records received become official university property and cannot be returned or reissued.
  • If documents are not in English, you should submit the original-language transcript or mark sheets.

If you are currently in your senior year of high school, you must submit 7th semester transcripts. Upon high school graduation, you will be required to submit final official transcripts.