I Want to Apply
Applications are accepted between October 1 and December 15 for the following fall.
Who Is a First-Year Student?
You can apply as a first-year student if you:
- are on track to graduate with a high school diploma by spring 2022; OR
- graduated high school, but have not taken college courses beyond the summer after graduation.
To meet minimum admission requirements, you must complete a 15-unit comprehensive pattern of college preparatory courses known in California as A-G requirements with C- grades or higher. You must complete your subject requirements by the end of the spring term before enrolling at SDSU. Review A–G courses.
We consider the breadth and depth of your academic record, and encourage you to challenge yourself by taking a rigorous curriculum including Advanced Placement (AP), honors, and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. Review CSU Minimum First-Year Eligibility.
You must choose a major when you apply to SDSU. All majors are competitive, and every major has more applicants than available spots (impaction). While we look at all of the college-prep coursework you have taken during high school, we also consider your performance and the number of units taken in courses most relevant to predict success in your intended academic discipline.
- Computer Science and Engineering Majors: Preference is given to applicants who have taken and earned strong grades in science and mathematics courses.
- Dance, Music and Theatre Arts-Performance: Applicants must successfully pass an audition and meet general admissions requirements for admission to the major and the university.
- Nursing: You must earn a B or better grade in high school intermediate algebra, biology, and chemistry with lab courses for consideration. If AP or IB level courses are taken in these areas, you must earn a B or better grade in the course. Preference is given to applicants who have taken and earned strong grades in science and mathematics courses. Review our first-year students nursing prerequisite requirements for more information.
Special consideration is given to students who have overcome life obstacles, participated in college preparatory programs, and attend high schools within SDSU's local admission area.
Note: The California State University (CSU) has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for spring 2022, fall 2022, winter 2023, and spring 2023 admission cycles. For more information, please visit the High School Guidance - First-Time First-Year Students and the First-Time Freshman FAQs web pages.
Before You Apply
Plan ahead and apply early.
Cal State Apply Checklist
- Before you begin your application, have the following items on hand:
- Unofficial transcripts. You'll be asked to enter all courses you've completed, those currently in progress, and any you plan to take. Enter your grades as they appear on your transcript using your school grading scale.
- Your citizenship status.
- Credit card. Application fees are due at the time of submission and are paid by credit card.
- Annual income. If you are a dependent, then report your parents income. If you are independent, then report your income.
- Your parent's employment background and two recommendations. This applies only if you are applying to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).
- Parent/Guardian Communication
The Office of Admissions will communicate information to parents or guardians using the email addresses provided on Cal State Apply if you have granted permission. Parent or guardian email addresses are not updated after the application is submitted.
How to Apply
- Use the CSU common admission application, Cal State Apply, to apply.
- A nonrefundable filing fee of $70 must accompany your application.
- Need help with the Cal State Apply application? Review the video tutorials below or the Cal State Apply Application Guide 2021-22.
Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported data on the application, so we do not need your transcripts until after you are admitted. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application, such as high school GPA, course titles and grades. Transcripts will be used to verify your self-reported information and any misreporting will jeopardize your admission status.
Follow along with these short, topic specific videos to learn how to apply using Cal State Apply. Please disregard any reference to the November 30 deadline. The deadline has been extended to December 15.
- Creating an Account, Profile, and Selecting Your Program
- Release Statement
- Biographic Information
- Contact Information
- Citizenship and Residency
- Race and Ethnicity
- Parent/Guardian Information
- Other Information
- Financial and Parent Information
- Adding Domestic High School
- Inputting Middle School Coursework
After You Apply: Keep Your Grades Up!
After the application period ends, we will give special attention to reviewing your application. Admissions decisions are made by mid-March. If you are admitted:
C- or Higher
All first year students who graduate from a high school outside of SDSU's local admission area during spring 2022 will be required to live on campus for two years. First year and second year students who live in SDSU campus housing are proven to academically outperform their peers who live off campus. Research shows that the average GPA is 11 percent higher for residential students and 13 percent higher for students living in learning communities.
Because of this proven success, the Sophomore QUEST program was created, which enables program participants to receive customized career development support, flexible guest, meal and roommate policies, and enhanced safety and security.
For more information about the Sophomore QUEST program and housing information, visit the Housing and Residential Education website.
Review and become familiar with the Freshman On-Campus Resident Parking Policy.