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Fall 2020 Freshman Admission

San Diego State University accepts freshman applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall. Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below.

Who is a Freshman?

You can apply to SDSU as a first-time freshman if you have:

  • not yet graduated high school, but are on track to graduate with a high school diploma by spring 2020.
  • graduated high school, but have not taken college courses beyond the summer after graduation.

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Before You Apply

How Freshman Applicants Are Ranked

We consider freshman applications on the following criteria:

  • Completion of A–G courses: As a first-time freshman applicant, you must complete, with letter grades of C- or higher, the 15-unit comprehensive pattern of college preparatory courses. For fall admission you must complete your subject requirements by the spring term before enrolling at SDSU. Review the list of A–G courses.
  • Eligibility Index (GPA and test scores): The eligibility index is the combination of your CSU calculated high school grade point average and your SAT/ACT test scores. All California State University campuses use the eligibility index as part of the admission decision. Calculate your eligibility index.
    • SAT/ACT: Take the SAT or ACT by the November test date and request the electronic scores be sent to SDSU using:
      • SAT: CSU code 3594
      • ACT: SDSU code 0398
  • The major to which you apply: You must choose a major when you apply to SDSU. All majors are competitive, and every major has more applicants than available slots (the CSU calls this impaction). Applicants are ranked within each major, rather than overall. The popularity of majors changes every year based on the applicant pool. Admission is major-specific, which means you cannot change your major during the application process. Specific majors will have additional requirements you must meet for admission to the major and the university:

    You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in January/February, for admission to the major and the university. Visit the Prospective Dance Students web page for more information.

    You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in January/February, for admission to the major and the university. Visit the Auditions – Music web page for more information.

    Admission to SDSU's direct entry Nursing program is extremely competitive. In addition to meeting CSU admission requirements, applicants will be ranked by GPA in college preparatory courses as well as by the individual sections of the SAT or ACT (evidence-based reading and writing/English, and mathematics). You must also earn a B or better grade in high school intermediate algebra, biology, and chemistry with lab courses. If AP or IB level courses are taken in these areas, you must earn a B or better grade in the course. Visit the freshmen nursing prerequisite requirements for more information.

    You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition, which are scheduled in January/February, for admission to the major and the university. Visit the Audition Requirements for Performance Majors web page for more information.

Apply October 1–November 30

SDSU uses the California State University common admission application through the Cal State Apply website. A nonrefundable filing fee of $70 must accompany your application. If you cannot apply online, contact the Office of Admissions to make special arrangements to apply electronically with campus assistance.

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.

Cal State Apply Application Checklist

Plan ahead and apply early. Have the following items on hand before you begin your application:

  • 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 Social Security Number, if you have one.
  • 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).

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Housing Requirement

All first year students who graduate from a high school outside of SDSU's local admission area during spring 2020 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.