Eligibility Index

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Fall 2020 Freshman Admission: Eligibility Index

All California State University campuses use the eligibility index as part of the freshman admission decision. The eligibility index is based on your GPA and your scores on either the SAT, or the ACT. SDSU does not use the SAT writing section or the ACT writing score to calculate the eligibility index.

Test Scores

For fall 2020 admission, you must take one of the two major college admission tests by November 2019:

  • SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test): We consider your SAT score on a 1600-point scale (evidence-based reading and writing and math sections). SDSU combines the best evidence-based reading and writing, and math scores from multiple SAT tests to calculate a best composite.
  • ACT (American College Test): We consider the ACT composite score, which does not include the writing section. SDSU combines the best subscores from multiple ACT tests to calculate a best composite.

Calculating Your Grade Point Average

Your official GPA for admission to any California State University, including SDSU, may be different than the GPA on your high school transcript. This is because we calculate your high school GPA using your 10th–12th grade A–G courses.

SDSU will award honors points in the grade point average calculation for eight semester courses taken in 11th and 12th grades, including up to two IB, AP, or honors courses taken in 10th grade.

To calculate your GPA for high school, assign a grade point value to each letter grade according to the following scale*:

  • A = 4 grade points
  • B = 3 grade points
  • C = 2 grade points
  • D = 1 grade point
  • F = 0 grade points

Add the units and grade points separately. Then, divide the total grade points by total units to get the average, as shown below.

Grades Total Units Grade Points per Unit Total Grade Points
A 7 × 4 = 28
B 10 × 3 = 30
C 2 × 2 = 4
Honors Points* = 4
  Total Units = 19   Total Grade Points = 66
Total Grade Points ÷ Total Units = GPA
Example GPA calculation: 66 ÷ 19 = 3.47 GPA

*SDSU will award honors points in the grade point average calculation for eight semester courses taken in 11th and 12th grades, including up to two IB, AP, or honors courses in 10th grade.

Calculating Your Eligibility Index

Now that you know your test scores and your CSU GPA, you can calculate your eligibility index. Remember not to include ACT or SAT writing scores.

If you took the SAT
(High School GPA × 800) + SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math)
= Eligibility Index
If you took the ACT
(High School GPA × 200) + (10 × ACT Composite Score)
= Eligibility Index