Eligibility Index

Fall 2019 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. Neither writing scores nor subject tests are considered for admission.

Test Scores

For fall 2019 admission, you must take one of the two major college admission tests by November 2018:

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.

Also, honors points for A, B and C grades are awarded for a maximum of eight semester courses taken in 11th and 12th grades, including up to two points for IB or AP courses, or honors courses with 11th or 12th grade content taken in the 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
Total Units: 19
Total Grade Points: 62
Total Grade Points ÷ Total Units = GPA
Example GPA calculation: 62 ÷ 19 = 3.26 GPA

*Grades in approved honors courses taken in the 11th and 12th grades are assigned an additional point for grades of "A," "B," or "C". There are no honors points awarded for grades of "D" and "F." A maximum of 8 extra points for approved honors courses will be awarded. A maximum of 2 of these units can be completed in the 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