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Fall 2020 International Freshman Admission Criteria

San Diego State University accepts international first-time freshman applications starting October 1 for admission the following fall. SDSU does not offer spring admission. Get started by reviewing the deadlines and admission criteria below, and then complete the steps to apply.

Application Deadlines

Student Type Application Filing Period
First-time freshman international applicants October 1 to April 1
Students attending a high school in the United States are encouraged to apply by November 30.
All students applying to dance, music, nursing, or theatre arts–performance* October 1 to November 30

Who is a Freshman?

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

  • Not yet graduated high school, but will graduate with a high school diploma/certificate by spring 2020 or
  • Graduated high school, but have not taken any college courses after graduation.

Note: If you have earned ANY college or university credit (international or domestic) after graduating from high school, you are considered a transfer student and must meet the CSU transfer admission requirements. SDSU is not accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree except in Nursing.

Admission Criteria

If you are graduating from a high school outside of the United States, your application will be reviewed on the following admission criteria:

  1. Completion of high school/secondary level. A certified copy of graduation certificate or diploma will be required prior to enrollment at SDSU. Review the Requirements by Country for country specific information.
  2. A minimum U.S. equivalent GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 (B grade or 80 percent) or higher.
  3. English Proficiency: If you are attending or have attended a high school where English was not the primary language of instruction, you must meet university-level competence in English through one of the following:
    1. TOEFL – Passing score is 80 iBT/550 paper or higher.
    2. IELTS – Passing overall score is 6.5 or higher.
    3. Pearson Test of English (PTE) – Passing score is 58 or higher.
    4. SDSU's American Language Institute's Level 106 course – Must earn an overall 3.0 GPA or higher.
  4. SAT/ACT Tests: If you are attending a U.S. accredited high school, you are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores.
    1. SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing – Passing score is 550 or higher.
    2. ACT English section – Passing score is 22 or higher.

If you are graduating from a U.S. high school, your application will be reviewed based on the completion of A–G courses, grade point average (GPA), and your SAT or ACT test scores.

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 and second-year students who live in SDSU campus housing are proven to academically out-perform 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.

The SDSU Sophomore QUEST program enables students 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 on-campus housing, visit the Housing and Residential Education website.

*Majors with Additional Requirements

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.

You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and you will be ranked for admission with other Nursing applicants by college preparatory courses GPA and SAT evidence-based reading and writing or ACT English and SAT or ACT 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 were 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.

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