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Fall 2019 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 music, dance, theatre arts/performance, or nursing 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 2019 or
  • Graduated high school, but have not taken any college courses after graduation.

Note: If you have earned ANY college or university credit (foreign 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) – 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.

If you are graduating from a U.S. high school, your application will be reviewed based on the completion of A–G courses and your test scores.

Housing Requirement

All first-year students who graduate from a high school outside of SDSU's local admission area during spring 2019 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 Success 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 Success Program, visit the Sophomore Success Program website.

SDSU Georgia Campus

If you are interested in learning more about programs offered at the SDSU Georgia campus, in Tbilisi, Georgia, visit www.georgia.sdsu.edu. Majors offered at the SDSU Georgia campus include Biochemistry/Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Financial assistance is available for students attending the SDSU Georgia campus.

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