Fall 2018 Freshman Admission Criteria

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, and then find out how to apply.

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 2018.
  • graduated high school, but have not taken college courses beyond the summer after graduation.

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. See the list of A–G courses.
  • Eligibility Index (GPA and test scores): The eligibility index is the combination of your 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.
  • 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:
    • Music, Dance and Theatre Arts: Performance – Applicants must pass an audition for acceptance to these majors and the University. Auditions will be held in January/February 2018 for fall admission.
    • Nursing – Admission to the School of Nursing is very competitive. Applicants will be ranked for admission by their college preparatory courses, GPA and SAT evidence-based reading and writing or ACT English and SAT or ACT mathematics. Applicants must also have earned a B or higher grade in high school intermediate algebra, biology and chemistry with lab courses. If AP or IB level courses were taken in these areas, applicants must have earned a B or better grade in the course.

Students admitted to SDSU as undeclared, or as a major other than Nursing, will not be able to change their major to Nursing during their tenure at SDSU.

Housing Requirement

All first year students who graduate from a high school outside of SDSU's local admission area during spring 2018 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 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.

Because of this proven success, the SDSU Sophomore Success 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 Success Program, visit the Sophomore Success Program website.

What Happens Next

Over the next few months, special attention will be given to reviewing each application. Notices of admission will be sent by mid-March.

To accept an offer of admission, you must submit the online Intent to Enroll deposit and official transcripts with fall 2017 grades by May 1, 2018. You will also separately submit final official transcripts with spring 2018 term grades postmarked by July 15, 2018.

In the meantime, there are steps you can take to make sure you have a smooth admissions experience:

  • Review all of the information to the left before you are notified of SDSU's admission decision.
  • Check your admission status periodically through the SDSU WebPortal. If you have not already done so, you will first need to activate your WebPortal account using your RedID number. Your RedID will be emailed to you within two weeks of applying to SDSU.
  • Keep your email and mailing addresses updated.

Keep Your Grades Up!

Admission is based on self-reported information from your Cal State Apply application. Once you are provisionally admitted, we will verify this information against your official transcript. Please make sure to report accurate information.

Your admission may be rescinded for reasons such as the following:

  • your GPA, test scores or course grades are lower than what you reported on the application.
  • you miss any admission deadlines.
  • you earn D or F grades in any coursework (not just A–G courses) taken during your senior year.
  • you misreported or did not complete a required course.

How to Apply

We accept applications from October 1 to November 30 through Cal State Apply, the California State University common admission application. Learn how to apply.