Fall 2017 Freshman Admission: Eligibility Index

All California State University campuses use the eligibility index as part of the freshman admission decision. The eligibility index is the combination of your high school grade point average and your SAT/ACT test scores.

Test Scores

For fall 2017 admission, you must take one of the two major college admission tests by November 2016:

  • SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test): We consider the SAT Reasoning (critical reading and math sections of the test) or the redesigned SAT (evidence-based reading and writing and math sections). We consider your SAT score on a 1600-point scale.
  • ACT (American College Test): We consider the ACT composite score, which does not include the writing section.

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 IB or AP courses, or honors courses with 11th or 12th grade content taken 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. Use the formulas below to determine your Eligibility Index. Remember not to include ACT or SAT Reasoning writing scores.

If you took the SAT prior to March 2016:
(High School GPA X 800) + (SAT Critical Reading + Math Score) = Eligibility Index

If you took the Redesigned SAT:
(High School GPA X 800) + (SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) + Math Score) = Eligibility Index

If you took the ACT:
(High School GPA X 200) + (10 X ACT Composite Score) = Eligibility Index