Fall 2016 International Freshman
Admission Criteria

Application Filing Period

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 find out how to apply.

Application Deadlines

  • First-time freshmen international applicants graduating from a U.S. high school must apply between October 1 and November 30.
  • First-time freshmen international applicants graduating from a high school outside of the U.S. must apply between October 1 and May 1.
  • All students applying to Music, Dance, Theatre Arts/Performance, or Nursing must apply between October 1 and November 30.

Who is a Freshman?

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

  • Not yet graduated high school
  • Graduated high school, but not taken any college courses since the summer after graduation

Note that as a first-time freshman, you are required to live in on-campus housing for your first year if you are from outside SDSU's local admission area or are a participant in the University Honors Program.

San Diego State University is not accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree except in Nursing.

Admission Criteria

First-time international freshman applicants are reviewed on the following admission criteria, unless applicants are graduating from a U.S. high school. Applicants graduating from a U.S. high school are reviewed using a different freshmen ranking critera.

  1. Completion of high school/secondary level. A certified copy of graduation certificate or diploma will be required prior to enrollment at SDSU.
  2. A minimum U.S. equivalent GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 (B grade or about 80 percent) or higher.
  3. English Proficiency: Applicants who have attended a high school where English was not the primary language of instruction 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 of 6.5 or higher.
    3. SDSU's American Language Institute's Level 106 course - Must earn an overall 3.0 GPA or higher.
  4. SAT / ACT Tests: International applicants attending a U.S. high school or an overseas U.S. accredited high school are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores.

*If you have earned ANY college or university credit (foreign or domestic), you are considered a transfer student and must meet the CSU transfer admission requirements.

**All first-year freshmen are required to live in on-campus housing for their first year at SDSU.