Fall 2017 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 freshmen international applicants graduating from a U.S. high school October 1 to November 30
First-time freshmen international applicants graduating from a high school outside of the U.S. October 1 to May 1
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
  • Graduated high school, but not taken any college courses since the summer after graduation

As a freshman from outside the local service area, you will be living 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.

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. This two-phase program will begin by welcoming the 2017 freshmen class from specific communities to live on campus their first two years. For more information about the Sophomore Success Program, including which communities this includes for fall 2017, visit the Sophomore Success Program website at

Admission Criteria

First-time international freshman applicants are reviewed on the following admission criteria, unless you are graduating from a U.S. high school. If you are graduating from a U.S. high school, then your application will be reviewed using different freshmen 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.
  2. A minimum U.S. equivalent GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 (B grade or about 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. 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. high school or an overseas U.S. accredited high school, then you are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores.

Note: 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.

SDSU is not accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree except in Nursing.