CSU Admission Requirements

CSU admission requirements

The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or better is required for each course.





​History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science)



​English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)



​Math (4 years recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year)



​Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)



​Language Other Than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable - See below about a possible waiver of this requirement)



​Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art)



​College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the University of California "a-g" list)


​​Total Required Courses​​​


There are career and technical education (CTE) courses that can be used to meet any of the subject area requirements listed above. Please refer to the University of California’s Course List Search for the entire listing of approved courses.

WAIVER OF "LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH" REQUIREMENT If you can demonstrate competency in a language other than English that is equivalent to or higher than that expected of students who have completed two years of language other than English study, you may be allowed a waiver for this language requirement.