By Lesley Huerta
Seniors! The California State Application will be opening this October 1st . If you are interested in attending college, then listen up because there are some requirements that Cal States consider for students. All 23 campuses use three factors to determine eligibility. The first thing they take into account are the specific courses you completed in high school, also referred to as the A-G requirements. The second is your GPA, which is all your you’ve obtained since the 9thgrade. If you have a GPA below a 2.0 you will not be able to qualify for admission. Aside from your grades, they also consider your highest ACT or SAT test scores so don’t feel discouraged if you scored low on one. Lastly, is the diploma you receive when you graduate to be eligible for applying to all Cal states.
The CSU also uses an eligibility index which combines your high school grade point average with the score you’ve earned on either the SAT or ACT tests. This means that if you have a high GPA and an average ACT/ SAT score it will balance out and vice versa. There are campuses such as CSU Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Northridge, and Los Angeles that guarantee admissions to local area students if they meet the eligibility index. Although some campuses follow the same curriculum, there are also impacted campuses which are the most competitive to get into. These competitive campuses, include Cal State Long Beach, Fullerton, San Diego State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and San Jose, which will base your admission on the eligibility index and a calculated GPA based on the major you will be applying under. Some campuses also have higher standards for STEM majors. If you have any questions regarding the CSU apps, the college center offers guidance. Don’t forget to submit your application by November 1st, and good luck to all!