First Time Freshman Admission

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Who is considered a First Time Freshman?

You are a First Time Freshman for admission purposes if:

  1. You are still in high school but will be graduating soon, or

  2. You are a high school graduate, and have not earned college credit beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation.

If you have completed college units beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation, you will need to enter the university as a Transfer Student.

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Admissions Eligibility Requirements: What do we look for?

Each application is carefully reviewed, and students who are believed to be the best fit for Cal State LA are selected.

By the end of the last qualifying coursework term for admissions, applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Complete all required A-G college preparatory high school classes with grades of 'C' or better in each;

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 - for possible waiver options, click here)


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)

  • Have a minimum of 2.00 high school GPA (or 2.45 for non-CA residents or non-CA high school graduates), and qualifying eligibility index, based on the combination of your high school GPA and your highest ACT composite or SAT (Math and Critical Reading) test score;
  • Graduate from high school (and if from a California Public High School, successful passage of the CA High School Exit Exam); and
  • Regardless of residency, if you have not attended a high school/secondary level education institution where English was the principal language of instruction for at least three years full time, or have not completed a transferable college-level English Composition course from a United States post-secondary institution, with a grade of 'C' or better, you must obtain a minimum English Language Proficiency Exam score.

If you are attending a California high school, you may view your school’s approved list of A-G courses by visiting If you attended a non-CA high school, your courses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for subject requirement satisfaction.

Ready to apply?

You can apply to Cal State LA online by visiting Cal State Apply. Please submit your application by the stated deadline.

When to apply - First Year Dates & Deadlines

Deadlines vary by admission term. View the deadlines for the term you would like to begin your studies at Cal State LA.

Can I speak to an advisor before applying?

pre admission advising

Yes, please check your college center/counseling office to see if a Cal State LA representative is visiting your school, or you may schedule an on-campus appointment at Cal State LA by visiting the Pre-Admissions webpage.