You are considered an international freshman applicant if you:
- Require a ‘F visa’ (or I-20) to study at Cal State LA;
- Will have attained a high school diploma, or its equivalent, by the end of Spring; and
- Have not earned college credit beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation.
Important information for Fall 2019 admission
As you review the information below, please take note of the following:
- All freshman applicants graduating from a U.S. high school must submit official SAT or ACT results. The test must be taken no later than December 2018. While SAT or ACT scores are not required of applicants attending high school outside of the U.S., these exams are strongly encouraged.
- Applicants must apply via the online Cal State Apply application. For tips on how to complete the application, visit our Application Tips webpage.
- Some admission decisions are made using self-reported information in the Cal State Apply application. Please answer questions accurately and completely. Failure to do so may negatively affect admission eligibility.
- Freshman applicants applying to majors with 'Major-Specific Admission Requirements' will be offered admission to a 'pre-major.' Students who accept the offer of admission and enroll at the University will pursue required lower division coursework, and then may declare the major after they complete the major-specific criteria.
- Applicants interested in our Nursing program should review the important information in the Admission Eligibility section below.
International Freshman Admission Eligibility
To be considered for admission to Cal State LA, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
|Eligibility Criteria||U.S. High School Graduates||Foreign High School Graduates*|
You must have completed each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirement (“a-g” courses) with a grade of 'C' or better, prior to high school graduation.
Your secondary education must be in an academic track, intended for college/university preparation and be deemed similar in preparation to what is required of U.S. graduates.
|Grade Point Average (GPA)||
You must have a minimum “CSU Eligibility Index” to be considered. The “Eligibility Index" is the result of a formula that combines your grades in high school college preparatory courses with the results of the SAT or ACT. Refer to the CSU Eligibility Index for details of how this index is calculated. We will use your highest ACT composite, or SAT (Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) test scores in this determination.
Have a minimum 3.00 GPA in academic courses of the last 3 years of high school/secondary education.
|High School Completion||
You must graduate from high school, or earn a GED, by the end of the Spring term prior to Fall enrollment.
You must graduate from high school/complete your secondary education by the end of the Spring term prior to Fall enrollment
|College Admissions Testing||Take the SAT or ACT by December.||
If offered in your country, it is strongly encouraged that you take the SAT or ACT by December, especially if you are applying to the Pre-Nursing program.
|English Language Proficiency||
If at least 3 year of your high school coursework was not taught in English, you will have to satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement.
*Additional admission consideration methods:
- Students in UK Secondary System: Must complete 2 A-Levels (grades D or higher) and 3-O Levels (grades C or higher) OR 4 AS-Levels (grades D or higher) and 3-O Levels (grades C or higher) in academic subjects. For additional information please refer to Cal State LA’s profile on the Cambridge International Examinations website.
- Students in the IB System: IB Diploma required, with at least 6 subjects and an overall average of 4 or higher. Must complete 3 HL and 3 SL subjects.
How will students be considered for admission?
Cal State LA is a very popular campus. We receive thousands of applications annually for a limited number of seats.
Based on CSU and campus policy, preference for freshmen admission is offered to applicants who are considered ‘local’ based on their high school of graduation, or military status. International students studying in the Los Angeles area may qualify for 'local preference'. ‘Local’ freshmen applicants will be offered admission if they meet the minimum Cal State LA Freshmen Admission requirements as stated above.
Freshmen applicants who are not considered 'local' will be ranked by the CSU Eligibility Index and offered admission based on space availability in the major or college. The “Eligibility Index" is the result of a formula that combines your grades in high school college preparatory courses with the results of the SAT or ACT. Admission to Cal State LA is very competitive for non-local applicants. As a result, many eligible applicants will not be offered admission. We strongly recommend that all applicants have a back-up plan.
Admission to some majors will be to a 'pre-major' status. Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at Cal State LA that indicate the student's ability to successfully complete the major and graduate.
In addition to applying to Cal State LA, we encourage you to also apply to other colleges, so that you will have alternatives in the event that you are not offered admission.
Important Information for students interested in our Nursing program
Admission to the Nursing program at Cal State LA is very competitive. Freshman applicants must first gain admission to the Pre-Nursing program, and then meet the program admission requirements during their first two years at Cal State LA.
To be considered for admission to the Pre-Nursing program, freshman applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Meet Cal State LA freshman admission requirements as stated above;
- Have a minimum 3.50 GPA in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subjects (the 'A-G' courses); and
- Have earned 'B' or better grades in the following year-long high school courses:
- Intermediate Algebra, Algebra II, or Integrated Math III;
- Biology with lab; and
- Chemistry with lab.
Be aware: Each term of the year-long course must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better. If AP, IB, or Honors courses are taken in these areas, applicants must also earn 'B' or better grades in the course.
Applicants who meet the above criteria will be ranked for admission by their CSU Eligibility Index (calculated based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores), and offered admission to Pre-Nursing based on spaces available. Students who enroll as a Pre-Nursing student will follow a very prescribed roadmap at Cal State LA, and must meet specific course grade and GPA requirements to continue in the program.
Applicants who meet Cal State LA admission standards but are not offered admission to Pre-Nursing, will be offered admission to 'Undeclared with an Interest in Health Professions.' Those who accept the offer of admission to this program will explore other majors that can lead to a career in related fields.
Students admitted to Cal State LA as Undeclared, or as a major other than Pre-Nursing, will not be able to change their major to Pre-Nursing or Nursing during their tenure at Cal State LA.
- Explore and choose a major to declare on your application
- Apply online at Cal State Apply by the deadline
- Submit SAT or ACT test scores (if graduating from a U.S. high school)
- Submit official transcript or other documents only if requested
Explore and choose a major to declare on your application
Freshmen applicants must select a specific major. Admission to some majors will be to a 'pre-major' status. Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at Cal State LA that indicate the student's ability to successfully complete the major and graduate.
Apply online by the deadline
Applicants must apply during October 1 – March 31 for Fall admission. To apply to Cal State LA, visit Cal State Apply. Once the application is submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge the receipt of your application.
Submit SAT or ACT test scores
To be considered for admission, students graduating from U.S. high schools must take the SAT or ACT, no later than December. You must request that your score results be sent directly to Cal State LA from the testing agency. While SAT or ACT scores are not required of applicants attending high schools outside the U.S., they are strongly encouraged, especially if applying to Pre-Nursing.
- For the SAT:
- If you are only applying to Cal State LA, use the institution code of 4399.
- If you are also applying to other CSU campuses, use the CSU institution code of 3594 – this will allow any CSU campus to retrieve your score.
- For the ACT, use the Cal State LA institution code of 0320.
Submit official transcript or other documents only if requested
If after reviewing your application, it is determined we need additional information, including transcripts, we will notify you by email with instructions and a specific deadline. International students not attending U.S. schools will be required to submit official academic records (with the institution's grading scale) to be considered for admission. For a timely decision, please send your high school transcript as soon as the requested term’s grades are posted, or within 2 weeks of submitting your application, whichever is later. For Fall 2019 admission, transcripts must include grades through the current Fall 2018 term.
Cal State LA uses email as the official means of communication with applicants. Applicants are required to maintain a current email address on file with the University, and to check their email regularly. You may update your email address at any time by visiting your Golden Eagle Territory (GET) Self-Service Student Center.
Offers of admission are normally made in February and March for Fall admission. All offers of admission will be provisional and subject to verification based on official transcripts and test scores. Admission offers may be withdrawn if the GPA, completed courses, course grades, or test scores are lower than what is reported, or if you miss any admission deadlines. Please make sure to report accurate information on your application!
Do I need to respond to an acceptance notification?
Absolutely! In addition to submitting documents to verify the admission decision, newly admitted freshmen are required to accept their admission offer and pay a non-refundable $100 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) by May 1st in order to reserve a spot in the class. The deposit will offset a portion of the student's State University Fee.
What if I am not offered admission to Cal State LA?
In addition to applying to Cal State LA, we hope you have considered applying to one or two other colleges so that you will have alternatives in the event that you are not offered admission. If you are interested in pursuing another CSU as your backup, please submit a separate application with that campus during the initial filing period as many campuses have early application deadlines.
Can I appeal my admission decision?
Denials of admission are made only after an extensive review of academic qualifications and weighing those qualifications against the competitive nature of our applicant pool; therefore these decisions are rarely overturned and are considered only for extraordinary reasons beyond the control of the applicant. Failure to provide complete and accurate information on the admission application will not be considered as a basis for appeal.
Appeals must be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date on the denial notification and must include a basis for the appeal, and supporting documentation. We will notify you by email within 4 to 6 weeks, with a response to your appeal request. Only one appeal may be submitted for an academic term so the packet must be clear and compelling when submitted. For additional information, review the Appeal Process.
Here are some important items to consider if you are offered admission and decide to attend Cal State LA:
Applying for your I-20 or SEVIS transfer: Applicants holding or applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa must complete and submit the online New Student I-20 Verification Form with signatures and appropriate documentation to show proof of funding. If you are interested in attending Cal State LA, please do not wait for your admission decision before submitting these documents. The advance submission of the verification form, and financial documentation, will help expedite the issuance of the I-20; if your I-20 paperwork is complete, the International Programs Office can issue the I-20 immediately after your admission to the University.
If you are currently studying in the US, please request to transfer your SEVIS to Cal State LA by completing and submitting the Transfer to Cal State LA Form. Please do not transfer the SEVIS until you receive the offer of admission, and you know that you plan to attend the University for the admit term.
For other important information, including the deadline for the I-20/SEVIS transfer process, please contact the International Programs Office at (323) 343-3170, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the International Office.
Campus Housing: If you plan to live on-campus, Cal State LA offers apartment-style residence halls that are within walking distance to classrooms, sports facilities, and the library. For more information, visit the Housing and Residence Life webpage.
Admitted Student Information: If you have already been offered admission, refer to the Information for Newly Admitted International Freshmen.
College Credit: Students who are eligible to receive credit based on Advanced Placement, CLEP, or International Baccalaureate assessments will need to send official test scores sent to Cal State LA. Be aware that credit granted by another institution does not 'transfer' to Cal State LA for test credit. Students who took college courses at an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution while in high school should submit official college transcripts including earned grades for evaluation as some credits may count toward the bachelor's degree.
Orientation, Advising, and Registration: To help ensure a smooth transition to Cal State LA, new freshmen are required to participate in a one day Golden Eagle Orientation during the summer. Additional information will be sent beginning in March to students who have accepted the offer of admission. For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Orientation webpage.