First-Time Freshman Requirements
Our admission requirements for first-time freshmen include graduating high school or passing one of the California state high school proficiency exams, your high school GPA and more. Because of the pandemic, all California State University campuses, are adjusting some requirements. Learn more at High School Guidance for First-Time, First-Year Students.
You will still need to complete the required college preparatory coursework, and meet our minimum Eligibility Index scores.
If you are an international student, please visit the International First-time Freshman Admission page to find information to help you apply.
The college preparatory subject requirements—known as “A-G” in California— are below. You'll need to have completed these courses with a grade of C- or better. Because of the pandemic, any credit/pass grades that you earned for A-G courses you took in winter 2020 through summer 2021 will be accepted as satisfying this requirement. Starting fall 2021, you must take A-G courses for a letter grade and earn at least a C- grade.
|Subject||Years Required||Additional Info|
|Mathematics||3 years||Algebra, geometry and intermediate algebra required.
4 years recommended but not required.
|Social Science/History||2 years||Must include 1 year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government.|
Includes 1 year of biological science with a lab and
|Foreign Language||2 years in the same language||May be waived for applicants who can demonstrate
and document equivalent competence.
|Visual and Performing Arts||1 year in the same discipline||Can be art, dance, drama/theater, music, interdisciplinary arts
or any other UC/CSU-approved course on the A-G list.
|Electives||1 year||Selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science/history,
laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts
or any other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "A-G" list.
Eligibility Index Scores
All California State University (CSU) campuses use the eligibility index as part of the first-time freshman admissions decision. The minimum eligibility index scores for admission to CSUN depend on whether you're in our local admissions area, a California resident outside our admissions area or an out-of-state student.
The eligibility index is the combination of your CSU-calculated high school GPS (HSGPA) and, for California residents, points awarded through five additional multifactor variables.
For California residents, your eligibility index can be met by:
- A-G Subjects HSGPA x 1,000
- A-G Subjects HSGPA x 1,000 + (Total Multifactor Eligibility Points)
Additional Multifactor Eligibility points are listed below.
|Multifactor Criteria||Point Values|
|CSU Admissions Requirement:
A-G Subjects Course Work
|Free and Reduced Lunch School
(Underrepresented High School)
(Parent Education Factor)
Parent/Guardian 1 and 2 education:
|Cal State Apply Application Fee Waiver||
If you're graduating from a high school within our local admissions area, the minimum eligibility index is 2500 or a HSGPA of 2.50.
Non-local area applicants graduating from California high schools outside the defined local admissions area must meet a higher eligibility index. The eligibility index for this category is set annually.
All California residents can gain points from the multifactor admission criteria in the table above.
- If your HSGPA is 2.50 or better, multiply your GPA by 1,000. For example, the eligibility index for a 2.50 HSGPA is 2500.
- If your HSGPA is less than 2.50, multiply your GPA by 1,000 and then add any points awarded for the multifactor admission criteria. For example, a student might have a HSGPA of 2.40, qualify for the Cal State Apply application fee waiver and have no parents who attended college. Therefore, add 2400 (GPA x 1,000) + 100 points (25 + 75), for an eligibility index of 2500.
Every year, some competitive majors receive more applicants than we can accept. This is called impaction. These majors will have higher eligibility index minimums for California residents. Programs and scores can change each year.
Review this year's impacted programs.
For U.S. applicants from outside California, the eligibility index is your CSUN-calculated high school GPA (GPA) in the A-G equivalent subjects x 1000. As an out-of-state applicant, you must meet a minimum eligibility index of 3000, or a HSGPA of 3.0.