For Fall 2016, it is important to review the following important update.
All first-time freshman applicants must apply during the initial admission application-filing period (October 1 through November 30 for fall) to be considered for admission. SAT or ACT scores are required regardless of GPA and must be received by CSU Fullerton. All subject matter requirements must have been completed by high school graduation. Subject matter requirements must be met with a C or better and may not be completed during the summer term immediately preceding fall admission.
Information on A-G high school course validation see Validation of High School Coursework.
Fullerton is an impacted campus for all first time freshmen. Impaction means that there are more applications for a campus than can be accommodated. In order to ensure that capacity is not exceeded, more rigorous standards are applied to the freshmen applicant pool. Impacted criteria may include local vs. out of local and major program impaction. This means that all freshmen applicants, whether in our local admissions area or outside of our local admissions area, and depending on major, must anticipate meeting higher levels of competition than the minimum
Eligibility Index required by the non-impacted campuses of the CSU. (The “Eligibility Index” is the result of a formula that combines your achievement in high school college preparatory courses with the results of the SAT I or ACT. Refer to Eligibility Index for details of how this index is calculated). The actual competition cannot be set until after the initial filing period has closed and we are able to assess the size and quality of the freshmen pool.
Areas of Impaction
There are three geographic areas of impaction:
- The local area- includes all high schools in Orange County, Walnut, Whittier, Chino Valley, Corona, Norco and Alvord School districts.
- Out of local area include all other areas of CA outside of those mentioned above.
- Out-of-state students, non-CA residents and international students fall into the third area of consideration. Please note the local area guidelines and the other CA area guidelines pertain to CA residents.
Local admissions area freshmen will need to present a strong high school record, with appropriate courses and grades and good SAT or ACT scores. Depending on major, local freshmen may anticipate meeting higher levels of competition than the minimum Eligibility Index required by the non-impacted campuses of the CSU. Admission preference will be given to local freshmen. Local area freshman applicants are high school graduates within the geographic purple area depicted below.
To view our list of local high schools, see CSUF Local High Schools.
Out Local Area
Out-of-local area applicants will need to meet an even higher threshold of competition. The competition for the incoming term may be more competitive or less competitive than previous admission terms.
Majors with Additional Requirements
Like last Fall, we anticipate the competition for the Fall of 2016 to be quite keen as it was last Fall. Admission to all majors at CSU Fullerton is impacted and competitive as we continue to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. The most competitive majors for FTF aside from Nursing would be Biochemistry, Biological Science, Computer Engineering integrated BS/MS, Kinesiology, and Psychology.
Biology and Biochemistry: To be considered for admission to Biology or Biochemistry majors, applicants must anticipate the Eligibility Index to be higher than the local and out of local Eligibility Index requirement.
Computer Engineering integrated BS/MS Applicants: Admission to the integrated BS/MS in Computer Engineering is expected to be very competitive with limited space available. To be considered for admission, First-Time Freshmen applicants must demonstrate the following:
- Successful completion of at least three (3) AP tests (scores of 3, 4, or 5) for a total of 10 semester units
- One of the AP tests must be Mathematics/Calculus AB or Mathematics/Calculus BC (score of 4 or 5 is required)
- Must meet CSU Fullerton Eligibility Index for the semester to which you are applying.
Dance Applicants: Admittance into the Department of Dance program (Bachelor of Arts in Dance,) includes passing a live dance audition. Auditioning for the dance major does not qualify you for entrance into CSUF, only for being a dance major once admitted to the University. For more information about the dance program and audition requirements, visit http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/theatredance/Dance/aboutdance.html#auditions To download a copy of the Dance Audition Application Form, please click on the link below. http://www.fullerton.edu/admissions/resources/forms/Dance_Audition_Application_Form.pdf
Kinesiology: To be considered for admission to the Kinesiology major, applicants must anticipate the Eligibility Index to be higher than the local and out of local Eligibility Index requirement.
Music Applicants: Admission to the Music major is based on the performance of a successful Music Department Entrance Audition. Follow the link for detailed information about audition requirements, repertoire and scheduling of auditions. http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/music_prospstudents.html
Nursing Applicants: Admission to the Nursing major at CSU Fullerton for First-Time Freshmen is very competitive as CSUF continues to have more qualified applicants than available space in the program. To be considered for admission to Nursing, First-Time Freshmen applicants must demonstrate at least the following.
- Minimum Eligibility Index: 4300 (SAT) or 1034 (ACT)
- Chemistry: Grade of "B" or higher (if AP then "C" or higher) by end of your Junior year (11th grade)
- Biology: Grade of "B" or higher (if AP then "C" or higher) by end of your Junior year (11th grade)
Psychology: To be considered for admission to the Psychology major, applicants must either have at least a 3500 SAT Eligibility Index or 841 ACT Eligibility Index if you are in our local area and have at least a 3700 SAT Eligibility Index or 890 ACT Eligibility Index if you are out of local.
Additional Admissions Information
Once enrolled, students may be required to meet admissions requirements to change majors. Change of major may not be permitted into specific programs after an applicant submits application. CSU Fullerton does not use alternative major for admission consideration.
Admission decisions may be withdrawn for students who misreported academic information or who have not met the terms of the admission offer.
For additional information regarding Undergraduate Students see the Catalog.
A small portion of the freshman class may be admitted based on an eligibility index and additional characteristics including special talents, first generation college status, socioeconomic factors, and indications of overcoming educational obstacles.
Second Bachelor's Degrees
CSU Fullerton does not accept second bachelor's degree applicants with the exception to Nursing.