California State University, Fullerton

First-Time Freshmen

For Fall 2014, 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 Area

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.

Impaction First-Time Freshmen

To view our list of local high schools, see below.

  • Ability Plus School
  • Acaciawood School
  • Aliso Niguel High School
  • Anaheim Discovery Christian
  • Anaheim High School
  • Beckman, Arnold O High School
  • Bethel Baptish Church Schools
  • Bolsa Grande High School
  • Brea Canyon High School
  • Brea Olinda High School
  • Brethren Christian HS
  • Brethren Christian Jr-Sr HS
  • Buena Park High School
  • California High School
  • Calvary Chapel High School
  • Canyon High School
  • Capistrano Connections Academy
  • Capistrano Christian Schools
  • Capistrano Valley High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Century High School
  • Chino High School
  • Chino Hills High School
  • Chino Valley Christian Academy
  • City Harvest Christian Academy
  • Claremont High School
  • Cornelia Connelly School
  • Corona Del Mar High School
  • Corona High School
  • Costa Mesa High School
  • Crean Lutheran South HS
  • Crystal Cathedral High School
  • Cypress High School
  • Dana Hills High School
  • Diamond Bar High School
  • Don Antonio Lugo HS
  • Early College High School
  • Eastside Christian High School
  • Edison High School
  • El Dorado High School
  • El Modena High School
  • El Toro High School
  • Eldorado Emerson  Private School
  • Eldorado School for the Gifted
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School
  • Esperanza High School
  • Fairmont Preparatory High School
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Foothill High School
  • Fountain Valley High School
  • Frontier High School
  • Fullerton Union High School
  • Garden Grove High School
  • Gilbert High School
  • HOPE Christian Academy
  • HOPE Christian HS
  • Halstrom High School 
  • Hebrew Academy
  • Hebrew Academy-Lubavitch
  • Hector Godinez Fundamental HS
  • Heritage Christian School
  • Huntington Beach High School
  • Integrity Christian School
  • Irvine High School
  • J Serra Catholic High School
  • John F Kennedy High School
  • Junipero Serra High School
  • Katella High School
  • Kings Academy The
  • La Entrada HS
  • La Habra High School
  • La Quinta High School
  • La Serna High School
  • Laguna Beach High School
  • Laguna Hills High School
  • Lee V Pollard HS
  • Liberty Christian School
  • Loara High School
  • Lorin Griset Academy
  • Los Alamitos High School
  • Los Amigos High School
  • Lutheran High School Orange County
  • Magnolia High School
  • Marina High School
  • Mater Dei High School
  • Middle Coll High School
  • Mission Viejo High School
  • Newport Harbor High School
  • Norco Senior High School
  • Norte Vista Senior High School
  • Northwood High School
  • Nova Academy Early College HS
  • Ocean View High School
  • Orange Coast Middle Coll H.S.
  • Orange County Christian School
  • Orange County HS of the Arts
  • Orange High School
  • Orangewood Adventist Academy
  • Oxford Academy
  • Pacific Academy Irvine
  • Pacific Coast High School 
  • Pacific Shores Pvt HS
  • Pacifica High School 
  • Padre Pio Academy
  • Parkview School
  • Pioneer High School
  • Rancho Alamitos High School
  • Redeemer Christian HS
  • Rosary High School
  • Ruben S Ayala Sr High School
  • Saddleback Christian Academy
  • Saddleback High School
  • Saddleback Valley Christian School
  • Sage Hill School
  • Saint Margarets Episcopal School
  • Saint Michaels Coll Prep HS
  • Saint Paul High School
  • Saints of Glory School
  • San Clemente High School
  • San Joaquin High School
  • San Juan Hills HS
  • Santa Ana High School
  • Santa Fe High School
  • Santa Margarita High School
  • Santiago High School
  • Savanna High School
  • Segerstrom High School
  • Servite High School
  • Silverado High School
  • Sonora High School
  • Southern California Chrstn H S
  • Southlands Christian High School
  • Sovereign Grace Academy
  • Spirit Academy
  • St Michael the Archangel Academy
  • Sunny Hills High School
  • Tarbut V'Torah High School
  • Tesoro High School
  • Trabuco Hills High School
  • Troy High School
  • Tustin High School
  • University High School
  • Valencia High School
  • Valley High School
  • Valley Vista High School
  • Villa Park High School
  • Village Bible Academy
  • Vineyard Christian School
  • Waldorf School of OC HS
  • Walnut High School
  • Western High School 
  • Westminster High School
  • Whittier Christian High School
  • Whittier High School
  • Wisdom Mission School
  • Woodbridge High School 
  • Yorba Linda HS

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

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 the following.

  • Minimum Eligibility Index: 4200 (SAT) or 1010 (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)

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.

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.

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
To download a copy of the Dance Audition Application Form, please click on the link below.

Kinesiology:  To be considered for admission to the Kinesiology major, applicants must either have at least a 3700 SAT Eligibility Index or 890 ACT Eligibility Index.

Biology and Biochemistry: To be considered for admission to Biology or Biochemistry majors, applicants must either have at least a 3700 SAT Eligibility Index or 890 ACT Eligibility Index.

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.

Special Consideration

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.