Applying to CSUF

Students may apply to CSUF as first-time freshmen, upper-division transfer, or graduate students through  Cal State Apply  during the appropriate  admissions application cycle.

First-Time Freshman

If you have not taken any college or university courses since graduating from high school, you may apply as a first-time freshman.  It is important to review the following First-Time Freshman GuidePDF File .

You will use your high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores as your academic record for the application process.

If applicable, please remember to include your military credit(s)PDF File in your application using your Joint Service Transcripts (or military transcripts). 

Transfer Student

If you have completed one or more college or university courses since graduating from high school, you may apply as a transfer student.  It is important to review the following Transfer Student GuidePDF File .

Applicants must complete 60 transferable units including the CSU general education requirements (“Golden Four”) in Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.  Most students meet these requirements at local community colleges.

You will use your college and/or university transcripts as your academic record for the application process.  You will not submit high school transcripts, or SAT/ACT scores.

If applicable, please remember to include your military credit(s)PDF File in your application using your   Joint Service Transcripts (or military transcripts). 

Graduate Student

If you have earned a Bachelor's degree and wish to pursue a Master's or Doctoral degree, you may apply as a graduate student.

You must meet the general university admission requirements for graduate standing and program-specific admission requirements to qualify for admission into a graduate program.  CSUF does not accept second bachelor's degree applicants with the exception to Nursing.

Readmitting Student

If you previously attended CSUF, but left to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, or were dismissed from the university, you may be eligible to apply for re-admission.

Late Applications

If you left the service within the last six months, or missed the admissions application cycle, you may be eligible to submit a late application.  

Admission Decision Appeals

If you were not offered admission or if your application was withdrawn, you may submit an appeal as a First-Time Freshman ApplicantPDF File , Transfer ApplicantPDF File , or Post Baccalaureate ApplicantPDF File .  Only one appeal per application term will be considered.  

If you have additional questions about becoming a future Titan, contact  the Veterans Resource Center (VRC)!