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California State University, Long Beach

Freshmen Eligibility and STEM Eligibility Indexes

The following information describes the indexes used in determining freshmen admission. For information on how these are used in the process, see Freshmen Application and Admission.

Eligibility Index

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. The “Eligibility Index” is used throughout the CSU system to establish basic eligibility. The formula places the greatest weight on the high school grades.

The “Eligibility Index” for CSULB ranking is calculated as follows:

  • (College Preparatory Grade Point Average* X 800) + SAT Critical Reading + SAT Math

*Refer to the “College Preparatory Grade Point Average” section below for details on how this GPA is calculated.

Note that the SAT Writing score is not used for admission purposes. The highest individual Math and Critical Reading score are used if the SAT has been taken more than once. For applicants that take the ACT assessment, the ACT composite will be converted to an SAT total replacing both the Critical Reading and Math scores for this calculation. For applicants that take both the SAT and the ACT, the higher resulting index will be used in the admission process.

STEM Eligibility Index

The “STEM Eligibility Index” is the result of a formula that also combines your achievement in high school college preparatory courses with the results of the SAT I or ACT. The “STEM Eligibility Index” is used by CSULB for admission to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors. The formula places the greatest weight on the high school grades. This index places additional weight on quantitative skills required for success in these majors.

The “STEM Eligibility Index” for CSULB ranking in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors is calculated as follows:

  • (College Preparatory Grade Point Average* X 600) + SAT Critical Reading + (2 X SAT Math)

*Refer to the “College Preparatory Grade Point Average” section below for details on how this GPA is calculated.

Note that the SAT Writing score is not used for admission purposes. The highest individual Math and Critical Reading score are used if the SAT has been taken more than once. For applicants that take the ACT assessment, the ACT composite and Math scores will be converted to replace both the Critical Reading and Math scores for this calculation. For applicants that take both the SAT and the ACT, the higher resulting index will be used in the admission process.

College Preparatory Grade Point Average

The GPA’s listed above are calculated based on grades earned in all approved college preparatory (A-G) courses taken after grade 9. Bonus points may be awarded for up to eight grades of C or better in approved honors courses taken in grades 10 to 12, including up to two (2) International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP), or honors courses taken in tenth grade.

BE AWARE: Initial admission decisions are based on self-reported information provided in the admission application. As a result they are based on the grades earned as of that time (normally the 10th and 11th grade). All offers of admission will be provisional and subject to verification based on official final high school transcripts. Admission offers may be withdrawn if the final GPA, completed courses, or course grades are lower than what is reported at the time of application. It is essential that senior year courses be completed successfully!