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Admissions to CSULB

Student Applicants

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Subject Requirements

The California State University requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of "C" or higher, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.

  • Social Science - 2 years to include 1 year of U.S. History and/or Government
  • English - 4 years
  • Mathematics - 3 years to include algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
  • Science - 2 years with laboratory to include 1 year of biological science and 1 year physical science
  • Foreign Language - 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence).
  • Visual and Performing Arts - 1 year-long course in which the second semester builds on the first from a single VPA area to include art, dance, drama/theater, or music
  • Electives - 1 year selected from the areas above.

Foreign Language Waiver

The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate competence in a language other than English equivalent to or higher than expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. Students should consult with their school counselor or any CSU campus admission or relations with schools office for further information.

Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements if at all possible. If an applicant is judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of his or her disability, alternate college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by the applicant's academic advisor or guidance counselor in consultation with the director of a CSU disabled student services program. Although the distribution may be slightly different from the course pattern required of other students, students qualifying for substitutions will still be held for 15 units of college preparatory study. Students should be aware that course substitutions may limit later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics. For further information and substitution forms, please call the Director of Disabled Student Services at (562) 985-5401.

Honors Courses

Grades, in up to eight semester courses designated as honors courses in approved subjects and taken in the last two years of high school, receive additional points in grade-point average calculations. Each unit of A in approved courses will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; C, 3 points; D, 1 point; and none for F grades.

High School Students - Young Scholars Program

Students still enrolled in high school who have preparation equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates will be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and by the appropriate CSULB department chair. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment. More information is available from the Office of University Outreach and School Relations.

Provisional Admission

California State University, Long Beach may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned for the senior year. The campus will monitor the senior year of study to ensure that admitted students complete their senior year of studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all course work has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to the deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student’s first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts, and cancel any university registration for any student who is found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and received a diploma from high school, have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subject, and, if applying to an impacted program, have met all supplementary criteria.