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CSU Channel Islands: Admissions

The admissions information below is valid for the 2016-17 academic year.

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:Ginger Re​yes, Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Contacting the office:​805 437-8520​

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?​​yes
Priority filing date for fall:10/1/2016
Final filing date for fall:11/30/2016
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:no
Application fee:$55​
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:no
Admissions requirements:California High School Graduates or California Residents must have a minimum index of 2900 using SAT I scores or 694 using ACT scores.
Non- CA High School Graduates or non- CA Residents must have a minimum index of 3502 using SAT I scores or 842 using ACT scores.
​High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
Interview is:neither required nor recommended
Standardized test requirements:SAT recommended, ACT recommended, SAT or ACT considered if submitted, SAT Subject Test not used
School's test preference:no preference
SAT II tests that are required or recommended:N/A
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
counseling, placement​
Dates test scores should be received:02/01/2017 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended: Art: 
​​2 required, 2 recommended
English:​8 required, 8 recommended
Foreign​​ language:​4 required, 4 recommended
​4 requir​ed,4 recommended
​Lab:​​4 required, 4 recommended
​Academic Electives: ​2 required, 2 recommended
​Total​30 required, 32 recommended​
Special Programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP​
School has formalized early decision program:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic Criteria:​​
  • secondary school report very important
  • class r​ank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic Criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Average secondary school GPA:3.22
Average SAT:459 verbal, 466 math
Average ACT:20 composite​

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

​Acceptance of Admission:​​​Must Accept by May 1

First-time Frershman Enro​llment

Number of completed applications received10,310
Number of applicants offered admission7,613 (74%)​​
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled1,010 (13%)
Admission may be deferredno

Additional Information

Students attend CSU Channel Islands for the following reasons:

  • ​A small, knit student population
  • The opportunity to work closely with professors in a variety of academic fields
  • The opportunity to participate in creating an active student body culture
  • A tranquil and beautiful campus
  • Easy access to the beach, state parks, the Channel Islands and cities such as Los Angeles and Santa Barbara