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CSU Fullerton: Admissons

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:Jessica Wagoner,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office:657 278-7788
657 278-7699 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Priority filing date for fall:October 30
Final filing date for fall:November 30
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:Minimum grade of "C" in listed secondary school units required. In-state applicants with minimum 3.0 GPA and out-of-state applicants with minimum 3.6 GPA are eligible regardless of standardized test 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
Off-campus interview:not available
Standardized test requirements:SAT required, ACT considered if submitted
School's test preference:SAT
Dates test scores should be received:February 1 for SAT/ACT, February 1 for SAT Subject Test
High School units required or recommended:
English:4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 3 recommended
History:1 required, 1 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
​Math;​​3 required, 3 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Social Studies:1 required, 1 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Other:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:14 required, 15 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP, conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank 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 very important
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:yes
Average secondary school GPA:3.56
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:100%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank:53%
Average SAT:507 verbal, 524 math, 1030 combined
Combined SAT middle 50% range:940 - 1120
Average ACT:21 English, 22 math, 22 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range:19 - 24
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:91%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:37%

Undergraduate Notification For Fall Term

Notification of admission:on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission:must accept by May 15

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:41,841
Number of applicants offered admission:17,515 (42%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:4,401 (25%)
School has a waiting list policy:no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools:85%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:1%
Tuition deposit amount:$250, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount:$350, refundable until July 20.
Admission may be deferred:no

Additional Information

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. This means that all freshmen applicants, whether in our local admissions area, in-state out of our local admissions area, out of state, international, or our specifically impacted majors, must anticipate meeting higher levels of competition than the minimum eligibility index required by the non-impacted campuses of the CSU. 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.

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.