Students planning to enter the CSU can apply through the online application tool, CSUMentor, at
On June 1, 2017, the university will launch Cal State Apply—the new way to apply to the CSU. Cal State Apply will provide an updated, user-friendly application for all incoming freshman, transfer, graduate and international students. Please visit
First-time freshman applicants must meet the standards in each of the following areas:
Transfer and Graduate Students
The majority of transfer students enter as upper-division transfers and must complete at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units before transferring. Students who have earned an Associate Degree for Transfer will be admitted to the CSU with junior status.
To apply for admissions to graduate or postbaccalaureate studies, a student must:
Due to the large number of applicants, some CSU campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for particular majors or for students who live outside the local campus area. Campuses utilize local admission guarantee policies for students who graduate or transfer from high schools and community colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region.