Freshmen 

CSU Eligibility Requirements

Freshmen applicants must first meet the CSU eligibility requirements for admission. Applicants are then reviewed for provisional admission through Fresno State’s admission selection process, called Impaction.

Admission Selection Process (Impaction)

Fresno State is an impacted campus for all first-time freshmen. This means admissions to Fresno State is competitive because Fresno State continues to receive more qualified applicants than can be accommodated by state funding.  In order to ensure capacity is not exceeded, the more rigorous standard is applied to the freshman application pool. This means meeting the minimum California State University (CSU) eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to Fresno State.

It is important to understand that though all majors are impacted, the admission threshold for each major varies, depending on the capacity of the major to take new students, and the number of students applying for that major for that term.

Choose your major wisely:

We encourage you to apply for the major in which you intend to earn a degree. Change of major is prohibited during the application and admission review process. After you are admitted, the change of major is never guaranteed and is by petition only. Your mandatory orientation, advising and registration will all be based on your choice of major. 

Fall 2020 applicants can request to change their major after September 16, 2020. All change of major requests at that point will be done using this form

In addition, we encourage you to look at the admission GPA thresholds by major at Fresno State for recent terms and to apply to an alternative CSU campus that offers your major.

You must enter an alternate major on your application to Fresno State. Beginning with the Fall 2017 admission cycle, we will consider the alternate major for those applicants who did not meet the impaction threshold of their first-choice major. We will only admit to alternate majors if there is additional capacity for new student enrollment in those majors.

View a complete list of degrees, including graduate degrees and credentials

Eligibility
Fresno State is committed to our region and gives priority to our local applicants.  Non-local applicants must anticipate meeting a higher admission Eligibility Index.

Impaction Results: Fall 2020

Admit to Program Threshold

Threshold
Program (Majors) Local SAT Local        ACT Non Local SAT  Non Local ACT
Africana Studies 2950 694 2950 694
Ag Ed-Agri Communication 3350 795 3400 810
Ag Ed-Teacher Prep 3400 810 3500 835
Agricultural Business 3400 810 3900 935
Animal Sci-Dairy Science 3400 810 3500 835
Animal Science-Preprofessional  3400 810 3500 835
Animal Science-Equine Science 3400 810 3500 835
Animal Science-Livestock Mgt 3400 810 3500 835
Animal Science-Meat Tech 3400 810 3500 835
Animal Science-Pre-Veterinary 3900 935 4000 960
Anthropology 2950 694 2950 694
Architectural Studies  Impacted for Fall 2021  Impacted for Fall 2021 Impacted for Fall 2021 Impacted for Fall 2021
Art 2950 694 2950 694
Art - Animation Intermedia Option 2950 694 2950 694
Art History 2950 694 2950 694
Biochemistry 2950 694 2950 694
Biology 2950 694 2950 694
Biomedical Physics 2950 694 2950 694
Chemistry 2950 694 2950 694
Chicano Studies 2950 694 2950 694
City and Regional Planning 2950 694 2950 694
Civil Engineering 3500 835 3600 860
Cognitive Science 2950 694 2950 694
Communicative Disorders - Audiology 2950 694 2950 694
Communicative Disorders - Deaf Educatin 2950 694 2950 694
Communicative Disorders - Deaf Studies 2950 694 2950 694
Communicative Disorders - Interpreting 2950 694 2950 694
Communicative Disorders - Speech Pathology  2950 694 2950 694
Communication 2950 694 2950 694
Computer Engineering 3500 835 3600 860
Computer Science 2950 694 2950 694
Construction Management 3500 835 3600 860
Criminology-Corrections 2950 694 2950 694
Criminology-Law Enforcement 2950 694 2950 694
Criminology-Victimology 2950 694 2950 694
Dance 2950 694 2950 694
Economics 2950 694 2950 694
Electrical Engineering 3500 835 3600 860
English - Creative Writing 2950 694 2950 694
English - Literature 2950 694 2950 694
English Education 2950 694 2950 694
Enology 3200 760 3250 771
Environmental Sciences 2950 694 2950 694
Fashion Merchandising 2950 694 2950 694
Food & Nutritional Science-Culinology 3200 760 3250 771
Food & Nutritional Sciences-Dietetics & Food Administration 3400 810 3500 835
Food & Nutritional Sciences-Food Science 3200 760 3250 771
Forensic Behavior Sciences 2950 694 2950 694
French 2950 694 2950 694
Geography 2950 694 2950 694
Geology 2950 694 2950 694
Geomatics Engineering 2950 694 2950 694
Graphic Design 2950 694 2950 694
Health Science-Env/Occ Hlth&S 2950 694 2950 694
Health Sci-Health Admin 2950 694 2950 694
History 2950 694 2950 694
Industrial Technology-Ag Systems Mgmt 3200 760 3250 771
Industrial Technology 3200 760 3250 771
Integrated Design 2950 694 2950 694
Interior Design 2950 694 2950 694
Kinesiology-Physical Ed 2950 694 2950 694
Kinesiology-Sport Administratn 2950 694 2950 694
Latin American Studies 2950 694 2950 694
Liberal Studies-Blended Pgm 2950 694 2950 694
Linguistics-Gen Linguistics 2950 694 2950 694
Linguistics-Intrdscpl Lang Stu 2950 694 2950 694
Linguistic-Teach Eng as Sec Lg 2950 694 2950 694
Lingustics-Computational Ling 2950 694 2950 694
Media Communication & Journ-Advertising 2950 694 2950 694
Media Communication & Journ-Broadcst Journ 2950 694 2950 694
Media Communication & Journ-Multimedia Prod 2950 694 2950 694
Media Communication & Journ-Print Journ 2950 694 2950 694
Media Communication & Journ-Public Relation 2950 694 2950 694
Mathematics-Applied Math 2950 694 2950 694
Mathematics-General Math 2950 694 2950 694
Mathematics-Integrated Cred 2950 694 2950 694
Mathematics-Pure Math 2950 694 2950 694
Mathematics-Statistics 2950 694 2950 694
Mathematics-Teaching 2950 694 2950 694
Mechanical Engineering 3500 835 3600 860
Music-Music as a Liberal Art 2950 694 2950 694
Natural Sciences - Biology Option 2950 694 2950 694
Natural Sciences - Chemistry Option 2950 694 2950 694
Natural Sciences - Earth Science Option 2950 694 2950 694
Natural Sciences - Physics Option 2950 694 2950 694
Philosophy 2950 694 2950 694
Philosophy-Pre Law 2950 694 2950 694
Philosophy-Religious Studies 2950 694 2950 694
Physics 2950 694 2950 694
Plant Science 3400 810 3700 878
Political Science 2950 694 2950 694
Pre-Business 2950 694 2950 694
Pre-Child and Family Science 3500 835 3600 860
Pre-Health 2950 694 2950 694
Pre-Psychology 2950 694 2950 694
Rec Adm Adv Rec & Tourism 2950 694 2950 694
Rec Adm Sports & Ent Fac Mgmt 2950 694 2950 694
Rec Admin - Spec Evnts & Tour 2950 694 2950 694
Rec Admin-Therap 2950 694 2950 694
Recreation Administration 2950 694 2950 694
Sociology 2950 694 2950 694
Spanish 2950 694 2950 694
Theatre Arts - Acting 2950 694 2950 694
Theatre Arts - Dsng/Tech 2950 694 2950 694
Theatre Arts - General 2950 694 2950 694
Undeclared UGRD 2950 694 2950 694
Viticulture 3200 760 3250 771
Women's Studies 2950 694 2950 694

 

 

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