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Important Information About Fall 2021 Admission For First-Time Freshman Applicants

The California State University (CSU) is temporarily suspending the use of SAT/ACT test scores in determining admission eligibility for fall 2021. As a result, Fresno State will not be using SAT/ACT test scores to calculate your admission eligibility index. 

More information about the CSU fall 2021 requirements for first-time freshman applicants can be found at

The information below explains how Fresno State will determine a first-time freshman applicant’s eligibility for fall 2021:
  • Fresno State is impacted at the campus and program level and may require a GPA higher than the 2.5 CSU minimum (CA high school graduates or CA residents) and 3.0 GPA (for non-CA high school graduates or non-resident of CA) for admission to the campus and specific programs. Click here for more information about Fresno State’s admission selection process
  • Fresno State will determine eligibility using an Admission Score (GPA x 800), where the GPA is earned in “a-g” courses taken the summer after the 9th grade through the summer after the 11th grade, to meet the Admission Score set by the University or programs
  • All applicants in our “local area” with an “a-g” GPA of 2.0 and above will benefit from an additional 100 Local Advantage Points towards their admission score.  

IF Fresno State has the capacity to admit students with less than a 2.5 GPA (CA high school graduates or CA residents) or 3.0 GPA (non-CA high school graduates or non-resident of CA), the following supplemental factor will be used to give students additional points toward their admission score:

  • Extra semesters of “a-g” courses taken in addition to the required 15-unit (30 semesters) comprehensive “a-g” pattern of college preparatory courses with C- or higher grades will receive additional points towards the Admissions Score

To be considered for the supplemental factor, a California high school graduate or resident of California must have a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49, and a non-California high school graduate or non-resident of California must have a GPA between 2.47 and 2.99.

NOTE: The supplemental factor will only be utilized towards meeting the University’s minimum admission score. Students who benefit from the supplemental factor are not guaranteed admission to programs that have higher admission scores than the University minimum. Please select your major carefully. 

Fall 2021 Admission Frequently Asked Questions 

The full list of CSU FAQs can be found here

Q: Can I apply if I have less than a 2.5 GPA in my “a-g” courses?

A: All students who have a  minimum of 2.0 GPA (3.0 for non-CA high school graduates or non-CA residents) in their “a-g” courses are highly encouraged to apply. If Fresno State has the capacity to admit students with a 2.0-2.49 GPA (2.47-2.99 for non-California residents) using supplemental factors in addition to your GPA.

Q: Will I be at a disadvantage if I didn’t take the SAT or ACT?

A: No. Fresno State will not use your test scores to determine your admission eligibility.


To review the CSU minimum first-time freshman requirement, visit

To review the CSU fall 2021 first-time freshman guidance, visit

For first-time freshman frequently asked questions, visit


Freshmen CSU Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete A-G course requirement with a C or better grades (see below)
  • Meet eligibility index (see below)
  • A high school diploma or passing the California High School Proficiency Examination or complete a General Education Development program (GED)

Subject Requirements

The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or better is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.

Area and Years
Area Subject Years
Total Required Courses 15
A History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science) 2
B English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)  4
C Math (4 years recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year) 3
D Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science) 2
E Language Other than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable) 2
F Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art) 1
G College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the University of California"a-g" list) 1

There are career and technical education (CTE) courses that can be used to meet any of the subject area requirements listed above. Please refer to for the entire listing of approved courses.


Your grade point average is calculated on Your grade point average is calculated on all a-g courses completed after your 9th grade. When filling out your admission application, your GPA should include your a-g courses taken the summer after 9th grade through the end of your 11th grade.

Point Values

Grade and points
Grade Points
A 4
B 3
C 2
D 1
F 0

Honors, AP, College, or IB Classes

  • In your calculation, add an extra point to any approved honors, AP, college or IB grades used to satisfy A-G requirements in which you received a grade of C or better. For example, a B in AP Government would have a point value of 4 instead of 3.
  • Up to 8 semesters can be awarded extra points in your GPA calculation.
  • Up to four approved honors courses taken in the 10th grade can be given extra points.
  • No extra points are added to grades of D or lower.
  • In order to be an "approved honors level course," that high school course must be identified as honors level on your official high school "a-g" course list. You can find your school's course list at

More about GPA calculation and to use the Cal State Apply GPA Calculator

Admission to Fresno State is competitive in all majors because Fresno State continues to have more qualified applicants than can be accommodated by state funding. This situation is called "impaction' and it means that meeting the minimum CSU minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to Fresno State. To learn more about the Admissions Selection Process, visit our Freshman Impaction Information.