Freshman Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines:



Open Date



Students outside the U.S.

October 1

June 1

Students in the U.S.

October 1

August 1


All students

August 1

November 1


You are an International Student if:

You are not a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident (Green Card)
You hold or intend to hold non-immigrant F-1 or J-1 visa status while you are studying at CSU Fresno.


How to Apply

1. Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $70 USD (non-refundable) by credit card.


Submit the Paper Application. To avoid errors, please type your information in the fillable form.  Then, pay $70 USD (non-refundable) at by credit card.  Or, it can be paid by check, money order, or bank draft.  Please make it payable to "California State University, Fresno".

2. Official English language proficiency - Institutional Code: 4312

(also mail in an unofficial score report along with other required documents). 

Accepted English Proficiency Exams

TOEFL – 61 iBT, or

IELTS – 6.0 or with 5.5 Band score in each section, or

SAT I - Reading and Writing of 550, or

ACT - English 22, or

AP English Language and Composition - 3 or higher, or

AP English Literature and Composition - 3 or higher, or

GTEC (Global Test of English Communication) - 1095, or

IB Eng A Language and Literature - HL4, or

IB Eng A Literature - HL4, or

Fresno State's American English Institute - Advanced Level, or

ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or

FLS International Language School – Level 16, or

TLC The Language Company – Level 9, or

UC Davis IEPP - Level 800, or

UCLA Extension - Level 6, or

Pearson's Test of English – 45, or

iTEP - 3.6, or

Eiken - Grade Pre-1

For English language proficiency exemptions, please click here

I. Applicants studied (or currently studying) in US high schools for three or more years.

II. Applicants who demonstrate 3 years of full-time academic study in the following countries/regions where the language of instruction was English: 

Australia; Canada (Quebec needs English Demonstration); Ireland; New Zealand; UK; Antigua; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Botswana; Dominica; Gambia; Ghana; Grand Cayman Is.; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Mauritius; Nigeria; Scotland; Sierra Leone; South Africa; St. Kitt; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & Grenadines; Trinidad & Tobago; Uganda; Virgin Islands; Wales; Zambia; Zimbabwe. 


3. Original or certificated copies of in-progress or final transcripts:

High school (or secondary and higher secondary) transcripts, mark sheets or grade reports with literal English translation.

4. A copy of graduation certificate (if applicable).

5. Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study. For details, please review the estimated yearly cost table.

6. A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport.

7. Statement of purpose, principal's or teacher's recommendation is encouraged not required.


Contact Information

* Please scan and email the unofficial documents (including the TOEFL or IELTS score reports) to the following International Admissions Officers: 

Last name begins with alphabet A - D or all Chinese applicants (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)

Danny Wan:

Last name begins with alphabet E - O

Brenton Conner:

Last name begins with alphabet P - Z

Geovany Castillo:

Express mail your official documents to:

California State University, Fresno

International Office

Attention:  International Admissions

5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA56

Fresno, California 93740 USA