First Time Freshmen
- Don't just visit campus, Take a Tour led by one of our students and find out about the many programs we offer.
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- Almost ready to apply? Before you do, Request and Appointment with one of our Undergraduate Admissions Counselors who can assist you as you prepare to apply to Fresno State.
In addition to all these activities you can do, visit our Undergraduate Student Recruitment page and find out all the information you need on admissions eligibility and costs.
Fall 2017 Program Impaction
Fall 2017 application cycle is open until November 30, 2016. Information on this page is not finalized and is subject to change.
California State University, Fresno is designated as a program impacted campus at both the first-time freshmen and upper division transfer levels.
First Time Freshmen must meet course requirements and an eligibility index based on their GPA and SAT and/or ACT in order to be considered for admission to Fresno State.
Based on the University’s enrollment capacity projections, the minimum eligibility for fall 2017 is as follows:
Local minimum eligibility index: 3100
Non-local minimum eligibility index: 3900
Some programs have higher eligibility indices (see below).
List of schools defined local area
Local area first time freshmen will be admitted if they apply by November 30th and meet admission requirements. Local area is defined as students from the following counties:
|All high schools||Fresno|
|All high schools||Kings|
|All high schools||Madera|
|All high schools||Tulare|
|Bakersfield Christian High||Kern|
|Central Catholic High (Modesto)||Stanislaus|
|Ceres Unified School District||Stanislaus|
|Delano Joint Union High School District||Kern|
|Delhi Unified School District||Merced|
|Dos Palos Unified School District||Merced|
|Garces Memorial High||Kern|
|Gonzales Unified School District||Monterey|
|Kern Union High School District||Kern|
|King City Joint Union High School District||Monterey|
|Le Grand Union High School District||Merced|
|Lincoln Unified School District||San Joaquin|
|Linden Unified School District||San Joaquin|
|Lodi Unified School District||San Joaquin|
|Lompoc Unified School District||Santa Barbara|
|Los Banos Unified School District||Merced|
|Manteca Unified School District||San Joaquin|
|Mariposa County Unified School District||Mariposa|
|McFarland Unified School District||Kern|
|Merced Union High School District||Merced|
|Modesto City High School District||Stanislaus|
|North Monterey County Unified School District||Monterey|
|Notre Dame High (Salinas)||Monterey|
|Oakdale Joint Unified School District||Stanislaus|
|Pajaro Valley Unified School District||Santa Cruz|
|Paso Robles Joint Unified School District||San Luis Obispo|
|Salinas Union High School District||Monterey|
|San Benito High School District||San Benito|
|Santa Maria Joint Union High School District||Santa Barbara|
|Soledad Unified School District||Monterey|
|Sonora Unified School District||Tuolumne|
|Stockton City Unified School District||San Joaquin|
|Tehachapi Unified School District||Kern|
|Tracy Joint Unified School District||San Joaquin|
|Turlock Unified School District||Stanislaus|
|Wasco Union High School District||Kern|
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.
|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 www.ucop.edu/doorways for the entire listing of approved courses.
Eligibility Index - Fall 2017
Local Minimum Eligibility Index: 3100
Out of Area Minimum Eligibility Index: 3900
Program Specific Minimum Eligibility Index
|Lyles College of Engineering||
|Jordan College of Agriculture||
|Animal Sciences & Ag Education|
|Ag Education - Ag Communication||3200||760||3400||810|
|Ag Education - Teacher Prep||3200||760||3400||810|
|Animal Sciences - Production Mgnt||3200||760||3400||810|
|Animal Sciences - Basic Animal Science||3300||785||3400||810|
|Animal Sciences - Pre-Vet||3600||860||3800||910|
|Child, Family, & Consumer Sciences|
|Pre-Child & Family Science||3500||835||3600||860|
|Food Science & Nutrition|
|Food Science Option||3100||735||3500||835|
|Health & Human Services||
First Time Freshmen Fall 2017 Critical Dates
(Extensions will not be granted on these deadlines)
October 2016Saturday, October 1
Applications accepted at www.calstate.edu/apply
November 2016Wednesday, November 30
Deadline to submit application
December 2016Admissions will begin to notify applicants of their admission status
February 2017Thursday, February 2
Application fees, residency information (if required) and December SAT or ACT scores must be postmarked by this date
March 2017Wednesday, March 15
Applicant acceptance of admission decision using online Accept/Decline and registration of mandatory DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation begins
May 2017Last ELM and EPT test date to take for placement in Math and English
Monday, May 1
Deadline for conditionally admitted first time freshmen to accept their admission and register and pay for DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation online at my.fresnostate.edu
Monday, May 8
Registration of Early Start courses at Fresno State begins.
June 2017DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation sessions begin
Friday, June 30
Deadline for conditionally admitted first time freshmen to submit final official high school transcript
July 2017Early Start courses at Fresno State begin for students that require Math and/or English remediation
August 2017Early Start requirement for eligible freshmen must be completed
Applying to the Fresno State
How to apply
For help completing your Cal State Apply application, call 1.800.GO.TO.XAP (1.800.468.6927) or contact Undergraduate Student Recruitment at 559.278.2048.
Freshmen Admissions Guide
After your application has been submitted
After your application is submitted
Access your Student Center:
- Click My Menu
- Click Student Self Service
- Click Student Center
- To Do List
- Application Status
- Important Info and Holds
- Dog Days Registration Info
- Financial Aid
Create Fresno State e-mail account
How to check your application status
- Visit https://my.fresnostate.edu and log into your Fresno State portal using your Fresno State username and password. This is the same username and password you created for your Fresno State email account at https://email.csufresno.edu/index.php
- Once logged in, click on Student Self Service and then Student Center
- Once on your Student Center, click on ‘My Admissions and Program Applications’ to view your application status by clicking on Univ Application Status
- Pay special attention to any application fee holds because the $55 application fee has to be paid by the document deadline for the semester you are applying for
- If the most recent official transcript you submitted shows any in-progress courses, a Transcript item will remain on your To Do List to remind you that you need to submit a new set of transcripts after the in-progress course is over.
- You should receive an email letting you know that your initial transcripts have been received. If you attended 2 or more schools within a district, you will get separate emails regarding each institution.
- Spring admission – we start reviewing applications and official transcripts around the third week of September and plan to have all applications reviewed by October 31st
- Fall admission – we start reviewing applications and official transcripts around the third week of January and plan to have all applications reviewed by April 15th
Application review process
Accept/Decline and Dog Days Orientation
Students offered conditional admission will be asked to either accept or decline their admission as well as register and pay for a mandatory Dog Days new student orientation by May 1st via their Student Center.
Students who complete the required steps by the May 1st deadline will be required to submit official high school transcripts by June 30th. Official transcripts must show their high school graduation date.
After you've been admitted
Check your MyFresnoState
The EPT fee is $20; the ELM fee is $20
The ELM and EPT are required for all freshmen entering Fresno State. There are exemptions for students who qualify. A short list of exemptions are listed below, for additional exemptions check the Testing Services website.
For a list of exemptions for the ELM and/or EPT exams please visit the Testing Services website or download the Information Bulletin.
To register for the ELM/EPT, please visit the Testing Services website.
*For additional dates at other locations, please click here.
Beginning March 15th, the following three tasks must be completed online at https://my.fresnostate.edu.
- ACCEPT admission to the university
- REGISTER for DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation
- PAY for orientation session
- Visit https://my.fresnostate.edu and click the Sign In button found on the top left-hand side
- Enter Fresno State username and password and click the Login button
- Under My Menu on the left side of the screen, select Student Self Service
- Click on Student Center
- Click on the green arrow next to My Admissions and Program Applications
- Select the Accept/Decline link and follow the instructions to accept or decline your admission.
- After admission has been accepted, the student will see additional screens that will allow them to register and pay for a DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation session. Student must register and pay for an orientation session to complete acceptance to California State University, Fresno.
The steps described above must be completed by June 30th, 2017 in order to avoid having an admission application withdrawn for the fall 2017 semester. If any of the above three steps are not completed, the student will not receive an evaluation of their transfer work and will not be able to register for fall courses.
For questions, please contact us at (559) 278-2261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include Fresno State student ID number when emailing our office.