First Time Freshmen

Before Applying

Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in joining our Bulldog Family!  There are many things you can do to get ready to join us at Fresno State.  Below are a couple of things you can do to prepare:
  • Don't just visit campus, Take a Tour led by one of our students and find out about the many programs we offer.
  • Want some more information about Fresno State and our programs? Fill out our Information Request Form and join our mailing list.
  • 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

Loca Areas of Admission for First Time Freshmen

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:

School District County
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
Palma High Monterey
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

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 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.

Eligibility index

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
Service Area Index
Out of Area Index
SAT Scores
ACT Scores
SAT Scores
ACT Scores
 Construction Management 3100 735 3500 835
 Geomatics Engineering 3100 735 3300 785
 Mechanical Engineering 3500 835 3900 935
Jordan College of Agriculture
Service Area Index
Out of Area Index
SAT Scores
ACT Scores
SAT Scores
ACT Scores
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
 Fashion Merchandising 3100 735 3200 760
Food Science & Nutrition        
 Food Science Option 3100 735 3500 835
Industrial Technology        
 Industrial Technology 3100 735 3500 835
Health & Human Services
Service Area Index
Out of Area Index
SAT Scores
ACT Scores
SAT Scores
ACT Scores
 Exercise Science  3500  835  3900  935
Communicative Disorders        
 Deaf Studies  3100  735  3500  935
 Deaf Education  3100  735  3500  835
 Interpreting  3100  735  3500  835
  Pre-Nursing  3500  835  3900  935



Critical dates

First Time Freshmen Fall 2017 Critical Dates

(Extensions will not be granted on these deadlines)

October 2016

Saturday, October 1
Applications accepted at

November 2016

Wednesday, November 30
Deadline to submit application

December 2016

Admissions will begin to notify applicants of their admission status

February 2017

Thursday, February 2
Application fees, residency information (if required) and December SAT or ACT scores must be postmarked by this date

March 2017

Wednesday, March 15
Applicant acceptance of admission decision using online Accept/Decline and registration of mandatory DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation begins

May 2017

Last 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
Monday, May 8
Registration of Early Start courses at Fresno State begins.

June 2017

DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation sessions begin
Friday, June 30
Deadline for conditionally admitted first time freshmen to submit final official high school transcript

July 2017

Early Start courses at Fresno State begin for students that require Math and/or English remediation

August 2017

Early Start requirement for eligible freshmen must be completed



Applying to the Fresno State

How to apply

Fresno State's admission application can be found at
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

Freshmen Admissions Guide can be found here.

After your application has been submitted

After your application is submitted

Create your Fresno State student account at
Access your Student Center:
  1. Click My Menu
  2. Click Student Self Service
  3. Click Student Center
Once on the Center page, you can view:
  • To Do List
  • Application Status
  • Important Info and Holds
  • Dog Days Registration Info
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
Visit and click on Events for a list of Next Step webinars.

Create Fresno State e-mail account

Campus email can be accessed from or by visiting Email should be checked often. Most Fresno State offices will only correspond through the student email account.

How to check your application status

I’ve submitted my application. How do I know if Fresno State has received everything they need to review my application?
  • Once logged in, click on Student Self Service and then Student CenterApplication Status
  • Once on your Student Center, click on ‘My Admissions and Program Applications’ to view your application status by clicking on Univ Application StatusApplication Status
(Also on the To Do List to the right you can click on details to see which office is asking for the specific item)

Application Status

Application review process

Complete applications will be reviewed based on self-reported information from the Cal State Apply application. Please be sure to provide accurate information since it will be used to determine if we can  offer you conditional admission.

           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.

           Official Transcripts
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


Remediation courses

For complete list of Remediation Courses please click here


First time freshmen students who have been conditionally admitted to California State University, Fresno will need to complete the following steps to secure their space for the fall 2017 semester.

Beginning March 15th, the following three tasks must be completed online at
  • ACCEPT admission to the university
  • REGISTER for DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation
  • PAY for orientation session
Follow the instructions below to ACCEPT, REGISTER, and PAY via your Fresno State portal

  • Visit 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.
(If a student logs off after they ACCEPT their admission, they can log back into their Student Center and register for DOG DAYS by clicking on the Dog Days Orientation link found under “My Admissions and Program Applications.”)

For questions, please contact us at (559) 278-2261 or email Be sure to include Fresno State student ID number when emailing our office.

Dog Days


Early Start