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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 the 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 an Appointment with one of our Undergraduate Admissions Counselors who can assist you as you prepare to apply to Fresno State.

In addition to these services, visit our Undergraduate Student Recruitment for more
information on admissions eligibility and costs.


California State University, Fresno is designated as a program impacted campus at both the first-time freshmen and upper division transfer levels. It is important that you find out about our impaction criteria. For additional impaction information please click here.


Admission Requirements

  • Complete A-G course requirement with a C or better grades
  • 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 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 https://www.ucop.edu/agguide/ 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 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 www.ucop.edu/agguide/.

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


Eligibility Index Calculator

Grade Point Average

Your official GPA for admission to any California State University, including Fresno State, may be different than the GPA on your high school transcript. This is because we calculate your high school GPA using your 10th–11th grade a–g courses.

Also, honors points for A, B and C grades are awarded for a maximum of eight semester courses taken in 11th and 12th grades, including up to two IB or AP courses, or honors courses with 11th or 12th grade content taken in the 10th grade.

Estimate your GPA using the CSU Grade Point Average Calculator.

Use the formulas below to determine your Eligibility Index. Remember not to include ACT or SAT Reasoning writing scores.

If you took the SAT prior to March 2016:

(High School GPA X 800) + (SAT Critical Reading + Math Score) = Eligibility Index

If you took the Redesigned SAT:(High School GPA X 800) + (SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) + Math Score) = Eligibility Index

If you took the ACT:
(High School GPA X 200) + (10 X ACT Composite Score) = Eligibility Index

Senior Checklist

Fall 2018 Senior Checklist

  Date Description
checkbox 8/18 - 12/18 Register and take the ACT or SAT as soon as possible and preferably no later than December.
checkbox 10/1/18 - 11/30/18 Complete your admission application at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply October 1 - November 30. Sign up for a webinar to assist you completing your application http://fresnostate.edu/are/events/webinars.html
checkbox 10/1/18 - 11/30/18 If applicable, complete the EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) application at http://www.calstate.edu/apply
checkbox 10/1/18 - 3/2/19 Start or submit FAFSA (Financial Aid) application at www.fafsa.ed.gov
checkbox 10/1/18- 3/2/19 Apply for Fresno State scholarships at www.fresnostate.edu/scholarships
checkbox 10/1/18- 12/13/18 If applicable, complete Smittcamp Family Honors Scholarship application at www.fresnostate.edu/scholarships
checkbox 10/1/18- 2/15/2019 Open a Fresno State email account at at https://my.fresnostate.edu after receiving acknowledgment letter to track the progress of your application. Sign up for a "Next Step" webinar to help you navigate the admission process http://fresnostate.edu/are/events/webinars.html
checkbox 12/1/18- 2/15/2019 Register for Preview day at http://previewday.gotofresnostate.com/


 Spring 2019 Checklist

  Date Description
checkbox 2/2/19

Submit admission documents, SAT and/or ACT official scores.


checkbox 3/2/19 If not already done, submit FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov
checkbox 3/15/19- 5/1/19 Accept your admissions to Fresno State at https://my.fresnostate.edu
checkbox 3/15/19- 5/1/19 Register and pay for Dog Days (mandatory new student orientation) https://my.fresnostate.edu
checkbox 3/23/19 Attend Preview Day at Fresno State
checkbox 5/19-6/19 If applicable, register for Early Start Program class(es)
checkbox 6/19-8/19 Attend Dog Days
checkbox 6/19-8/19 If applicable, attend Early Start Program

How to apply

Fresno State's admission application can be found at www.calstate.edu/apply
For help completing your Cal State Apply application, visit Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center or contact Undergraduate Student Recruitment at 559.278.2048.

After your application is submitted

Create your Fresno State student account at MyFresnoState

Access your Student Center:

  1. Click on My Menu
  2. Click on Student Self Service
  3. Click on Student Center

Once on the Student Center page, you can view:

  • To Do List
  • Application Status
  • Important Info and Holds
  • Dog Days Registration Info
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships

Visit www.gotofresnostate.com and click on Events for a list of Next Step webinars.

Create Your Fresno State e-mail account

Campus email can be accessed from my.fresnostate.edu or by visiting http://mail.fresnostate.edu. 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?

STEP 1: 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/ MyFresnoState login
STEP 2: Click on "Student Self Service" check-app-stat-2
STEP 3: Click on "Student Center" check-app-stat-3
STEP 4: Click on ‘My Admissions and Program Applications’ to view your application status by clicking on "Univ Application Status" check-app-stat-4
STEP 5: Click on "details" in your To Do list on the right-hand side of your Student Center for detailed information on each to-do item check-app-stat-5

Application review process

Complete applications will be reviewed based on self-reported information from the Cal State Apply application. Students are responsible for providing the most accurate information which is used to determine admissions eligibility.

Accept/Decline and Dog Days Orientation
Students offered conditional admission must accept or decline their admission offer. Students who accept their offer must also register and pay for a mandatory Dog Day new student orientation by May 1st via their online Student Center.

Official Transcripts
Students who have accepted their admission and completed all required steps by the May 1 st deadline are required to submit final official high school transcripts by June 30th. Final official transcripts must show their high school graduation date.

Check your MyFresnoState Student Center

Please check your Student Center often for updated To Do items and Important Info & Holds.


First-time freshman applicants who have been conditionally admitted to Fresno State must complete the following steps to secure their space for the fall 2018 semester.

Beginning March 15th , the following three tasks must be completed by May 1st online through the student’s my.fresnostate.edu account:

  • ACCEPT admission to the university
  • REGISTER for DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation
  • PAY for DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation

Follow the instructions below to ACCEPT your admissions, REGISTER and PAY for Dog Days via your Fresno State student portal

  • Login to your https://my.fresnostate.edu
  • Under My Menu on the left-hand side, click on Student Self Service
  • Click on Student Center
  • Click on the green arrow next to My Admissions and Program Applications
  • Click on the Accept/Decline link and follow the instructions to accept your admission
  • After admissions 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. Students must register and pay for an orientation session by May 1st to complete acceptance to Fresno State

(If a student logs off after they ACCEPT their admissions, they are able to log back into their Student Center and register and pay 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 us at admissions@csufresno.edu. Please be sure to include your Fresno State student ID number when emailing our office.

Dog Days

 For more information on Dog Days, please visit the Dog Days website.

College Readiness (Early Start)

 For more information on Early Start, please visit the Early Start website.

If you were denied admissions and are still interested in attending Fresno State, you can submit a new
application when you have met the admission requirements as an upper-division transfer applicant.

Upper-division Transfer Requirements:
California State University, Fresno is designated as a program impacted campus at both the first-time
freshmen and upper division transfer levels. It is important that you find out about our impaction
criteria. You can read more about impaction for transfer students.


  Admission Requirements
checkbox Meet upper division transfer requirement
  • Completion of 60 or more transferable units (90 quarter units).
  • Completion of a minimum of 30-semester units (45 quarter units) of General Education (G.E.).
  • Completion of the four Foundation classes (area A1, A2, A3 & B4) with a grade of C or better. (Engineering majors are exempt from A3)
checkbox Meet GPA requirement
checkbox Be in "good standing" at the last college or university attended. Good standing means you are eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university

You may appeal your denial decision within 15 days from the date of your denial letter or email.
Instructions on how to appeal your admission decision.

October 1, 2018 Applications accepted at www.calstate.edu/apply
December 15, 2018 Extended deadline to submit the application for First Time Freshmen
February 2019 Admissions will begin to notify applicants on their admission status
February 2, 2019 DOCUMENT DEADLINE:
SAT/ACT test scores. December SAT and/or ACT scores must be postmarked by this date
March 15, 2019 Applicant acceptance of admission decision using online Accept/Decline and registration for mandatory Dog Days. New Student Orientation begins
May 1, 2019 Deadline to conditionally admitted first-time freshmen to accept their admissions and register and pay for Dog Days. New Student Orientation online at   my.fresnostate.edu
May 8, 2019 Registration of Early Start Courses at Fresno State begins.
June 2019 DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation sessions begin
For conditionally admitted first-time freshmen to submit final official high school transcript and college transcripts if applicable
July 2019 Early Start courses at Fresno State begin for students that require development Math and/or English
August 2019 Early Start requirement for eligible freshmen must be completed