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Freshman Requirements and Deadlines

Freshman applicants must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements listed below as the first step in being considered for admission. If you meet the minimum CSU requirements, Cal Poly Pomona will consider your application using supplemental criteria that may vary depending on the academic major you have chosen.

Minimum CSU Eligibility Requirements

Freshman applicants must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements listed below as the first step in being considered for admission. If you meet the minimum CSU requirements, Cal Poly Pomona will consider your application using supplemental criteria that may vary depending on the academic major you have chosen.

You are considered a freshman applicant if you will have attained a high school diploma or GED and have NOT attended a college or university since high school graduation. As a freshman applicant, you must:

  1. Graduate from high school by the end of the spring term before fall enrollment
  2. Complete each of the following A-G courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C or higher before high school graduation
    1. 2 /yrs 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. 4 /yrs English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)
    3. 3 /yrs Math (4 years recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics
    4. 2 /yrs Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)
    5. 2 /yrs Language Other than English years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable
    6. 1 /yr Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art)
    7. 1 /yr College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the University of California "a-g" list)
  3. Submit Advance Placement (AP) courses fo GPA consideration.
  4. Complete and submit your ACT or SAT scores as early as possible but no later than January 31. For more information on these tests, check out the College Board or ACT websites.
    • SAT - 4082
    • CSUMentor - 3594
    • ACT - 0202
  5. Have a minimum 2900 "Eligibility Index" to be considered. The "Eligibility Index" is based on a formula that combines your achievement in high school college preparatory courses with your SAT I or ACT test scores. Use the calculator below to see your CSU Eligibility Index (EI) number:

    Your Self-Reported Eligibility Index Number:

Local vs. Non-Local Admission

For academic programs that are not listed above as impacted at the program level, applicants who graduate from local high schools are admitted based on CSU eligibility requirements and do not have to complete the supplemental criteria.

For applicants who graduate from a high school in another country, another state or outside of Cal Poly Pomona's locally defined area, admissions are based on a rank ordering of Eligibility Index. Admissions are made until the maximum number of new students has been met. For information about the schools in Cal Poly Pomona's locally defined area, go to Local Area Schools.

Out-of-State Applicants

Cal Poly Pomona welcomes applicants from across the US and globe! Those applying from the western United States have an additional opportunity for non-resident tuition reduction. The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program allows qualified students throughout the western United States (and select US territories) to enroll at a reduced tuition rate while seeking their first undergraduate degree. For more information on requirements and selection, visit our WUE webpage.

Impacted Majors

Students applying to impacted majors may have to meet additional admissions criteria and may have to complete additional coursework to be eligible for admission.

Please visit our Impacted Majors page.

College Board Advance Placement (AP) Examination Credit

Cal Poly Pomona grants credit toward graduation for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will receive college credit.

For specific information on Advanced Placement credit Click here