Office of Admissions

Freshmen Requirements

CPP Eligibility Index

CPP Eligibility Index

Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) has implemented a new multifactor admissions (MFA) evaluation process for Fall 2021 to evaluate First-Time Freshmen applicants for CSU minimum requirements and additional impaction requirements. The new MFA process excludes ACT/SAT scores and instead relies on both academic and non-academic student variables when evaluating an applicant’s admissibility.

The A-G requirements, also called Academic Subject Requirements, represent the minimum academic preparation you must meet to be eligible for admission to the California State University (CSU) system. Students must also complete this A-G college preparatory pattern of courses with grades of C- or better:

A-G Requirements

A-G  Subject & Requirement
A Two years of history - One year of world or European history, cultures and geography, and one year of U.S. history or one half-year of U.S. history and one half-year of American government or civics
B Four years of English
C Three years of mathematics (four years recommended) - Must include algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra
D Two years of science (three years recommended) - Must include two years of laboratory science, however additional years can include a range of disciplines such as: applied science, engineering, computer science, and other integrated science courses
E Two years of a language other than English (three years recommended) - The second year or higher of the same language must be completed to fulfill this requirement
F One year of visual and performing arts - A yearlong course chosen from the following disciplines: dance, drama/theater, music, visual art, or interdisciplinary arts
G One year of college-preparatory electives

For A-G requirement details, visit and to see if your particular high school course meets an A-G requirement, visit

The California State University (CSU) will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the Fall 2021 admission cycle.

To be considered for admissions to Cal Poly Pomona, all applicants must meet the minimum CSU eligibility requirements. Once an applicant’s CSU eligibility has been determined, they will then be assessed based on a combination of their high school GPA and additional Cal Poly Pomona selection criteria.

GPA Requirements
You must receive a 2.5 GPA (3.0 for non-California residents) or higher in the 15 required “a-g” subject courses, with no grade lower than a C-. Additional factors will be considered for applicants with a GPA between 2.0 to 2.49 (2.47 to 2.99 for non-California residents).

Additional Criteria
The following Cal Poly Pomona selection criteria is taken into admission consideration:
  • Academic grade point average in all completed math courses, including math and quantitative reasoning (approved Area C and Area G) courses taken.
  • Priority to students from our local area.
  • Your experiences and special circumstances such as military status, first generation to attend college, work experience, foster youth, extra-curricular activities, leadership positions, work related to major, approved campus partnerships and high school educational programs.


Similar to the academic criteria, we use self-reported information from your application. If the items cannot be determined from your transcript, we may verify with your high school or request supporting documentation.

Cal Poly Pomona utilizes coursework taken from grades 9 – 12 to count towards the A-G course requirements. The GPA used for admission is calculated based on grades earned in A-G courses taken after grade 9.

California residents and graduates of California high schools will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater “A-G” GPA.

Non-California residents may be eligible for admission to the CSU by earning a 3.00 or greater “A-G” GPA.

Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 will be evaluated for admission based on our MFA model.

Any non-California high school graduate or non-resident of California earning a GPA between 2.47 and 2.99 will be evaluated for admission based on our MFA model.

All local applicants will receive additional consideration during the admission process. For further information please visit our local student page.

After you submit your Cal State Apply application, CPP will request that you submit your foreign transcripts. The Office of Admissions will convert your native grades to an equivalent US GPA, then apply it into the MFA model.

Yes, you may submit such test scores. However, it will NOT be used for admission purposes. If admitted, these scores maybe used for first year course placement.

Pass/Credit grades will be accepted for only the terms disrupted by COVID 19 (Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020). Such marks will not be calculated into your overall GPA but will be counted as satisfying the specific course requirement.

With the closure of K-12 schools across the country, cancellation of ACT and SAT standardized testing, and disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSU is temporarily suspending the use of ACT/SAT test scores in determining admission eligibility for the Fall 2021 first-time freshmen (FTF) cohort.

The California State University (CSU) will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the Fall 2021, Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 admission cycles.

Each CSU may have different criteria and will evaluate admission differently. Please check with each campus that you are considering applying to. 

Advanced placement (AP) and honors courses will continue to earn extra GPA points for up to eight semesters of approved honors level, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two approved honors level courses taken in the 10th grade may be given extra points. A grade of D in an honors IB or Advanced Placement course does not earn extra points. Extra points are also awarded for college courses used to meet CSU "A-G" requirements. However, no more than eight (8) extra points may be awarded to any one applicant.

Yes, all CSU campuses allow high school students to earn credit toward their degree. You can earn college credit for completing Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with a score of 3 or better or by passing higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations with passes of 4 or higher. You can also take college courses while in high school and, if transferable, they may be counted toward your bachelor's degree.