Office of Admissions

Freshmen Requirements

CPP Eligibility Index

CSU Eligibility

Freshmen must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements listed below as the first step in being considered for admission. In addition to these requirements, Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) has implemented a  multifactor admissions (MFA) evaluation process to evaluate Freshmen applicants. All admission requirements have to be met by an applicants high school graduation.

A-G Course Work

CPP Eligibility Index

Grade Point Average


SAT/ACT Test Scores


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.

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.

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.

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.

The points given are as follows:

  • 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 via the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with a score of 3 or better or by
  • Passing higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations with scores of 4 or higher.
  • Taking college courses while in high school and, if transferable, they may be counted toward your bachelor's degree.