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Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Freshmen

The College of Business Administration (CBA) welcomes all students to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.  The CBA provides well-rounded curricula that prepare students for the competitive world of business.  The CBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) based on the academic and professional qualifications of our faculty and the achievement of learning goals by our students. The CBA is rated as one of the Best 296 Business Schools by Princeton Review, 2013 Edition.

Q: What are the admission requirements for CSULB?
A: To be considered for admission, all first-time freshmen must first meet CSULB minimum requirements which include: successfully completing with a "C" or higher the high school college preparatory course pattern; and a minimum eligibility index of 3200. The formula for calculating the Eligibility Index is as follows:
(College Prep GPA X 800) + SAT Verbal + SAT MATH

For more information, please visit the CSU Admissions website.
Q: Are there any additional requirements for First-Time Freshmen who want to major in business?
A: Aside from meeting the CSULB minimum requirements listed above, there are no additional requirements for freshmen applicants wishing to major in business.
Q: What are my chances of being admitted to CSULB and the CBA?
A: Applicants who meet the minimum CSULB criteria above will be considered based on their intended major and eligibility index. Applicants who are considered “local” based on their high school of graduation or military status will be offered admission to CBA if they meet the CSULB minimum Eligibility Index of 3200. Other applicants will be ranked by their Eligibility Index and will be offered admission on a space-available basis. The CBA is not currently at capacity, so it is a good time to apply as the likelihood of admission is increased!  
Q: How do I know if I am considered a “local” applicant?
A: Beginning Fall 2013, CSULB will determine “Local Preference” for freshmen and transfer applicants for admission consideration based on their high school of graduation or status as a military veteran. For freshmen, geographic boundaries previously used to determine local-area high schools will remain in place. For the “local” area map, please visit, 2012 Local Admission Area Schools and District Map
Q: Do I have to declare a major for Business Administration when I apply to CSULB?
A: Yes. Applying via CSU Mentor presents 8 major options for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree:  1) Business: Accountancy BS, 2) Business: Finance BS, 3) Business: Human Resource Management BS, 4) Business: Information Systems BS, 5) Business: International Business BS, 6) Business: Management BS, 7) Business: Marketing BS, and 8) Business: Operations & Supply Chain Management BS.  Your major option does not determine your admissions eligibility.

Admission to CBA will be to a “pre-major” status. To continue in your major option, you will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements that will indicate your ability to succeed and complete the major option. Please note that major options can be changed.
Q: Why should I choose the College of Business Administration?
A: The CBA extends the classroom through a variety of co-curricular activities.  CBA student organizations are award-winning and highly connected to our Corporate Partners.  The Student Center for Professional Development provides students with the opportunity to gain leadership skills, to fine tune business etiquette and networking skills, and to be mentored by one of our Corporate Partners.