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Admissions to CSULB

Student Applicants

Students congregate around Prospector Pete Statue

Subject Requirements

The California State University requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of "C" or higher, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.

  • Social Science - 2 years to include 1 year of U.S. History and/or Government
  • English – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years to include algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
  • Science – 2 years with laboratory to include 1 year of biological science and 1 year physical science
  • Foreign Language – 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence).
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 1 year-long course in which the second semester builds on the first from a single VPA area to include art, dance, drama/theater, or music
  • Electives – 1 year selected from the areas above

Foreign Language Waiver

The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate competence in a language other than English equivalent to or higher than expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. Students should consult with their school counselor or any CSU campus admission or relations with schools office for further information.

Admision Requirement for Students with Disabilities

California residents who may not meet the regular admission requirements due to a disability but are "otherwise qualified" may appeal for special admission consideration. A student wishing to be considered for special admission to CSULB must apply through regular admission procedures and in accordance with all deadlines specified by the Admissions Office. The Disabled Student Services Office facilitates this process. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and admissions decisions are made by the Admissions Office. For more information, contact (562) 985-5401 or or go to Brotman Hall, Room 270.

Honors Courses

Grades, in up to eight semester courses designated as honors courses in approved subjects and taken in the last two years of high school, receive additional points in grade-point average calculations. Each unit of A in approved courses will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; C, 3 points; D, 1 point; and none for F grades.

High School Students - Young Scholars Program

Students still enrolled in high school will be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate CSULB department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment. More information is available from the Office of University Outreach and School Relations at (562) 985-5358 or

Transfer Policies of CSU campuses

Authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each California State University (CSU) campus. Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education is accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU.

General education requirements are the same for all CSU campuses, so California community college articulations of general education of general education courses (about one third of degree requirements) are handled centrally and may be accessed at

Campuses may enter into articulation agreements on either a course for course or program to program basis. Such articulations are common between CSU campuses and any or all of the California community colleges, but may exist between CSU campuses and other institutions. Established CSU/CCC articulations may be found on

No more than 70 semester units may be transferred to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, e.g., community colleges. Given the university’s 30-unit residency requirement, no more than 90 total units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

Provisional Admission

California State University, Long Beach may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final two years of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduation from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all course work has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to the deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student’s first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts, and cancel any university registration for any student who is found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and received a diploma from high school, have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subject, and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.