Freshman Requirements

For Fall 2021, the 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. Please visit the Multi-factor Admissions Criteria website for detailed information.

Below are requirements based on previous admissions criteria. Please note the above change to 2021 SAT/ACT test scores.

  • You must be a high school graduate.
  • Have taken the SAT or the ACT and have an Eligibility Index of at least 2950 using SAT or 694 using ACT, nonresidents must have 3570 based on the SAT or 842 using ACT (The California State University has an eligibility calculator).
  • Have completed the A-G requirements with grades of C or better. Please visit Cal State Apply for more information.
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher to qualify for regular admission (for California Residents). Nonresidents must have a 2.45 GPA or higher to qualify for regular admission. Your GPA is based on your college preparatory 10th-12th grades. Honors points may be awarded for up to eight-semester grades of C or better in approved honors courses taken in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

All admissions requirements must be met by the end of the term/semester prior to enrollment. No summer coursework is allowed for eligibility purposes for fall terms.

Please note: Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to CSU Monterey Bay.