Livermore High School

California State University (CSU)

The California State University system currently consists of 23 campuses.  Students must complete 15 a-g subject requirements and meet the Eligibility Index Table (GPA and SAT or ACT) to be considered for admission to the CSU's.  The minimum GPA is 2.0. 


The CSU system does not use comprehensive review, and admits on the basis of GPA and test scores alone (except Cal Poly SLO, which asks a few questions about extracurricular activities).  Letters of Recommendation are not required.


Application available: October 1

Application submission: October 1

Application deadline: November 30


There are two ways to apply to a school within the California State University system:


  • Apply at the Cal State Apply website at  Cal State Apply provides a user friendly application page for all entering freshman.  Through this site, students can get information on planning for college, selecting the appropriate CSU campus to attend, planning how to finance their educations, and applying for admission.


  • You can apply to the CSUs directly through the, which offers a host of other resources. 


TIP!  Create an account at as early as your freshman year.  Update information in "Your profile" and "Your Plan of Study" as you go through high school.  When you apply to the CSUs through CaliforniaColleges, this information will migrate to your application, saving you a lot of time!


This website offers comprehensive career, college, and financial aid planning tools and resources, as well as the ability to track your high school academic record.  In June 2017, new features will be added, including a "My Experiences" section that offers the ability to track volunteer, service, and other activity hours. There will also be a new application articulation with the California Community Colleges.




CSU-UC Comparison of Admission Requirements for Freshman Admission