CSU Eligibility Requirements


1. Earn a high school diploma, or equivalent

Your graduation date must be included in your final transcripts.

2. Complete the required high school courses
with grades of "C-" or better

If you are a student that earned college level credit in the fall term or later following your high school graduation (not including the summer right after you graduate), you will be considered a transfer applicant and need to meet the CSU Eligibility Requirements for Transfer applicants.

For Fall 2020 admits only: SJSU will accept coursework completed during summer 2020 to meet these requirements. SJSU will also accept grades of pass/no pass and credit/no credit earned during winter 2020, spring 2020 and summer 2020 to meet these requirements.

Area  Subject Years Description
a History/Social
2 years required Including one year of U.S. History or U.S. history and government
b  English 4 years required Composition and literature
c  Mathematics 3 years required
(4 years recommended)
Algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra; or integrated mathematics
d  Laboratory Science 2 years required (3 years recommended)  One year of biological science and one year of physical science; both with lab
e Language other
    than English
2 years required Study in the same language
f  Visual and
    Performing Arts
1 year required Select a year-long course from art, theatre/drama, music or dance
g Elective 1 year required Select from the areas a-f (above) or from other approved college prep "A-G" courses


3. Submit SAT or ACT test scores

Request to have your official scores sent from the testing agency by the deadline posted on your MySJSU "To Do List". Listing your scores on your application will not satisfy this deadline. Please note: The SAT/ACT writing portion is not used for admission or placement purposes at SJSU.

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, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.

4. Meet or exceed the CSU Minimum Eligibility Index

(combination of Grade Point Average and official SAT/ACT scores)

Grade Point Average

Your official GPA for admission to SJSU may be different than the GPA on your high school transcript. This is because we calculate your high school GPA using your 10th and 11th grade a-g courses when considering you for admission. 

Minimum Eligibility Index (EI)

To be considered for admission, graduates of California high schools or residents of California, as defined for tuition purposes, must have a minimum eligibility index of 2950 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. Nonresidents who are not graduates of a California high school must have a minimum eligibility index of 3570 using the SAT or 842 using the ACT. The CSU eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:

If you took the SAT...
 GPA x 800
+ your highest SAT math score
+ your highest SAT reading score
= Eligibility Index


If you took the ACT...
GPA x 200
+ average of your highest ACT score results (English, reading, science & math) score x 10 (without the writing score)
= Eligibility Index



Admission Selection Process (Impaction)

Admission to San José State is competitive in all majors because SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. This situation is called "impaction" and it means that meeting the minimum California State University (CSU) requirements does not guarantee admission to SJSU. To learn about impaction at SJSU, visit our Freshman Impaction Information.