Prepare for College
It is never too early to plan for college. If you take the right courses and are aware of required tests from the beginning of your high school career, you can make a smooth transition in to the university. Some students and their families begin to plan as early as the sixth grade.
Developing a good set of study skills and setting a higher standard for the grades you earn can be an important factor for getting into the university that you choose. Families can help by allowing students time during the week to focus on their schoolwork and by encouraging academic achievement.
Find out if there are any programs or clubs available at your school to support students who are interested in going to college and join them. (AVID, Future Leaders, etc.)
This may also me a good time to begin saving for college expenses.
Begin to study college entrance exams. Tutorial books and courses are available for both the SAT and ACT.
Take the opportunity to participate in the EAP in the 11th grade. You may earn exemptions from CSU-required English and math placement tests.
Additional planning tools may be found at Cal State Apply.
CSUSB is an impacted campus. This means we receive far more applications from CSU qualified students than we can register in classes. Additional admission standards have been set for students graduating from California high schools outside of our defined local area.
Students must also complete this A-G college preparatory pattern of courses with grades of “C-” or better:
Acceptable courses from your high school may be found at University of California A-G Guide.
Local Area Applicants:
- For all non-impacted majors, applicants graduating from a high school within CSUSB’s defined local area will be required to meet a minimum 2.50 GPA to be reviewed for admission.
- Students whose GPA’s are between 2.00 - 2.49 will be considered as space is available after a review of the overall applicant pool.
- A combination of additional applicant attributes such as work experience, and participation in educational programs, veterans status, etc. may be used to determine eligibility for admission to the campus and major you are applying for.
Out of Local Area Applicants:
- The minimum qualifying GPA for applicants graduating from a High School outside of the defined local area will vary depending on the number of qualified applicants received at the end of the priority application filing period and enrollment limits.
- For non-impacted majors, a GPA of minimally a 3.0 is required for application review.
- Students whose GPA’s are between 2.5 - 2.99 will be considered as space is available after a review of the overall applicant pool.
A combination of additional applicant attributes such as work experience, and participation in educational programs, veterans status, etc. may be used to determine eligibility for admission to the campus and major you are applying for.