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Sending SAT/ACT scores

Release your official scores to your college campuses. 

SAT Scores:

ACT Scores:

CSU EAP (Early Assessment Program) - ELM & EPT - very important

The voluntary Early Assessment Program (EAP) will help students determine if their English and math skills are on target to succeed at the California State University (CSU).  During junior year, if students complete the EAP items on the English and Math Standards Tests they MAY be able to:

  1. Skip the required CSU English and/or math placement tests (EPT and ELM)

    The ELM and EPT are placement tests for math and English respectively for the CSU. Most students will need to take both tests.  There are some exemptions.  Click on the link.

  2. Identify their need for additional preparation to succeed at the CSU while still in high school.
  3. Adjust their senior-year coursework to prepare for CSU
  4. Avoid spending time and money in college remediation courses that do not count toward a bachelo'rs degree.

For more info please visit 

California State University (CSU)

CSU - California State University

  High School Subject Requirements

The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or higher is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.  The minimum GPA requirement for CSU is a 2.0 (C average).  For more information regarding CSU campuses, areas of study and the eligility index please visit the CSU website at 

Want to PLAN ahead?  Access the High School Planner through CSU Mentor:  Explore campuses, check into financial aid programs, enter your high school classes and grades (A-G requirements).  The high school planner is interactive, and will help you stay on track for meeting admission requirements.


CSU Application Process

  • Obtain an unoffical copy of your high school transcript from your parent portal account or the Guidance Office to be used to self-report your classes and grades on your CSU application.
  • Complete application and application fee online.
  • Contact College Board or ACT to have your SAT I or ACT test scores sent to all CSU campuses to which you've applied.
  • Contact College Board/AP Central to have our AP scores sent to all CSU campuses to which you've applied.
  • Take all required ELM (Entry Level Math) and EPT (English Placement Test) by the university posted deadline.  For more on please log onto or
  • Send official transcripts ONLY when your are directed to do so.  CSU will determine your grade point average based on the classes and grades you self report during the application process.  The CSU campus which you commit to attend will prompt you to send an official transcript upon graduation from high school.
  • CSU does not require letters of recommendation or a college essay.


Area Subject Years
a. Social Science (Including 1 year of U.S. History) 2
b. English (College prep; English comp and literature) 4
c. Math (Including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or higher math) 3
d. Laboratory Science (Including 1 year life; 1 year physical) 2
e. Language other than English (same language) 2
f. Visual and performing Art (drama, dance or theatre, music or visual art) 1
g. College Preparatroy Elective (Additional year chosed from the UC A-G list) 1
Total   15 unit pattern of courses


CSU Campuses

Humboldt State University, Chico State University, Sonoma State University, Sacramento State University, Cal Maritime, Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State University, Cal State Stanislas, San Jose State University, Fresno State University, CSU Monterey Bay, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Channel Islands, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills, Long Beach State University, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Marcos, San Diego State University


College Admissions

To be eligible for admission to a four-year university, students must meet subject requirements. These requirements represent the minimum academic standards for eligibility. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to the campus and program of choice often requires students to meet more demanding standards including high entrance examination test scores. All courses taken to satisfy college admission requirements must be completed with a semester grade of C or higher. 

Link to Application

CSU Online Application

You will need an unoffical copy of your transcript to complete this application. You can get this from your parent portal account.

CSU Application Filing Period

October 1st through November 30th 

Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation

Transcripts don't need to be sent to CSU campuses when completing the applications.  Students will self-report their grades. A campus may request a transcript at a later date.  All students must send a final transcript to the campus they choose to attend after graduation.

Letters of Recommendation are not required and not accepted by CSU campuses.  


An undergraduate major or campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications received from fully qualified applicants during the initial filing period exceeds the number of available spaces. Such majors or campuses are authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.

CSU Campus Impaction

CSU Impaction by Major and Campus

The following students were recipients of the President's Scholar Program at Cal State Long Beach :

Nick Thibeault - 2009

Daniel Bergman & Briana Hardtke - 2008

Aleksandria Perez - 2007

Jennifer Hall & Amanda Young - 2003

Jennifer Jaynes & Marcella Soto - 2002