Apply | Freshman

If you are applying from high school, you are eligible if you:

  1. Graduate from high school (diploma or GED)

  2. Complete the required college preparatory courses with a grade of C- or better

  3. Submit SAT or ACT scores and meet or exceed the CSU Eligibility Index


A-G Requirements

Area Subject Years
A History & Social Science (including one year of U.S. history and one semester of civics or American government and one year of social science) 2
B English 4
C Math (algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra or higher) 3
D Laboratory Science (one physical and one biological) 2
E Language other than English (same language) 2
F Visual & Performing Arts 1
G College preparatory elective (chosen from the school’s A-G course list) 1

Complete these required college preparatory courses with a grade of C- or better.

Partial Eligibility Index for CA Residents

(March 2016)
3.0 any score any score
2.9 12 630
2.8 14 710
2.7 16 790
2.6 18 870
2.5 20 950
2.4 22 1030
2.3 24 1110
2.2 26 1190
2.1 28 1270
2.0 30 1350


Old SAT (prior to March 2016)

(prior to March 2016)
3.0 any score any score
2.9 12 580
2.8 14 660
2.7 16 740
2.6 18 820
2.5 20 900
2.4 22 980
2.3 24 1060
2.2 26 1140
2.1 28 1220
2.0 30 1300


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School code: 3594
(Cal State Apply)


School code: 3594
(Cal State Apply)


Academic readiness and placement will be determined by a variety of factors, which may include test scores (CAASPP, SAT, ACT, AP, IB), grade point average and senior-year coursework. All entering freshmen are required to complete Directed Self Placement (DSP) before registering for their required First-Year Composition (FYC) course. Please see for updates to English and math readiness requirements during the year.

  • Apply online at during the filing period (see above).
  • Pay the $70 (non-refundable) application fee by credit card online to further speed processing or complete the online fee waiver available with the Cal State Apply application.
  • Answer all questions on the application completely and accurately; quick admission is based on self-reported information.
  • Submit official SAT or ACT test scores. Only your official scores are compared to your self-reported high school GPA.
  • San Francisco State communicates with students via e-mail. Make sure to read all e-mail messages and pay careful attention to deadlines.
  • Check your application status to ensure all supporting materials have been received.

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