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Admission Information l Education

SDSU uses the California State University common admission application. A $55.00 application filing fee must accompany your application. There is a separate application for Undergraduate and Graduate/ Post baccalaureate Admissions.

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To apply for admission to San Diego State University please go to: . Here you will find instructions on how to: submit your application online, where to send your transcripts and your $55 application fee. Once you have completed all of the necessary steps please notify your onsite coordinator.

Apply as early as possible. CSU undergraduate applications will be accepted only during the filing period. It is very important that you thoroughly and accurately complete the information requested. Offers of admission will be rescinded if SDSU criteria are not met after the final review of transcripts. Once your CSU application is processed, SDSU may request additional information prior to making an admission decision.

If you are accepted for admission to SDSU for fall, first-time freshmen will be notified in early March and transfer students will be notified in early April.

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As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the Tests of General Educational Development or the California High School Proficiency Examination)

  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years. Part-time enrollment is permissible.

  3. If there has been any college attendance in the past five years, has earned a grade point average of C or better in all college work attempted.

  4. Test results verifying completion of the current San Diego State University mathematics and writing competency requirements. Current competency requirements and minimum test scores are published in the University General Catalog and each semester's Class schedule.


Applicants seeking admission as an adult student must submit a statement of no more than two pages describing the alternate preparation which the applicant feels has prepared him or her for successful university work. The statement should also describe the applicants educational goals and what preparation has been made to pursue these goals. Consideration for admission will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language.

Qualified Applicant

  • Adult Learner

  • Have at least 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable units

  • Grade point average of 2.40 or better

  • Completed 3 credit semester hours in Composition. ( A 3 unit Freshmen composition course will satisfy this requirement)

  • Completed 3 credit semester hours in Mathematics. (Math course of Algebra or higher will satisfy this requirement)



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