• Am I on Track for CSU or UC Admissions


    Graduation and College Admissions Requirements

    Am I on Track for a UC or CSU?

    To determine whether you're on track for a CSU or UC school check the table below and have the following two items in hand: 1) Your transcript 2) UCOP A-G course list, which you can download just below this table.

    See #30. Add the comparison chart PDF (https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/csu-uc-a-g-comparison-matrix.pdf)

    Testing Requirements (https://www.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/Pages/testing-requirements.aspx)


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    California State University

    CSU System


    (For more information on the CSU's click here: www.calstate.edu/apply)


    The CSU system consists of 23 campuses across the state of California. Students can earn Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees in different majors and fields. For the students graduating from the Salinas UHSD our local CSU is CSU Monterey Bay.


    To be eligible to apply to a CSU you must have completed the following minimum entrance requirements:

    • Successful completion of the A-G requirements with a grade of "C" or better
    • High school GPA (CSU GPA) minimum of a 2.5.


    Here is a chart comparing the 23 CSU campuses for CA residents:




    Fees only

    Est. total cost living on campus

    Total enrollment

    Cal Maritime

    Northern California

    Large Town




    Cal Poly Pomona

    Southern California

    Large Town




    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    Central California

    Large Town




    CSU Bakersfield

    Southern California

    Major City




    CSU Channel Islands

    Southern California

    Large Town




    CSU Chico

    Northern California

    Small/Medium City




    CSU Dominguez Hills

    Southern California

    Large Town




    CSU East Bay

    Northern California

    Major City




    CSU Fresno

    Central California

    Small/Medium City




    CSU Fullerton

    Southern California

    Small/Medium City




    CSU Long Beach

    Southern California

    Small/Medium City




    CSU Los Angeles

    Southern California

    Major City




    CSU Monterey Bay

    Central California

    Large Town




    CSU Northridge

    Southern California

    Major City




    CSU Sacramento

    Northern California

    Major City




    CSU San Bernardino

    Southern California

    Small/Medium City




    CSU San Marcos

    Southern California

    Large Town




    CSU Stanislaus

    Central California

    Large Town




    Humboldt State University

    Northern California

    Small Town




    San Diego State University

    Southern California

    Major City




    San Francisco State University

    Northern California

    Major City




    San Jose State University

    Central California

    Major City




    Sonoma State University

    Northern California

    Large Town






    California State University Entrance Requirements


    The following is the MINIMUM required courses for admittance to any of the CSU campuses. In order for you to be highly competitive, you should enroll in one or two extra years in all areas especially if you would like to attend any of the impacted and highly selective campuses.


    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 better is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.






    History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science)



    English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)



    Math (4 years recommended) of college preparatory math including or integrating topics covered in algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra.



    Laboratory Science (2 years of college preparatory science required with laboratory [1 biological and 1 physical]. Integrated science and interdisciplinary courses can meet this requirement.)



    Language Other Than English (2 years or through the second level of high school instruction in the same language; American Sign Language and classical languages such as Latin and Greek are acceptable – See below about a possible waiver of this requirement).



    Visual and Performing Arts (1 year or 2 semester courses from the same discipline required including dance, music, theatre, visual arts or interdisciplinary arts.)​



    College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the University of California "a-g" list)


    Total Required Courses



    You must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better in these courses with no grade lower than a C. Keep in mind that the higher your GPA, the better chance you have of being accepted. A GPA of 2.5 doeas guarantee admission to any of the CSU campuses.

    Test scores are not required for 2022-2033.

    How CSU's Review Applications and Campus Impaction
    Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors
     or for students who live outside the local admission area. In the case for Salinas UHSD students, this would be any school other than CSU Monterey Bay. 

    Because of the number of students who apply, several campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Many CSU campuses utilize local admission guarantee policies for students who graduate from high school or transfer from community colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region. You may review the CSU Local Admission Areas and impaction for each campus here.

    Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    In addition to completing your CSU application, most Salinas UHSD students will be eligible and should apply for the EOP program.  The Educational Opportunity Program is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.


    Special Populations

    All students must be able to meet the academic, accreditation and technical standards required for admission or participation in their chosen program of study. Students with disabilities, therefore, are not excused from course prerequisites, GPA requirements or degree requirements. However, in some limited circumstances, substitution of course requirements based on a documented disability may be appropriate.

    Such substitutions are granted only when it is clear that the student’s disability makes completion of the requirement(s) impossible and when the course in question is not a fundamental element of the curriculum. A course substitution means that the credit hours for the course are met through an alternate course. A course substitution may not alter or reduce the number of credits needed for degree completion or create a fundamental alteration in the program of study.

    Students should visit their campus’s admissions website for the process to appeal an admission denial when the student’s disability directly impacts their ability to complete an admission requirement.


    CSU Application (DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30) - www.calstate.edu/apply

    This website is a one-stop shop to complete an application to any of the 23 CSU campuses.

    • Application fee: $70 per campus
    • Fee Waiver: Application for fee waiver is part of the actual online application. Fee waiver is based on your family's annual income and the number of people in your household. If granted you can apply to up to 4 CSU campuses for free!


    Additional Websites

    Cal State Apply



    1. Cal state apply presentation.

    19 Introductory tutorial for creating a Cal State Apply application for admission.

    1. CSU Freshman Overview video (Need video)
    2. Cal State Apply Overview. Step By Step process to complete application.

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    Early Assessment Program (EAP)


    Learning early about your readiness for college is important. Although students may have passed all high school courses, many are still not yet prepared for college level English and mathematics when they enter a university. The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU).


    The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year. This opportunity can also help students avoid taking the placement tests at the CSU and participating community colleges. Incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college level mathematics and/or English composition will be required to enroll in Early Start during the summer before coming to the CSU.


    For more information on the CSU Monterey Bay EAP please visit their website.




    Educational Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)


    An EOP student is one who has the potential to perform satisfactorily in CSU but who has not been able to realize this potential because of economic or educational background. The EOP program provides admission, academic, and financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students at the CSU campus they are enrolled in.


    To be eligible for EOP, students must meet certain income criteria to be eligible:


    EOP Application Process

    1. Complete the CSU application for admission
    2. Complete the EOP application for each CSU campus.
    3. Have a teacher and/or counselor complete the recommendation form. You will need their first name, last name and email address. Your teacher/counselor will complete the recommendation form online. Make sure you give them a copy of your completed Salinas UHSD brag sheet.
    4. Make sure you supply all supporting documents (official transcripts, test scores, etc) by the deadline.