Admission Requirements - Freshman

1. Earn a high school diploma, or equivalent

2. Complete the required high school courses with grades of "C-" or better

All courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to fall admission. Approved courses are listed at: Print your high school transcript now and verify that you will graduate with grades of C- or better in courses approved to meet the following:

a. History/Social Science

2 years required

Including one year of U.S. History or U.S. History/U.S. Government.

b. English

4 years required

Composition and literature.

c. Mathematics

3 years required - 4 years recommended

Algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra; or integrated mathematics.

d. Laboratory Science

2 years required - 3 years recommended

One year of biological science and one year of physical science; both with lab.

e. Language Other Than English

2 years required

Study in the same language.

f. Visual and Performing Arts

1 year required

Select a year-long course from art, theatre/drama, music or dance.

g. Elective

1 year required

Select from the areas a-f (above) or from other approved college prep "A-G" courses.

3. Submit SAT or ACT test scores by Monday, December 22, 2014

Freshman applicants are required to submit SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT composite scores from a test taken no later than November 2014.

No exceptions! Submit your official scores by the deadline. Failure to do so will result in your application being withdrawn. Request to have your official scores sent from the testing agency. Listing your scores on your application will not satisfy this deadline. Please note: the SAT/ACT writing portion is not used for admission or placement purposes.

4. Meet or exceed the Minimum Eligibility Index (combination of Grade Point Average and official SAT/ACT scores)

Your admission to SJSU is based on a combination of the grades you earned in the approved courses (listed in step 2) during your sophomore and junior years and your official SAT/ACT scores. This combined score (eligibility index) is used to determine whether or not you will be admitted to SJSU.

Minimum Eligibility Index (EI)

To be considered for admission, graduates of California high schools or residents of California, as defined for tuition purposes, must have a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. Nonresidents who are not graduates of a California high school must have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 using the SAT or 842 using the ACT. The CSU eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:

SAT (sum of scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x high school grade point average)


(10 x ACT composite score without the writing score) + (200 x high school grade point average)