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Admissions and Recruitment

Freshmen

Incoming High School Students

CSU Eligibility Requirements

Freshmen applicants must first meet the CSU eligibility requirements for admission. Applicants are then reviewed for provisional admission through Fresno State’s admission selection process, called Impaction.

Admission Selection Process (Impaction)

Fresno State is an impacted campus for all first-time freshmen. This means admissions to Fresno State is competitive because Fresno State continues to receive more qualified applicants than can be accommodated by state funding.  In order to ensure capacity is not exceeded, the more rigorous standard is applied to the freshman application pool. This means meeting the minimum California State University (CSU) eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to Fresno State.

It is important to understand that though all majors are impacted, the admission threshold for each major varies, depending on the capacity of the major to take new students, and the number of students applying for that major for that term.

Choose your major wisely:

We encourage you to apply for the major in which you intend to earn a degree. Change of major is prohibited during the application and admission review process. After you are admitted, the change of major is never guaranteed and is by petition only. Your mandatory orientation, advising and registration will all be based on your choice of major. 

Fall 2022 applicants can request to change their major after September 16, 2022. All change of major requests at that point will be done using this form.

In addition, we encourage you to look at the admission GPA thresholds by major at Fresno State for recent terms and to apply to an alternative CSU campus that offers your major.

You must enter an alternate major on your application to Fresno State. Beginning with the Fall 2017 admission cycle, we will consider the alternate major for those applicants who did not meet the impaction threshold of their first-choice major. We will only admit to alternate majors if there is additional capacity for new student enrollment in those majors.

View a complete list of degrees, including graduate degrees and credentials

Fresno State is committed to our region and gives priority to our local applicants.  Non-local applicants must anticipate meeting a higher admission Eligibility Index.

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Impaction Results: Fall 2021

More information about the CSU fall 2021 requirements for first-time freshman applicants can be found at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/Pages/first-time-freshman-guidance.aspx

Admit to Program Threshold

Impaction Results of Fall 2021
Program (Majors) Local Non-Local
Africana Studies 1600 1600
Ag Ed-Agri Communication 1600 1600
Ag Ed-Teacher Prep 1600 1600
Agricultural Business 2500 2500
Animal Sci-Dairy Science 1600 1600
Animal Science-Preprofessional  1600 1600
Animal Science-Equine Science 1600 1600
Animal Science-Livestock Mgt 1600 1600
Animal Science-Meat Tech 1600 1600
Animal Science-Pre-Veterinary 2500 2500
Anthropology 1600 1600
Architectural Studies  2500  2500
Art 1600 1600
Art - Animation Intermedia Option 1600 1600
Art History 1600 1600
Biochemistry 1600 1600
Biology 1600 1600
Biomedical Physics 1600 1600
Chemistry 1600 1600
Chicano Studies 1600 1600
City and Regional Planning 1600 1600
Civil Engineering 2500 2500
Cognitive Science 1600 1600
Communicative Disorders - Audiology 1600 1600
Communicative Disorders - Deaf Educatin 1600 1600
Communicative Disorders - Deaf Studies 1600 1600
Communicative Disorders - Interpreting 1600 1600
Communicative Disorders - Speech Pathology  1600 1600
Communication 1600 1600
Computer Engineering 2500 2500
Computer Science 1600 1600
Construction Management 2500 2500
Criminology-Corrections 1600 1600
Criminology-Law Enforcement 1600 1600
Criminology-Victimology 1600 1600
Dance 1600 1600
Economics 1600 1600
Electrical Engineering 2500 2500
English - Creative Writing 1600 1600
English - Literature 1600 1600
English Education 1600 1600
Enology 1600 1600
Environmental Sciences 1600 1600
Fashion Merchandising 1600 1600
Food & Nutritional Science-Culinology 1600 1600
Food & Nutritional Sciences-Dietetics & Food Administration 1600 1600
Food & Nutritional Sciences-Food Science 1600 1600
Forensic Behavior Sciences 1600 1600
French 1600 1600
Geography 1600 1600
Geology 1600 1600
Geomatics Engineering 1600 1600
Graphic Design 1600 1600
Health Science-Env/Occ Hlth&S 1600 1600
Health Sci-Health Admin 1600 1600
History 1600 1600
Industrial Technology-Ag Systems Mgmt 1600 1600
Industrial Technology 1600 1600
Integrated Design 1600 1600
Interior Design 1600 1600
Kinesiology-Physical Ed 1600 1600
Kinesiology-Sport Administratn 1600 1600
Latin American Studies 1600 1600
Liberal Studies-Blended Pgm 1600 1600
Linguistics-Gen Linguistics 1600 1600
Linguistics-Intrdscpl Lang Stu 1600 1600
Linguistic-Teach Eng as Sec Lg 1600 1600
Lingustics-Computational Ling 1600 1600
M Comm & Journ-Ad & PR 1600 1600
M Comm & Journ-Brdcst/Multi 1600 1600
M Comm & Journ-Digital Journ 1600 1600
M Comm & Journ-Film&Media Art 1600 1600
Mathematics-Applied Math 1600 1600
Mathematics-General Math 1600 1600
Mathematics-Integrated Cred 1600 1600
Mathematics-Pure Math 1600 1600
Mathematics-Statistics 1600 1600
Mathematics-Teaching 1600 1600
Mechanical Engineering 2500 2500
Music-Music as a Liberal Art 1600 1600
Natural Sciences - Biology Option 1600 1600
Natural Sciences - Chemistry Option 1600 1600
Natural Sciences - Earth Science Option 1600 1600
Natural Sciences - Physics Option 1600 1600
Philosophy 1600 1600
Philosophy-Pre Law 1600 1600
Philosophy-Religious Studies 1600 1600
Physics 1600 1600
Plant Science 1600 1600
Political Science 1600 1600
Pre-Business 1600 1600
Pre-Child and Family Science 1600 1600
Pre-Health 1600 1600
Pre-Psychology 1600 1600
Rec Adm Cmmnty Rec & Yth Serv 1600 1600
Rec Adm Sports & Ent Fac Mgmt 1600 1600
Rec Admin - Spec Evnts & Tour 1600 1600
Recreation Administration 1600 1600
Sociology 1600 1600
Spanish 1600 1600
Theatre Arts - Acting 1600 1600
Theatre Arts - Dsng/Tech 1600 1600
Theatre Arts - General 1600 1600
Theatre Arts - Theatre Educ 1600 1600
Undeclared UGRD 1600 1600
Viticulture 1600 1600
Women's Studies 1600 1600