SDSU Class of 2025 admission thread

They just released their criteria for fall 2021 admissions, and I am sort of surprised no one has started a chain yet because a lot of other colleges are.

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I just did it because I really want to go to this school and would like to share the admissions process with others who are in the same boat in this weird time of college admissions

What is the new criteria?

@maggieblue: Not really new criteria just the exclusion of test scores and not using the eligibility index which was a CSU GPA and test score calculation.

More emphasis on GPA, additional a-g courses beyond the minimum and HS course rigor. Local vs. non-local has always been a consideration.

Thanks! The reference to gpa on the admissions page is ambiguous. Is SDSU considering freshman grades too?

@maggieblue: All CSU’s will look at your Freshman grades for completion of the a-g course requirements but the GPA calculation remains the same for all but Cal poly SLO using the 10-11th grades for the a-g courses and the 8 semester Honors point cap (capped weighted).

Also, more emphasis on preperation you have done for your major, such as classes taken in that field of study

@Gumbymom thank you for all your help during this stressful time, you are a lifesaver! @maggieblue if you have any questions about SDSU Gumbymom is the best!

Good Luck! @maggieblue I am in the same boat you are so I hope it goes well for you!

Does SDSU and other CSU’s do alternate majors on the application like the UC’s?

@SDSUHopefulClassof2025: Only a few Cal states consider alternate majors and SDSU is not one of these CSU’s. Cal Poly Pomona, San Jose state and rarely Cal Poly SLO will consider alternate majors. In general, all Cal states admit by major so usually an alternate major needs to be a non-impacted major as in CPP’s case.

Cal Poly SLO rarely admits to an alternate major but usually in the case where the 1st choice major is in the College of Engineering and alternate major is in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science.

SJSU admits applicants to their alternate major only if there is additional capacity beyond those admitted as a primary major. This means that you might meet the threshold for your alternate major, but because there is no additional enrollment capacity to admit applicants to alternate majors, your application was withdrawn as unaccommodated.

Do you know if the SAT requirement applies to the Nursing Program at SDSU too?

Also do you know if taking medical courses will look good to the admissions because I have an average GPA but I’ve gotten good grades in the medical courses.

@zhoira: I would contact SDSU nursing to confirm that test scores will not be used in the admissions process for Fall 2021. Nothing is stated on their website bu in the past, SDSU nursing applicants were admitted based on GPA and test scores same as all other majors so going test blind for Fall 2021 should be the same of all majors including Nursing.

Regarding medical courses, which medical courses have you taken?

According to the SDSU Nursing website, these are the Minimum requirements and grades they are looking for in prospective students and GPA will be the biggest factor.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

-Minimum GPA of 3.0 in A – G coursework
-Minimum grade of B in Intermediate Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry with lab courses. If AP or IB level courses were taken in these areas, applicants must have earned a minimum grade of B.
-Preference is given to applicants who have taken and earned strong grades in science and mathematics courses.

That said for Fall 2020, the average CSU GPA for admitted applicants was 4.21. If the Nursing program is also test blind for Fall 2021, you can bet that a high GPA will be required for the best chances.

All admissions related questions (e.g., application dates and deadlines, admissions criteria including minimum grade requirements and college entrance exam scores, AP/IB credits, transcript information, ranking methodology) should be directed to the SDSU Prospective Student Center at

Questions specific to the Nursing program can be directed to the School of Nursing Program Advisor at

Okay thank you for the information! And the medical courses I’ve taken are AHO/MMA Allied Health and EMR. In those classes they teach us medical terminology, anatomy, CPR training, emergency EMT training and when we graduate we get a certificate to perform CPR and in EMT training. So basically it’s like a medical pathway at my school and it’s in California (in-state).

Also in the program we go to the local hospital to assist other nurses and wear scrubs our senior year (this school year) but we won’t be doing it as of right now due to COVID.

@zhoira: These courses look like they are vocational not academic, so unless they are CSU transferable, they will probably have little impact on your chances. I would stick with taking the core classes required for HS graduation and fulfilling the a-g CSU course requirements with excellent grades. Having some experience in your prospective field is great, but no advantage when applying to SDSU Nursing. Some other Nursing programs which want volunteering/hands on experience may like the certification.

It isn’t, its an “Elective” course. I already did all of my A-G courses. I think I’ll be okay when it comes to classes my counselor has me covered when it comes to that. I just wanted to know if they look good to the SDSU Nursing program. But thank you for the information! :slight_smile:

Hi @Gumbymom I’m creating my college list, and I was wondering if SDSU is a reach, match, or competitive for me. My CSU GPA is 3.89, and I am deciding between majoring in kinesiology or speech therapy because I’m interested in both fields.

@annien9009: I need more information. Your GPA is the capped weighted CSU GPA?
HS course rigor?
Local or non-local?

Acceptance rate for 2019 admits are as follows and no 2020 data available yet.
Speech Therapy: 52%.
Kinesiology: 38%

Speech Therapy would be more of a Match than Kinesiology based on your information. Also more competition for Kinesiology due to the # of applicants.

Kinesiology had 2797 applicants and 1060 admitted.
Speech Therapy had 361 applicants and 189 admitted.