First-Time Freshmen Admission Criteria
Imperial Valley University Partnership (IVUP) students are San Diego State University (SDSU) students. Therefore, you must meet SDSU’s admission criteria. You will also be an Imperial Valley College student; however no additional admission criteria are required for admissions to IVC.
In this section, you will find all essential information needed to apply to San Diego State University. Once you have been admitted to SDSU, you will be instructed to apply to Imperial Valley College.
All students that apply for admissions to SDSU are ranked by the Eligibility Index (see below for details). The top one hundred students are then admitted to the Imperial Valley University Partnership. Because one of the goals of IVUP is to offer Imperial Valley students an accessible education, priority will be given to students in the SDSU's Imperial Valley Campus service area. You are considered a service area student if you graduated from a high school in the Imperial County.
Admission applications are accepted only for the fall semester. The application filing period is from October 1 to November 30.
For Fall 2013, you can apply for admissions between Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2012
To apply you must:
- Be a first-time freshman. First-time freshman are students who have earned no college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation. (Courses taken at a community college along with high school, do not exclude you from being a first time freshman)
- Complete, with a grade of C or higher, the pattern of college preparatory curriculum ("A-G" courses) by the end of spring 2013.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0. This GPA is calculated based on grades earned 10-12 grade “A-G” pattern courses only.
- Take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT Reasoning Test) and/or the American College Test (ACT). You are strongly encouraged to take both exams.
- Select one of the four majors available: Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies (focus on Literacy, Math or Science), Psychology or Spanish*
(*The Spanish major is only open for students who have taken AP Spanish Language and have obtained a score of 3 or higher).
- Meet the minimum Eligibility index (GPA and test scores): The eligibility index is the combination of your high school grade point average and your SAT/ACT test scores. All California State University campuses use the eligibility index as part of the admission decision. The minimum CSU eligibility index required is a 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. (see details below)
CSU Grade Point Average
All grades earned in the 15-unit college preparatory pattern of approved courses taken in 10th -12th grades are used to calculate your grade point average.
Honors points for A, B and C grades will be awarded for a maximum of eight semester courses taken in 11th and 12th grades, including up to two AP courses, or honors courses with 11th or 12th grade content taken in the 10th grade.
To calculate your GPA you can use the Grade Point Average Calculator
First-Time Freshmen Eligibility Index
The eligibility index is the combination of your high school grade point average and the test score on either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT Reasoning Test) or the American College Test (ACT).
Note: December is the last month to take the SAT/ACT for students applying for Fall admission.
The eligibility index is calculated by multiplying the grade point average by 800 and adding the combined critical reading and math score on the SAT Reasoning Test. Or, if taking the ACT, multiply your grade point average by 200 and add ten times the composite score from the ACT. The university will not include the writing scores from either test in the computation of the eligibility index.
Eligibility Index Formulas
(High School GPA X 800) + (SAT Critical Reading + Math Score) = Eligibility Index
(High School GPA X 200) + (10 X ACT Composite Score) = Eligibility Index
To calculate your Eligibility Index, you can use the Eligibility Index Calculator
First-Time Freshmen College Preparatory Curriculum ("A-G" courses)
As a first-time freshman applicant, you must complete, with grades of "C" or higher, the 15-unit comprehensive pattern of college preparatory courses. Although not required, recommended courses will help you better prepare for university study.
- English: 4 years. Literature and/or Composition course acceptable.
- Mathematics: 3 years. Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Other advanced courses that require Algebra and Geometry as prerequisites are also acceptable. Computer programming courses do not fulfill the math requirements. A fourth year of Mathematics is highly recommended.
- Social Science: 2 years, including one year of U.S. History and Government.
- Laboratory Science: 2 years. 1 year Biology and 1 year Physical Science.
- Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language. (Subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence.)
- Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year (must be a year-long visual and performing arts course in a single area). Visual Art, Dance, Drama/Theatre, or Music.
- Electives: 1 year. College preparatory courses selected from English, Advanced Mathematics, Social Studies, History, Laboratory Science, Agriculture, and Foreign Language.
To determine if courses taken are accepted as “A-G’, go to UC Doorways.
How to apply
To apply to the Imperial Valley University Partnership, you must apply to both SDSU and to Imperial Valley College.
- Apply to SDSU between October 1 - November 30, through CSUMentor Web site.
The application is available only online. Application workshops are available at all public high school in Imperial Valley during the months of October and November. For specific days and times, please check with your local high school counselor.
- After you have been admitted to SDSU, sometime in March, you will be instructed to apply to Imperial Valley College.
When completing your CSU Undergraduate application, Section A, Question #1 will be the name of the campus you are applying to. Here you will put San Diego State University.
Then you will see a drop-down menu that will have the options for San Diego Campus and Imperial Valley Campus. IVUP students must select Imperial Valley Campus. If you select San Diego Campus, your application will be sent to San Diego and you will not be considered an applicant to the Imperial Valley Campus.
Also, Section I will give you the option to apply to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). You are encouraged to apply as this will be the only chance you have to apply. To learn more about who qualifies and what benefits are available to you through EOP, please visit their site a t http://eop.sdsu.edu/Content/Apply.html
In addition to the admission application, for your application to be evaluated, you will need to submit the following:
1. Official High School Transcripts (in its original sealed envelope)
- On or before February 1st - Submit your official high school transcripts with fall grades posted (If your fall semester ends after February 1st, we will wait for your fall grades to be posted and to receive your transcript. However, you must request your registrar to mail your transcript to us as soon as transcripts with fall grades are available at your high school).
- On or before June 30th - You will need to send a final set of transcripts with spring grades and graduation posted by June 30th.
All official transcripts must be mailed to:
SDSU, Imperial Valley
Attention: Barbara Romero
720 Heber Avenue
Calexico, CA 92231
If you would like to hand deliver your transcript, please bring your official transcript (in its original sealed envelope) to Barbara Romero. Her office is located in the Student Affairs Building.
Scholastic Aptitude Test of The College Board (SAT Reasoning) and/or the American College Testing Program (ACT) scores are needed for admission determination and placement in English and mathematics. If you did not indicate SDSU as a destination for your scores when you took your test, you must contact the testing agency to request the electronic scores be sent to SDSU. Please write, call or log into the website of the appropriate testing agency listed below.
The College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 8057
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
- SDSU Code: 4682 (or 3594 for CSUMentor to send to all CSU’s)
- There is no separate code for SDSU, Imperial Valley Campus
- For detailed information regarding how to send your SAT scores go to http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0451
- SDSU Code: 0398
- There is no separate code for SDSU, Imperial Valley Campus
- For detailed information regarding how to send your ACT scores go to http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send/
Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Advanced Placement exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for AP high school courses taken.
Please provide your AP test results shortly after you submit your Intent to Enroll. Send results for senior year AP courses separately by July 19, 2013.
To obtain your AP test scores, write to the following address or call the AP Grade Reporting Service toll-free at (888) 308-0013 if your exam scores were taken within the last four years.
- SDSU's AP school code is 4682.
- For detailed information regarding how to send your ACT scores go to http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html