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The California State University (CSU) system includes 23 campuses for undergraduate and graduate education.  
Application period: October 1 - November 30 (Senior year)
Website: follow instructions below
Application fee: $70 per campus (fee waivers available for 4 campuses)
Tuition per year: Approximately $8,000
Eligibility: A-G completion and 2.5+ GPA (or 2.0+ with special circumstances such as high school free and reduced lunch, first generation, low income, foster youth, extracurricular activities, work experience, volunteer experience, leadership roles)


California Colleges

To access the CSU Apply App, HHS Seniors use their account and use the red "Sign In With Google" button. 


Use your log in and watch this two-minute video to see how to link your accounts and import your coursework.

CSUApply Application Launch for HHS Students (video)

Note:   Some class titles from the transcript upload may appear differently than they are on your transcript.  You should not edit those titles.  However, do make any other needed corrections.  Make sure all your A-G courses are listed including your current, in-progress Senior A-G courses.  

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Related Links

CSU Apply

CSU App Step-by Step Guide (HUSD)

A-G Course List for HHS

Advanced Placement (AP), Honors (H) and Accelerated


EOP (Educational Opportunity Program)

Financial Aid

Testing for College


California Colleges


CSU App Fee Waivers

Students who believe their family is very low income can be eligible for CSU App fee waivers in which case 4 CSU applications will be free.  

If a student believes they should get a fee waiver but were denied, s/he can petition to have it reviewed by emailing each campus admissions.  For CSUEB, email   All other CSU campus emails can be found here.
Here's a sample email to send.


CSU East Bay and SF StateCSU East Bay and SF State both include Hayward High School in their "local area" meaning that HHS students receive preferential admissions for both universities.  This means that Seniors who meet A-G entrance requirements and a minimum A-G GPA of 2.5 (2.0-2.49 with special circumstances) have a high probability of being accepted to both CSUEB and SF State.


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Who to Contact

College & Career Center


Need Help with Your CSU Application?

Come to the College & Career Center Monday - Thursday during lunch and after school in Room C-X. 

Related Resources

CSU Eligibility Index (GPA + Testing)

CSU / UC Eligibility Comparison Chart

CSU/UC GPA Calculator

CSU Matching Assistant

Tips for HHS Students Completing CSU & UC Applications

Impacted vs Non-Impacted Campuses

What is Impaction?

CSU campuses or majors are impacted when the number of applications received exceeds the number of available spaces.  Impacted campuses or majors use supplementary criteria to admit students.

What schools and majors are impacted?

Schools that are impacted

Campuses that are NOT impacted:

Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Maritime, Stanislaus, *San Francisco State

**It is recommended that students apply to at least one of these schools as a safety school**

Campuses that are slightly impacted:

Humboldt State, Monterey Bay

Campuses that are very impacted:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Diego State, San Jose State