Traditional BSN (Freshmen Pathway)

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program will only be considered if they have met all of the below requirements.

Please note that   new admission criteriaOpens in new window   for this program have been approved and will be implemented beginning with the Fall 2020 admission cycle.

Complete High School A-G Courses And Biology and Chemistry

Complete required high school A-G coursework. Find out more about a-g coursesPDF File Opens in new window  (page 6).

Complete high school level Chemistry and Biology each with a grade of “B” or higher (if AP then “C” or higher) by end of junior year in high school (11 grade).

Complete SAT or ACT Exam

The minimum Eligibility Index for the program is: 3600 (SAT) or 866 (ACT).

The Eligibility Index is the combination of test scores and grade point averages.

Calculate your Eligibility IndexOpens in new window   or   Learn More about Eligibility IndexPDF File  (Page 8).

Local freshmen will be given a 25 point Eligibility Index (EI) increase (bump).

Complete Cal State Apply Application

The application to the Traditional BSN program at CSUF is through Cal State ApplyOpens in new window   Opens in new window  and is open between October 1 - November 30.   Within the application, applicants for this program are required to submit two letters of recommendation and one statement of purpose essay.

PLEASE NOTE: The Traditional BSN (Freshman Pathway) major will only accept California Residents for admission.
Please Note: New admission criteriaOpens in new window  have been approved to begin for the Fall 2020 application cycle.



The Traditional BSN (Freshman Pathway) major has “impacted” status by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. This means that we receive more applications than spaces available in the program and therefore, admission to this program is highly competitive.

Local freshmen

First priority admission preference will be given to local freshmen in the form of a 25 point Eligibility Index increase (bump).

sSN or iTIN

A Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is required for background checks during the Nursing program and for applying for license as a Registered Nurse in the state of California. Students without an SSN or ITIN cannot be admitted to the program.