First-Time Freshmen Admission Criteria

Fall 2020

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 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 December 4.

Summary of all Admission Application Requirements

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 2019.
  • 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) or the American College Test (ACT).
  • Select one of the six majors available: Criminal Justice, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Public Administration, Spanish (those who have a have passes the AP Exam with a 3 or higher).

GPA Requirement (GPA Calculator)

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.

Eligibility Index Requirement (Eligibility Index 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: November 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

Subject Matter Requirement (UC Doorways)

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.

Transcript Requirement

In addition to the admission application, for your application to be evaluated, you will need to submit the following:

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 second 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, school letterhead envelope) to Barbara Romero. Her office is located in the Administration Building.

Testing Requirement

SAT and/or ACT Scores

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 and IVC as destinations for your scores when you took your test, you must contact the testing agency to request the electronic scores to be sent to SDSU and IVC. Please write, call or log into the website of the appropriate testing agency listed below.

For your SAT results contact:

The College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 8057
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(866) 756-7346
SDSU Code: 4682
IVC Code: 4358

For your ACT results contact:

ACT Records
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0451
(319) 337-1313
SDSU Code: 0398
IVC Code: 0292

How to apply

To apply to the Imperial Valley University Partnership, you must apply to both SDSU, Imperial Valley and to Imperial Valley College.

  • Apply to SDSU from October 1 - November 30 at the CSUMentor Web site.
  • After you submit your application to SDSU, log on to to apply to Imperial Valley College.

Important - When completing your CSU Undergraduate application, you must select Imperial Valley as the campus from the drop-down menu so that your application is sent to our campus.