First-Time Freshmen Admissions

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Get started on your higher education with the flexibility of online designed for modern learners.

Whether you have just graduated from high school and are seeking flexibility in your class schedule and location, are working or have worked right out of high school, or are taking a gap year and still want to take classes, we offer a personalized and career-focused approach to your education.

We want to help ensure success for first-time college students, so we have created a program especially for these students who plan to begin their college experience for the first time with us.

Admissions Requirements

If you have minimal or no previous college experience, you may by admitted under first year status if you:

  • Have fewer than 12 transferable credits
  • Can demonstrate two years of previous work experience
    • You may apply for provisional admission if you have less than two years of experience. Contact an enrollment counselor to learn more.
  • Can submit an official high school transcript or GED transcript
  • Students under the age of 20 must also provide ACT or SAT scores. CSU Global grants admission to First-Year students based on the approved CCHE Admissions Index for moderately selective institutions. The minimum index score required for admission is an 86.

Program Expectations

Students who meet the criteria for admission with a First-Year status and do not have more than 12 transferable semester credits have the following restrictions on enrollment. Students in First-Year status are required to complete the four courses listed below in the order presented. First-Year students are eligible to take other 100, 200, and 300 level courses concurrently with the First Year sequence.

  1. ORG100: Navigating Organizations and Change.
  2. ENG101: Composition I.
  3. HUM101: Critical Reasoning.
  4. ENG102: Composition II.


  • Students in First-Year status cannot register in overlapping Terms
  • Students in First-Year status cannot enroll in 400 level coursework
  • Students will not be allowed to self-register but will work with a student success counselor on their course schedule after their first term.

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