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First-Time Freshmen Admissions

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If you’re a first-time freshman with minimal or no college experience, you can now earn your bachelor's degree from CSU-Global.


CSU-Global uses technology in an online learning environment to prepare students to excel in today’s technology based workplaces, and succeed in the careers of the future. Online learning helps build the foundation for students to excel in the jobs of tomorrow.

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.

As of Winter 2018, CSU-Global is now able to admit first-time college freshman, defined as those with little to no prior college experience, from anywhere.

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

Eligible First-Time Freshman Cohort students must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have fewer than 13 transferable college credits.
  • ACT Score of 20 or above or SAT Score of 1000 or above.
  • High School GPA of 3.2 or above.

Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements above must do the following:

  • Send us a resume outlining professional experience of two years or more.
  • Submit a statement of purpose.
  • Complete an online assessment, SmarterMeasure, which allows CSU-Global to consider your technical skills, life experience, and other factors.

Applicants with transfer credit from the military which contains no GPA, nationally accredited schools, or other alternative sources of transfer credit must submit a statement of purpose.

Program Expectations

In addition to the admissions requirements, selected participants must meet specific enrollment guidelines and will be asked to provide feedback so CSU-Global can monitor the program's success.

Additionally, students must take three credits per term during their first trimester and must complete the following four courses in the listed order before enrolling in other courses:

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

Until students have completed your first 24 credits:

  • They will not be able to take more than 12 credits within a trimester
  • They will not be able to register in overlap courses, and cannot enroll in 300 or 400 level coursework.
  • They must maintain Good Academic Standing according to the Academic Catalog.

How To Apply

Student who apply for enrollment in the First-Time Freshmen Cohort must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the form (also to the right) and an Enrollment Counselor will contact you.
  2. Apply online. See our Academic Catalog to determine start dates and deadlines to submit application materials. Freshman students can only start during A-terms.

Work with your Enrollment Counselor to submit the required documents (e.g., your high school transcripts, college readiness scores, statement of purpose, resume, etc.). You must also submit a scholarship application as part of the admissions process.


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