WUE applicants must meet all CSU requirements for out-of-state residents and be admissible as a full-time student at CSU Bakersfield.

First-time freshman

Admissions requirements (minimum eligibility requirements for CSU):

  • Have or will have graduated from high school.
  • Meet the eligibility index with the grade point average and test scores.
  • Have or will have completed, with a grade of C or better on a pattern of courses which total 15 units. (A “unit” is one year of study in high school.)

Non-California residents

Must have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 using SAT I scores, or 842 using ACT scores.

Calculate your own eligibility index:

SAT (scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x high school GPA) = 3502 or higher


(10 x ACT composite score without the writing score) + (200 x high school GPA) = 842 or higher

Lower division Transfers

  • College GPA average of 2.00 or better.
  • Be in good standing at the last institution.
  • Meet the admissions requirements for a first-time freshman, or have successfully completed necessary courses to make up the deficiencies in high school if the student did not complete the 15-high-school-unit-pattern of college preparatory courses.

Upper division
Admission with 60 or more transferable semester units (90 quarter units) if you:

· College GPA average of 2.4 or better.

· In good standing at the last institution

· Have completed or plan to complete prior to transfer at least 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of courses equivalent to general education requirements with a grade of C or better, including courses in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, (CSU GE Category A) and mathematics/quantitative reasoning (CSU GE Category B4).