First-Year Students

First-Year Program

The full-time First-Year Program at SDSU Imperial Valley is available to all students that wish to major in Criminal Justice,  Pschology, and Liberal Studies. The full-time First-Year program offers an accessible, affordable, high quality education with a clear path to earning a bachelor’s degree in four years. The purpose of the full-time First-Year program is to provide students in the Imperial Valley an opportunity to partake in an enriched university experience. This program provides students with full access to the following services:

First-Year Program

March 1, 2022

Last Day to Apply


November Last Month to take the SAT/ACT
October 1
- March 2

Apply for financial aid at

Add SDSU's federal school code: 001151

February 28 Deadline to submit official high school transcripts with Fall grades and SAT/ACT Official Scores
Early February Deadline to apply for SDSU scholarships
March Admission decisions sent
May 1 Deadline to submit Intent to Enroll
June 30 Deadline to submit final official transcripts with Spring grades

All students must meet SDSU's admission criteria. No additional criteria is required.

All first-time freshmen applying must select one of the majors offered:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Liberal Studies

To Apply, Students Must:

  • Be 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.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0. This GPA is calculated based on grades earned on 10-12 grade "a-g" pattern courses only.
  • Submit an application
Social Science 2 years rquired, including one year of U.S. history and government.
English 4 years required. Literature and/or composition course are acceptable. Students may only use 1 year of ESL/ELD English.
Mathematics 3 years requierd (4 recommended). Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Other advanced courses that require algebra and geometry as prerequisites are also acceptable. Comptuer programming courses do not fulfill the math requirements. A fourth year of mathematics is highly recommended.
Laboratory Science 2 years required (3 recommened). Two units (equivalent to two years) of laboratory science are required (three units are strongly recommended), providing fundamental knowledge in two of the following: biology, chemistry, or physics. A year-long interdisciplinary, or integrated, or earth and space science course can meet one year of this requirement.
Foregin Language 2 years required (3 recommended). Two units equivalent to 2 years of the same language other than English.
Visual and Performing Arts 1 year required. Visual art, dance, drama/theatre or music. (Must be a year-long visual and performing arts course in a single area.)
Electives 1 year required. College preparatory courses selected from English, advanced mathematics, social studies, history, laboratory science, agriculture, and foreign language.