The term “priority” is a bit of a misnomer here; at some of the more popular campuses, all the available first-year spaces may be taken during this time period.
In order to have the best possible chance at getting admitted to the Cal State college you’re interested in, you should always plan to submit your initial Cal State application during the priority application filing period.
California residents still enjoy preferential treatment in admissions and a lower in-state tuition rate at the Cal State schools.
However, students from other states and even other countries are also eligible to apply.
This threshold may also depend upon where you live; students who come from the immediate area of the college and, more generally, the state of California receive preference in the form of lower EI cutoffs.
Applying to one or more schools in the Cal State system is different from applying to most other colleges in some significant ways.
To be eligible for admission to any of the Cal State schools, you must have successfully completed certain college preparatory courses while you were in high school.
If you’ve completed these requirements, your high school GPA and your SAT or ACT scores are plugged into an established equation to produce the single number known as your Eligibility Index (EI).
Today, the Cal State system consists of 23 distinct campuses, some of which maintain additional “off-campus” branches that extend their reach to a larger number of students.
You can find a full list of these campuses and detailed information on each campus on the Cal State website.