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A-G Matching

A-G requirements are a sequence of high school courses that represent the basic level of academic preparation for post-secondary education. Each subject requires a certain number of years of study and a passing grade of C or better.

Any courses that you report for which you have received a D or an F grade will not be included in your Total Years calculation. These courses will still be included in your calculated GPA.

Listed below are the A-G subject totals based on the courses you reported in the High School Coursework and Transcript Entry sections of the application. The Subject column displays the requirement, and the Years column displays the number of years you have fulfilled (years are calculated according to your high school's academic term, such as semester, trimester, etc.).

Accept or update this information. It will be used by the campus to make an initial admissions decision, so ensure you are as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about requirement matching, contact your high school counselor or the campus to which you are applying.

Note that as a first-time freshman applicant, you must complete all A-G requirements by your high school graduation date.

Click here to review a coursework entry guide that provides additional information on completing A-G Matching.

Update A-G Courses

  1. Click on the arrows next to each Academic Year to display all courses for that year/grade level.
  2. Ensure that each course contains an A-G area in the right column (use the guide on the right if you are unsure which area should be chosen).
  3. Once you have completed your updates, click Save and Continue to return to the Summary Screen.


  • As only courses that are being used to fulfill A-G subject requirements should be entered, all courses entered should be matched to an A-G area.
  • If you don't assign a course to A-G subject requirements, a message appears notifying you of this when you submit your application. You can then return to your application and match your course to the appropriate A-G subject requirements or confirm that you don’t want to match the course and continue submitting your application.
  • Area G may be fulfilled with a year of coursework reported that fulfills categories A-F and was taken in excess of the minimum requirement.
  • GPA calculation is based on the grade level and A-G categories assigned to each course. A 9th-grade course or course without an A-G category will not be included in the GPA.
  • College or university courses taken concurrently while in high school must be reported in Transcript Entry for each college or university attended. Be sure to visit A-G Matching after completing Transcript Entry.
  • College or university courses entered in Transcript Entry for one semester will be automatically counted as one full year of high school credit.
  • To find courses that are A-G eligible, click here.
  • For more information on fulfilling the A-G requirements, click here.

A-G Subject Requirements Satisfied by an Alternate Method 

If you have not satisfied the A-G Subject Requirements through your high school coursework units, you may meet these requirements via test results, validation, or waiver (i.e., in the case of proficiency in a LOTE). You must still report all completed high school coursework and grades earned in order to calculate your high school GPA correctly. 

Subject Matter Validation

For all courses in Mathematics (Area C), Language Other Than English (Area E), and Chemistry (Area D2): if you receive a grade of “D” in the first semester and a grade of “C” or higher in the second semester, you will receive two semesters of subject requirement credit. If you earned a D or F for any of these courses, enter “Pass” for the first semester and the grade received for the second semester. Satisfactory completion of a final year of study validates prior study in math, chemistry, and Languages Other Than English (LOTE). Completion of an advanced course in the same subject presupposes knowledge of the previous course(s).

  • Satisfactory completion of a second year of LOTE (Language Other Than English) will validate the first year.
  • Satisfactory completion of Algebra II (intermediate) will validate Algebra 1 (elementary), but will not validate Geometry.
  • Satisfactory completion of a statistics course for which Algebra II is a stated prerequisite can validate both years of Algebra, but NOT Geometry. The CSU high school requirements in mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Intermediate Algebra) may be validated with higher-level college preparatory mathematics courses such as Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, or Calculus. Integrated math studies that appear on the UC "A-G" list will satisfy the subject requirements certified on the UC list. Cal State Apply policy allows for a maximum of two semesters worth of credit for Algebra 1-classified classes, regardless of how many semesters were taken. This applies to two-year Algebra 1 classes offered at some high schools. 


Your A-G GPA is calculated using the grades from all college prep A-G courses completed after 9th grade. Courses with a D or F grade reported in High School Coursework will not be counted in the A-G subject totals but will be included in your GPA calculation. Your GPA will be used to calculate an Eligibility Index, which campuses will use to determine admission eligibility. For more information, an Eligibility Index, and GPA calculator, click here.


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