California State University (CSU)
A little history....
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country with 23 campuses. Under the 1961 Master Plan for Higher Education, the CSU draws students from the top third of California's high school graduates, and prioritizes admission to eligible upper division California Community College transfer students. The CSU has more than 430,000 students, 42,000 employees, and 2 million alumni.

The CSU confers 65 percent of California's business B.A.s, 52 percent of its agricultural business and agricultural engineering B.A.s. It provides bachelors' degrees to teachers and education staff (87 percent), criminal justice workers (89 percent), social workers (87 percent), and public administrators (82 percent). Altogether, about half of the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded annually in California are from the CSU.

The CSU is one of the nation's most diverse higher educational institutions.

The CSU, the University of California, and the California Community College systems comprise the state-supported systems of higher education in California. In addition, there are more than 75 independent non-profit universities. For more information about the CSU, see www.calstate.edu or www.californiacolleges.edu.


Freshman Admission Requirements

It is easy to understand the California State University admission requirements for California residents. Admission offices at the 23 campuses use three factors to determine eligibility.

Most applicants who are admitted meet the standards in each of the following areas:

Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area. Because of the number of students who apply, several campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Many CSU campuses utilize local admission guarantee policies for students who graduate or transfer from high schools and community colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region. You may review the CSU Local Admission Areas for each campus here.

1. a-g Courses

The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or better is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.

Area

Subject

Years

a.

History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science)

2

b.

English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)

4

c.

Math (4 years recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year)

3

d.

Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)

2

e.

Language Other than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable - See below about a possible waiver of this requirement)

2

f.

Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art)

1

g.

College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the University of California "A-G" list)

1

Total Required Courses



2. Grades and Test Scores

The grades you earn in high school are the most important factor in CSU admission decisions. Your high school grade point average is calculated using your grades in all your college prep "a-g" classes completed after the 9th grade.

Test scores are required unless you have a grade point average above 3.0 and are a resident of California. The CSU uses a calculation called an eligibility index that combines your high school grade point average with the score you earn on either the SAT or ACT tests. Even if you have a GPA above 3.0, it is useful to take either an SAT or ACT as the score may indicate if you do not need to take English and math placement tests after you are admitted and before you enroll at the CSU. The eligibility index for out-of-state students is higher and admission requirements for international students are somewhat different.

While SAT/ACT test scores are not required to establish the admission eligibility of California residents with high school grade point averages of 3.00 or above (nonresidents 3.61 or above), impacted campuses and impacted first-time freshmen enrollment categories often include test scores among the supplemental criteria required of all applicants to those campuses and enrollment categories.

If you have your high school GPA and the results of your SAT or ACT test, then you can calculate your eligibility index. From there you can quickly see whether you meet the minimum admission standards. Remember, some campuses have higher standards for particular majors or those students who live outside the local campus area.

ACT

 The CSU does not require the score from the Writing Test for admission purposes.

SAT

Scores from the Writing section will not be used for admission purposes to the CSU.


3. Graduation from High School

 How to apply...
*If you meet all of the above criteria, please visit www.csumentor.edu starting October 1st through November 30th of your senior year!

 






Additional Exam Placement Information for the CSU

English Placement (EPT) Exam


The CSU requires new students to be tested in English as soon as possible after they are admitted and before enrolling at a CSU campus. The test is used to determine whether students are prepared for college work; and if they are not, to place the students in appropriate remediation courses or activities. Students may be exempt from the test if they have scored well on other specified tests or have completed appropriate courses.

PURPOSE OF THE EPT


The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate baccalaureate courses. Those undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be enrolled in courses or programs designed to help them gain these skills. (The test is not part of the admission requirements to the CSU, but it is a condition of enrollment if the student is not exempt.) Students may take the EPT only once. It may not be repeated. There is an $18 charge to take the test.

WHO MUST TAKE THE EPT

The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 147 or above on the EPT will be placed in college-level composition classes.

Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

Test

EPT Exemption Score

**EPT Conditional Exemption Score

*New SAT

550 or more on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing SAT test

510 - 540 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing SAT test

Old SAT

500 or more on the Critical Reading section

460 - 490 on the Critical Reading section

ACT

22 or more on the English Test

19 - 21 on the English Test

AP

3 or more on either the Language & Composition or Literature & Composition exam

N/A


  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grad of C or better
  • A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11


To support you in preparing to meet the EPT Requirement, the California State University has developed the English Success Website.

Entry Level Math (ELM) Exam

The CSU requires new students to be tested in mathematics as soon as possible after they are admitted and before enrolling at CSU. The test is used to determine whether students are prepared for college work; and if they are not, to place the students in appropriate remediation courses or activities. Students may be exempt from this test if they have scored well on other specified tests or have completed appropriate courses. (This test is not part of CSU admission requirements, but is a condition of enrollment if the student is not exempt.) There is an $18 charge to take the test.

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination is designed to assess and measure the level of mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (Algebra I and II, and Geometry) of students entering the California State University (CSU). The CSU ELM must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 50 or above on the ELM will be placed in college-level mathematics classes.

Exemptions from the ELM are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • You do not have to take the ELM if you present proof of one of the following:

    • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board® SAT® Reasoning Test
    • A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
    • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT®) Mathematics Test
    • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement® (AP®) Calculus AB or Calculus BC
    • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
    • Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
    • A result of "Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics" on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam
    • The following Conditionally Exempt statuses require students to continue their preparation in the 12th grade by taking an approved math course and earn a grade of "C" or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless they meet other Early Start Program exemptions.
      • Early Start Program exemptions include the following test scores/results:
        • 490–540 on the mathematics portion of the SAT Reasoning Test
        • 20–22 on the mathematics portion of the ACT exam
        • A result of "Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics" on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam

To support you in preparing to meet the ELM Requirement, the California State University has developed the Math Success Website.