Cal State (CSU) information
The CSU's Academic Preparation policy affords all students the opportunity and support they need to be fully prepared and successful at the CSU.
To accomplish this, the CSU has transformed academic preparation in an effort to provide all first-time freshman the opportunity and support needed to be successful in college-level coursework. This website provides guidance on assessment of English and math skills, placement in General Education (GE) English and math/quantitative reasoning courses and the Early Start Program.
- The CSU no longer uses ACT or SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses.
- If accepted to a CSU campus, ACT or SAT test scores can be used as one of the measures to place students in the appropriate mathematics or English (written communication) courses.
- For more information on admission criteria, please visit the First-Time Freshman Guidance and the First-Time Freshman Frequently Asked Questions pages.
Students in need of additional academic development are supported in the Early Start Program (ESP) and in enhanced baccalaureate courses. The goal of Early Start is to provide academic support to students in English and math/quantitative reasoning.
Learn more about preparing for the CSU by visiting the following websites and reviewing the CSU Admission Handbook below.