High school students from Vista can get guaranteed admission to Cal State San Marcos

Students have to meet requirements of deal

SAN DIEGO - California State University San Marcos is offering an opportunity for students from certain schools to gain guaranteed acceptance into the college.

Making the transition from high school to college isn't an easy task, and according to Cal State San Marcos officials, once admitted, 55 percent of their freshman class from last year was not ready for college-level math or English and were forced to take remedial classes.

To decrease that number, the university is reaching out to school districts in their area and promising automatic acceptance if their students finish their program and meet the CSU requirements. The latest partnership is with the Vista Unified School District, with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the district and CSU San Marcos officials on Tuesday.

According to the school:

"The MOU sets a structured roadmap to college success, improving university accessibility for Vista students. It promises that all graduating seniors, from the class of 2017 and beyond, will receive guaranteed admission to CSUSM if they meet California State University (CSU) eligibility requirements and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Not only does this MOU guarantee admission to CSUSM but it helps students become college-ready, qualified to apply to any of the CSU system's 22 other campuses.

As part of the agreement, CSUSM will assist in the creation of professional training opportunities for VUSD teachers, develop a parent and student orientation and visitation program for pre-collegiate advising, assist in the recruitment of CSUSM college students as tutors in VUSD middle and high schools, and will encourage CSUSM alumni to volunteer as speakers or mentors in District schools."

CSU San Marcos started this program in 2006, and they have partnered with 10 districts. So far, they've had 436 students that received guaranteed admission to the school.

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