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California State University temporarily suspending college entrance exam requirements

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 13:08:13-04

(KGTV) -- California State University officials said the use of ACT and SAT exams to determine student admission eligibility will be temporarily suspended for the 2021-22 academic year.

CSU officials noted that the “temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.”

Officials detailed the requirements in a news release:

First-time freshmen must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a high school graduate or equivalent; complete the 15-unit comprehensive “a-g” pattern of college preparatory courses; and earn a qualifying “a-g” grade point average (GPA) as described below.

California residents and graduates of California high schools will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater “a-g” GPA.

Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 may be evaluated for admission based upon supplemental factors such as number of courses exceeding minimum “a-g” requirements, household income, extracurricular involvement, and other available information that would inform the campus admission decision. Each CSU campus will determine the supplemental factors used with GPA to determine eligibility in these cases and communicate these criteria publicly for prospective students.

Non-California residents may be eligible for admission to the CSU by earning a 3.00 or greater “a-g” GPA along with other supplemental factors utilized by the individual campus, including those outlined by impacted campuses and programs.

This temporary change of admission requirements will also apply to impacted CSU campuses and programs. Campuses and programs designated as impacted may utilize higher “a-g” GPA thresholds for applicants, as well as identify supplemental criteria and their relative weights, in making admission decisions. However, in no case will standardized test scores be utilized in making admissions decisions for applicants during the 2021-2022 academic year.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said, “The California State University has provided access to a high-quality education for millions of Californians from all walks of life, and we will continue to fulfill our academic mission even during these most trying of times. This temporary change will ensure equitable access to the university, and should provide some measure of relief to prospective students and their families.”