Committed to Student Success from High School Preparation to College Graduation

At the CSU, we work every day to help ensure students have the opportunity to a timely completion of a rigorous, quality degree in preparation for a lifetime of achievement.

To accomplish this, CSU has transformed academic preparation in an effort to provide all first-year students the opportunity and support needed to be successful in college-level coursework. This website provides guidance on the assessment of English and math skills, enrollment in General Education (GE) English and math/quantitative reasoning courses and the Supportive Pathways for First-Year Students Program.

Please Note:

  • 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 for students to enroll in the appropriate mathematics or English (written communication) courses.  
  • For more information on admission criteria, please visit the First-Year Student Guidance and the First-Year Student Frequently Asked Questions pages.


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CSU Academic Preparation

The CSU's Academic Preparation policy affords all students the opportunity and support they need to be fully prepared and successful at the CSU.

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English and Math Placement Estimator

By assessing the needs of each individual student, this tool will help estimate student placement in first-year English and math courses creating a pathway towards successful learning.

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Be in the Know and Ready to Go

Learn about what it takes to be academically prepared for the CSU. Hear experiences and advice from students, faculty, and staff on how to prepare for college level GE English and math and reach your educational goals.