All 23 statewide CSU campuses determine admitted first-year students' general education (GE) written communication and math/quantitative reasoning course placements and identifies students requiring supportive instruction through the following multiple measures:

  • Standardized assessment scores: ACT, AP, CAASPP, CLEP, IB, SAT
  • College transfer and/or high school college preparatory coursework
  • Weighted high school and/or math/quantitative reasoning GPA

Important: Admitted students' initial readiness categories for English and/or math may change between their application date and Admissions receiving final high school/test transcripts.


COVID-19 Guidance

Due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSU temporarily suspended use of standardized assessment scores for admission purposes. However, students with previously earned scores may still apply them for first-year GE course placement purposes.

Visit Cal State Apply for the CSU's official COVID-19 admission guidance.


Readiness Categories

The CSU places admitted first-year students in readiness categories for GE courses based upon which multiple measures or combinations thereof they fulfilled in high school per subject.

Students need only fulfill one listed option to qualify for a readiness category in that subject. Please view the following options for fulfilling multiple measures by readiness category: