A college degree can help students reach their personal and professional goals. The following information explains generally what students should do each year of high school to prepare for college. For additional information, please contact the CSU Admissions Division at (562) 951-4726 or visit the all-new Cal State Apply website.
High school students interested in entering the CSU directly following graduation must take the following classes, totaling 15 units (one unit equals one year or two semesters), which satisfy the University of California's (UC) "a-g" subject requirements. Plan to take four of the following classes almost every year of high school in preparation for college:
2 Years (1 year U.S. History, 1 year Social Science)
3 years (4 recommended)
2 years (laboratory classes)
2 years (same language)
1 year (any college preparatory subject)
The CSU takes the top third of California high school graduates (and community college transfer students who have 60 or more transferrable units). Students with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above in 10th through 12th Grade college preparatory courses earn automatic eligibility for admission to the CSU. For students with a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0, eligibility depends on ACT or SAT scores. Contact a college admissions counselor or visit Cal State Apply for additional information.
The CSU offers of the lowest tuition fees in the nation for a four-year public institution. Many CSU students qualify for free financial aid through the Cal Grant by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and completing any additional requirements listed by the CSU.
Additionally, the CSU Foundation Board of Governors lists scholarship opportunities both statewide and at particular CSU campuses. Currently, supporters fund over $500,000 in scholarships across all 23 campuses. For additional information about affording college please contact the Financial Aid Office at Cal Maritime.
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