At the CSU, we work every day to help ensure one thing for our more than 481,200 students: the timely completion of a rigorous, quality degree in preparation for a lifetime of achievement.
To accomplish this, the CSU has transformed academic preparation in an effort to provide all first-time freshman the opportunity and support needed to be successful in college-level coursework. This website provides guidance on assessment of English and math skills, placement in General Education (GE) English and math/quantitative reasoning courses and the Early Start Program.
- 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 to place students in the appropriate mathematics or English (written communication) courses.
- For more information on admission criteria, please visit the First-Time Freshman GuidanceThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. and the First-Time Freshman Frequently Asked QuestionsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. pages.
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.
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.
Be in the Know and Ready to Go
Learn about what it takes to be academically prepared for the CSU. Hear experiences and advise from students, faculty and staff on how to prepare for college level GE English and math and reach your educational goals.