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COVID-19 Guidance (Counselors)

Interim Impacts on CSU Undergraduate Admissions Policies & Practices

The California State University (CSU) system and campuses, including Cal Maritime, will take all necessary steps to mitigate the disruptions caused by COVID-19 while ensuring the health and safety for our students, faculty, staff, and communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated adjustments to some CSU admission requirements and prior guidance to incoming students for Fall 2020 and beyond.  The CSU will exercise flexibility and accommodation when working with our educational partners and Fall 2020 applicants in meeting admission requirements and the subsequent steps toward enrollment.  Although COVID-19 disrupted work on campuses, forcing faculty and staff to work remotely, processing of admission applications and communications continues.

We offer the following information for school districts, schools, community colleges, colleges, educators, prospective students, and applicants regarding CSU admission (read the official CSU statement):

 

High School Guidance

  1. Fall 2020 (First-year Students, Current Seniors)

  2. 1. The CSU will accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during the Winter, Spring, or Summer 2020 terms.  All prior coursework must receive a grade of C- or better to satisfy "a-g" requirements.  Grades of "Credit/Pass" or "No Credit/Non-passing" will not factor into the calculation of high school GPA.
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  4. 2. CSU campuses will assess and initially place students in first-year English/math based on multiple measures: High school and college courses completed; cumulative high school/high school math GPAs; and ACT, SAT, and CAASPP Smarter Balanced Assessments scores students previously submitted.
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  6. 3. The CSU will not facilitate a systemwide CSU Early Start program in Summer 2020.  Individual CSU campuses may offer summer transitional programs in virtual formats (e.g., Summer Bridge).
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  8. 4. The CSU requests high schools attempt to provide transcripts by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  However, campuses will continue to accept transcripts through the Fall 2020 term.  CSU campuses will not rescind conditional offers of admission based on the non-receipt of transcripts.  If a student cannot provide an official transcript due to extended school closure, CSU campuses may use unofficial or self-reported data for senior year grades and graduation status.
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  10. 5. New first-year students will remain in a "conditionally admitted" status until the CSU campus receives and reviews final transcript documents for completed "a-g" requirements.1
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  12. 6. For students not yet meeting all "a-g" requirements after review of their final transcript document, CSU campuses may use admission exceptions on a case-by-case basis if students no longer meet eligibility standards, based on the inability to complete all "a-g" courses in which they enrolled into Spring 2020.2  Consideration may include how well the student performs academically in Fall 2020.  Students should in no way assume enrollment in Fall 2020 courses means an automatically granted exception.
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  14. 7. The College Board announced changes to the AP exam content and format for Spring 2020.  The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for Spring 2020 AP exam scores of ≥3.
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  16. 8. CSU campuses will individually consider their extension of intent to enroll and/or housing deposit deadlines.  Intent to enroll deadlines will consider the campus' capacity to provide timely information regarding financial aid awards to students and families (more information forthcoming).
     
  17. Fall 2021 (Prospective Students, Current Juniors)

  18. 1. The CSU will accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during the Winter, Spring, or Summer 2020 terms.  All coursework must receive a grade of C- or better to satisfy "a-g" requirements.  Grades of "Credit/Pass" or "No Credit/Non-passing" will not factor into the calculation of high school GPA.
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  20. 2. The CSU strongly recommends all students enroll in year-long Grade 12 English and math/quantitative reasoning courses, including Advanced Placement (AP), CSU Expository Reading and Writing (ERWC), CSU Math Reasoning with Connections (MRWC), International Baccalaureate (IB), weighted honors, and other advanced courses.
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  22. 3. Given the current and indefinite suspension of ACT, SAT, and CAASPP Smarter Balanced Assessments, the CSU will evaluate its admission process for entering first-year students in 2021.  In consultation with its internal constituents, including the statewide academic senate and governing board, the CSU will determine the appropriate path forward for eligibility criteria for Fall 2021 applicants.  Likewise, the CSU will soon issue final decisions on how the CSU will adapt its admissions process for the Fall 2021 term.
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  24. 4. The College Board announced changes to the AP exam content and format for Spring 2020.  The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for Spring 2020 AP exam scores of ≥3.
     
  25. Middle School to Grade 10

  26. 1. The CSU will accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during the Winter, Spring, or Summer 2020 terms.  All coursework must receive a grade of C- or better to satisfy "a-g" requirements.  Grades of "Credit/Pass" or "No Credit/Non-passing" will not factor into the calculation of high school GPA.

 

Community College Guidance

  1. Fall 2020 Transfers

  2. 1. The CSU campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for transferable college courses completed in Winter, Spring or Summer 2020 taken to satisfy:

a. The Golden Four: Oral Communication (A1), English Language (A2), Critical Thinking (A3), Math/Quantitative Reasoning (B4)
b. All other General Education (GE) courses
c. Major prerequisite courses

  1. 2. CSU campuses will clear admission for upper-division transfer applicants with 48 semester or 72 quarter transferable units who have completed English Language (A2) and math/quantitative reasoning (B4) by the start of Fall 2020, including courses completed in Summer 2020.

a. CSU campuses will work with students to enroll in the appropriate GE and major preparation courses to fulfill lower division requirements prior to enrolling in major coursework.
b. Students will still need to fulfill all major requirements to receive their degree.

  1. 3. If a CSU campus conditionally admitted a student as a lower-division transfer, the student will need to meet eligibility and have completed English Language (A2) and math/quantitative reasoning (B4) by the start of Fall 2020, including courses taken in summer 2020.

  2. 4. The CSU requests community colleges attempt to provide transcripts by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  However, CSU campuses will continue to accept transcripts through the Fall 2020 term.  CSU campuses will not rescind conditional offers of admission based on the non-receipt of transcripts.  If a student cannot provide an official transcript due to extended school closure, CSU campuses may use unofficial or self-reported data for spring or summer grades and graduation status.

  3. 5. New transfer students will remain in a "conditionally admitted" status until the CSU campus receives and reviews final transcript documents for completed admission requirements.

  4. 6. For students not yet completing at least 48 transferable units and fulfilled A2 and B4 requirements after review of their final transcript document, CSU campuses may use admission exceptions on a case-by-case basis if students do not meet criteria from item 2.  Students should in no way assume enrollment in Fall 2020 courses means an automatically granted exception.

  5. 7. For students "conditionally accepted" for Fall 2020 choosing to remain at their community college to finish their transfer requirements or Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), the CSU campus may defer their admission to Winter/Spring 2021 terms at the discretion of the individual CSU campus.

  6. 8. A transfer student who anticipated completing an ADT enrolling for Fall 2020 without completing the ADT and matriculated with less than 60 units completed would need to obtain a special advising agreement at the CSU campus of enrollment.

  7. 9. The College Board announced changes to the AP exam content and format for Spring 2020.  The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for Spring 2020 AP exam scores of ≥3.

  8. 10. CSU campuses will individually consider their extension of intent to enroll and/or housing deposit deadlines.  Intent to enroll deadlines will consider the campus' capacity to provide timely information regarding financial aid awards to students and families (more information forthcoming).

  9. Spring 2021 Transfers (& Beyond)

  10. 1. The CSU campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for transferable college courses completed in Winter, Spring or Summer 2020 taken to satisfy:

a. The Golden Four: Oral Communication (A1), English Language (A2), Critical Thinking (A3), Math/Quantitative Reasoning (B4)
b. All other General Education (GE) courses
c. Major prerequisite courses

  1. 2. The College Board announced changes to the AP exam content and format for Spring 2020.  The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for Spring 2020 AP exam scores of ≥3.

 

  1. 1Should not preclude campuses from awarding federal financial aid to students for Fall 2020.  Applies to both first-year freshmen and transfer students.  Federal financial aid eligibility thereafter subject to federal regulations and CSU policies.
     
  2. 2CSU ensures either campus allocations for admissions exceptions will increase or use of special code for these exceptions (excluded from the total count).  Applies to both first-year freshmen and transfer students.

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Matthew Tener, Coordinator
Laboratory Building 114
(707) 654-1081
mtener@csum.edu

 

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Last updated: 8/27/20