"Golden Four" Completion

Completion of all Admission Requirements

Campuses require that all admission requirements (Golden 4, units, GPA requirements, supplemental requirements) must be completed by the end of spring for fall admission or by the end of fall for spring admission. CSU Channel Islands, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach, CSU Sacramento, San Jose State University, and CSU Stanislaus require admission requirements for spring semester to be completed by the end of the prior summer.​

Completion of the “Golden Four”

The following semester campuses require the "Golden Four" courses (Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning) be completed the semester before the start of the upcoming term.

Semester Campuses
Term
Completion Notes
Bakersfield
Fall
Complete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
Spring
Complete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Channel Islands
Fall
Complete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
Spring
Complete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Chico
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the fall prior to the spring admission term
Dominguez Hills
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
East Bay
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Fresno
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the fall term prior to the spring admission term
FullertonFallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Humboldt
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the fall prior to the spring admission term
Long BeachFallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Los AngelesFallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Maritime Academy
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringN/A
Monterey BayFallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Northridge​
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
Spring
Complete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Pomona
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
Sacram​entoFallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
San​​ ​​BernardinoFallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term​
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission​
San​​ ​​Diego
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
Spring
Complete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission term
San Francisco
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the fall prior to the spring admission term
San José
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer term prior to the spring admission term
San Marcos
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the fall ​term prior to the spring admission term
Sonoma
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
Spring
Complete by end of the fall term prior to the spring admission term
Stanislaus
FallComplete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term
SpringComplete by end of the summer prior to the spring admission

The following quarter campuses require the Golden Four courses be completed one quarter or more before the start of the upcoming term.

Quarter Campuses
Term
Completion Notes
San Luis Obispo
Fall
Complete by end of the spring term prior to the fall admission term. Open for transfer admission ONLY in the fall term. All of the Golden Four courses must be completed by the end of the prior spring term.​
Winter
Open for admission to the fall term only​
Spring
Open for admission to the fall term only​

Disclaimer: All information provided here is for academic year 2020-21. Information is current as of June 2020 and subject to change without prior notice. Please visit the CSU campus websites or contact a specific campus for up-to-date information.