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Coronavirus Pandemic Updates

February 8, 2021

Cal State LA to Serve as Te​st Site for COVID-19 Vaccination

To expedite the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the Biden Administration plans to open 100 test sites in the first 100 days in office. In California, two mass vaccination centers have been identified as part of the pilot project: California State University, Los Angeles and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. These areas were targeted in an effort to reach underrepresented communities that have been disproportionatel​y affected by the virus. Both sites are planning to be operational by February 16. To find out when you will be eligible to receive the vaccine, visit MyTurn​.

In addition to the federal test sites, a number of CSU campuses are being used by county health agencies or third-party vendors to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their students, faculty and staff. Contact your campus for further details.


February 5, 2021

Chancellor Joseph I. Castro Addresses Fall 2021 Plan for Return to In-Person Classes During Joint CSU Academic Affairs Council – Student Affairs Council Meeting

“Through our work and decision-making, in our campus announcements, through our daily teaching, counseling and advising, in our planning for fall 2021 – it’s imperative that we model and instill in our students and their families a respect for science, a reliance on data and a standard of truth,” Chancellor Castro discussed the importance of centering science in the Fall 2021 CSU plan for return to majority in-person classes.


December 12, 2020

Help Slow the Spread

Throughout the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSU has continuously stepped up as a leader in California. The university has provided invaluable guidance and assistance to those in need, whether it was the switch to virtual instruction, providing mental health resources, supplying medical equipment to essential workers or heroes showing up on the front lines.


December 9, 2020

California State University Anticipates Return to In-Person Coursework for Fall 2021 Term

In keeping with previous efforts to provide current and prospective students and families with information, clarity and time to plan, the California State University (CSU) has announced that it is planning for an anticipated return to delivering courses primarily in-person starting with the fall 2021 term.


December 8, 2020

Deeper Learning Through the Pandemic

For some, the pandemic has brought on the challenge of coping and growing through traumatic stress. For others, it's a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the human experience in times of crisis. Here are just a few innovative ways that CSU faculty have nimbly shifted to provide real-time relevancy in their coursework.


December 1, 2020

Cal State Apply Deadline Extended to December 15

To better serve high school and community college students facing university admissions challenges caused by COVID-19, the California State University (CSU) will extend its fall 2021 priority application deadline to December 15, 2020. Students interested in attending any CSU campus can apply at the university's application portal, Cal State Apply. (Refer to the Applicant Help Center for additional information and answers to application questions.)


November 30, 2020

Cultivating Campus Community

For college students everywhere, building a new community of friends and colleagues is every bit as valuable as the learning and career opportunities college provides. But doing so during COVID-19 comes with its own set of unique challenges. How do you create the campus experience when social distancing is the new norm? To combat that loss, staff and student leaders across all CSU campuses have been working to create spaces, largely online, where students can effectively and safely connect and regain that sense of campus life.


October 12, 2020

CSU Helps Bridge the Digital Equity Divide

To safeguard the health and safety of students and the community, the CSU is offering predominantly virtual instruction for the 2020-21 academic year. The pivot to online education, while necessary, has magnified the pre-existing digital equity divide between students who have adequate internet and computer access, and those who do not.


September 10, 2020

4 Ways Academic Advisors are Helping Students Succeed Online

Academic advisors across the CSU are reimagining the way they serve students, giving literal meaning to the mantra “meeting students where they are."


September 10, 2020

CSU Campuses to Continue with Predominantly Virtual Instruction for Academic Terms Beginning in January 2021

"For the academic term beginning January 2021, all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses will continue with coursework primarily delivered virtually, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White announced in a message to the university community today."


May 12, 2020

Chancellor Timothy P. White's Statement on Fall 2020 University Operational Plans

"There will be limited in-person experiential learning and research occurring on campuses for the fall 2020 term. On some campuses and in some academic disciplines course offerings are likely to be exclusively virtual."


May 11, 2020

Combating COVID-19

From conducting research to providing resources and equipment, here’s how the CSU is doing its part to support California during the current pandemic.


April 24, 2020

Emergency Grants Available for Students Through CSU Cares Program

The CSU Cares Program offers emergency grants for CSU students experiencing financial hardships directly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


April 23, 2020

A Community United

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSU campuses remain open and ready to serve students.


April 17, 2020

CSU to Suspend Standardized Testing Requirement for Upcoming Admission Cycles

The CSU will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year.


April 13, 2020

Banding Together: How the CSU Remains Resilient in a Time of Crisis

See how the CSU is taking strides to keep teaching and learning on track.


April 2, 2020

Emergency Grant Funding Available for CSU Students

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students.


March 17, 2020 | 4:50 p.m.

California State University Campuses to Accelerate Transition to Virtual Instruction

To better implement mass gathering guidelines established by the California Department of Health, all California State University campuses will immediately transition in-person operations of the university to a virtual mode.


March 12, 2020

CSU Statement on Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational values for the California State University, and every member of the CSU community is encouraged to exemplify those values. This is especially true as incidents of bias and xenophobia have increased during the Coronavirus outbreak. Any such actions or attitudes, ranging from microaggressions to overt harassment, have no place within the California State University; students, staff and faculty are actively encouraged to reject and denounce xenophobia and bigotry, and to treat all with dignity and respect.


March 10, 2020

California State University Update on Coronavirus-Related Actions

With the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread as more cases are identified throughout California, the California State University Office of the Chancellor has provided additional guidance to its 23 campuses.


February 27, 2020

COVID-19 and CSU Students Abroad in Korea and Italy

Over the last few days, we have watched as the concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus, shifted from China to other regions of the world. In particular, recent developments in South Korea have become greater cause for concern. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently placed South Korea at “Warning Level Three” advising to “avoid non-essential travel.” The U.S. State Department has also raised their Travel Advisory to “Level Three.” The health and safety of our students is of primary concern and we encourage campuses to consider this in making decisions about student programming in affected areas.