​The California State University (CSU) will hold its annual “College Night” on September 19 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center and on September 27 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The free events provide opportunities for local students, parents and educators to meet with representatives from each of the CSU’s 23 campuses.


Attendees are invited to attend admission workshops to learn about eligibility requirements and financial aid workshops in which outreach staff will go over the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadlines and what types of aid are available. In addition to federal financial aid, the CSU offers several forms of aid including grants, scholarships and work-study programs. Staff will also provide guidelines for navigating the CSU’s new online application service, Cal State Apply.


Following the workshops, students and parents will be able to meet with representatives to help them decide which university best fits their needs. Each campus provides unique tools and opportunities designed to support students through their academic journey. Programs like academic advising and the first-year experience are being reimagined as part of Graduation Initiative 2025, the CSU’s latest efforts to improve graduation rates and foster student success.


“College Night” grew out of the CSU’s Counselors Conference, in which high school and community college counselors are invited to hear about the most up-to-date information needed to prepare students for the rigors of college and create a pathway toward a lifetime of success.