The CSU is investigating a proposal to add one year of quantitative reasoning coursework to the "a-g" subject admission requirements, raising the requirements from 15 years of comprehensive college preparatory coursework to 16 years
for the entering first-time freshman class of 2026.
To satisfy the requirement, students would have many options, including:
The first table below illustrates the
existing “a-g" college preparatory coursework requirements for first-time freshman applicants.
The second table illustrates the
proposed “a-g" college preparatory coursework requirements for first-time freshman applicants.
Existing CSU College Preparatory Coursework Requirements for First Year Admission
Proposed CSU College Preparatory Coursework Requirements for First Year Admission
The CSU proposal to add a quantitative reasoning admission requirement supports educational and workforce equity by expanding access for all students to achieve their personal and professional goals, rather than limiting their opportunities at the point of college admission. By encouraging – and supporting –school districts in increasing quantitative reasoning course availability, the proposal will ensure that a greater number of students from all backgrounds arrive at the CSU prepared for a diverse range of majors and career paths.
This proposal supports the commitment to eliminate all equity gaps. Through robust outreach programs, existing community and external partnerships and equity organizations, the CSU anticipates addressing issues of awareness, communication, and collaboration regarding the proposed changes during the intervening six-year period.
The goal is to expand access and equity for all students rather than limiting opportunities to achieve personal and professional goals because of limited preparation during high school. Additionally, in 2026, any student who could not fulfill the requirement due to limited course availability in their high school would be provided an exemption.