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Proposed Changes to Admission Requirements

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 2027.

To satisfy the requirement, students would have many options, including:

  • an additional “c" – mathematics course (with Algebra II as a prerequisite)
  • an additional “d"- science course (beyond the two required),
  • or a “g"-elective course that has quantitative reasoning foundation (subjects could include computer science, coding, engineering, statistics, personal finance, etc.).

CURRENT VS. PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS FOR CSU ADMISSION

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

Area​​​​ Subject Years
a. History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science)2
b. English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)4
c. Mathematics (4 years recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year)3
d. Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)2
e. Language Other Than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable - See below about a possible waiver of this requirement)2
f. Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art)1
g. College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the University of California "a-g" list)1
​Total Required Courses
15

Proposed CSU College Preparatory Coursework Requirements for First Year Admission

Area​​ Subject Years
a. History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science)2
b. English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)4
c. Mathematics (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics or a comparable integrated pathway; take one each year)3
d. Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)2
e. Language Other Than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable - See below about a possible waiver of this requirement)2
f. Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art)1
g. College Preparatory Elective (1 year selected from “c – mathematics", “d – laboratory science", or a quantitative reasoning course from the “g – college preparatory elective" areas AND 1 additional year chosen from the University of California "a-g" list)2
Total Required Courses
16

Equity and Access

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.​

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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 co​llaboration 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 2027, any student who could not fulfill the requirement due to limited course availability in their high school would be provided an exemption.​