First-Time Freshmen: Placement Requirements

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning rely on CSU system-wide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, Act scores and/or SAT scores.

Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment. As such, they inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses.

First-time freshmen determined to be in need of additional academic development are supported in the Early Start Program and in enhanced baccalaureate credit-bearing general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses. Students placed in developmental support courses in either written communication or mathematics/quantitative reasoning, or both, must complete all preparatory work in their first year of enrollment.

Entering freshmen are exempt from participating in the Early Start Program or a developmental support course based on assessment standards. Please refer to Early Start Math and Early Start English webpages for additional information.