CSU to Suspend Standardized Testing Requirement for Upcoming Admission Cycles

Finally some information for our current juniors who are planning to apply as freshmen at CSU campuses in the fall of 2021.


The admission formula for CSUs has always been a formula that includes A-G courses GPA and various standardized testing scores but now with the SATs and ACTs being canceled, universities around the country are either going test optional or getting rid of these test scores entirely at least for the next admissions cycle.


Some things to keep in mind as we navigate our current situation:

  • California residents and graduates of California high schools will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater “a-g” GPA.

  • Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 may be evaluated for admission based upon supplemental factors such as number of courses exceeding minimum “a-g” requirements, household income, extracurricular involvement, and other available information that would inform the campus admission decision. Each CSU campus will determine the supplemental factors used with GPA to determine eligibility in these cases and communicate these criteria publicly for prospective students.


I'll keep you informed as I get more information from various campuses but for now here's the post from their website...

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/CSU-to-Suspend-Standardized-Testing-Requirement-for-Upcoming-Admission-Cycles.aspx