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There are twenty-three campuses in this system, ranging from Humboldt near the Oregon border to San Diego on the Mexican border, with an enrollment exceeding 325,000 students and more than 1,600 degree programs. The campuses are as follows: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona Polytech, Sacramento, San Bernadino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo Polytech, San Marcos, Sonoma, and Stanislaus. The State University System has entrance requirements designed to admit 33% of the graduates of California high schools. Eligibility for entrance depends upon the GPA combined with a score on either the SAT or the ACT admission tests. The rule of thumb is that the higher the GPA, the lower the test score required, and conversely, the lower the GPA, the higher the test score required. October 1st – November 30th of the senior year is the initial application-filing period for the following fall. The University of California and California State University have agreed to adopt the same pattern of academic courses required for freshman eligibility, enabling high school students to take the same courses to prepare for admission to both institutions.

CSU trustees voted to reduce by two the number of elective courses they now require, and to replace them with an additional year of laboratory science and an additional year of history/social science. Beginning with students applying for fall 2003 admission, the minimum requirements for both systems will be: four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of history/social science, two years of laboratory science, two years of language other than English, one year of visual or performing arts and one year of electives. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each course. For courses meeting the CSU requirements, refer to the list on page 8-9. Examination Requirement: All students must submit scores from either SAT, SAT Subject tests or ACT.

Grade Requirement: Overall GPA for grades 10-12 excluding PE is combined with SAT I or ACT scores to determine admission qualifications. All courses taken to meet the requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Details on calculating GPA, including the use of Honors or Advanced Placement course grades, are available from counselors. Incoming freshmen must have an eligibility index which places them among the upper one-third of California high school graduates.