The California State University system has announced it will temporarily suspend the use of college entrance examinations in determining admission eligibility across all of its campuses.
The announcement comes on the heels of Humboldt State University's announcement that it is facing a ballooning budget deficit
projected to reach more than $20 million over two years due to declining admissions projections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary suspension also comes amid a growing backlash
to the ACT and SAT tests, which many say contain cultural biases and are discriminatory against low-income students, while providing a poor indicator of success at the college level.
See the full CSU press release copied below.
CSU to Suspend Standardized Testing Requirement for Upcoming Admission Cycles
The California State University (CSU) will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles. First-time freshmen must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a high school graduate or equivalent; complete the 15-unit comprehensive “a-g” pattern of college preparatory courses; and earn a qualifying “a-g” grade point average (GPA) as described below.
“The California State University has provided access to a high-quality education for millions of Californians from all walks of life, and we will continue to fulfill our academic mission even during these most trying of times,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “This temporary change will ensure equitable access to the university, and should provide some measure of relief to prospective students and their families.”
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.
Non-California residents may be eligible for admission to the CSU by earning a 3.00 or greater “a-g” GPA along with other supplemental factors utilized by the individual campus, including those outlined by impacted campuses and programs.
This temporary change of admission requirements will also apply to impacted CSU campuses and programs. Campuses and programs designated as impacted may utilize higher “a-g” GPA thresholds for applicants, as well as identify supplemental criteria and their relative weights, in making admission decisions. However, in no case will standardized test scores be utilized in making admissions decisions for applicants during the 2021-2022 academic year.