California State University officials assured incoming freshmen Tuesday they will be able to start classes in the fall, even if they haven’t passed the California High School Exit Exam due to the test’s cancellation in July.
The state’s decision to cancel the exam created some chaos among high school seniors who were planning to take the test in July to meet the graduation requirement and begin college in the fall. The state is looking to eliminate the test, but the requirement is still on the books.
Without passing the test, students’ transcripts do not include a graduation date. CSU officials noted that passing the exit exam is not a requirement for admission to the university, but having a graduation date is.
“We have asked the admissions offices at all 23 CSU campuses to be flexible in the final evaluation of new freshmen who might not have received their graduation date on final transcripts,” said Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. “California high school graduates who aspire to enroll at a CSU campus and meet all other requirements for admission to the CSU will not be turned away because of the decision to cancel the exam.”
CSU officials said the university is reaching out to affected students to ensure they can begin college on schedule, as long as the lack of a graduation date on the transcript was a result of the test’s cancellation and all other admission requirements have been met.
— Wire reports