Amid widespread school closures due to the coronavirus, the California State University system announced Friday it will suspend the use of ACT/SAT testing in determining admission eligibility for 2021-22.
The move echoes one announced earlier this month by the University of California system.
“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,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement. “This temporary change will ensure equitable access to the university, and should provide some measure of relief to prospective students and their families.”
The change applies only to applicants for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles. According to the university, prospective freshmen must:
— be a high school graduate or equivalent;
— complete the 15-unit A-G college prep courses; and
— earn a qualifying A-G grade-point average, which is 2.50 or greater for California residents and graduates of California high schools.
California high school graduates or residents with an A-G grade-point average between 2.00 and 2.49 will be considered for admission based on various other factors, including household income and extracurricular involvement. Non-California residents may be eligible for admission with a 3.00 or greater A-G grade-point average.
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