CSU System Suspends SAT and ACT Admission Requirements

The country's largest public university system is suspending its college entrance exam requirements.

The Los Angeles Times reports that California State University announced Friday it would suspend the SAT and ACT testing requirements, affecting potential students for the 2021-2022 school year. This move comes after continued concerns and uncertainty over the impacts of Covid-19 have affected the education system.

The LA Times reports that the Cal State system currently educates half a million students and relies on the combination of an SAT and ACT score along with the potential student's GPA to determine admissions eligibility.

This decision by the 23-campus systems comes after the University of California system implemented a similar one earlier this month.

According to the LA Times report, these are the new guidelines for first-time freshmen seeking admission in the fall 2021, winter 2022 or spring 2022:

  • Applicant must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent, completed the 15-course college preparatory sequence known as the “A-G” requirements, and earned a 2.5 GPA or better.
  • Any student with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 may be evaluated, based on supplemental factors such as additional coursework, extracurricular activities and household income. It will be up to each campus to determine the supplemental criteria and communicate them to prospective students.

These new standards would only apply to California residents and graduates of California high schools. According to the report, non-California residents may be eligible for admission if they earn a 3.0 GPA or better and meet other supplemental criteria determined by individual campuses.

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