ELM/EPT Placement Tests for Enrollment At CSU’s (California State Universities)


All CSU’s require incoming freshmen to meet certain Math and English proficiencies through a placement test or SAT/ACT test scores or the scores on the EAP assessments you took as part of your 11th grade STAR Math and English testing last year.

Be sure you meet this requirement — don’t overlook it as in most cases if you plan to attend a CSU in the fall and haven’t met this requirement by May 1, you could lose your acceptance to a CSU.  READ all of the information a CSU admissions office sends to you or posts on your portal.  If you need to take the ELM (Math) or EPT (English) assessment tests, they are only given on certain dates and ONLY at CSU campuses.  You can take the tests at ANY CSU campus, though (so for example,  if you are planning to go to SDSU, you can take them at Cal State East Bay).

For more information on either of these tests (and to learn how to determine whether or not you need ot take them and/or find out where and when they are offered), go to:  http://www.ets.org/csu/about/ .  Don’t wait…check it out now so you are prepared!

CSU Experiences a Second Year of Record High Applications for Fall 2011

The California State University has received more than 611,000 undergraduate applications in the two month fall 2011 priority application period beginning Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 30. The number of applications slightly tops last year’s record, demonstrating a consistently strong demand for a CSU education.

On Nov. 30 alone, the CSU received 75,844 applications through CSUMentor.edu. In particular, this year’s fall 2011 application submissions by prospective first-time freshmen held strong at 426,992, a sizeable increase of 14,819 from the prior year.

While the fall 2011 application period has concluded for most CSU campuses, some may continue to accept fall applications. Certain campuses also remain open for applicants for the winter and spring 2011 terms. Individual campus deadlines differ and it is best to review campus postings. For a full list of campuses still accepting applications please visit the CSUMentor Application Filing Status Report.

Source: CSU Dec. 1 Newsletter

Community College Transfer Rates

The California Postsecondary Education Commission  has just updated the full-year community college to UC/CSU transfer numbers on their website. This information will be most helpful to students who are intending to transfer from a community college to a 4 year CA public institution.  (Transfer Pathways, Link#1).  For those students wishing to know (in general) how many total students transferred from a particular Community College to any UC or CSU, check out Link #2.

Link #1:  Transfer Pathways – Individual Community College Transfer Numbers to UC or CSU

Link #2:  TOTAL transfers to UCs and CSUs from each Community College

California State University puts price on education – San Jose Mercury News

California State University puts price on education – San Jose Mercury News

  • midcareer median salary of an SJSU graduate is $92,900 — 21 times the current $4,440 investment for annual tuition
  • Starting salaries for SJSU grads, heavy on Silicon Valley engineers, are the second highest of all Cal State alums and higher than graduates of some UCs and many pricey private schools. Only Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ranks higher among the Cal State schools
  • San Jose State, UC Berkeley and Stanford grads start out somewhat even in pay — but after two decades in the work force, Berkeley and Stanford grads were earning significantly more — $109,000 and $119,000, compared with $92,900 for SJSU grads
  • Within the next six months, 300 public universities will post salary information compiled by PayScale.com
  • The highest-earning college graduates in the U.S. come from Harvey Mudd College, surpassing Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. This fact is attributed to its heavy focus on math, science and engineering — as well as a strong alumni base in Southern California, where salaries are high.



Audition : CSU Fullerton – Department of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance at CSU Fullerton
Implementing “New Student Auditions” for Fall 2011 for both BFA in Musical Theatre and Acting programs. “New Student Auditions” will be January 22, 2011 and March 5th, 2011. Audition information can be found on our website. CSUF Theatre and Dance Department ranks nationally among the “Most Highly Recommended Programs” (Performing Arts Major’s College Guide), ranking in the top sixteen most highly recommended undergraduate programs in the nation. Please visit their website at www.fullerton.edu/arts/theatredance/index.htm for more information.

What are honors courses?

What are honors courses?

First you need to check as to whether or not your school offers honors courses to freshmen. Some only allow students to take such courses from their sophomore year. Unlike AP courses, which are offered to juniors and seniors, honors courses vary in terms of curriculum and rigor of expectations. While AP (Advanced Placement) courses deliver a prescribed curriculum, honors courses in California are designed for the University of California system. Teachers who want to offer honors classes must submit the course outline to UC with a copy of the curriculum and examples of tests to be administered. Every high school has a list of their honors courses on file with UC. Successful completion of an honors course adds a point to a student’s grade point average. So in many ways, honors courses are specifically designed to enhance a student’s chances of admission to the University of California, which generally considers for admission only those within the top 12% of their class. In some schools, students need to take honors courses to qualify for AP classes. Such courses are stringent in their requirements and students need to be properly prepared. Honors classes can help student’s develop the strong writing skills necessary to succeed in AP classes.

Source: http://www.nvo.com/sos/articles/article.nhtml?uid=10007

Honors Courses

The CSU assigns extra points for up to eight semesters of approved honors level, AP or IB courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two approved honors level courses taken in the tenth grade may be given extra points. Extra points cannot be earned for honors, IB or Advanced Placement courses where the grade of D was received.

In order to be an “approved honors level course,” that high school course must be identified as honors level on your official high school “A-G” course list. You can find your school’s course list at www.ucop.edu/doorways/.

Source: http://www.californiacolleges.edu/admissions/california-state-university-csu/gpa_calculator.asp

Use this search engine to find a California high school or program’s UC certified course list. For DVHS 2010-2011 Course List, click here.

Source: Palo Alto High School mailing list

UC, Cal State proposing tuition hikes this fall – San Jose Mercury News

UC, Cal State proposing tuition hikes this fall – San Jose Mercury News

  • UC system is preparing to raise undergraduate tuition by $822 this coming fall, an 8 percent increase that will bring the average cost at the 10 campuses to $12,150
  • Cal State trustees, meanwhile, this week will vote on two tuition hikes — 5 percent, or $105, for the second half of the current school year and 10 percent on top of the new fee, or $440, this coming fall. Cal State tuition will cost $4,884 in fall 2011
  • UC raised tuition twice in the past year — a 32 percent increase overall, sending the cost past the $10,000 mark for the first time.
  • UC Retirement Plan, which went 20 years without contributions by either the university or its employees. The $30 billion fund, which has fallen at least $12 billion behind what it needs to pay retirees, took a 19.2 percent hit in 2008-09.


  • UC – from 1990 to 2011 – $2,000 to $11,124 – about 5 times increase in 20 years
  • CSU – from 1990 to 2011 – $1,000 to $4,884 – about 5 times increase in 20 years

CSU & UC Application Information

California State University and/or University of California system application:

  • CSU and UC applications do NOT require letters of recommendation
  • they do not require that you send a copy of your transcript at application time
  • UC applications DO require the personal statement and students should begin this early

Application Dates:

CSU’s are October 1st to November 30th at http://www.csumentor.edu. Do not wait to apply! Be sure to meet this deadline; almost ALL campuses will not accept applications for fall 2011 enrollment  after Nov. 30!! Apply early for the best chance, especially at impacted campuses or campuses with impacted majors. Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo continues to be impacted in all majors.

Not sure which CSU campuses to apply to?  Go to http://www.csumentor.edu and read about each campus.  Use their campus match finder to see which campuses might be right for you!

There are 16 “impacted CSU campuses” which means that the minimum “eligibility index” for those campuses might be higher for out of area applicants (not local*) and the actual index will not be defined until this year’s applications are received at those campuses.  The minimum eligibility index for CSU systemwide is 2900.   DVHS students are “*local” for two CSU campuses:  San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay.  This means that DVHS students who meet the minimum eligibility index (2900) and apply to those campuses will be admitted.  See http://www.csumentor.edu for more detailed information on eligibility index calculation and impaction.

To send SAT scores to CSU campuses, list CSU mentor as a score recipient – code 3594 – and score will go to all CSU.

UC’s are November 1st to 30th at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply. The UC application went online, Oct. 1 but cannot be submitted until Nov. 1.

Be sure to use the guides that pop-up while you are entering your information into the on line application.  They provide helpful clarification of the application process!  Be sure to check the box indicating that the UC’s can share information. If you check that box, then the UC’s may share your SAT/SAT Subject test scores (i.e. you only have to pay College Board for your scores to be sent to ONE UC campus.)  Note for ACT,  you must send scores to EACH campus where applying.

The UC application requires two personal statements.  Start those NOW!  go to www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions to view a very helpful video regarding writing the personal statements.

Remember that although there is one UC application, each campus must be designated, and an application fee of $60 per campus is required.

Remember to keep a record of your application ID and a summary of your application for reference. Check your e-mail frequently after applications are sent. Colleges will communicate via e-mail if they require further information, clarification, or a missing piece of the application process.

The CSU and UC application includes a self-reported transcript. Students must report all coursework and grades, including foreign language and algebra taken in middle school, on the application.

Analysis of SRVHS 2010 Senior Class Post Graduation Plans Data

For students who are thinking about attending a 4-year college, we are aware that this can be a time of great uncertainty as words of enrollment cut-backs and fee increases are showing up often in the media.  Looking at the enrollment data from the graduating class of 2010, we’re encouraged to see that our seniors will be journeying to all parts of the country to continue their educations. The economic uncertainty has become a catalyst for these students, challenging them to rethink what’s available in a broader geographic sense and to explore colleges they might not have otherwise considered. Statistics from the 2010 Senior Class Post Graduation Plans indicate the following changes.
·         Most noticeably, we see a 10% increase in seniors choosing out-of-state schools. Many are opting for public universities that are offering good scholarships or the Western Undergraduate Exchange (see article on p. 4 for more info). Some of this year’s most popular out-of-state campuses have a cost of attendance lower than that of those in the California public systems, yet still maintain that old-fashion college/community spirit that some of our CA campuses have lost, due to athletic budget cuts and the large undergrad populations.
·         Enrollment in CA community colleges, which we expected to rise sharply – did not rise, but in fact dropped 6% below last year’s community college enrollment. Of the 27% of our seniors who have chosen to start their post high school educations at two year colleges, journeying around the state seems to be popular, as students have enrolled at 15 different campuses.
·         CSU enrollment dropped by 9% compared to last year’s stats, with just 18% of our seniors choosing the CSU system. While Cal Poly SLO still tops the CSU chart, and actually adding twice as many seniors as last year, we are seeing more who’ve chosen San Diego State than in past years. As students were required to declare a major at SDSU this year, due to heavy program impaction, we hadn’t expected such an increase in admittance or enrollment. Sacramento State is also attracting more students than in past years. Enrollment numbers at Chico State, SFSU, San Jose State and Sonoma State decreased markedly.
·         The UC system held steady with the same percentage (18%) of SRV seniors choosing the UC option, but we see the largest increase in the Davis enrollments balancing a similar decrease in those choosing the Santa Barbara campus.

·         CA Independent (private college) enrollments increased to 7% from last year’s low enrollment of only 3%. Many private colleges are marketing their ability to get students out of college within the traditional 4-years timeframe – a prime cost consideration, and their ability to offer generous merit scholarships for academically competitive students has been evident.

Source: San Ramon Valley High School Career Center web page