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