Getting to Know the CSU System

by Louis Perez

            The California State University (CSU) System, one of the four systems of higher education, is the largest four-year public university system in the United States, and is composed of 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers located all throughout California. The CSUs offer bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and in some cases, professional degrees. In order to attend a CSU, high school students must meet the following requirements: have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, taken the SAT or ACT, met the A-G requirements, and obtained a high school diploma.

               South Gate High School students are guaranteed admissions to local CSU campuses if they meet the Eligibility Index which is used throughout the CSU system and is calculated using a student’s GPA and SAT score. The local CSU campuses in the Los Angeles service area, which require an Eligibility Index of 2950, include: CSU Channel Islands, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Los Angeles, and CSU Northridge. In order to attend an impacted /competitive CSU campus, students must meet an Eligibility Index of 3200, and if they are a STEM major, the Eligibility Index increases to 3300. The CSUs with all undergraduate programs impacted are: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, San Diego State University, and San Jose State.


     There are several benefits to attending a CSU. CSUs tend to be practical-based, meaning that they prepare students to enter the workforce upon receiving a bachelor’s degree. Also, the tuition rates of CSUs are significantly lower than those of UCs; the average tuition is approximately $5,742.  Lastly, because there are many campuses scattered across California, there is more variety to choose from when determining location preferences for college.

               The application for the CSU system, which opened on October 1st, is located on the following website: Seniors must have had their applications submitted to Mrs. Corona by October 30th in order for her to review them, and the deadline to officially submit them online is November 30th.