Other Requirements

American Institution Requirement         
The CSU requires each graduate to be knowledgeable about the U.S. Constitution, American history and state and local government. The "U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Requirement" is generally known as the American Institution Requirement. You can complete this requirement either by passing a comprehensive examination or by completing the required courses (generally two).

California Community Colleges have identified designated courses that satisfy CSU's American Institution Requirement at the lower-division level before you transfer. Completion of these courses can be certified by your community college. In addition, many CSU campuses permit courses that meet this requirement to satisfy General Education-Breadth requirements.

To find out more, talk to your community college counselor about how individual CSU campuses handle this requirement.

English and Math Placement (EPT/ELM) Test
Upper-division transfer students who must complete college-level English and college-level mathematics with grades of C or better prior to admission to the CSU are exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM).

Lower-division transfer students who have not completed an appropriate English composition course and college-level mathematics course with grades of C or better, and who are not exempt based on their SAT scores, ACT scores, or AP credit, will be required to take the placement tests.