California State University, in accordance with EO 1110, states that all incoming freshmen are prepared for their first-year courses in area of General Education (GE) Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.

Successful completion of general education (GE) Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning courses in the first year of CSU enrollment establishes a foundation for continuous learning. Unless the requirements have been completed, freshmen shall enroll in GE written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses appropriate to each student’s major and skill level, as demonstrated by applicable systemwide standards utilized in the review of academic preparation.

Multiple measures are used to determine student's academic preparation; assessment tests CAASPP-EAP, ACT, AP and high schools grades and coursework.