Academic Preparation and Placement

The CSU requires that all entering freshmen students be evaluated in terms of their preparation to complete first-year courses in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning. Applicable to Fall 2019 CSU admitted students, this evaluation will utilize the broadest set of multiple measures including standardized test scores such as the CAASPP EAP or SAT as well as high school coursework and grades. This evaluation of academic readiness is not a condition for admission to the CSU, but it is an important step for determining the best course placement for entering students.

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. 

Placement is Determined by Multiple Measures

multiple measuresVisit BroncoDirect to see your placement in English and math. 

Students admitted to Cal Poly Pomona, with questions regarding their placement may call (909) 869-3763 or contact us via email at

Students identified as benefiting from the Early Start Program may learn more here