CSU Named as Winner of The Great Admissions Redesign Challenge

California State University among just seven selected by Lumina Foundation in national competition to transform how students get into college.
February 29, 2024
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The California State University (CSU) is one of seven winners of The Great Admissions Redesign, a competition by Lumina Foundation to revolutionize the admissions process and increase accessibility to higher education for all students. The CSU will use the $750,000 award to automate admissions to the CSU system through California’s official K-12 college and career readiness platform.

“As a winner of The Great Admissions Redesign, the CSU exemplifies leadership in streamlining procedures and promoting inclusivity, ensuring all students have equitable opportunities to pursue their educational goals,” Melanie Heath, strategy director for Lumina said.

With the grant funding, the CSU will partner with the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) to expand outreach and support to students in high school through CaliforniaColleges.edu, the State of California’s official college and career planning platform. The CSU will also be expanding its Cal State Apply online application for admission to provide automatic admissions to most CSU campuses for high school seniors who have completed their application or are in the process of completing an application.

“The CSU is the engine of opportunity to a quality education that leads to a successful career, and we are grateful to the Lumina Foundation in helping us advance our outreach to prospective students across California,” said April Grommo, assistant vice chancellor of Strategic Enrollment Management.