Guaranteed Admissions Program Eases Access

SSU continues to expand an initiative to make admission and enrollment to the university more accessible and streamlined.
October 4, 2023
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Sonoma State University began accepting applications for the fall 2024 term on Sunday, October 1, meanwhile continuing to expand an initiative to make admission and enrollment to the university more accessible and streamlined.

As part of the California State University Cal Apply system, students began applying for admission to SSU and to any of the CSU’s 22 other universities at 6 a.m. Sunday using the portal at Cal State Apply. The priority application period closes on November 30.

“The CSU is committed to making a high-quality education accessible and attainable for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said April Grommo, CSU's assistant vice chancellor for Strategic Enrollment Management. “That commitment is demonstrated in our high admittance rate. Currently, 9 out of 10 California students who apply are admitted to the CSU.”

Sonoma State University is at the vanguard of CSU’s efforts, ensuring that all high school and community college students have a clear pathway and equal access to higher education opportunities through programs such as Guaranteed Admissions.

“The Guaranteed Admissions program provides a direct path for prospective students to be admitted to Sonoma State.  The program provides guidance and support, gives them early access to apply for scholarships, and connects them to their academic areas of interest,” said Dr. Ed Mills, Vice President of Strategic Enrollment for SSU.

“Through our Guaranteed Admission partnerships, we can work together to increase access to higher education, building California’s workforce and improving the lives of our students and their families in our region and throughout California,” Mills said.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) process, SSU has partnered for Guaranteed Admissions with Petaluma City Schools, the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Solano Community College District, Mendocino-Lake Community College District, Marin Community College District and Windsor Unified School District.

MOUs or preliminary discussions about Guaranteed Admissions are also underway with Santa Rosa City Schools, Coast Community College District, Ohlone College, Santiago Canyon College, Los Angeles Community College District and Berkeley City College.

SSU also hopes to enter Guaranteed Admissions MOUs with non-school organizations focused on student success and college access, Mills said.

The SSU Guaranteed Admissions collaborative commitment with K-12 school districts and community colleges involves an intuitive system for partnering counselors and parents to support and guide students with a clear roadmap for taking the right courses and getting the necessary grades to be awarded guaranteed admission to attend Sonoma State University.

Regardless of whether students plan to start their college careers at SSU as first-time-first-year students directly after high school or through a community college transfer program, all of the Guaranteed Admissions program steps are clearly marked and in place for students on their journey toward earning a college degree.

Students who graduate from a SSU-partnering school must meet specific academic requirements, including a minimum 2.5 GPA and being on track to graduate having completed all A-G coursework (or other current admissions requirements).  

Sonoma State will host several in-person, on-campus and virtual events where students, parents and counselors can learn more about how to get involved and stay on track with Guaranteed Admissions. Additionally, SSU will offer an opportunity for Early Admissions as part of SSU’s Preview Day on Saturday, October 21. Preview Day is SSU’s annual open house, where prospective students visit campus to learn more about the University.

Learn more about Guaranteed Admissions and SSU Preview Day.

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