FRESHMAN ACADEMIC PATHWAYS
First-year freshmen participate in the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) program which is made up of the first-year pathway courses, coordinated academic advising, and many resources and opportunities.
Freshman Academic Pathways
First-year pathways for freshmen include the essential skills GE courses, the Foundations of Success sequence, and courses that are part of the degree major roadmap. Each student's designated advisor (from the FASST team of advisors) will enroll students in the appropriate courses during their first year.
Essential Skills GE CoursesThe "essential skills" courses in Math/Statistics (GE Area B4 Quantitative Reasoning) and English (GE Area A2 Written Communication). You must attempt completion of these two requirements by the end of your first year. Your Placement Categories and major will determine which Math/Stats (B4) Pathway and which English (A2) Pathway you will take. Click on the links below for more info about:
Foundations of Success Course Sequence
Courses that focus on community building and strategies for academic success. These courses are the hub of your first year experience and include General Studies (GS) 101A Foundations of Success I in your first semester and GS 101B Foundations of Success II in your second semester.
More About Foundations of Success
Major Roadmap Courses
Courses that may be required or recommended by your major according to the Undergraduate Degree (Major) Roadmaps and that fill your first-year course load. The recommended average unit load per semester is 15 units to be on track for graduation within 4 years (or 8 semesters). However, 12 units is the minimum course load considered full-time for Financial Aid purposes.
Find Your Undergraduate Degree Roadmap
COVID-19 Impacts on CSU Admissions
The CSU system and CSUEB are making all efforts to be flexible and accommodating with the incoming freshmen of Fall 2020. The CSU has posted important updates to its admissions policies and practices for first-time first-year (freshmen) students given the impacts of COVID-19. How these updates affect placement categories and requirements for incoming freshmen can be found on pp. 1-2 of this document.
Read the CSU Update Here