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California State University, San Bernardino, is a great choice for your student.  Located at the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, our medium-sized university offers students excellent academic programs and a vibrant student community.  CSUSB provides support services and faculty guidance to help student to reach their educational and career goals.  Here at CSUSB we want graduates to feel empowered to take on the world after earning their degree, and we work to assure they have opportunities to lay that groundwork while attending our university.

Preparing for College

The support of parents and family is crucial to the success of students seeking to further their education. It is never too early for you or your student to plan for college. If your student takes the right courses and is aware of required tests from the beginning of his or her high school career, they can make a smooth transition in to the university. Some students and their families begin to plan as early as the sixth grade.

Developing a good set of study skills and setting a higher standard for grades earned can be an important factor for getting into the university that a student wants to attend. Families can help by allowing students time during the week to focus on their schoolwork and by encouraging academic achievement.  

Find out if there are any programs or clubs available at your student’s school to support those who are interested in going to college and encourage your student to join them. (AVID, Future Leaders, etc.)  Check to see if any programs are offered at the university your student is interested in that would allow future students to participate in university culture.

Additional planning tools may be found at CSUApply

There are several programs offered by Cal State San Bernardino that are designed to prepare young students for college. Programs are aimed at different grade levels. These programs include:

Parent and Family Orientation

Family Orientation is designed to provide information on: the factors leading to achievement at Cal State San Bernardino; the role of families in promoting student achievement; graduation requirements and curriculum alternatives; student services and financial information; how students are advised regarding courses & campus involvement; the environment at CSUSB.  Family Orientation also provides you with the opportunity to meet with Student Orientation Coordinators and hear about their adjustments to CSUSB, tour the campus, and hear from CSUSB faculty and administrators. It is highly encouraged that you attend Parent and Family Orientation and take advantage of this chance to better understand what faces new CSUSB students.

View more information about Parent and Family Orientation

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Under FERPA, parents have certain rights with respect to their children’s educational records during their Kindergarten through 12th grade education. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or at such time the student pursues education beyond high school.

The complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is available on FERPA's website.