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Four-Year Graduation Pledge

Are you an incoming first time freshman for the fall 2019 term?
Apply online for the Four-Year Year Graduation Pledge
Application deadline is September 6, 2019.

California State University, San Bernardino is committed to assisting students in earning a baccalaureate degree in the shortest time possible. With careful planning and a commitment to work diligently, many students have been able to graduate in four years. For its part, the university has consistently worked to provide an academic schedule and degree requirements that can be completed in four years by students willing to devote their time and energy to full time enrollment and study. Well-qualified and hard-working students, who have met all entrance requirements upon graduation from high school, should set the completion of an undergraduate program as their goal. The university is prepared to help students reach this goal.

Full time enrollment and involvement in campus life and activities should make the years at Cal State stimulating, engaging and rewarding. A healthy balance of study, work, and leisure is critical to academic success. The careful integration of classroom study, building relationships with university faculty and staff, investment in campus resources and involvement in co-curricular clubs and activities is essential to ensuring that knowledge attained at the university results in fully qualified graduates. These individuals use the critical skills, facts, competencies and achievements of the college years for active and productive citizenship, useful employment, and life-long learning.

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What is the California Promise Program?

The California Promise Program, established by Senate Bill 412, required the California State University (CSU) system to offer pledge programs designed to facilitate first-time students in completing their baccalaureate degree in either two years (Transfer Students) or four years (First Time Freshman).

Students who commit to enter either the four-year or the two-year pledge program will be given a priority registration appointment for each term and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement.

The program is limited to students who are residents of California.

CSU, San Bernardino commits to this promise by establishing the Two-Year Graduation Pledge Program and the Four-Year Graduation Pledge Program. To support students in this endeavor, the university pledges to provide a quality educational experience with an academic schedule and degree requirements, which can be completed by students who are willing to devote their time and energy to full-time enrollment.

Four-Year Graduation Pledge Subgroups

There are two subgroups in the Four-Year Graduation Pledge Program:

  • Four-Year Graduation Pledge
  • California Promise Four-Year Graduation Pledge (Limited Space) - Must be a California Resident in one of the following majors:
    • Administration - Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Planning, Human Resources Management, Management, Marketing, Public Administration, Real Estate, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Concentrations
    • Anthropology
    • Chemistry (B.A.) - Biochemistry Option
    • Chemistry (B.S.) - ACS Certified, Biochemistry Options
    • Communication - Human and Organizational Communication, Media Studies Concentrations
    • Computer Systems - Game Development, General Interdisciplinary, Graphics Programming, System Administration, Web Programming Options
    • Economics - Applied Economics, Mathematical Economics, Political Economy Tracks
    • English - Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature Tracks
    • Geology (B.A.)
    • Health Science - Environmental Health, Health Care Management, Public Health Education Concentrations
    • Kinesiology - Exercise Science, Pedagogy Concentrations
    • Mathematics - Teaching Track
    • Nutrition & Food Sciences
    • Physics (B.A.)
    • Political Science
    • Social Sciences - Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences Credential Tracks
    • Sociology - General, Social Service Tracks

Who is Eligible?

All entering freshmen who:

  • Have declared a major (and concentration if applicable)
  • Are willing to earn 45 units or more per academic year (degree applicable)

     NOTE: Majors that require more than 180 units will need to earn more units per year.

  • Are eligible to take college-level math (Math 110 or higher) during their first term at CSUSB.
  • Have met all entrance requirements for the major.

What is the Student's Obligation?

Students are required to submit an application online (application will be available July 10, 2017) and attend an information session where they will sign their Four-Year Graduation Pledge Contract.

  • Students may not have more than one major declared, as having multiple majors and/or minors will increase the amount of units required and may result in not meeting the four-year graduation deadline.
  • Students may not have more than one minor declared.
  • Students may not have more than two concentrations declared, including any concentration required for their major.
  • Students must COMPLETE an average of at least 15 units per quarter (45 units per year) to reach the minimum of 180 units required for a Bachelor of Arts degree in four years.
  • Students are required to submit an Education Plan within their first academic quarter to plan and track their degree coursework and requirements. Education Plans MUST be approved and signed by either a faculty advisor or professional staff advisor (cannot be a peer advisor) within the student’s major/department.
  • Students must enroll each quarter at the assigned on-line registration time. Students enrolling late cannot be assured of getting courses needed.
  • Maintain a 3.0 CSUSB and Cumulative grade point average after each quarter (for students beginning Fall 2017).
  • Meet regularly with their department academic advisor, follow the agreed upon Education Plan each quarter.
  • Impacted majors must be accepted into their major according to the department's established schedule.
  • Take courses at times (day or evening) when they are offered and/or available and in correct sequence.  Note: Students who change their major or concentration or who take a leave of absence may not necessarily be able to graduate in four years. Approval from the Four-Year Graduation Pledge Coordinator is required to change majors and for reinstatement into the Four-Year Graduation Pledge after a leave of absence. If approved, a new, advisor-approved, Education Plan demonstrating four-year graduation MUST be submitted to Advising & Academic Services.
  • Demonstrate accountability by complying with all administrative and academic policies and procedures. Non-compliance will result in cancellation of the pledge agreement. 
  • Students MUST file their Graduation Check no later than the Fall term of their 4th and final academic year.

What is the University's Pledge?

  • California State University, San Bernardino pledges to provide sufficient classes for the Four-Year Graduation Pledge Program students in order for them to graduate in four years. All Four-Year Graduation Pledge Program students will receive a priority registration date based on their quarterly academic progress monitored by Advising & Academic Services, Undergraduate Studies.

  • Participants who continue to meet eligibility (see above) must utilize their designated priority registration date and time to ensure timely advancement toward graduation.

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