Cal State L.A. Plans to Raise Admission Standards. Many Aren’t Happy About It.

It could get a lot harder to gain acceptance into Cal State L.A. next year. Faced with growing class sizes and a list of applicants too large to accommodate, the university is considering raising its admission standards.

The school hopes to reduce the fall 2020 incoming class by 600 and raise the requirement for successful applicants’ GPAs. It could also become more stringent about high school coursework and extracurriculars as a way of filtering out some prospective students.

Not everyone is happy about the plan. Students and faculty have both raised concerns that the move could hurt disadvantaged kids' ability to get the start they need in college.

Campus enrollment is up 25% since 2012. Funding has lagged, increasing by just 2%.

According to Cal State L.A. Provost Lynn Mahoney, the school serves more than 5,400 full-time students than are covered by state funding. Because Cal State campuses are required to accept any eligible freshmen in their local service areas, the school says it has been forced to slash community college transfers. If the proposal is adopted, they hope to bring the number of transfers back up.

Cal State L.A.’s conundrum is one being faced by a number of Cal State campuses. Cal States Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Diego, San Jose, and San Luis Obispo have all declared themselves fully “impacted,” which means the number of qualified applicants exceeds available spaces.

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