California Promise

The California Promise Program (SB 412) offers first-year students a pathway to complete their degree in four-years, or two-years for Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) students. Eligible students who fulfill the specific requirements of the California Promise Program and Sonoma State University will be provided enhanced academic advising and receive priority registration after their first semester.

2-Year Pledge Programs Available for Academic Year 2019-2020

2-Year Program Eligibility

In order to participate students must meet eligibility criteria:
  • Interested in completing a baccalaureate degree in two years.
  • Will be entering SSU Fall 2019 or later.
  • Have an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) and have declared one of the eligible majors.
  • Verified ADT completion through SSU’s Admission Office.
  • Have completed at least 50% of the units required for your degree.
  • Entering SSU in a major “similar” to the completed ADT and are committed to completing remaining requirements to earn a baccalaureate degree in that major.
  • Are a California Resident.
  • Attend orientation at entrance to the University.

4-Year Pledge Programs Available for Academic Year 2019-2020

  • Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies - Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Studies - Child Development
  • English - Creative Writing
  • English - Literature
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Spanish

4-Year Program Eligibility

In order to participate students must meet eligibility criteria:
  • Interested in completing a baccalaureate degree in four years.
  • Will be entering SSU Fall 2019 or later.
  • Are a California Resident.
  • Attend orientation at entrance to the University.

Application Process

Prospective students wanting to participate in the California Promise Program must indicate their interest on the California Promise portion of the Cal State Apply application. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate students who express interest after they have already completed their Cal State Apply application. Students who have expressed their interest will be contacted for next steps.

Student Expectations for Continuing in the Pledge Program

Students must demonstrate accountability by complying with all SSU policies and procedures. Non-compliance may result in cancellation of the pledge agreement.

Expectations of all participating students:
  • Develop and maintain an enrollment plan with the California Promise Advisor.
  • Every semester the student must update their academic plan and have the plan approved by the California Promise Advisor and, when applicable, your faculty advisor.
  • Adding a minor to the academic plan may affect California Promise Program eligibility.
  • When meeting with a faculty advisor, disclose your participation as a California Promise student to ensure appropriate advising.
  • Maintain at least a 2.000 GPA unless student’s major department requires a specific higher GPA minimum and course-specific grade minimums.
  • Complete 30 semester units within each academic year. Academic year for fall admits includes fall, winter, spring, and summer terms. Academic year for spring admits includes spring, summer, fall, and winter terms.
  • Each semester after admission into the pledge program, the student must enroll in classes during the established priority registration period.
  • Enroll in required courses at those times when they are offered and/or available (which may include evening and weekend hours)
  • At the latest, attempt to meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) the semester before the anticipated graduating semester. The GWAR is met by taking the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT) or earning a C- or better in a Writing Intensive Course (WIC).
      • Expected May graduates must attempt to meet the GWAR during the fall semester.
      • Expected December graduates must attempt to meet the GWAR during the spring semester.
      • Complete a Graduation Application the semester before the anticipated graduating semester.
  • The student must pay all fees by the required deadlines.
  • Students eligible for financial assistance must meet academic progress requirements and must meet the financial aid application deadline requirements each year to continue to receive financial assistance.
  • Check SSU email account and the California Promise website on a regular basis.
Additional expectations of two-year participants:
  • Remain in the same major as verified (ADT) AA-T or AS-T.

University Expectations

  • Review applications of students who meet California Promise eligibility requirements.
  • Provide students with a priority registration appointment for each semester they meet the requirements of the pledge (students will not receive priority registration prior to program eligibility verification or if they do not meet the expectations for continuing in the pledge program).
  • Provide a dedicated California Promise Advisor to support on-time degree completion.
  • Provide student support programs for students that foster campus and academic engagement.

 

Contact

The Advising Center and the Center for Transfer & Transition Programs provides California Promise advising.
Salazar Hall 1070
707-664-2730