Frequently Asked Questions

Four-Year Scholars

Q. How do I get into the Four-Year Scholars Program?

A. A Freshman can join the Four-Year Scholars program during their first semester at Fresno State. Entry after the first or second semester is dependent upon availability and meeting eligibility requirements. Please email capromise@mail.fresnostate.edu to request information and have your eligibility reviewed. 

Q. What can I do if I'm not chosen to participate in the Four-Year Scholars Program?

A. If you are not selected to be in the Four-Year Scholars program you may still be able to graduate in four years. Please contact your major advising center to create an educational plan. 

Q. Once I start the Four-Year Scholars/California Promise program can I decide to not continue?

A. Yes. Should you decide you no longer want to continue in the program there are no consequences to you. Simply let your advisor know, or email capromise@mail.fresnostate.edu. You will be removed from the program and no longer be eligible for priority registration. Be sure to see your advisor to update your educational plan so you can continue your pathway to graduation.

Q. How will Fresno State help me graduate in four years?

A. As a participant in the Four-Year Scholars Program you will have the benefit of :

  • Highest-level priority registration
  • Personalized academic plan
  • Specialized advising each semester to ensure you stay on track
  • Personalized Research Assistance from a Designated Librarian: 
    https://library.fresnostate.edu/info/subject-librarians 
  • Eligibility for parking fee waiver or Kennel Bookstore voucher after successful completion of your first year

Q. Do I have to pay extra fees or tuition to participate in this program?

A. No, there are no extra fees associated with participation in the Four-Year Scholars Program.

Q. Can I qualify if I don't have a declared major yet?

A. You must have a declared major to qualify for the Four-Year Scholars program.

Q. Will I be able to work if I'm in this program?

A. Part of the Four-Year Scholars Agreement includes a willingness to be flexible with course scheduling, take semester unit loads as necessary to finish all requirements within four years (including the possibility of summer session courses) and agree to follow your Four-Year Scholars Education Plan. Some students may be able to manage a part-time job, but the primary focus is completing all requirements to graduate within the allotted four years.

Q. Can I change my major once I'm in the program?

A. Yes, but only if the new major can still be completed by the original four-year graduation date. Changing majors may increase the required unit load and may put you at risk of being removed from the program.

Q. Can I have a minor or a double major?

A. This may or may not be possible. It will depend on the total units required to complete all your major(s) and/or minor(s). Some combinations may be possible to complete within the four years, while others are not. Adding a second major will increase your total unit load and could put you at risk of being removed from the program. You must discuss this with your designated Four-Year Scholars advisor.

Q. Is there a penalty for failing to meet the requirements of the program?

A. Fresno State will not penalize you for failing to meet the requirements of the Four-Year Scholars Program. You may opt out of the program at any time. Please let your advisor know prior to opting out of the program. You will, however, lose all benefits associated with the program (priority registration, etc.).

Q. If I'm invited and decide not to sign up for the Four-Year Scholars Program, can I still graduate in four years?

 

A. Yes! Fresno State provides advising to all students looking to follow a four-year degree path. The Four-Year Scholars Program provides additional support and incentives to help students meet their graduation in four years.

All majors on campus have a "roadmap" or plan for completing your degree in four years. Make an appointment with the Advising Center in the college of your major to create a plan, or check the online Fresno State catalog. If you have not declared a major, contact the University Advising Center.

Two-Year Scholars (spring 2018 admits)

Q. Who is eligible for this program?

A. This program is designed for incoming first-semester Associate’s Degrees for Transfer (ADT) students. (limited number of spots available).

Q. How and when do I sign up for the program?

A. Eligible students with a confirmed ADT will receive an invitation to complete the formal Two-Year Scholars application. Once the application is completed and reviewed, the student will attend an information session and be given the next steps to finalize enrollment into the Two-Year Scholars Program.

Q. How will Fresno State help me graduate in two years?

A. As a participant in the Two-Year Scholars Program you will have the benefit of:

  • Highest-level priority registration
  • Personalized academic plan
  • Specialized advising each semester to ensure you stay on track
  • Personalized Research Assistance from a Designated Librarian: 
    https://library.fresnostate.edu/info/subject-librarians 
  • Eligibility for parking fee waiver or Kennel Bookstore voucher after successful completion of your first year

Q. Do I have to pay extra fees or tuition to participate in this program?

A. No, there are no extra fees or tuition costs associated with participation in the Two-Year Scholars Program.

Q. Will I be able to work if I'm in this program?

A. Part of the Two-Year Scholars Agreement includes a willingness pledge to be flexible with course scheduling, take semester unit loads as necessary to finish all requirements within Two years (including the possibility of summer session courses) and agree to follow your Two-Year Scholars Education Plan. Some students may be able to manage a part-time job, but the primary focus is completing all requirements to graduate within the allotted two years.

Q. Can I change my major once I'm in the program?

 A. No, changing majors will disqualify you from the ADT program and from the Two-Year Scholars program.

Q. Can I have a minor or a double major?

A. No, adding a minor or a double major will disqualify students from the ADT program and from the Two-Year Scholars program.

Q. Is there a penalty for failing to meet the requirements of the program?

A. Fresno State will not penalize you for failing to meet the requirements of the Two-Year Scholars Program. You may opt out of the program at any time. Please let your advisor know prior to opting out of the program. You will, however, lose all benefits associated with the program. If requirements are not met, you are at risk of being removed from the program.

Q. If I'm invited and decide not to sign up for the Two-Year Scholars Program, can I still graduate in two years?

A. Yes! Fresno State provides advising to all students looking to follow a two-year degree path. The Two-Year Scholars Program provides additional support and incentives to help students meet their graduation in two years.

All majors on campus have a "roadmap" or plan for completing your degree in two years. Make an appointment with the Advising Center in the college of your major to create a plan, or check the online Fresno State catalog. If you have not declared a major, contact the University Advising Center.