The California Promise at Fresno State

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The California Promise Program is a commitment on behalf of the California State University system to support entering first-year students (through Four-Year Promise) and eligible transfer students (through Two-Year Promise) with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in the completion of their degrees through pledge programs. 

These programs provide incentives and support for students who commit to taking a minimum of 30 units per academic year with the goal of completing their degrees in four years or two years, respectively. Graduating in four, or two, years will save tuition and books/material costs, as well as increase earning potentials by entering the workforce sooner!

Invitation to sign the pledge will be done August 13, 2018 for those who are qualified and enrolled in approved majors. 

EXCLUDED MAJORS:

2018 Four-Year Programs

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology - All Options
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Public Health - All Options
  • Undeclared

2018 Two-Year Programs (ADT)

  • Art (Studio and Art History is okay)
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology - All Options
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Mathematics - Integrated Science Option
  • Political Science
  • Public Health - All Options

See below for more information regarding the California Promise programs at Fresno State:

How do you get started?

  1. Attend Dog Days and register for 12-15 units (less than 15 will require winter or summer session to earn 30 in an academic year)
  2. Complete the “Pledge Contract Agreement” and submit your My Degree Plan for each term until your graduation (two years for transfer students; four years for freshman)
  3. Pledge and My Degree Plan must be submitted no later than September 18, 2018
  4. Meet with an Academic Counselor in your college advising center to review your My Degree Plan, adjust if needed, and have it uploaded into GradesFirst by December 12, 2018. Failure to do so may result in removal from the program.
  5. For any questions, please email us at capromise@mail.fresnostate.edu

Benefits to the student

  • Highest priority registration
  • In-person appointments with an advisor each semester
  • Eligibility for a free parking pass or bookstore voucher after the first year in the program

Four-Year Promise

Participating freshmen must:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 Campus and Total GPA (or higher GPA if major requires)
  • Earn at least 30 units each academic year toward graduation in approved major (including winter and summer sessions)
  • Sign Pledge Agreement and submit your My Degree Plan no later than September 18, 2018
  • Submit advisor approved My Degree Plan by December 12, 2018 into GradesFirst
  • Follow courses listed on approved educational plan
  • Meet with designated advisor each semester

A student may have a second major and/or up to two minors as long as all courses can be completed within 144 units per his or her educational plan. NOTE: exceeding 120 units will require additional units each semester and may require winter or summer sessions. Pre-college units such as AP credits may be exempt from the total units count (see advisor for details).

Four-Year Promise Pledge Form

Four-Year Promise Degree Pledge

To pledge to the Four-Year Promise Program, carefully read the contract agreement below and complete the following Pledge Form. 

  1. I understand I am required to complete 30 or more units per academic year, including winter and summer sessions. If I am in a "pre" major, I must be accepted into the major to remain in the program. If I am not accepted into the major, I will be removed from the program. 
  2. I understand I must earn a 2.75 campus and total GPA to remain in the program. If my major has a higher GPA requirement I must meet that. If I earn an F or WU in any term, or have to repeat a required course, I may be removed from the program. 
  3. I understand I may not exceed a total of 144 earned units. I may add a second major, and/or up to two minors as long as all courses can be completed by 144 units and are included on the Educational Plan. NOTE: exceeding 120 units will require additional units be taken each semester and may require winter or summer sessions.
  4. I understand I must register for courses during my priority registration date and time. Enrolling late, I cannot be assured of course availability. 
  5. I understand I must take courses when they are offered and in the correct sequence. If the Educational Plan and department advisor specifies courses to be taken in a specific order, then I must follow that plan. Not following sequence may delay the four-year graduation plan and would likely result in being removed from the program.
  6. I understand that I need to follow my Educational Plan. If I am not able to select my preferred course and/or preferred section (days and hours), I must be flexible in selecting an alternative (primarily relating to GE Areas) to maintain degree progress.
  7. I understand that if I take a leave of absence or go on a Study Abroad, I may not necessarily be able to graduate in four years. Unless I have an approved Educational Plan, which includes the leave of absence or Study Abroad semester, I will be removed from the program.
  8. I must meet with an assigned advisor each semester to ensure progress and that the program is still appropriate for me. 
  9. I must demonstrate accountability by complying with Fresno State's administrative, judicial and academic policies as well as the conditions outlines in this contract agreement. 
  10. If eligible for financial aid, I must meet appropriate application and fee payment deadlines.

*Reviews of your program eligibility will be assessed each semester.  If out of compliance the student will be notified of removal.

By submitting my information below, I agree to the above terms and certify the information contained on this form is complete and accurate. I will submit "My Degree Plan" and email it to capromise@mail.fresnostate.edu to complete my enrollment.

Two-Year Promise

Participating ADT juniors must:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 Campus and Total GPA (or higher if major requires)
  • Earn at least 30 units each academic year toward graduation in approved major (including winter and summer sessions)
  • Sign Pledge Agreement and submit your My Degree Plan no later than September 18, 2018
  • Submit advisor approved My Degree Plan by December 12, 2018 into GradesFirst
  • Follow courses listed on approved educational plan
  • Meet with designated advisor each semester
  • Remain in declared major at entrance
  • I am not permitted to add a major, minor, certificate or other courses to my program which may cause me to exceed 60 units.

Two-Year Promise Pledge Form

 Two-Year Promise Degree Pledge

To pledge to the Two-Year Promise Program, carefully read the contract agreement below and complete the following Pledge Form:

  1. I understand I am required to complete 30 or more units per academic year, including winter and summer sessions.
  2. I understand I must earn a 2.75 campus and total GPA to remain in the program. If my major has a higher GPA requirement I must meet that. If I earn an F or WU in any term, or have to repeat a required course, I may be removed from the program.
  3. I understand I must have a completed Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT - AA-T or AS-T) upon entry to Fresno State.
  4. I understand I must remain in the major declared upon entry into Fresno State. 
  5. I understand that adding a major, minor or other courses not required in my declared major will result in a loss of benefits associated with the ADT, and I will be removed from this program.
  6. I understand I must register for courses during my priority registration date and time. Enrolling late, I cannot be assured of course availability.
  7. I understand I must take courses when they are offered and in the correct sequence. If the Educational Plan and department advisor specifies courses to be taken in a specific order, then I must follow that plan. Not following sequence may delay the two-year graduation plan and would likely result in being removed from the program. 
  8. I understand that I need to follow my Educational Plan. If I am not able to select my preferred course and/or preferred section (days and hours), I must be flexible in selecting an alternative (primarily relating to Upper Division GE Areas) to maintain degree progress.
  9. I understand that if I take a leave of absence, or go on a Study Abroad, I may not necessarily be able to graduate in two years. Unless I have an approved Educational Plan, which includes the leave of absence, or Study Abroad semester, I will be removed from the program. 
  10. I must meet with an assigned advisor each semester to ensure progress and that the program is still appropriate for me. 
  11. I must demonstrate accountability by complying with Fresno State's administrative, judicial and academic policies, as well as the conditions outlined in this contract agreement.
  12. If eligible for financial aid, I must meet appropriate application and fee payment deadlines.

*Reviews of your program eligibility will be assessed each semester.  If out of compliance the student will be notified of removal.

By submitting my information below, I agree to the above terms and certify the information contained on this form is complete and accurate. I will submit "My Degree Plan" and email it to capromise@mail.fresnostate.edu to complete my enrollment.

Questions?