CATALOG RIGHTS

Why is determining a student's catalog year important?
As an advisor, it is imperative that one first determine a student's catalog year in order to accurately advise the student on specific degree requirements. The student's catalog year is important because it determines the contract of degree requirements the student needs to fulfill in order to graduate.

What is the catalog year for a freshmen?

A student who has only attended Fresno State, such as first-time freshman, has two options for catalog choices:

Entrance Catalog

The catalog in effect when the student enters California State University, Fresno and maintains continuous enrollment.

Graduation Catalog

The catalog in effect when the student plans to graduate from Fresno State.

What is the catalog year for a transfer student?
A transfer student has the following options for catalog choices:

Transfer Catalog

The catalog in effect when the student began continuous enrollment in a CCC or other CSU (defined below).

Entrance Catalog

The catalog in effect when the student enters California State University, Fresno, with continuous enrollment.

Graduation Catalog

The catalog in effect when the student plans to graduate from Fresno State.

What is "continuous enrollment"?
Continuous enrollment, also known as continuous attendance, begins when a student has graduated from high school and enrolls in any California Community College (CCC) or California State University (CSU).  Students maintain continuous enrollment and their catalog rights as long as they remain officially enrolled in at least one semester or two quarters during a calendar year (January through December), regardless of the number of units completed.

Do private colleges, out-of-state colleges, or schools in the University of California system count for continuous enrollment?
No.  Continuous enrollment for catalog rights can only begin once a student has enrolled in the California Community College or California State University (CSU) system.

What happens if a student goes to a school other than a California Community College or California State University, Fresno?
After students have established catalog rights by attending a California Community College or CSU, they may attend a college not included in those two systems, such as UC Merced, Fresno Pacific, or Oregon State, for up to two years at a time, without losing their catalog rights, if they return immediately to a CSU or CCC.

If students take college courses in high school, does this count for continuous enrollment?
Students can apply those college courses to California State University, Fresno graduation requirements, but their catalog rights do not begin until they have graduated from high school and started their first term as a matriculated student at a California State University or a California Community College.

Can students meet General Education requirements under one Catalog and Major requirements under a different one?
There are some unique cases when a student can meet major (and minor) requirements under one catalog and G.E. requirements under another. This is referred to as a "split catalog."  The request to use General Education requirements from an older catalog needs to be petitioned and approved through the Student Academic Petitions Committee . It is best to contact or refer the student to an academic counselor in the Office of Advising Services , Joyal Administration Building, Room 224, 278-1787, for additional information.