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Tracking Your Progress to Degree

To ensure timely accomplishment of your goal or receiving a bachelor's degree, it is important to monitor your progress regularly ensuring you are meeting appropriate milestones as well as checking that your major is a good match for your academic potential. Here are a few major milestones and policies you can use in reviewing your progress. You should also utilize the wealth of advising resources on the campus to ensure you are on track!

On-track Indicators for All Undergraduates

Maintain Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing, undergraduate students are expected to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA in both their CSULB Cumulative GPA and Overall Cumulative GPA. For additional information, see Understanding Academic Standing.

Understand Grade Point Average Requirements

CSULB students have four different grade point averages (GPA): Overall Cumulative GPA, CSULB Cumulative GPA, Major GPA, and Upper Division Major GPA(used to determine progress in the major for advising purposes only). All GPAs are noted in your Academic Requirements Report available in MyCSULB. You must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in three categories,Overall Cumulative GPA, CSULB Cumulative GPA, and Major GPA, in order to graduate. In order to declare some majors, higher GPAs in one or more categories may be required; refer to Major Specific Declaration Requirements for CSULB Students for additional information.

Be Attentive to Unit Limits for Repeating Courses

Effective Fall 2009,Undergraduate students may repeat 28 units over their entire CSULB undergraduate career of which a maximum of 16 units can be for Grade Forgiveness. For a summary of your total number of units/courses applied toward the limit, go to your Student Center in MyCSULB and select Withdrawal/Repeats in the pull-down menu. For additional information, review CSULB Undergraduate Unit Limit on Repeating Courses.

Be Attentive to Unit Limits for Course Withdrawals

Effective Fall 2009,Undergraduate students may withdraw (receive a W grade) from a maximum of 18 units over the course of their entire CSULB undergraduate career (including special sessions, CCPE enrollment, and reenrolling after separation from the University for any reason). For a summary of your total number of units/courses applied toward the limit, go to your Student Center in MyCSULB and select Withdrawal/Repeats in the pull-down menu.

For additional information, review CSULB Unit Limits on Course Withdrawals.

Maintain Satisfactory Progress (Financial Aid Recipients)

Financial aid recipients are expected to make reasonable and timely academic progress toward their declared program objective (degree, credential or certificate) each semester. See Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for Financial Aid recipients for more information.

Regularly review your Academic Requirements Report

One of the most important tools to monitor your academic progress is the Academic Requirements Report which is accessible on MyCSULB. This report provides a detailed summary of your degree requirements – both completed and still unmet. You will also see an ALERT notation indicating your Timely Graduation status. To access your report, simply click on Student Center and choose Academic Requirements from the pull-down menu. For more information on how to use this valuable tool, review Using Your Academic Requirements Report.

On-track Indicators for Lower-Division Undergraduates

Complete the Foundation Courses

All foundation courses should be completed within the first 36 units of enrollment – one course in each of the following areas: written communication; oral communication, critical thinking, mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

Declare a Major

Students must declare an approved major by 60 units (pre-majors and undeclared are not approved majors). If you are a pre-major, undeclared or are considering changing your major, see Changing Your Degree Objective for details of the requirements and process.

Understand Your General Education Requirements

Consult with your advisor to develop a General Education program of study to complement your major program of study. In most majors, you should complete all general education requirements except the Capstones during your freshmen or sophomore years.

On-track Indicators for Upper-Division Undergraduates

Satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

Students must attempt the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) prior to completing 60 units. Transfer students must attempt the WPE by the end of their first term at CSULB.

Develop a plan to graduate and file for graduation

Once you have completed 90 units toward an undergraduate degree, you should meet with your academic advisor to develop a plan to graduate and file to graduate. Be sure to review the Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students policy and Bachelor Degree Requirements and The Graduation Filing Process to assist you in navigating the final steps to graduation