The California Promise Program

The California Promise ​Program enables a specific number of campuses of the California State University (CSU) to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in four years.

Many campuses have also established programs for students who are pursuing an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from any California Community College and plan to complete their baccalaureate (bachelor's) degrees in two years at a CSU campus.

The program is limited to students who meet the criteria:

  • Residents of California and
  • Low income/Pell eligible or
  • First generation college student or
  • From communities that are underrepresented in college attendance​

Only certain majors at each campus are eligible for this program. Not all students who indicate interest will be able to participate.

Students who commit to enter either the four-year or two-year pledge will be given a priority registration appointment for each state-supported enrollment period and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement.

In order to remain in the program, students must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop an enrollment plan, and complete 30 semester units (or the quarter equivalent) within each academic year, including summer. Participating campuses may stipulate other requirements as well.

New CSU applicants who are interested in receiving information about the California Promise Program can do so on their Cal State Apply​​ application.

More information can be found by contacting the campus admissions office or by visiting the two- and four-year pledge programs links below.

Choose a campus to find more specific information on the four-year pledge program:


Choose a campus to find more specific information on the two-year pledge program: