California Promise (CAP) Four-Year Pledge Program

The "California Promise" is a guarantee from the California State University system that as a new, incoming, First Year student, you can earn a degree in no more than four years, provided you pledge to, and follow, specific requirements.

Graduating in four years will save you tuition and books/materials costs. It also will increase your earning potential by enabling you to enter the workforce sooner rather than later.

Students who elect to participate in California Promise receive special academic advisement and improved priority registration.

Beginning fall 2018, the California Promise program will support incoming First-Year students in the following majors:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication Applied Arts
  • Communication Liberal Arts
  • Journalism
  • Journalism Advertising
  • Journalism Media Studies
  • Journalism Public Relations
  • Psychology
  • Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Business Administration - General Business only
  • Health Communication
  • Hospitality and Tourism (HTM) Management
  • HTM - Hotel Operations & Management
  • HTM - Meetings and Events Operations and Management
  • HTM Restaurant Operations and Management
  • HTM Tribal Gaming Operations and Management

Students who pledge to complete the California Promise Four-Year Pledge program must:

  • Enter SDSU in the pre-majors listed above and remain in the pre-major to which you were admitted
  • Must commit to complete their SDSU degree within 4 years
    • Complete at least 30 semester units per academic year. Units completed by the student during a summer term may count towards the previous or following academic year as determined by SDSU
    • Applicable Advanced Placement and transfer course work that applies to the degree requirements may be applied to the total units completed per year. Coursework completed in the summer will be applied to the next academic year.
  • Be a California resident for purposes of in-state tuition eligibility
  • Maintain good academic standing which means earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA), SDSU GPA, and Major GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Participate in New Student Orientation
  • Have an initial advising meeting with your major adviser to approve your fall semester academic plan
  • Meet with a major adviser every semester thereafter prior to class SDSU Registration Information
  • Apply for the May or August graduation six months in advance - Graduation info
  • Additional advising services
  • Improved registration times
  • Timeliness to degree completion
  • Receive weekly or bi-weekly newsletter on scholarships, internships, and other SDSU activities

SDSU students who opted in to participate in the Four-Year CA Promise Pledge Program will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

  • Major Advising Verification Form (required for all CAP 4-Year students and DUE on or before September 10, 2018).

    Obtain your major adviser signature and return your form to the Administration Building, AD-101. (Enter by the President Statue)

  • Map to AD-101 (Academic Engagement & Student Achievement).

    Check "Buildings" and on the map look for the Administration Building (located by the Faculty Staff Club).

    Enter the glass doors by the President statue, enter the 2nd set of doors, to reach AD-101.

    Exchange your advising verification form for a free 18-19 Academic Planner.

    Call 619-594-5842 to make sure someone is at the front office before you walk over.

    AD-101 Office Hours to Pick Up Planner:
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:00 pm
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    9:30 am - 3:00 pm
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Major Adviser Directory
  • Academic Advising Center
    (Highly recommended to meet with an adviser in the Academic Advising Center, in addition to meeting with your major adviser).
  • College of Arts & Letters (Anthropology) – Michelle Lenoue, M.A. [email protected]
  • Fowler College of Business (Business Administration - General Business major) – Patricia van Damme [email protected]
  • College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts – Assistant Dean Lanie Lockwood [email protected]

    (Communication Liberal Arts, Journalism, Journalism Advertising, Journalism Media Studies, Journalism Public Relations, Health Communication, Hospitality and Tourism (HTM) Management, HTM - Hotel Operations & Management, HTM - Meetings and Events Operations and Management, HTM Restaurant Operations and Management and HTM Tribal Gaming Operations and Management, Communication Applied Arts)

  • College of Sciences (Psychology, Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology) – check with the College of Sciences for contact information.