Fullerton Finish Scholars Program FAQs

Who are Fullerton Finish Scholars?

Fullerton Finish Scholars are first-time freshman and transfer students, admitted in the Fall semester,  who commit to graduate in a four or two year period. This period begins from the date they begin their studies at CSUF as incoming freshman or as incoming juniors. Fullerton Finish Scholars must comply with all program requirements by signing the program guidelines contract, meeting with advisors each semester to complete academic contracts, and completing all required resource and personal development activities.

What benefits do I receive by joining the program?

Fullerton Finish Scholars receive structured advising each semester to help them stay on track with their four and two year graduation plans. FFSP participants will also be part of the select population on the CSUF campus that receives priority registration each semester to help them ensure academic success. In the Spring of each academic year, the graduating Fullerton Finish Scholars are invited to a Fullerton Finish Graduation Celebration where they receive their graduation medal and have a chance to celebrate their accomplishments.

What is required of me for participation in the Fullerton Finish Scholars Program?

 Applying to the Program:
-Apply to the program during the application period.
-Receive a letter of admission to the program.

Once accepted:
-Agree to Fullerton Finish Scholars Guidelines by signing the initial program guidelines.
-Complete an academic contract each semester and get the required advisor signatures but the due date assigned.
-Complete additional activities as determined by the program coordinator.
-Stay on track with required unit completion requirements:

First-time freshman Fullerton Finish Scholars are required to complete 15 units a semester, 30 units per academic year. Students may take summer and intersession courses to complete the required units.

First-time Freshman MUST enroll in 15 units for their first semester at CSUF. The only exception to this rule is if a student has AP, IB, CLEP, or other college credit that has been transferred in. While it is acceptable to use Winter Session and summer sessions to complete overall units, ALL first-time freshman must start with 15 units in their first semester unless they have other transfer coursework to start them ahead in the first place.

Transfer students need to make sure that they are meeting the following unit requirements:
    By the end of their 1st semester at CSUF transfer students need to have completed at least 75 units.
    By the end of their 2nd semester at CSUF transfer students need to have reached at least 90 units.
    By the end of their 3rd semester at CSUF transfer students need to have reached at least 105 units.
    By the end of their 4th semester at CSUF transfer students need to have reached at least 120 units.

    Students may take summer and winter session courses to complete the required units.

Fullerton Finish Scholars MUST stay in track with unit. Units CANNOT not be made up in later semesters.

Failure to complete the requirements of the Fullerton Finish Scholars Program will result in removal from the program and the loss of priority registration.

Do all colleges on the CSUF campus participate in Fullerton Finish?

Yes, but there are some requirements for certain majors.

College of the Arts:

The majors that are best suited for the Fullerton Finish program are the following:

B.A. in Art with a concentration in Art HistoryB.A. in Art with a concentration in General Studio ArtB.A. in Art with a concentration in DanceB.A. in Art with a concentration in TheaterB.A. in Art with a concentration in Music (Music History and Theory, Liberal Arts)

Due to the nature of the B.F.A programs in the Visual and Performing Arts, majors in these fields are not suited for the Fullerton Finish program.

Engineering and Computer Science

For Freshman in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, you must be able to take MATH 150A or higher during your first semester. Unfortunately, for transfer students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science are not eligible to participate in the Fullerton Finish Scholars Program due to the major requirements and course sequencing.

Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry

Students who choose to major in Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry, must get approval of the department chair to participate in the program.

Undeclared Students (This pertains to First-time Freshman only as Transfer students must be declared when entering CSUF)

If you are undeclared and planning on pursuing Nursing:

If you are an undeclared student who is trying to pursue Nursing, you will not be eligible for the Fullerton Finish Scholars Program due to the sequencing and availability of prerequisite courses.

If you are undeclared and planning on pursuing Engineering and Computer Science:

If you are an undeclared student who is going to pursue Engineering or Computer Science, you will need to get approval from the College of Engineering and Computer Science to see if you can actually complete the major in four years depending on your math level and the classes you have taken so far.

If you are undeclared and planning on pursuing Math, Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry:

If you are an undeclared student who is going to pursue Math, Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry, you will need to get approval from the department chair to see if you can actually complete the major in four years depending on what classes you have already completed.

I’m an Undeclared student at this time. Can I still apply and participate in the Fullerton Finish Scholars Program?

Yes, Undeclared students are welcome to apply and participate in the Fullerton Finish Scholars Program as long as they are not pursuing Nursing. Undeclared students will be required to complete major exploration activities in addition to the other program requirements and declare a major by 45 units.

If you are undeclared and planning on pursuing Engineering and Computer Science:

If you are an undeclared student who is going to pursue Engineering or Computer Science, you will need to get approval from the College of Engineering and Computer Science to see if you can actually complete the major in four years depending on your math level and the classes you have taken so far.

If you are undeclared and planning on pursuing Math, Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry,

If you are an undeclared student who is going to pursue Math, Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry, you will need to get approval from the department chair to see if you can actually complete the major in four years depending on what classes you have already completed.

Can I graduate in four or two years without participating in the Fullerton Finish Scholars Program?

Absolutely! Your success team of advisors is committed to helping you meet your academic goals.