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University of California Information


Pass/No Pass Grading Spring 2020

UC has temporarily suspended the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in spring 2020 for all students, including current 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. A-G courses completed in spring 2020 with Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy appropriate A-G requirements. The temporary suspension of the letter grade requirement for A-G courses applies to all A-G coursework completed in spring and summer 2020.




UC is suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.

Students applying for fall 2021 are not precluded from taking standardized tests (SAT or ACT) and sending scores if they are able. Doing so can support their statewide UC eligibility, application for certain scholarships, and help them fulfill some University graduation requirements. Campuses will adjust their internal processes accordingly to ensure that no student is harmed in admissions selection should they not submit a test score. This modification to the test requirement is not intended as an admissions policy shift but is rather a temporary accommodation driven by the current extraordinary circumstances.


Click here for more FAQ from UC; or here for the official letter from UC


California State University Information

Pass/No Pass Grading

The CSU will accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during winter, spring or summer 2020 terms, for all current students grades 9-12. All other coursework must be graded and a grade of C- or better must be earned for the course to satisfy “a-g" requirements. Grades of credit/pass or no credit/non-passing will not be included in the calculation of high school GPA.



Given the indefinite suspension of ACT/SAT examinations and the fact the state's Smarter Balanced test will not be administered this year to current high school juniors, the CSU is evaluating its admission process for entering first year students in 2021. The CSU is in consultation with its internal constituents, including its statewide academic senate and governing board, to determine the appropriate path forward for eligibility criteria for fall 2021 applicants. A final decision on how CSU will adapt its admissions process for the fall 2021 term will be made soon. At that time, the CSU will immediately communicate its decision publicly.


Click here for more FAQ from CSU; or here for the official letter from CSU

If you will graduate High School in Spring 2020 and plan to attend Hartnell:

  • You will need to make a Panther Prep Pledge formally expressing your intent to become a Hartnell student and take advantage of Priority Registration.
  • The Panther Pledge will be available Monday, April 6 at 8am until Friday, April 17th at 5pm.  Your P.A.W.S. username and password will be required.
  • If you complete the Steps to Success, you will be able to register for classes on your Priority Registration date, MAY 18th, so it is very important that you continue completing them.
  • The requirements for Priority Registration are:
             ✔ Completion of Hartnell College Application for Admissions
             ✔ Completion of Placement Tool for English and Math
             ✔ Completion of Online New Student Orientation (in P.A.W.S. student portal)
             ✔ Additionally, you will want to set up your official Hartnell College email account
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Please click here for more information about online AP exams and exam dates.