Choosing what to do after high school is usually the first big decision in a young person's life. Don't wait until the fall of your senior year to decide where you will apply; it can lead to distress and anxiety. By using Naviance you should generate a broad list of 10 - 15 colleges to research in depth. At the end of your college search you should come up with a list of 8-10 colleges to apply to. Click here to get a list of priorities that might help you.
Select "dream" school(s) which may be a reach for you, include a few "target" schools where you stand a greater chance of acceptance, and at least one "safety" school
where you know you would likely be admitted and you would enjoy attending.
There are 9 campuses across California. The UC is highly competitive! The UC system has an excellent reputation for research and theory based teaching.
UC - (Apply on-line beginning August 1st - applications are submitted November 1st - 30th)
Reviewfall recommendation for SAT Subject Test *Note: Some majors at a few UCs recommend taking the SAT Subject Tests. Scores can still be submitted, and are sometimes recommended by certain campuses or programs. Taking the SAT Subject Tests may add positively to the review of your application. It is recommended that you take the test if you are interested in competitive majors. Check here for the list.
Make sure you check out the UC Degrees at each campus!
All prospective freshmen must submit scores from either the ACT with Writing, the SAT (taken prior to March 2016) or SAT with Essay (taken March 2016 or later)! Check here!
Letters of recommendation are not required!
You can have your official score report sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive it!
California State University
There are 23 CSU campuses. Visit www.csumentor.edu for admissions requirements, deadlines, and the application. CSUs - (Begin applying Oct 1st - Nov 30th) www.csumentor.edu - Online site that offers assistance to students directly on the California State University system, including the ability to apply online, and links to all CSU campuses.
Find out if you are exempt from taking ELM - Entry Level Math or the EPT - English Placement Test.
Apply on line using the Common App. Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% at participating two and four-year college programs outside of their home state!
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