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 CaliforniaColleges.org or California Career Zone.org or other college research tools 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. Ask your Guidance Counselor, Principal or Career Center for a list of priorities that might be able to 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.
Community College Tools - ASSIST is an online student transfer information system to a California State
University and University of California. Get the information you need to find the best path to your degree while taking colleges classes in high school to see if the class will transfer to a 4 year college. See a Counselor at your Community College!
Should You Apply Early Action vs Early Decision? Click here!
SEARCHING AND APPLYING TO 4-YR COLLEGES?
University of California
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 - (UC Application opens August 1st!) - (applications are submitted November 1st - 30th) How to Apply 2019-2020: Also, check this website for closed majors!
Review fall 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.
Make sure you check out the UC Degrees at each campus!
Personal statement required! Eight questions, must respond to only four. Pick up additional information in your Career Center!.
Tips and Tools for California applicants - check the Application Worksheet!
All prospective freshmen must submit scores from either the ACT with Writing, the SAT.
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.
(Begin applying Oct 1st - Nov 30th)
CAASPP- California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress.
More than 800 colleges. Only one application! Opens on August 1st!
Apply online using the Common Application. Students who are residents of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Educations) states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% at participating two and four-year college programs outside of their home state!
Click here to learn how to fill out the common app and remember to order your transcripts through your high school's office. If you want a teacher, principal or counselor to write you a recommendation letter let them know you have invited them using the Common Application.
Review colleges that require an essay. Not all colleges require you to write an essay, check to see which ones do. Make sure you check the correct year prompts.
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