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Four-Year Colleges and Universities have similar requirements for acceptance:
  • Students must complete A - G requirements with grades of C or higher
  • Students must complete either an SAT or ACT exam. (Check out the PSAT/SAT/ACT page on this website)
  • Students must apply online in the fall or early winter.


University of California
Basic Facts:
  • There are 9 undergraduate universities in the UC system:Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.
  • You may apply to as many UC undergraduate campuses as you like with just one application. Each of your chosen campuses will receive your application and official ACT/SAT test scores.
  • Admission is highly competitive - see the admissions data from Fall 2016, 2017 & 2018.
  • Requires SAT or ACT with writing component.
Application Process:
  • APPLY ONLINE - Students may begin the application process starting August 1st.  Completed applications are submitted November 1-30.
    • 2019/2020 Application Guide - START HERE for a complete walk through on  how to apply. 
      • No letters of recommendation are currently required for the UC application
      • Do NOT submit a transcript at time of application
      • Some majors at some UCs recommend taking the SAT Subject Test.  Click HERE for the list. 
    • Each application requires Personal Insight Questions
CSU - The California State University
Basic Facts:
  • There are 23 campuses in the CSU system. Explore all 23 
  • CSU offer students the following:
    • CSU tuition rates are significantly lower than UCs
    • More campuses across California to choose from 
    • Higher acceptance rate than most UCs
Application Process:
Basic Facts:
  • The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities website will give you more information on private schools in California. 
  • Private schools tend to be more expensive than public college, but they also tend to have more money to give away.
  • Smaller student to teacher ratio
Application Process:
  • Many private schools use the Common App for their applications 
    • Application requires a listing of activities and awards
    • Requires a personal statement
    • Deadlines may differ based on school
WUE. Western Undergraduate Exchange
Basic Facts:
  • The Western Undergraduate Exchange gives students the opportunity to receive a reduced out-of-state tuition at participating WUE colleges.
  • Click HERE for a list of WUE Schools.
  • Most out-of-state schools guarantee a four-year graduation rate
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