College Information

Types of Colleges

The College Systems

 

Admission Requirements

 
  • The requirements to enter a UC, CSU or Private/Independent College after completion of high school can vary drastically.  In order for a student to enter the 4-Yr College System, a set of academic requirements has to be completed (A-G Requirements), entrance exams are required (SAT or ACT Test), and a specific GPA may be required. 
  • The requirement to enter a CCC or Vocational/Technical school is generally a High School Diploma, GED, or High School Proficiency Exam; please verify with the specific institution before you apply for admission.

Entrance Exams Required

 

  • A 4-Year College will require either the SAT or ACT, as part of your academic requirements.  Please be sure to check and verify that you will take the proper Entrance Exam for the college you plan to attend.

What about the Grade Point Average (GPA)?

  • The GPA for each specific college will also vary, depending on the college you wish to attend.

A - G REQUIREMENTS

In order for a High School Graduate to enter a 4-Year College directly from high school, a student must typically meet the following requirements:

  • Be a High School Graduate
  • Complete the A-G Requirements (chart below), or satisfied through testings (College Board, AP Exams, College Classes, etc)
  • Taken or Plan to take the SAT or ACT when applying
  • Meet the required GPA

What is the A-G Requirements?

  • Seven disciplines of academic preparations ranging from English to College Preparatory Elective, each with a specific required number of years.  Here are the A-G Requirements updated as of 8/30/2017:
UC/CSU A-G Requirements Years Required/Sample Courses
A:  History/Social Science   2 Years:  World History, US History, European History, US Government
B:  English 4 Years:  English 9-12 (CP, PreAP, or AP all acceptable)
C:  Mathematics 3 Years:  Integrated Math I, II, & III or Algebra I, II, and Geometry
D:  Laboratory Science 2 Years:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth and Space Science 
E:  Language Other than English 2 Years:  Spanish or Italian at Bear Creek (must be the same language)
F:  Visual/Performing Arts 1 Year:  Art, Ceramics, Music, Theatre, Choir, Piano, etc  
G:  College Preparatory Elective 1 Year:  an additional year from any A-G approved courses

 

UC/CSU-4 Yr Plan

 

9th Grade Required Course Work Credits Available Credits Earned

Physical Education
English 9CP / Pre-AP
Integrated Math 1 or Higher
Earth Science or Biology CP
World Geography/Dr. Education/Health or Human Geography AP
Elective                                                        

10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
 

                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           

9th-Grade credits earned = 60 / Minimum credits by end of 9th = 50

  • Alternative Options:                                                                       
10th Grade Required Course Work Credits Available Credits Earned

Physical Education
English 10CP / Pre-AP
Integrated Math 2/Integrated Math 2+ (PreAP) or Higher

Biology CP/PreAP, or Advanced Science
World History CP or European History AP                 
Elective                                                        

10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0

10.0

                          
                          
                          
                          
                          

10th Grade credits earned = 60  /  Minimum credits by end of 10th = 110

  • Alternative Options:                                                                         
11th Grade Required Course Work Credits Available Credits Earned

English 11CP / AP
Integrated Math 3 /PreAP Math 3 or Higher 
Chemistry CP, Physics CP/AP, or Advanced Science

US History CP / AP

Elective  ________________________                                                                    
Elective                                                         
 

10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0

10.0


                            
                            
                            
                            

11th Grade Credits earned = 60 / Minimum credits by end of 11th = 170

  • Alternative Options                                                                         
12th Grade Required Course Work Credits Available Credits Earned

English 12CP / AP

Pre-Calculus/ Calculus AB or BC
Chemistry CP/AP, Physics CP / AP, Advanced Science
Government/Economics CP / AP

Elective __________________________________________
Elective                                                                                     

10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0

10.0

                           
                           
                           
                           
                           

12th Grade Credits earned = 60
MUST HAVE 230 CREDITS FOR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

  • Alternative Options                                                                            

The UC System

Apply for Admission

The UC Campuses

Freshmen Admission Requirements

Eligibility Local Context Program (ELC)

Are you a "TOP 9%" CA High School Graduate?

How UC Calculates your GPA

Which Entrance Exam is required?

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLYING

  • Copy of High School Transcript
  • SAT/ACT Scores, AP Scores, or Planned Dates of SAT/ACT Test
  • Records of Extra-Curricular Activities, Community Services, Volunteer Hours
  • Social Security Number-if you have one
  • Parents Citizenship Status
  • Parents Annual Income-Dependent Student
  • Your Annual Income-Independent Student
  • California Statewide ID (left-corner on your transcript)

The CSU System

Apply for Admission

Planning for the CSU

The CSU Campuses

Freshmen Admission Requirements

Do I qualify for a CSU?

Eligibility Index Table

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLYING

  • Copy of High School Transcript
  • SAT/ACT Scores, AP Scores, or Planned Dates of SAT/ACT Test
  • Social Security Number-if you have one
  • Parents Citizenship Status
  • Parents Annual Income-Dependent Student
  • Your Annual Income-Independent Student
  • California Statewide ID (left-corner on your transcript)

Private/Independent Colleges

Apply:  Common Application (when available)

CA Private Colleges

Application Deadline

  • Deadline vary with each college

Admission Requirements

  • Vary with individual college
  • Verify before applying

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES (4 YR COLLEGES)

Students interested in Historically Black Colleges and Universities:  

Link to All Colleges and Universities

  • Speak with recruiters from 30-40 different HBCUs representing hundreds of majors and professional degrees.  
  • Receive application fee waivers.
  • Be admitted on-the-spot, if qualified.
  • Qualify for scholarships and financial aid.

IMAGINE POSSIBILITIES!

U CAN Go to College_Historically Black College Fair.pdf

California Community Colleges

Local Community Colleges:
 
 
 
All California Colleges
APPLICATION DEADLINE
 
  • Spring 2018
  • May vary with each college
California Community Colleges (Delta) entrance requirements:
Generally, any student who is 18 years of age, or has a high school diploma or it's equivalent is eligible to enter a California Community College.  Assessment testing for proper placement is normally required.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
 
  • Be a High School Graduate
  • Have a GED
  • Or be at least 18 Years Old (may not qualified for financial assistance)

What is the Common Application?

The Common Application:  Apply

What is the Common Application, aka, the "Common App"?  According to Wikipedia, it is...

  • An undergraduate College Application Program-a "Universal College Application"
  • Allows students to apply to many colleges in the states, Canada, China, and many European Countries
  • A centralized online, college application, that allows students to transfer his/her information to all colleges, accepting the Common App
  • Many colleges currently accept the Common App, including over 100 public universities and 9 Historically Black Colleges and Universities 
  • Manage by a Non-Profit Agency

CA Colleges on the Common App

FAFSA and California Dream Act

Which application do I file?

  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)-US Citizen or Permanent Resident with Social Security Number
  • The Dream Act  -AB540 High School Graduates

What is FAFSA?

What is the California Dream Act?

CA Student Aid Commission