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University of California (UC)

9 public UC Campuses

Offers 4-year Bachelor degrees and higher

High School Students must:

Option to transfer to a UC from a community college. 

Application window is August 1st - November 30th.

After being accepted to a UC, you will need to fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Click here to learn more about satisfying this requirement!


California State University (CSU)

23 public CSU campuses

Offers 4-year Bachelor degrees and higher

High School students must:

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Option to transfer to a CSU from a community college after completing minimum requirements to transfer.

Application window is October 1st - November 30th.


Community College
(CCC)

114 public campuses

Offers certificate programs and 2-year associate degrees

Students may transfer to a 4-year college after completion of minimum requirements

No SAT or ACT required for admission or transfer to 4-year college

No minimum GPA or high school diploma required for admission

  • High school diploma helps students qualify for Financial Aid

Applications are due each semester. Check with the community college you are interested in for specific deadlines



Private & Out of State Colleges


A private college/university is an independent school that sets its own policies and goals, and is privately funded.

There are many different types of private colleges/universities.

They may also be affiliated with a particular religious denomination or gender.

Tuition costs at Private Colleges/Universities vary.
  • Financial Aid packages can be competitive with UC's & CSU'sApplication deadlines vary.

How to find Private College/University application deadlines:

  • Check with each college for admissions requirements, application, financial aid, and deadlines.
  • Other resources:

PLANNING TO GO TO A COLLEGE OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA? WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON NONRESIDENT TUITION FEES?


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