• California Community Colleges

    California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 114 colleges. With a wide range of educational offerings, California Community Colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.


    California State University (CSU)

    Bakersfield * Channel Islands * Chico * Dominguez Hills * East Bay * Fresno * Fullerton * Humboldt State * Long Beach * Los Angeles * Maritime Academy * Monterey Bay * Northridge * Cal Poly Pomona * SacramentoSan Bernardino * San Diego State * San Francisco State * San Jose State * Cal Poly San Luis Obispo * San Marcos * Sonoma State * Stanislaus

    With 23 campuses, CSU is the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area. Because of the number of students who apply, several campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Make sure to learn about admission requirements early in your high school career.


    Early Assessment Program (EAP): In the spring, all 11th graders participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. Students will be given their EAP results during their senior year, which will be used to determine their readiness to take college level English and math courses before attending a California State University (CSU) or one of the participating California Community Colleges (CCC). EAP results are not used for admission. LEARN MORE.

    The application filing period is October 1st - November 30.  Students can apply online here.
    Questions may be addressed to Admissions at (559) 278-2261. 

    University of California (UC)

    Berkeley * Davis * Irvine * Los Angeles * Merced * Riverside * San Diego * Santa Barbara * Santa Cruz

    The freshman application opens August 1. Applications must be submitted October 1 - November 30.


    University of California (UC) admission guidelines are designed to ensure you are well-prepared to succeed at UC. If you're interested in attending a UC campus, it is very important to exceed the minimum eligibility requirements in order to be a competitive applicant. 

    Private Colleges & Universities

    Visit all California Independent Undergraduate Colleges and Universities AICCU Member Colleges - Fresno Pacific University -  Grand Canyon UniversityAICCU

    There are hundreds of private colleges and universities from which to choose. There are 70 independent undergraduate colleges and universities in California alone. Private colleges and universities are quite diverse in nature, including research universities, small liberal arts colleges, faith-based colleges and universities, and specialized colleges.

    The cost is higher than public colleges and universities. However, these institutions have a variety of financial aid programs that often make the cost comparable to a public institution. Your ability to graduate in 4 years at a private institution may be greater than at a public institution due to more courses being available to you as a student there.

    Some independent institutions, such as USC, Stanford, and California Institute of Technology, are highly selective. Other universities are less selective in nature. Visit their websites for specific admission information and application deadlines.

    Many private colleges accept applications through the Common App.