Applying to CSU/UC:
California State University (CSU) Schools: There are 23 public colleges students can apply from within the CSU system. If students are eligible for a fee waiver, students can apply to any of these universities for FREE.
To apply visit the Cal State Apply Website here and click Apply on the top of the web page.
For more information on the CSUs including locations and academic programs offered visit here
University of California (UC) Schools: There are 9 public colleges that students can choose from within the UC system. If students are eligible for a fee waiver, students can apply to any of these universities for FREE.
To apply visit the UC Admissions Website here and click Apply Now on the top of the web page.
For more information on the UCs including locations and academic programs offered visit here
Applying to Community Colleges:
There are 116 community colleges in California. To narrow down your search on community colleges that may be around your area click here
To begin applying to a community college:
For support with any of these steps please reach out to your counselor.
College Search Tool:
To expand your college search, use these helpful websites:
Virtual College visits:
If you wish to get glimpse of how a college campus may look from the dormitories and dining halls to the student store and lecture halls visit the links below that provide virtual college tours.
Colleges use standardized exams as an indicator to measure a high school student’s readiness for college. Although these exams are just 1 of many factors that colleges use when evaluating applications, we still encourage students to take the time to adequately prepare for these exams as higher scores can only strengthen your college application.
Note: When registering for the SAT and ACT we encourage scholars to select the SAT with Essay and the ACT with Writing, as colleges prefer these exams over those without essays.
We encourage all 11th grade students to sign-up and take the SAT exam at least twice (once during 11th grade and once during the summer before or early fall semester of their 12th grade year – no later than December of your senior year).
To register for the SAT exam:
While the ACT is an optional exam for many universities, some universities may require students to take both the SAT and ACT exams. Similar to the SAT, we encourage our students to take the ACT exam at least twice (once during 11th grade and once during the summer before or early fall semester of their 12th grade year – no later than December of your senior year).
Contact your counselor for a Voucher/Waiver Number that allows you to enroll for the ACT for FREE.
To register for the ACT exam: