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Types of Colleges

Students have a range of college options to consider. Here is a brief overview of the types of colleges and their basic entrance requirements.  Please consult specific college websites for more details:
 
Community College:
  • Students may enroll if they have earned a high school diploma or an diploma alternative such as the proficiency exam or GED.
  • No admission testing requirements
  • Students do not need to have completed the a to g courses.
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee TAG program with 6 of the UC's
  • Associate Degree for Transfer AA-T or AS-T program with CSU's
California Community Colleges: This portal provides a starting point to learn more about the system and to search programs at local community colleges. http://www.cccco.edu/
 
CSU (California State Universities)- 23 campuses
  • Students must have completed the 15 a to g courses
  • Application asks for coursework, grades and test scores. No essay.
Use this site to apply to a California State University. Applications open on October 1 and close on November 30 each year. www.csumentor.edu
 
UC (University of California) 9 campuses
  • Students must have completed the 15 a to g courses
  • Application asks for coursework, grades and test scores, activities and two personal statements.
Use the link below to complete applications for all UC schools. Applications open on October 1 and close on November 30. http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html
 
 
Public Out-of-State Universities
Go to each campus website and check for entrance requirements, application requirements and timelines. These applications ask for coursework, grades and test scores, activities, essays and recommendations- varies by campus.
 
Private Colleges
There are over 400 private colleges in the United States which use the Common Application.  Check each college website for entrance requirements and deadlines. Typically these applications ask for coursework, grades and test scores, activities, essays and/or recommendations- varies by campus. Pathways will complete the necessary counselor portions of the application. www.commonapp.org and opens August 1st.