Some CSU campuses and Uc Merced are still open for students to apply!

GENERAL APPLICATION INFOrmation (FOR 4-year universities / colleges)

California State University - CSU (4-year university)

  • Apply between October 1 - November 30

  • Straightforward application - need to list classes taken

  • Official transcripts NOT required at the time of application

  • School forms and letters of recommendation NOT accepted

  • Other supplemental factors may be required if GPA is lower than 2.5

  • No application essay

  • Apply here:

University of California - UC (4-year university)

  • Applications open August 1

  • Submit between October 1 - November 30

  • Comprehensive application - need to list classes taken, activities and awards

  • Official transcripts NOT required at time of application

  • School forms and letters of recommendation NOT accepted* *exception UC Berkeley MAY ask for a letter of recommendation AFTER you apply, but not required initially

  • Personal insight questions required (college essay)

  • Apply here:

  • See below for more information

Private and Out of State Universities (4-year university)

  • Deadlines vary, pay close attention and organize, check individual college website

  • Comprehensive applications - need to list classes taken, activites, awareds, essays, look for interview if required/optional

  • Official transcripts must be sent, as well as school forms and letters of recommendation

  • *SAT/ACT test optional for many colleges

  • SAT or ACT with or without writing, some test-optional, pay close attention

  • Applications typically require several essays

  • Apply on

List of all schools that use the common app

International Universities “Out of the Country” (4-year university)

  • Deadlines vary, pay close attention and organize, check individual college website

  • Application requirements vary

  • Essay style can be different than US colleges, check out tips on the NACAC international guide

  • May require SAT/ACT, AP exams, etc. check individually with each college

  • Download the NACAC International Guide to Colleges for comprehensive information on countries, resources and application links

application deadlines (for 4-year universities/colleges)

(general information for students applying to common app)

Common App deadlines is an important component of the process.

Early Action

In simplest terms, early action is a non-binding action that allows students to apply to colleges early without having to be tied to the school they receive an offer from. Students can also apply to more than one college in the early action round (except for a handful of selective schools).

Deadline: Typically, November 1st or November 15th

Restrictive or Single-Choice Early Action

Schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and other selective colleges have what is referred to as restrictive or single-choice early action, where students can only apply to one college in the early round. Likewise, students will typically be limited from applying to other private colleges during the EA round.

Deadline: Typically, November 1st

Early Decision

Now early decision is a bit tricky. Unlike early action, early decision is a binding commitment. Students that apply and receive acceptance to one college are obligated to attend that institution and cannot apply in any other round of applications. Students who applied to other colleges before receiving their acceptance will be required to withdraw their applications.

Deadline: Typically, November 1st

Regular Decision

Regular decision allows applicants to apply to as many schools as they choose without any restrictive or binding commitments.

Note: students that applied early action may also apply during the regular round.

Deadline: Typically, January 3rd

Information provided by Collegewise

application fee waivers (FOR 4-YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES)

Application Fee Waivers allow students to apply to a college without having to pay the campus application fee. Some fee waivers cover only one campus, while others can cover up to a range of campuses. Read more below to find out before you apply to colleges!


Fee Waiver

When you apply for admission to the CSU through Cal State Apply you are automatically considered for an application fee waiver based on the information requested in the application.

You must fully complete the application before the fee waiver eligibility is determined.

You will see a "Check My Fee Waiver Status" link on the Submit Application tab to determine whether you are eligible for an application fee waiver.

Eligibility Criteria for Fee Waivers

To be considered for the application fee waiver, you must be:

  • An undergraduate student (you cannot be in an extension program)

  • A California resident for more than one year

  • A U.S. citizen or someone without lawful immigration status who qualifies for an AB540 non-resident tuition exception

Applicants who are eligible for the application fee waiver may apply to up to four CSU campuses per application term (i.e., fall, spring).

Approved waivers are not transferrable to a future or past application term.

Mistakes to Avoid

Be aware that the following common errors may cause an eligible applicant not to receive an application fee waiver:

  • If you report yourself as a dependent applicant with a family size of one

  • If you report the same dollar amount in the Adjusted Gross Income field as well as in the Untaxed Income field

  • If you select “none” in answer to “What U.S. State/Possession do you regard as your permanent home?”

Applicants who incorrectly report any of the items above will not be granted an application fee waiver.

See the Application Fee Waiver Checklist (PDF) for more guidance on how to avoid common errors.

The CSU does not accept College Board fee waivers, nor any other external waiver form.


Fee waivers

UC will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualified students who would otherwise be unable to apply for admission. The fee waiver program is for United States citizens, permanent residents, and applicants eligible for AB540 benefits.

Fee waivers can’t be applied to more than four campuses, regardless of their source (e.g. UC, CollegeBoard/SAT). If you apply to more than four, you’ll need to pay $70 for each additional choice.

Applying for a fee waiver

You can see if you automatically qualify for a fee waiver within the application. If you enter your family size and income in the “About you” section, you will see if you’ve qualified for an application fee waiver when you select your campuses in the "Campuses & majors" section (a message will appear on that page with real-time feedback about how many campuses you can apply to for free).


Fee Waiver

Common App colleges want to make sure that application fees do not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply for admission. If you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver, you can request a fee waiver in the Common App fee waiver section in the profile section.

Any of the following indicators of economic need can qualify you for a Common App fee waiver:

• You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver

• You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the federal free or reduced price lunch program (FRPL)

• Your annual family income falls within the Income eligibility guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service

• You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound)

• Your family receives public assistance

• You live in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless

• You are a ward of the state or an orphan

• You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader

Your counselor will be asked to complete a fee waiver form to affirm your request for a fee waiver.


Fee Waiver

We make it easy: In the Fee Waiver section of your MyCoalition Profile, simply check all applicable criteria boxes (such as “I have received a College Board fee waiver.”) and you’ll see a list of all the schools that will waive your application fees based on your qualification. We don’t require any additional documentation or verification. Eligibility criteria include: qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, receiving a College Board, ACT, and/or NACAC fee waiver; being eligible for a Pell Grant, participating in TRIO programs.

Armed Forces Fee Waiver

Available to veterans and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, our Veterans Fee Waiver is easy to use: In the Personal Information section of your MyCoalition Profile, under United States Armed Forces Status, simply click “Currently Serving” or “Previously Served” and you’ll see a list of all the schools that will waive your application fees based on your status.In addition to our fee waivers, some Coalition schools provide their own institution-specific waivers — or don’t charge an application fee at all. Be sure to ask for information about additional fee waiver opportunities from the colleges and universities to which you apply.





IMPACTED CSU AND UC CAMPUSES & PROGRAMS (for 4-year universities/colleges)

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UC campus/program impactions, click here

Community colleges (2-year schools)

Community College (2-year college)

  • There are over 100 community colleges in California.

  • Applications begin opening September of Senior year.

  • Application is straightforward and simple.

  • Transcripts, SAT/ACT, recommendation letters and essays are NOT required

  • Look for honors/scholars programs within each community college at their website for additional opportunities and deadlines

  • Apply here:

College of Sequoias (COS)

College of the Sequoias is now accepting applications for Summer/Fall 2023! In total, COS offers over 160 degrees and certificates; COS has the highest number of transfer degrees offered in the Valley and 3rd highest in the state of California. All first-time students are eligible to receive their first two years at COS FREE with a FAFSA or Dream Act Application!

High School Seniors are eligible for Priority Registration, but there are a few steps that must be taken!

Please fill out our interest form to be contacted by a COS representative:

vocational Schools (career & trade schools)

Trade Schools or Vocational Education

  • Vocational or Trade schools offer opportunities for students to earn a certificate or Associate degree that is shorter in length and are typically offered at either a community college or private school or organization. Students interested in a vocational program at a private trade or career school will need to directly contact the advisor at the school for application, interview and financial aid support.

  • Common vocational/trade schools students have attended in the past include Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Wyotech, San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC), and Hanford Adult School.

in-person fresno state application workshops (at Fresno state!)

Saturday Cal State Apply Workshops - Select image to download flyer

Evening Application Workshops - Registration Required

Location: University Center Room 100 Time- 5PM - 7PM



Wednesday, October 12

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Monday, October 17

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Tuesday, October 25

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Wednesday, November 2

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Tuesday, November 8

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Wednesday, November 16

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Monday, November 21

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Monday, November 28

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Tuesday, November 29

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Wednesday, November 30

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Fall 2023 application workshop flyer.pdf