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APPLY TO COLLEGE (Senior Year)

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: https://www.cccapply.org/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: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply


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: https://apply.universityofcalifornia.edu

  • 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

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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

https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/publications/international-admission/


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.