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:

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

  • *SAT/ACT required if GPA is lower than 3.0

  • No application essay

  • Apply here:

University of California - UC (4-year university)

  • Applications open August 1

  • Submit between November 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 for the Class of 2021

  • 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

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.

UC Application Support

UC Application and Application Center

The UC application for fall 2022 opened August 1. UC encourages students to spend ample time on their applications, developing each section to reflect the accomplishments, challenges, opportunities, and talents of each student within their own family, school, and community context. With the application now open, students can begin to craft their application in preparation for our November filing period.

The UC Application provides help and support throughout each section of the application. Applicants can view answers to their commonly asked questions on each page of the application by clicking ‘Help’ on the top navigation bar. Additionally, applicants will see blue ‘i’ icons throughout the application. By clicking on the blue ‘i’ icon, applicants will see a definition, explanation, or more context for a question. Lastly, students needing further assistance can contact the UC Application Center via phone or email. The Center is available Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm (Pacific Time).

  • (800) 207-1710 (within the U.S.)

  • (Email)