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California State University (CSU)

With 23 campuses, CSU is the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area. Because of the number of students who apply, several campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Make sure to learn about admission requirements early in your high school career.

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Bakersfield * Channel Islands * Chico * Dominguez Hills * East Bay * Fullerton * Humboldt State * Long Beach * Los Angeles *Maritime Academy * Monterey Bay * Northridge * Cal Poly Pomona * Sacramento * San Bernardino * San Diego State * San Francisco State * San Jose State * Cal Poly San Luis Obispo * San Marcos * Sonoma State * Stanislaus

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Students can apply to any of the 23 CSU campuses on the Cal State Apply website. Students can get help completing applications at Cal State Apply Application Workshops hosted by Fresno State. The application period for Fall 2022 admission will be from October 1 to November 30.

University of California (UC)

Berkeley * Davis * Irvine * Los Angeles * Merced * Riverside * San Diego * Santa Barbara * Santa Cruz

University of California (UC) admission guidelines are designed to ensure you are well-prepared to succeed at UC. If you're interested in attending a UC campus, it is very important to exceed the minimum eligibility requirements in order to be a competitive applicant. The application for Fall 2021 opened August 1, and can be submitted October 1 - Nov. 30.

UC Application Tutorial Channel (hosted by the UC Santa Barbara Office of Admissions)

Admission Requirements

How applications are reviewed

Personal Insight Questions (aka "PIQs")

Freshmen admission profiles

2019 UC Counselor Conference: PowerPoint with GOOD INFORMATION about the evaluation of PIQs!!!

Private Colleges and Universities

There are hundreds of private colleges and universities from which to choose. There are 85 independent undergraduate colleges and universities in California alone. Private colleges and universities are quite diverse in nature, including research universities, small liberal arts colleges, faith-based colleges and universities, and specialized colleges.

The cost is higher than public colleges and universities. However, these institutions have a variety of financial aid programs that often make the cost comparable to a public institution. Your ability to graduate in 4 years at a private institution may be greater than at a public institution due to more courses being available to you as a student there.

Some independent institutions, such as USC, Stanford, and California Institute of Technology, are highly selective. Other universities are less selective in nature. Visit their websites for specific admission information. Transfer to a private college is possible after your freshman year at a community college or other institution. To explore private schools outside of California, we recommend using the search tool in Xello.

Many schools take applications through the Common App.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

There are 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation. While the 105 HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. HBCUs were created to support African American students but these institutions of higher learning are no longer exclusive for African American students. Today, HBCUs have a significant percentage of non-African American student populations that consist of Asian, Hispanic, International and white American students.

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California Community Colleges

is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 116 colleges. With a wide range of educational offerings, California Community Colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions. Search Salary Surfer website to view combined median earnings of those who completed a certificate or degree in 179 of the most widely enrolled programs at community colleges.

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WHC Admission & Enrollment Checklist

WHC President Honors Program

▪ FCC/Reedley/CCC Registration Checklist

▪ Preparing for the SCCCD Online Application

▪ SCCCD Online Application Instructions

▪ Leon S. Peters Honors Program (Clovis Community College)

▪ Leon S. Peters Honors Program (Fresno City College)

▪ Pete P. Peters Honors Program (Reedley College)

▪ Cal State Apply Application Workshops

Virtual College Tours (Check out this website to take a virtual tour of college campuses!)

Free community college for 2 years!

Students that plan to attend Clovis Community College, Fresno City College, Reedley College, or Madera/Oakhurst Center could be eligible to have their tuition covered for 2 years under one of the following funding categories/criteria:

California College Promise

  • No GPA requirement

  • Not income-based

  • File FAFSA (encouraged, but not required, by March 2) ... first-come, first-served

  • Community college requirement: Enrolled into 12 credits for 2 semesters per year

California College Promise Grant (CCPG -- old BOG fee waiver)

  • 2.0 GPA requirement

  • Need/income-based

  • File FAFSA (encouraged, but not required, by March 2) ... first-come, first-served

  • Covers tuition and fees, doesn't need to complete in 2 years, covers up to 90 units

Trade School

Also known as vocational or technical schools, Trade Schools offer a variety of short-term training programs focused on career specific pathways like medical assisting, welding, cosmetology, construction to name a few.

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A-G Subject Requirements (4-year bound college students)

There are specific classes students should take throughout their 4-years of high school if a student chooses to follow a 4-year college bound pathway.

For details on A-G requirements, click here.

For Riverdale High School designated "a-g" subject courses, click here.

college data - check what your chances of being admitted are!

Using CollegeData

(information provided from The College Solution), a free resource especially to hunt for affordable schools.You can discover what the average need-based and institutional merit scholarships that a specific school offers, as well as what percentage of students receive each type.


Majors & careers

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Major in Data Science (RHS Only Presentation) Click here. Presentation Slides. Presentation held on October 12, 2022.