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California College Systems

Universities of California (UC)

Website to apply:


Application for Fall 2017 opens at the end of August.  Submission Time-line is November 1-30.  Application Deadline is November 30.


UC Campuses are:  UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Merced, UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine and UC Riverside.


NEW UC Personal Insight Questions for Fall 2017 Freshmen Applicants.  Applicants must respond to 4 out of the following 8 Insight Questions.  Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.

  1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
  2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few.  Describe how you express your creative side.
  3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill?  How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
  4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
  5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge.  How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
  6. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
  7. What have you done to make your school or community a better place?
  8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?

The last SAT or ACT Test that UC's will accept is December.  Applicants must indicate their two highest SAT or ACT scores on their application for test in Junior year and/or indicate test date of a test they plan to take or have taken, but scores are not available.  In addition, official score reports must be requested to be sent to one UC from Collegeboard and ACT student accounts, it is not enough to simply indicate scores on the applications.  In sending official score reports to one UC Campus, ONE campus is enough, there is no need to send to each campus, since the campuses will share the this official score report.  It is highly suggested that an applicant requests to send scores when they are registering to take an SAT or ACT test to avoid forgetting to send official scores later on.  With each registration fee an applicant can send four score reports for free.  Waiting for scores to be released will delay colleges receiving the scores on time and if not sent a week after they are released, then applicants will have have to pay a fee. 


Applicants are highly recommended to have their application reviewed before submitting by a College & Career Center Staff Member.  The way we recommend for this to occur is a student can make an appointment, stop by at lunchtime or after school, and/or attend one of our college assistance application workshops every Tuesday at lunchtime in the Library.

California Community Colleges

Community Colleges 109 in CA in 72 Districts
  • Career/Job Entry Majors
  • Preparation for transfer to a 4 yr. institutions
  • AA/AS Degrees
  • Vocational Certificates

Open Enrollment (any student may enroll regardless of GPA)

To apply students should have any of the following:

  • High School Diploma
  • GED
  • Be 18yrs Old
If plan to transfer visit the following website to assist you:
Testing Requirements No Testing Required for Admission, but FREE Placement Test in Math and English required before registering for classes.
Letters of Recommendation None Required
Application Essay None Required
Application Deadlines
  • No application Fee
  • Apply at least 3 months before the beginning of the new semester or quarter
Financial Aid


The following steps are REQUIRED to complete the enrollment process to a Community College. Complete these steps as soon as possible in order to receive an earlier registration date, which will give you an advantage in scheduling and course preference.

Step 1:   Admissions Application

  • Fill out a free application ONLINE, available in paper)
  • After submission-

o        Online: print a confirmation page of your submission with further steps to take.

o        In person: you will receive a matriculation card explaining the steps to follow.

o        Mail: you will then receive a letter explaining steps to take to complete your registration.

Step 2:   Placement Test

            These tests are required for all students to enroll. The results of these tests determine the courses of Mathematics and English you may enroll.  Test dates & locations available online on each college’s website.

Step 3:   College Orientation

            College orientation programs can be done online or in person at the college. It is required and provides you with information about registration procedures, college policies, and student services.

Step 4:   Counseling

            Meet with a counselor at the college to create an educational plan for your career goals and review placement test results. Depending on the campus, make an appointment or drop-in to meet with a counselor.

Step 5:   Register for Classes

            After meeting with the counselor, you will be assigned a registration date and time. It is recommended that before this date, you should have chosen your schedule with at least two back up courses to register for. Registration should be done ONLINE, but can also be done on paper or in person at the college.

Reminders/Additional Suggestions:

  • The sooner you begin and complete these steps, the better your chances to get classes you need before they fill up!
  • Bring a form of picture identification (i.e. CA ID or Passport) when completing steps #1-4.
  • Bring high school transcript for step #4.
  • Must complete a FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification form to be considered for financial aid (January 1st through March 2nd)




·         Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (by March 2nd)

·        Cal (by March 2nd)

·        Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver – Enrollment fees waived for eligible students

·        Scholarships(online and in College/Career Center – deadlines vary!)

**IMPORTANT NOTE:Once you have completed both the Enrollment process and your Financial Aid applications (FAFSA, Cal Grant, etc.), you MUST inform the Financial Aid Office at the college and request that they process your financial aid. You can do so in person by visiting the campus or over the phone. Make sure you have a picture ID and your college student identification number accessible.


·        Admissions & Records

·        Career/Employment Center

·        Counseling/Advising Office

·        Disabled Students Program & Services

·        EOP&S (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services)

·        Financial Aid Office

·        HealthCenter

·        Learning Resources (tutoring, writing center, etc.)

·        Student Affairs/Government

·        Student Union (activities, clubs, organizations, support)

·        TransferCenter

·        Etc.

OTHER RESOURCES – Online student transfer information for California Colleges – California Community College applications, financial aid, etc.  - California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office – College and Career planning in California – Community College Financial Aid information

California State Universities (CSU)

Website to apply:


Fall 2017 Application opens at the end of August. Submission Time line is Oct. 1st-Nov. 30.  Application Deadline is November 30.


CSU Campuses are: San Francisco State University (SFSU), San Jose State University (SJSU), Humboldt State, Sonoma State, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO, CSU Channel Island, CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey, CSU Stanislau, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach, Chico State, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CA Maritime Academy, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Bernadino, and CSU San Marcos.


***If you want to know what campuses are fully impacted or what majors are impacted by campus check out our document located in our locker titled "CSU Impacted Program Matrix" ***


Applicants are recommended to open only ONE CSU Campus application and complete it all the way through.  Have it checked by a College & Career Center Staff prior to submission and then submit it.  After submitting the first application an applicant can then open up the next campus application complete the first page and hit next for all other pages for information to pre-populated and then hit submit. Repeat for as many campuses as applicant is interested in submitting.

Independent and Out of State Univeristies

Website to apply: (Most Private Universities and Out of State accept this application in place of their individual one located on their webpage)


Information about Independent California Universities can be found by visiting


Information about National Independent Universities can be found by visiting

application Deadlines vary depending on the Independent University and whether the applicant would like to apply for Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision.

New Common Application Essay Questions for 2017-2018

Attention Current 11th Graders:


This message was sent via e-mail on 2/17/17 to all counselors:


We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).


Read The Common App Essay Prompts Are Changing 


We were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective. In addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.


The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.


The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.


2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

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