College & University Information

 

Community College
Cañada, College of San Mateo, Skyline, Foothill, DeAnza;
107 in CA

California State University (CSU)
San Jose State, San Francisco State, Hayward State, plus 23 others from Humboldt to San Diego

University of California
Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Diego

Private Colleges
More than 70 in CA
More than 2,000 in US

Program/
Curriculum

Two-year schools
• Career/job entry majors
• Preparation for transfer to four-year schools
• AA degrees
• Vocational certificates

Four-year schools
• Variety of majors towards BA/BS degrees
• Pre-professional training
• Graduate degrees

Four-year schools
• Variety of majors towards BA/BS degrees
• Pre-professional training
• Graduate degrees

Varies

Selectivity

Open enrollment (any student may enroll, regardless of GPA)

Basic eligibility based on courses taken, GPA, and SAT I scores
(see Guidance Alert)
Impacted (selective) campuses: Many for 2010-11—check www.csumentor.edu or campus web sites

Basic eligibility based on courses taken, GPA, SAT and Subject Test scores (no Subject Test scores required for Class of 2012 on)
Admission based on holistic review of 14 selection factors
Most selective campuses: Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego

Range from highly selective to not very selective, based on transcript (courses chosen and grades in those courses), test scores, teacher and counselor recommendations, essays, extracurricular activities, and other criteria; requirements vary

Testing Required

No testing required for admission; placement testing required before registration

SAT (or ACT) for admission;
placement testing required before registration

SAT (or ACT)
SAT Subject Tests: two required for class of 2011; none required for class of 2012 on, but some majors may request Subject Tests
All testing must be completed by December of senior year

Depends on campus

Letters of Recom-mendation

None required

None required

None required

Depends on campus
many schools require one or two teacher recommendations plus a school counselor recommendation

Application Essays

None required

None required

1,000 words (personal statement, two prompts) required

Depends on campus

Application Deadlines

Usually several weeks before beginning of each new quarter or semester

October 1-November 30 priority filing period; Early Decision Program at Cal Poly, October 31

November 1-30

Depends on campus

Financial Aid

File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
Federal, state, and institutional aid available

File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
Federal, state, and institutional aid available

File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
Federal, state, and institutional aid available

File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
Federal, state, and institutional aid available
File CSS PROFILE if college requires it