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California State University 

The CSU, with 23 campuses is a leader in supplying graduates with the necessary technical andCSU personal skills to be successful in the working world.


Visit for admissions requirements, deadlines, and the application.




CSU Resources:  
CSU Application Deadline: Nov 30

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University of California 


The UC system is among the world’s greatest research universities with 10 campuses across California. Visit for admissions requirements, deadlines, and the application.


Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in all UC approved coursework. You can easily calculate your eligibility for UC by using the interactive eligibility calculator available online at Most UC campuses receive more applicants than they have room for, so they use a comprehensive review process to determine admission.


*Note: Although SAT Subject Tests are no longer required for admission, scores can still be submitted, and are sometimes recommended by certain campuses or programs.


UC Resources

Application Deadline: Nov 30

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Type in Fountain Valley High School and click Search.
Select Fountain Valley High School, Fountain Valley, CA.
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Private Colleges & Universities

There are hundreds of private colleges and universities from which to choose. There are 63 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. Many schools take applications through the Common App.


*There are also numerous out-of-state public colleges and universities that are great options as well.

Private College & University Resources:
Application Deadlines Vary
Independent CA Colleges & Universities
The Common App
Coalition Application

Public Out of State


Colleges from other states love California students! Sometimes it's even cheaper to go out of state! The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is an agreement among WICHE's 16 member states and territories, through which 160+ participating public colleges and universities provide step non-resident tuition savings for students. 


  • Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.
  • The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early!
  • WICHE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.



1. See list of participating WUE schools (TIP: Use the "School Search" link below to search by major and state.

2. Apply directly to the WUE institution(s) of your choice

3. There is no need to register on the WICHE site. 




*For Out of state public schools not listed here, please check out the college's admission page for more information.

International Colleges & Universities
Benefits of Studying Internationally
  • Early degree specialization for students who have an interest in their subject
  • Some options for liberal arts
  • Research-led education
  • Direct entry to professional programs
  • Globally-recognized degrees
  • Affordability
  • Ability to travel
  • Social and academic independence
  • Post-study work visas
Many countries and governments have organizations that promote their higher education systems and provide information for prospective students. These sites will allow you to search for institutions, programs, funding, and other information:
Federal Student Aid Website – includes an Excel document of every international school that can accept federal aid:
Use this link for more information and learn how to decide if studying internationally is the right fit for you.