The CSU, with 23 campuses is a leader in supplying graduates with the necessary technical and personal skills to be successful in the working world. Visit https://www2.calstate.edu/apply for admissions requirements, deadlines, and the application.
The minimum requirements for admission as a freshman are:
Completing specific high school A-G approved courses, with a “C” or better
For the Fall 2021 Admission Cycle the CSU initiated a test-blind policy. SAT/ACT will not be considered for Admission's Purposes
CSU Application Deadline: Dec 4th (NEW)
The UC system is among the world’s greatest research universities with 10 campuses across California. Visit www.universityofcalifornia.edu 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 admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman. 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.
Application Deadline: Nov 30
For the most up to date A-G list: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/
Type in Fountain Valley High School and click Search.
Select Fountain Valley High School, Fountain Valley, CA.
Review list to make sure you will meet or exceed all requirements
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.
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.
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.