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Four-Year College Info

California State University (CSU)

The CSU system currently consists of 23 campuses.  Students must complete the 15 subject requirements and meet the Eligibility Index Table (GPA and SAT/ACT) to be considered for admission to the CSU's.  Minimum GPA is 2.0 to apply

Application Window: October 1 - November 30

  • The CSU application will open October 1st, 2017, students can begin submitting at this time

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Private and Out-of-State Public Colleges

Each private/ out-of-state public school varies in subject and testing requirements.  Each campus should be researched individually through college websites to identify the requirements for that school.  Most private school requirements are similar to the UC requirements, but are not always the same.  For more information on California private schools, visit:

Many private schools (as well as some out-of-state public schools) use the Common App for their application process. Students will set up one Common App account, and can then apply to a number of schools from within that account.

The Common App will open on August 1st, 2017, please refer to website:


The deadlines for applications will vary amongst colleges. Some will offer early application options (with deadlines as early as October, but often in November), but most of the regular deadlines will be in January and February. Please refer to the Common App and the University website to confirm deadlines for all schools and programs.

**Please note that some programs such as art, music, theater, and film may have earlier "regular" deadlines as they often require a portfolio or audition.



 University of California (UC)

Out of the 10 UC campuses, 9 are open to undergraduate students.  Requirements include meeting the A-G requirements (15 academic subjects), SAT 1 or ACT with writing, as well as meeting the eligibility index table criteria.  Minimum GPA required to apply is 3.0  

Application Window: November 1-30

  • The UC application will open August 1st, 2017. Students can begin submitting on Nov. 1st.

UC Application and information:

Required Standardized Tests

Many 4-year colleges require students to take an SAT or ACT by December of their senior year, but it is recommended that they complete it by spring of their junior year.


The PSAT is a practice SAT offered once a year in October.  It is recommended that sophomores and juniors take the PSAT.  Advantages of the PSAT include receiving score breakdown sheets where students can see the test questions and analyze their strengths and areas for improvement.  PSAT scores also qualify juniors for the National Merit Scholarship.  

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 Currently, the SAT I has three sections, each worth 800 points: Mathematics (up to algebra 2), Critical Reading, and Writing section.  The SAT format and scoring changed, effective Spring of 2016. Essay section will become optional and reported separately (scale of 2-8). Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing scores will be combined on a 400-1600 scale

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Comprised of 4 sections for a total composite score of 36: verbal reasoning, writing (optional), math, and science reasoning

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Although UC's no longer require SAT II subject tests, it may still be recommended for specific majors.  Additionally, some private colleges require students to complete 2 of the SAT II subject tests. Exams must be in different disciplines and completed by December of senior year.

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