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    The California State University is a leader in providing high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. The CSU offers unlimited opportunities to help students meet their personal and professional goals.  Students can choose from among 23 campuses and over 1,800 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in some 240 subject areas. 

    Most applicants who are admitted meet the standards in each of the following areas:

    Click the map below to access a virtual map and websites of all 23 California State Universities.

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    The campuses of the University of California provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians throughout the state.

    The UC family includes more than 234,000 students, more than 207,000 faculty and staff, 50,000 retirees and more than 1.6 million living alumni.

    Admission Requirements

    If you're interested in entering the University of California as a freshman, you'll have to satisfy these requirements:

    • Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (a-g courses), with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year. 
    • Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.

    • Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of your senior year. SAT Subject Tests are not required, but certain programs on some campuses recommend them, and you can use subject tests to satisfy the "a-g" requirements listed above.
    • Learn more about the the UC Statewide Path

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    In the U.S., many universities and colleges are private, meaning that they are not operated by the state/government. Given that universities don't receive state funding, the cost of tuition is generally higher than state colleges; however, financial aid and scholarships can help reduce the cost. Some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. are private universities. Stanford UniversityBrown UniversityColumbia UniversityUSCYale, and Harvard University are examples of private universities. 

    General Entrance Requirements:  Private colleges and universities typically evaluate students using a holistic selection process. A holistic process includes subjective (i.e. personal accomplishments, extracurricular activities) as well as objective criteria (i.e. GPA, coursework, test scores), including at least one recommendation form, at least one untimed essay, and broader campus diversity considerations.

    **Admission requirements and application deadlines will vary.

    Please check the admission page of the university you are interested in**

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    The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.6 million students attending 112 colleges. Our colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary to compete in today’s economy. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.

    Entrance Requirements

    • Must be a high school graduate or 18 years of age
    • Multiple measures are used for Math and English Placement upon enrollment, that means high school grades count!
    • If you plan on transferring to a four-year college, you must enroll in transferrable courses. Which transferable courses you take will depend on the college you plan on transferring to and your major, check with your counselor for more information.

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    Local Community Colleges 

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    • Credits are not-transferable
    • Many are not eligible to receive cal grant funds
      • See the entire list here
    • Cost of tuition is higher 
      • Associates degree cost times more than at the community colleges or public universities 
      • Certificates programs cost 4 ½ times more than  at the community colleges or public universities 
    • Graduates borrow more money  
      • 57% owe $30,000 or more when graduating from for-profits schools  
      • only 25% at private not for profit schools & 12% at public schools
    • Students at for-profit colleges are more likely to take out loans 
      • 96% of for-profit students take out loans 
      • 48% of students at four-year public schools take out loans  
      • 57% of students at four-year private non-profits schools take out loans
    • Hide the costs of tuition by focusing on the small amount of money paid out of pocket due to grants & student loans
    • They put a lot of money into recruiting veterans, their spouses, and family members because of the  military education benefits