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Types of Colleges

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California Community Colleges
Many students attend community college for an Associate Degree, for technical training or prior to transferring to a 4-year college for their Junior and Senior year, having already completed the general ed requirements at community college.  There may be significant financial savings, and many colleges actively desire transfer students as they have proven they are able and willing to complete college level classes. 
General requirements:  High School transcript and placement tests will determine appropriate level of classes (any AP or SAT, ACT results may give credit)
*  CCC Apply (California Community Colleges) 
When considering community college, look beyond the 2 years and understand the transfer agreements to 4-year colleges. Remember, if you do transfer to a 4-year college, you generally have only 2 more years to receive a Bachelor's degree since your first 2 years were completed at the community college!  Useful websites for information about transfer agreements (an officially approved agreement that matches coursework between a community college and a 4-year college):
*  Check the transfer agreements at the community colleges you are interested in
*  California Postsecondary Education Commission:  Check which California community colleges have the most students transferred to selected colleges
*  Individual community college websites - check their transfer agreements by search sites for information on:  
  • TAA (transfer admission agreement),
  • TAG (transfer admission guarantee),
  • Articulation Department/Information (name of department that often handles transfer issues),
  • Or contact the admission personally directly. 
CSU - California State University

CSUs are a high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 427,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, they are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Create an online account and then begin completing the application. Even though students have only 1 CSU mentor account, students must start a 'new application' for each of the CSU campuses they wish to apply. No essays or SAT subject tests are required for CSU applications, and either SAT or ACT is accepted. 
▪  CSU Mentor
UC - University of California
UC’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco (post grad only), Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara 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 every day. Essays and SAT or ACT required. No SAT subject tests required.


Private and Out-of-State Colleges
Most colleges now prefer (or require) students to apply electronically. Many of these colleges use either the Common Application or Universal Application.  Check to see if a college accepts one of these applications before completing the university specific app. Always ensure you complete these applications having registered them on Naviance first.  You are able to apply to multiple colleges at once instead of creating an individual application to each college with these two application forms. ALWAYS make sure you know if a university requires a "supplement," which are generally listed on the applications' sites. Most require ACT or SAT but there are some colleges that do not. Many require SAT subject tests.