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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)
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
* 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.