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General Information

University of California (UC)

The UC system is among the world's greatest research universities with 10 campuses across California. Visit for admissions requirements, deadlines and the application. 


Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in all UC approved coursework. You can view FAQ's on calculating GPA by clicking here. 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 recommended by certain campuses or programs.



California State Universities (CSU)

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 for admissions requirements, deadlines, and the application. 


The minimum requirements for admission as a freshman are:

Completing 15 yearlong college prep A-G courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Meeting minimum eligibility determined by an index that combines GPA with test scores (ACT or SAT, excluding writing).

Note: Meeting the minimum eligibiilty requirement does not guarantee admission. Some programs/campuses may establish a higher index which is not published prior to applying.



Private Universities

There are hundreds of private colleges and universities from which to choose. There are over 60 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. The ability to graduate in 4 years at a private institutions may be greater than at a public institution due to more courses being available.


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.


Common App

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities



California Community Colleges

To explore community colleges an California visit the website.  This site enables students to search for colleges by location and college major.


Attend a community college for one of the following reasons:

1. Earn an AA degree and transfer to a University

2. Career training and to earn a certificate

3. High School enrichment


Cerritos College

Cerritos Complete Promise Program -


Cerritos College Application opens on October 1st! Apply at



  • Two-year free tuition
  • Two-year early enrollment
  • Step by step assistance
  • One-on-one counseling and advisement
  • College preparedness
  • Career exploration
  • Personalized schedule for Fall and Spring semesters

Long Beach City College

Students if you are interested in Long Beach Community College - check out their website at:

You will find their on-line application, information about registration/orientation and financial aid.


LBCC Application opens on October 1st! Apply at


Compton College

Compton College Promise Program -
Compton College Application opens on November 1st! Apply at
  • Guaranteed admissions to Compton College.
  • Provides up to $400 per year for textbooks and course materials and supplies. 
  • Assistance with the registration steps necessary for full-time enrollment at Compton College.
  • Priority registration at Compton College before graduating from high school for CUSD, LUSD, and PUSD seniors.
  • Opportunities to participate in support programs such as the First Year Experience (FYE) and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) for additional resources to successfully navigate through Compton College and beyond.
  • Assistance with the completion of a Financial Fit Plan to help high school graduates access all available financial aid to help pay for college.
  • Summer Bridge classes at Compton College for recent high school graduates to assist with a successful transition to college level courses. 
Out-of-State Public Universities
There are many colleges and universities out of state! Visit individual websites for requirements, deadlines, and to apply.