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California Community Colleges

California Community Colleges  is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 112 colleges. With a wide range of educational offerings, California Community Colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions. Search Salary Surfer website to view combined median earnings of those who completed a certificate or degree in 179 of the most widely enrolled programs at community colleges.

Central Valley Promise

Buchanan High School seniors can have their first semester of community college within the State Center Community College District (SCCCD) paid for with the Central Valley Promise as long as they fulfill the following requirements:
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.7 by the end of their junior year (weighted or unweighted)
  • On track for completion of "A-G" requirements or a CTE pathway
  • Submit a FAFSA application by March 2, 2019
  • Fully matriculate: Complete the community college application, assessment, Student Educational Plan (SEP) and orientation by March 15, 2019
  • Reigster for 15 units or more at any SCCCD college or center in Fall 2019
  • Complete five hours of community service each semester, such as mentoring other students in Grades 6-12
  • Work toward a degree or certificate as articulated in the SEP 

California State University (CSU)

With 23 campuses, CSU is the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area. Because of the number of students who apply, several campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Make sure to learn about admission requirements early in your high school career.
Students can apply to any of the 23 CSU campuses on the Cal State Apply website. The application period for Fall 2019 admission is from October 1 to November 30, 2018.

University of California (UC)

University of California (UC) admission guidelines are designed to ensure you are well-prepared to succeed at UC. If you're interested in attending a UC campus, it is very important to exceed the minimum eligibility requirements in order to be a competitive applicant. The application for Fall 2019 is available now, but can be submitted only November 1-30, 2018.

Private Colleges and Universities

There are hundreds of private colleges and universities from which to choose. There are 70 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. Your ability to graduate in 4 years at a private institution may be greater than at a public institution due to more courses being available to you as a student there.

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. To explore private schools outside of California, we recommend using the search tool in Career Cruising.

Many schools take applications through the Common App.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

There are 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation. While the 105 HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. HBCUs were created to support African American students but these institutions of higher learning are no longer exclusive for African American students. Today, HBCUs have a significant percentage of non-African American student populations that consist of Asian, Hispanic, International and white American students.

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