(1) College Admissions Requirements (UC/CSU versus Private Colleges)

The following table sets out the minimum requirements for admission to the California State University, the University of California, and most private colleges and universities in America.
 

California State

University (CSU)

University of

California  (UC)

Private Colleges

& Universities

High School Academics

(minimum requirements, but students are strongly encouraged to take as many classes in each subject area as possible)

·   "a - g" subjects
(a) History (2 yrs)
(b) English (4 yrs)
(c) Math (3 yrs - up to Alg2)
(d) Science (2 yrs)
(e) Foreign Lang (2 yrs)
(f) Art (1 yr)
(g) Elective (1 yr)

 

·   2.0 GPA (10 & 11 gr.)

 

·   "a - g" subjects
(a) History (2 yrs)
(b) English (4 yrs)
(c) Math (3 yrs - up to Alg2)
(d) Science (2 yrs)
(e) Foreign Lang (2 yrs)
(f) Art (1 yr)
(g) Elective (1 yr)

 

·   3.0 GPA (10 & 11 gr.)

 

·   College Prep Classes
History (2-3 yrs)
English (4 yrs)
Math (4 yrs)
Science (3-4 yrs)
Foreign Language (3-4 yrs)

 

·   Grades from 9th thru 12th grades are considered, but there is no minimum GPA requirement

 

Standardized Tests

 

·   SAT Reasoning Test

 

·   SAT Subject Tests are not required and will not be considered

 

·   SAT Reasoning Test or ACT plus writing

 

·   SAT Subject Tests are not required, but will be considered

 

·   AP/IB Tests are not required, but will be considered

 

·   SAT Reasoning Test or ACT

 

·   SAT Subject Tests
(at least 2 tests)

 

·   AP/IB Tests are not required, but will be considered

Extracurricular Activities

(leadership, special talents &

achievements)

 

·   Not important

·   Important

·   Very important

Personal Statement

 

·   Not considered

·   2 essays (1,000 words total):

 

(a) How has "your world" shaped your dreams and

aspirations?

 

(b) Essay about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or important experience

·   Essay about you (your values, personality, perspective, experience, accomplishment, etc.)
(typically 250-500 words)

 

·   Essay about meaning extracurricular activity

 

·   Essay about your intended major/career
(typically 150-250 words)

 

·   "Why us?" response for each college

 

Letters of Recommendation

·   Not considered

·   Not considered

·   2 high school teachers
(1 from English/History/Foreign Language teacher and 1 from Math/Science teacher)

 

·   1 guidance counselor

 

·   Additional letter only if new info is provided

 

Application

Deadline

 

·   11/30

(Students are strongly encouraged to apply ASAP)

·   11/ 30

(Application period opens 10/1)

·   Early Action/Decision: 11/1 or 11/15

 

·   Regular Decision: 1/1

 
*Students applying to the University of California need to meet minimum test score requirements in order to receive a guarantee for admission to a UC campus. Click here for more information.
 
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