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California State University (CSU)

  • Number of: Twenty-three (23) statewide, accepting the top one-third of the graduates.
  • Schools: CSU Fresno, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Stanislaus, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Length: Four years
  • Course Work: Pre-professional training. Various majors.
  • Degrees: Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Science. Various master’s degrees. Teaching credentials.
  • Costs (Tuition & books): Varies based upon budget factors.
  • CSU Admissions Website:  http://www.csumentor.edu

CSU Admissions Requirements

  • Core Subject Requirements: These requirements are the same as the University of California. See UC core subject requirements.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): Students should maintain at least a grade point average of “C” or better. GPA is combined with SAT I or ACT scores to determine eligibility.
  • Educational Background: Graduate from high school or hold a valid California High School Proficiency Examination Certificate and meet the core subject requirements.
  • Assessments: American College Test (ACT) and/or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT: Reasoning)

University of California (UC)

  • Number of: Nine (9) undergraduate statewide, accepting the top 12.5% of the graduates.
  • Schools: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
  • Length: Four years
  • Course Work: Pre-professional training. Various majors.
  • Degrees: Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Science. Various master’s degrees. Various doctorate degrees.
  • Costs (Tuition & books): Varies based on budget factors.
  • UC Admissions Website:  http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions

UC Admission Requirements

  • Core Subject Requirements:
    • (a) History/Social Science – 2 years to include World History, U.S. History, and/or ½ year of government and ½ year of economics.
    • (b) English – 4 years of college preparatory
    • (c) Mathematics – 3 years through Algebra 2 (4 years recommended)
    • (d) Science – 2 years of a lab science to include 2 of 3 disciplines of biology, chemistry, or physics (3 years recommended
    • (e) Foreign Language – 2 years of the same language (3 years recommended)
    • (f) Visual & Performing Arts – 1 year of college preparator
    • (g) Electives – 1 year from one of the above areas
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): Students should maintain at least a grade point average of “B” or better. GPA is combined with test scores to determine eligibility.
  • Educational Background: Graduate from high school or hold a valid California High School Proficiency Examination Certificate and meet the core subject requirements.
  • Assessments: American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT: Reasoning), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 2: Subject area test in math, English composition, and an elective area.

Private Colleges and Universities

  • Number of: Approximately 112 statewide
  • Schools: Fresno Pacific University, University of Southern California, Pepperdine, University of the Pacific, Stanford, Claremont Colleges
  • Length: Four years
  • Course Work: Curriculum, programs, and professional programs vary according to the size or specialty of the college/university.
  • Degrees: BA/BS, but may offer up to a doctorate
  • Costs (Tuition & books): Approximately $10,000–$40,000 per year.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission requirements vary by college or university. Usually students have met or exceeded the UC core subject requirements and assessment requirements.
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