Preparing for College
Course Information Links
"A-G" Course List - check your high school's Course Management Portal "a-g" course list.
Online Courses - catch up, move ahead or find different learning options that work for you through UC’s online academy for high school students, UC Scout.
California Institutions of Higher Education
There are four systems of higher education in California, each providing a distinctive college experience and degree opportunities. Explore which system of higher education and campus is right for you.
University of California - 10 campuses grant bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The top 12.5% of California's high school graduates are eligible for UC.
California State Universities - 23 campuses grant bachelor's and master's degrees. The top 33% of California's high school graduates are eligible for CSU.
California Community Colleges - 113 colleges grant certificates and associate degrees, as well as provide transferable lower-division course work for UC and CSU.
Independent / Private Colleges and Universities - More than 75 WASC-accredited degree-granting, non-profit independent colleges serve California.
College and Career Planning
CaliforniaColleges - This website covers college admissions requirements for California public colleges; tells you about the different systems of higher education in California and provides online tools to match students with a college or career that suits their needs.
UC Admissions - The UC Admissions website has a wealth of information about how to apply to UC.
CSUMentor - CSUMentor is an online resource designed to help students and their families learn about the California State University (CSU) system, select a CSU campus, plan to finance higher education, and apply for admission.
CCCApply - CCCApply is your online gateway to the California Community Colleges. Through this website you can apply online to most of the California Community Colleges. Although the California Community Colleges enroll students year-round, you should still apply as early as possible.
Independent College and University Common Application - Prospective freshman and transfer applicants can submit their applications to 488 independent colleges and universities using the The Common Application for Undergraduate College Admissions. This allows students to spend less time completing multiple applications, and more time on what's really important: college research, visits, essay writing, and senior year coursework.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) - Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.