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Welcome High School Seniors

We appreciate you taking advantage to review important information that will help you decide what university or universities you will apply to, how to apply, as well as other important admissions considerations. Below, you will find information on university options, university admission statistics, tuition costs, and minimum admissions requirements.

University and College Options

High School Seniors have many options when picking a college or university that is the right fit for them. High School Seniors can apply to colleges and universities, both public and private, in California as well as Out-of-State. In California, there are three major university systems:

  1. California State University (CSU)
  2. University of California (UC)
  3. Private Colleges/Universities

The CSU system is the largest university system in the country, with 23 very diverse campuses located throughout California; CSU Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, and CSU Chico for example are all part of the CSU system. With ten campuses, the University of California system comprises the second largest university system in the state of California; UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego are some examples. UCs and CSUs are public or state-funded universities; however, each system has unique characteristics that set them apart. UCs are research based institutions that emphasize a strong theoretical approach to teaching. CSUs, on the other hand, focus on a more practical approach.

Private colleges and universities are independent institutions of higher education that receive their funding from tuition fees, private donors, and investments. Private colleges and universities are unique from one another, with each creating a campus climate that is truly its own; Stanford University, University of Southern California (USC), and Santa Clara University for examples are all private institutions. Private colleges and universities often have smaller class sizes and, although not all, it is not uncommon for private universities to have a religious affiliation.

High School Seniors may choose to attend a California Community College (CCC) after graduating high school.  The California Community College system is the largest system of higher education in the nation comprised of 112 colleges throughout the state. CCCs offer a wide range of educational offerings, including workforce training, certificate and associate degree programs as well as preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.

 Admissions Statistics

Every year, the University of California Office of the President provides data on the number of applications received and students admitted by each campus. The chart illustrates preliminary data findings by the University of California for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Fall terms.

University of California (UC) Admissions Data

FRESHMAN ADMISSION COUNTS by Campus and Residency Fall 2012, 2013, and 2014

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California State University (CSU) Admissions Data

For more information on CSU admissions, view these CSU tables:  First-Time Freshman Enrollment by Campus and Ethnicity, Fall 2013

Tuition Costs

As you begin to think about attending a four-year university, it is crucial that you inform yourself about the cost of attendance for each institution you are applying to in order to help you plan accordingly. In most instances, you are able to find information pertaining to tuition costs and other university fees on the university’s website.   Note that, if you are eligible for financial aid, your financial aid award may offset a portion of the tuition costs, always double check with your Financial Aid Office.

University of California

Estimated one-year tuition cost for undergraduate California residents at UC, 2013-2014 academic year

Living
on campus

Living
off campus

Tuition and fees*

$13,200

$13,200

Books and supplies

$1,500

$1,500

Health insurance allowance/fee

$1,700

$1,700

Room and board

$13,800

$9,800

Personal/transportation

$2,200

$3,000

TOTAL

$32,400

$29,200

Total cost will vary depending on the campus you attend as well as your personal expenses. Data provided by University of California.

Estimated one-year tuition cost for undergraduate nonresidents at UC, 2013-2014 academic year

Living
on campus

Living
off campus

Tuition and fees*

$36,078

$36,078

Books and supplies

$1,500

$1,500

Health insurance allowance/fee

$1,700

$1,700

Room and board

$13,800

$9,800

Personal/transportation

$2,200

$3,000

TOTAL

$55,278

$52,078

There is an additional $22,878 in nonresident supplemental tuition for nonresident students. Total cost will vary depending the campus you attend as well as your personal expenses.  Data provided by University of California.

 

California State University

One-year tuition cost for undergraduate California resident students at the CSU system, 2014- 2015 academic year

Student Type/Units Per Semester Per Quarter Per Academic Year
6.1 or more $2,736 $1,824 $5,472
0 to 6.0 $1,587 $1,058 $3,174

 

One-year tuition cost** for undergraduate non-resident students at the CSU system, 2014- 2015 academic year

Per Semester
Unit Rate
Per Quarter
Unit Rate
All Non-Resident Students $372 $248

** In addition to applicable System-wide Tuition Fees.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to UCs and CSUs, students must meet a set of academic standards, also known as minimum admissions requirements. Satisfying minimum admissions requirements may not guarantee admission to the university or program of your choice.  In many instances, universities and highly competitive or impacted majors have higher admissions requirements.

California State University (CSU) Minimum Admissions Requirements:

 

University of California (UC) Minimum Admissions Requirements:
Subject requirement

Freshman applicants are required to complete at least 15 yearlong “a-g” courses in 9-12 grades. Seven of these courses must be taken your Junior and Senior years of high school.

a. History/Social Science(1 year of world history & 1 year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of  American government)
2 courses
b. English 4 courses
c. Mathematics
(including elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, and geometry)
3 courses
d. Laboratory Science
( minimum of two of three disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics)
2 courses
e. Language other than English
(equivalent to second level of foreign language)
2 courses
f. Visual and Performing Arts 1 course
g. College-Preparatory Elective* 1 course

*Chosen from the fields above or another UC approved course

Note that admissions to UC is competitive; therefore, it is strongly recommended that applicants complete more than the minimum admission requirements when applying for admission.

Examination requirement

ACT Plus Writing or SAT Reason Test are required for admissions. Students must complete these tests no later than December of senior year.

SAT Subject Tests are not required for admission to UC.

Scholarship requirement

Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (3.4 for nonresidents) in all “a-g” courses completed in 10th and 11th grade, with grades no lower than C.

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