College Applications & Exams

College Options/Applications

Community College                   

Requirements: Graduate high school or be older than 18

Application deadlines: Register semester before.

California  State University    

Requirements: 2.0 GPA —A-Gs, SAT or ACT

No essays or letters of recommendation

Deadlines:  October 1-November 30         Admissions Decisions: Jan- March

University of California

Requirements: 3.0 GPA — A-Gs, SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing  (SAT subject tests not required, but highly recommended for science and impacted majors)

Personal Insight Questions (select 4 of 8 prompts, 350 words maximum each), no letters of recommendation

1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.  

2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side. 

3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?  

4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

6.  Think about an academic subject that inspires you.  Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.

7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?  

8. Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

For more information about the personal insight questions, go to

Deadline:  November 30           Admissions Decisions: March

Private/Independent/Out of State Colleges

Requirements: Vary by campus similar to UC, must do research for more info.

Personal Essays and letters of recommendations    

Deadline: Varies by campus as early as November as late as February.

Admissions Decisions: February-April

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WUE: Western Undergraduate Exchange

What Is WUE?

WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in Western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year public

college programs at a reduced tuition level: up to 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. In all cases, WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. For answers to many of the commonly asked questions about

WUE, visit

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