We provide information about:
College Admission Requirements
Admission Tests (SAT & ACT)
Small group meetings
Individual, one-on-one meetings
Sign up to meet with your College Peer Advisor
(CPA) for assistance with college and career information.
CPAs are college students who advise high school students on college and career planning.
UC System: 4 years
CSU System: 4 years
Private Universities: 4 years
Community College System: 2 years
Vocational/Technical Colleges: Varies
UC System: 10 campuses
Research University, ~$23,000/year
Min. GPA - 3.0
UC Berkeley, UCLA,
UC Davis, UCSD, UC Irvine…
CSU System: 23 campuses
Traditional University, ~$15,000/year
Min. GPA- 2.0
SDSU, CSU San Marcos, Cal-Poly Pomona…
S an D iego S tate U niversity
Over 50% of incoming freshmen in 2010 had a GPA of
3.78 or higher.
Avg. SAT: 930-1170
Avg. ACT: 20-25
U niversity of C alifornia-
D iego (UCSD)
80% of incoming freshmen in
2010 had GPA of 3.8 or higher.
Avg. ACT: 25.4
73 campuses throughout California
Prestige and Cost vary widely
University of San Diego, USC, Stanford…
Community College System: 112 campuses
Associate’s Degrees, Certificates and Transfer to a
4-year institution, ~$2,000/year
Grossmont, Mesa, Southwestern, Fresno City
Vocational/Technical Colleges: Many campuses
Degrees/Certificates and Costs vary widely
Paul Mitchell School, Art Institute of San Diego,
New School of Architecture & Design…
SAT Reasoning Test:
General exam with 3 sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing
One option for CSU, UC, and almost all private universities
General reasoning exam with 5 sections: English, Math, Reading,
Science, and Writing.
The other option for CSU, UC, and almost all private universities
SAT Subject Tests: (Required for Class of 2011 ONLY)
Shorter exams focused on the curriculum of one subject (Foreign
Language, Mathematics, English Literature, etc.)
Must take 2 Subject Tests for UC admission (2010 and 2011 high school graduating classes only)
Not required for CSU; check with private universities if required
ACT w/ writing or SAT Reasoning Test; 2 SAT Subject Tests (for 2011 graduating class ONLY)
ACT w/o writing or SAT Reasoning Test
: ACT or SAT Reasoning Test. Check with the university to see if
SAT Subject Tests are required
No admission tests required
Vocational /Technical School:
Check with the school to see which admission tests are required
What Looks Good on an Application?
Professional Email Address
Visit the FAFSA website and become familiar with it. ( www.fafsa.ed.gov
Talk to counselor about GPA Verification form and how it is submitted.
Research how to get
Scholarships (merit, need, or athletic based)
Research industries/careers online with your CPA , high school counselor, or at your career center
Explore college majors/subjects you like and that are applicable to your interests.
Many college majors can lead to the same career path.
Pick a college major that will give you options in the career/industry sector of your interest.
Your path to a career will come sooner than you realize. Start your search early!
How can Cal-SOAP help you?
A. Deciding on where to apply
B. Understanding how to pay for college
C. Picking college-prep courses
D. Investigating possible careers that match your interests
E. All of the above
A student wants to apply to a CSU campus. Which admission tests are required?
A. The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT w/o writing
B. The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT w/ writing, and 2 SAT Subject
C. The SAT Reasoning Test or the Act w/ writing, 2 SAT Subject Tests, and the General Reasoning Exam (GRE).
Meet with your
C ollege P eer A
) on campus either by appointment or walk-in if you need help with anything college or career related.
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for information and current events for high school students!
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