College Information & Requirements
General College Information Sources
College Applications for both the University of California and California State Universities must be submitted during the month of November and are available online.
University of California – Highlights: Online application; contains links to all UC campuses
California State University - Highlights: Online applications; contains links to all CSU campuses
Sierra College - Highlights: Calendar; general info; schedule of classes
The College Board - Highlights: Register for the SAT online; SAT test question of the day; My College Quick Start; Colleges Search; financial aid estimator
Financial Aid Information Pages – Highlights: General financial aid information; estimated family contribution calculators;
Scholarship search; frequently asked questions; financial aid myths
College/Career Planning – Highlights: Explores colleges and careers; plan and pay for college; college admissions
History 2 Years World Studies/US History
English 4 Years College Preparatory English
Mathematics 3 Years (4 Yrs. Rec.)
Laboratory Science 2 Years (3 Yrs. Rec.)
World Language 2 Years of the same language
Visual & Performing Arts 1 Year
College Prep Elective 1 Year
All grades must be a ‘C’ or better to meet college admission standards. Also, generally speaking, the more math, science and
world language, the better. Complete 15 units of college prep courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
The University of California system (UC Davis, Berkeley, etc.) includes ten four‐year universities offering a variety of BA and
BS degrees. To qualify for entrance, students must have a high‐school diploma or a California Proficiency Certificate.
Students must follow a university preparatory program and must earn ‘C’ or better grades in the required courses. Students
must complete 15 college‐prep courses (11 by the junior year) with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. UC will not consider ACT or SAT test scores for admissions decisions. Entrance GPA and requirements may vary depending on the major area
of study and the campus selected. Consult the Career Center for more information. For general UC information refer to
www.universityofcalifornia.edu or www.CaliforniaColleges.edu online.
California State University (CSU Sacramento, Chico, etc.) includes 23 four‐year universities offering a variety of BA and BS
degrees. To qualify for entrance, students must have a high school diploma or California Proficiency Certificate. Students
must follow a university preparation program and must successfully complete the required courses with a ‘C’ or better.
Students must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for the CSU system. Please note that this is a college
GPA which only includes college prep approved courses. Entrance GPA and requirements may vary depending on the
major area of study and the campus selected. For a complete listing of CSU’s visit www.calstate.edu or
There are many private colleges and universities. Their entrance requirements are similar to those of the University of
California or the California State University systems. Consult your Guidance Counselor or College and Career Specialist.
The California Community College system offers A.A. or A.S. degrees and certificates, two year transfer programs where the
classes taken for credit can be transferred to four year systems, and training in many trades and career technical fields.
TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS SCHOOLS
These schools offer certificates for training in a variety of vocational occupations. Most require a high school diploma or its
equivalent. Some are available here in the Sacramento area. For more information you can see your College and Career