California Public Universities and Colleges
California Master Plan of Higher Education
California Master Plan for Higher Education - major features
- UC was designed for (but not limited to) top 9% of California students
- CSU was designed for (but not limited to) top 33% of California students
- California Community Colleges were designed for open access for all students
- Transfer Path: For every 2 first-time freshmen spots into UC/CSU, there is 1 space for California Community College transfer students.
University of California
UCs use a "comprehensive" or "holistic" review process through which a variety of factors are considered:grades, course choices, test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests,
AP, IB), extra-curricular activities, awards, the context of a student's life experiences and situation, opportunities available, and personal insight answers.
For more details on this, go to How Applications are Reviewed.
- UC Admissions for California residents
- SAT Subject Test recommendations for individual campuses
- Spreadsheet of UC admission data for individual campuses - coming soon
- Campus Admission profiles for even more detailed data on UC campus admissions profiles
- Business and related degrees at UC campuses - coming soon
California State University
CSUs use an Admissions Index formula based on grades in CSU-approved courses, and SAT or ACT scores. No additional information is asked for or allowed for in admissions, with exception of Cal Poly SLO which asks 4 straight forward questions on extra-curriculars and leadership.
- CSU Mentor - one stop for nearly all CSU admissions information
- CSU Eligibility Index calculator for California students
- Information on impacted campuses and majors in the CSU system
- Spreadsheet of CSU campus admission data for individual campuses - coming soon