Application Requirements

While grades and test scores matter, there are many paths to get into college. Many colleges look at all of the life experience a student can bring and make a decision based on understanding a youth, his/her individual journey and struggles, community and volunteer activities, personal statement and evidence of year-to-year grade improvement. If a youth’s grades have not always been that good, don’t let that get in the way of planning for college!
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Community College
California Community Colleges are open to everyone and do not have minimum GPA or testing requirements. Attending a community college, especially those with support programs for foster youth scholars, can be a great way to obtain career certificates, an Associate’s degree or transition to a four-year university. Applications can be completed online and most campuses have staff available to provide assistance. Students don’t need a high school diploma to attend, but do need either a high school diploma or GED to qualify for federal financial aid.

Cal State University Grades and Test Scores
The grades earned in high school are an important factor in CSU admission decisions. High school grade point averages are calculated using grades in all a student’s college prep “A-G” classes completed after the 9th grade. Test scores are required unless the student has a grade point average above 3.0 and is a resident of California.

University of California Admission and Examination Requirements
These pages explain what tests students need to take to apply to a UC and offer some helpful guidelines. Freshman applicants to UCs must submit test scores for either the ACT with Writing or SAT Reasoning Test. Students applying for admission for the fall term must take these tests no later than December of their senior year, and preferably earlier.

How to Apply to a University of California
Be sure to review the steps students must take, and the important deadlines

Peterson’s Guide
This website provides helpful tips regarding the college application process.