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Applying to College

Begin the college application process by checking with the specific college(s) you are interested in to be clear exactly what each school requires. Use the following links to apply to the different California colleges:

California Community Colleges (CCC)
Apply online to any of the 112 CCC campuses.

The California State University (CSU)
Apply online to one or several of the 23 CSU campuses.

The University Of California (UC)
Apply online to one or several of the nine general campuses of the UC system at admission.

Independent Institutions
Apply to over 500 independent colleges with the Common Application.

Usual application elements

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Exam scores
  • Transcripts

Applications must be complete before you will be considered for admission. Make sure yours are by tracking each one using the Career Center College Application Tracking Chart [PDF].

Mistakes that can stall your application

  • Neglecting to read all the instructions
  • Failing to check curriculum (program) requirements
  • Waiting until the last minute
  • Depending on spell checkers
  • Hitting “submit” without proofreading
  • Asking for information easily found


You—not your parents—need to keep in touch with the admissions counselor.
Regularly check your e-mail—this is your link to the Admissions Office.