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References

Community Colleges

www.cccco.edu

Transfer programs

www.assist.org

University of California (UC)

www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply

California Private University

www.aiccu.edu

www.aiccumentor.org

All California Colleges and Universities

www.californiacolleges.edu

Online Colleges and University Catalogs

www.collegesource.org

Other Helpful Links

College Planning

i want to go to college!! how do I get there?

In the state of California, higher education opportunities can be realized by attending one of the 110 community colleges, 33 public universities (CSU and UC), 75 private/independent universities and many more technical, trade, and art schools.  

  • To be eligible to attend a community college: one must be 18 years of age or possess a high school diploma. 
  • To be eligible to attend a California State University (CSU) or University of Californa (UC): public systems require completion of the minimum a-g course sequence with grades of C or higher and submission of ACT or SAT college admission tests results.  
  • To be eligible to attend a Private/Independent University: requirements vary from institution to institution, but follow closely with the University of California a-g course sequence.  To learn more about each individual institution, it is recommended that students log onto the prospective school websites to explore majors and schools in California and nationwide.  The following link will lead you to each college and university in the California system California Colleges.

For more information on applying to community colleges, California State University, University of California, or private/independent universities, please refer to these pages on the navigation bar to the left. 

The college application process

College Application:  Universities prefer that admissions applications be completed online.  You can access CSU and UC applications through their prospective websites.  To complete an admissions application to private universities, you will need to  go directly to the school website.  Websites can be found through a search online, or in the CVHS Guidance Office.

College Application Fee:  Application fees will vary per institution, and will be due upon submission of your application.  Some universities offer fee waivers for those who qualify. 

High School Transcript:  To complete your CSU or UC application, you will need an unofficial copy of your high school transcript for self reporting your classes and grades. Unofficial transcripts are available via the parent portal. Once you have been accepted to a CSU or UC campus, that particular campus will prompt you to have an Official transcript sent from CUSD directly to them upon graduation from high school.  If you are applying to a private university, however, an Official transcript will be required as part of the application process.  To order your official high school transcript please visit the CVHS homepage and select “Transcripts Ordering” under the Resources section Quick Links. 

College Admissions Exams/Tests:  As part of the application process, students will be required to submit the results of college admissions exams: ACT or SAT I; SAT II for UC and some private universities.  For more information regarding these exams, please see College Admissions Testing on the navigation bar to the left.

College Essay or Personal Statement:    Private/Independent Universities will require a college essay as part of their application process.  The college essay is written in response to a prompt given to the student in the application. A college essay will not be required for applications to the California State University.

Letters of Recommendation: Most private university and scholarship applications will require that students submit letters of recommendation.  Some will specify who the recommender should be (teachers, employers, coaches,community and church leaders); others simply indicate how many recommendations are required.  Letters of recommendation give evaluators and selection committees' alternate information about you the person.  Keep in mind that these individuals will already have objective information - your grades, classes and test scores - they want to know about your character and who you are outside of the classroom, more appropriately, how others see you!!

 

Being Prepared and Organized will allow your recommenders to write an outstanding letter of recommendation!!

Service Hours/Extra-Curricular Activities/Volunteering: Students are not required to do service hours as a condition of graduation from Capistrano Valley High School/Capistrano Unified School District, however, most universities will, as a part of their application process, ask students to document service hours, extra-curricular activities and volunteer hours.  The general rule of thumb is to get involved in an activity that you are passionate about and can commit to for a length of time.  Universities will ask what types of activities you were involved in, how long you were committed to the activity and what skills you developed or how it affected you personally. 

High School Details for College Applications
high school details

CSU Applications

CSU (California State University) Application Window for Fall 2019 Opens October 1st!

Seniors planning to apply to one of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses for fall 2020 admission may begin working on their applications through Cal State Apply starting October 1st.  The window for application submission will be open from October 1, 2019 until November 30, 2019. CSU encourages students to apply early! 

 

To apply to CSU students must:

DHHS High School CEEB Code 050-729

  1. Obtain an unofficial copy of your high school transcript from the student or parent portal to be used to self-report your classes and grades on your CSU application. Obtain transcript here
  2. Complete CSU application and application fee for each CSU campus onlineApplication window opens on October 1 and closes on November 30. Application fee is $55.00 per campus. Don’t delay; apply early! 
  3. Contact College Board or ACT to have your SAT I or ACT test scores sent to the CSU campuses to which you've applied.
  4. Contact College Board/AP Central to have our AP scores sent to all CSU campuses to which you've applied.
  5. Send official transcripts ONLY when directed to do so.  CSU will determine your grade point average based on the classes and grades you self-report during the application process. The CSU campus which you commit to attend will prompt you to send an official transcript upon graduation from high school.
  6. CSU does not require letters of recommendation or a college essay.

UC Applications

UC (University of California) Window for Fall 2019 opened August 1 for students to begin working on their applications. The application submission window opens November 1!

 

Seniors planning to apply to one of the 9 University of California (UC) campuses for fall 2020 admission should begin working on their applications now.  Although students can begin to work on their application, the window for application submission will be open from November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019. 

 

To apply to UC students must:

DHHS CEEB Code 050-729

  1. Obtain an unofficial copy of your high school transcript from parent portal to be used to self-report your classes and grades on your UC application. 
  2. Complete the UC application, write your college essay, and pay your application fee online at Complete one UC application for all campuses to which you are applying. Application fee is $70.00 per campus. Application window will be open from August 1 through November 30. You can start your application now, but cannot submit it until Nov. 1.
  3. Contact College Board or ACT to have your SAT I, SAT II, or ACT test scores sent to all UC campuses to which you've applied.
  4. Contact College Board/AP Central to have your AP scores sent to all UC campuses to which you've applied.
  5. Send official transcripts only when directed to do so. UC will determine your grade point average based on the classes and grades you self-report during the application process. The UC campus which you commit to attend will prompt you to send an official transcript upon graduation from high school.
  6. UC does require college essays. The prompts will be presented as part of the application.
  7. UC does not require letters of recommendation.
  8. When completing your application be sure to select your guidance counselor as your "counselor" NOT "advisor" when selecting your recommenders. 

Private/ Independent University Applications

To apply to private/independent University students must: 

DHHS CEEB Code 050-729

  1. Note that application deadlines for private universities will vary by institution. Students must research and follow deadlines per institution.
  2. Complete application for specific private or out-of-state universities online by accessing the respective university website
  3. Complete application and supporting documents by specified deadlines, including campus specific scholarship deadlines
  4. Submit your official transcript by ordering is through Parchment via the DHHS website ~ Front page under drop down menu for section labeled, “I’m looking for”; select “transcript request.”
  5. Contact College Board or ACT to have your SAT, AP ,or ACT test scores sent to campuses to which you've applied.

 

Common Application – Be sure to check the Common Application network to see if the private/independent universities to which you are applying are members.  If so, you only complete one application online at Common App for all colleges to which you are applying. Please note that if you do use the common application, Academic Advisors prefer that you complete your applications online. Send the request or invitation to complete the secondary and mid-year report to us via Academic Advisors' email address. Failure to record the correct email address will result in your Academic Advisor not receiving the email invitation. Academic Advisors can be reached by email as follows:

 

 

Applications to private/independent universities in California or out of state often require the submission of letters of recommendation, secondary school reports, and mid-year reports to be completed by Academic Advisors and teachers. 

The completed packet must include:

  • Cover letter (can be found within the packet)
  • Student Profile
  • A student resume - Sample in packet
  • Counselor Evaluation Form and the Secondary School Report (if applicable – downloaded from university website or through invitation if using Common App, SEND.edu etc.)
  • College Essay (if you were required to write one)
  • Personal Letter of Recommendation (see instructions and sample in packet.)