College Admissions Requirements

College Admission Requirements

Community College

  • Entrance Requirement: Age 18 OR high school diploma OR California Certificate of Proficiency
  • Three types of programs are offered:
    • Job preparation through occupational courses which may lead to a degree and/or a Certificate of Achievement
    • Completion of Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degrees.
    • University transfer courses leading to BA from a 4-year college. (for UC-transferable classes)

Private Colleges & Universities

  • Entrance requirements & expenses vary (check in the Career Center or on the Internet)
  • Test Required: SAT I or ACT and possibly  SAT Subject Tests

California State Universities & University of California

  • Entrance Requirements: SAT I or ACT Exam
  • Completion of the following courses in high school:


A. Social Studies/History: World History, US History, Government, AP Government, Geography, AP US History2 Years2 Years
B. English: English Foundations, Honors English Foundations, World Literature, Honors World Literature, American Literature, AP Language & Composition, English Literature Themes, AP English Literature4 Years4 Years
C. Math: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Math Analysis, AP Calculus, AP Statistics3 Years
4 Years Rec'd
3 Years
4-5 Years Rec'd
D. Science: (Life and Physical labs) Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Honors Physics, AP Biology, (AP Environmental Science – see “g”) *It is best to prepare for both the UC and the CSU by completing two laboratory courses from the “d” subject area2 Years
1 "D" or "G"
2 "D" Rec'd
2 Years
"D" Required
3 Years "D" Rec'd
E. World Language: (language other than English) Spanish 1, Spanish 2 Spanish 3, Spanish 4, French 1 French 2, French 3, French 4 (AP Spanish and AP French – when enrollment permits)2 Years of Same Language2 Years of Same Language
3 Rec'd
F. Visual & Performing Arts: Art, Advanced Art, Band, Ceramics, Choir, Drama, Photography, ROP Computer Graphics, ROP Video1 Year1 Year
G. Visual & Performing Arts: Economics, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, Journalism, Oceanography, ROP Aquaculture 2, ROP Economics of Marketing, plus additional courses from the above a-f areas.1 Year1 Year

Minimum grades of “C” or higher are required in a class to fulfill these requirements. Higher grades strongly recommended.

Maximum of 8 extra grade points awarded for approved AP, and transferable community courses.