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California College Admission Criteria

California Community College

Minimum requirements for acceptance into a California Community College are any one of the following:

  • High School Diploma
  • 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of the (CHSPE) California High School Proficiency Exam
  • General Educational Development Examination (GED) with an overall/average of 55 and no score below 55

California State University (CSU) / University of California (UC)

The “a – g requirements” specifies the subject requirements that students must fulfill to be considered for admission into the CSU or UC colleges.  The requirements are for students to meet the general knowledge necessary to participate in the first year at a university.  Click here for a description of the a – g requirements.

Students must have a “C” or better in each course counted toward the subject area requirements.  If a student receives a grade lower than a “C”, he/she must retake the course.  Students receiving a “C” or better in a course, may not repeat the course for a higher grade.

University of California – Standardized Testing Requirements

Admission to a four-year university usually requires a college admission test such as the SAT or the ACT.  Most, but not all, colleges accept either test.

SAT – The SAT has two parts, the Reasoning Test (formerly the SAT I) and the Subject Tests (formerly the SAT II).  The Reasoning Test assesses students in three areas:  critical reading, math (through Algebra II) and writing.  Some colleges, such as the University of California, require or recommend that students to take two Subject Tests in addition to the Reasoning Test.  It is recommended students take a Subject Test as soon as appropriate after the completion of the coursework.

ACT – The ACT is recognized nationally as an alternative to the SAT.  It measures achievement in specific areas such as math, science, social studies, and English.  Students taking the ACT instead of the SAT are required to choose the ACT with writing option.