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"Here's a little secret about college: It doesn't really matter where you go.  At least, that's the conclusion I've reached after graduating from and Ivy League university.  What matters is what you do after college.  That's what I've witnessed: countless people who attended unheralded colleges, then achieved greatness through talent, doggedness and the ability to endure failure."

- Alec Klein (Then a journalist at the Washington Post, Presently a professor at Northwestern University, Alma Mater: Brown University)


College Athletics: 

Students interested in playing a sport in college should register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

University of CaliforniaAdmissions offices by campus

Update your application

You can log in to your application to review and, if necessary, change your telephone number, e-mail or mailing address. You can also apply to additional campuses if they're still open.

If there are changes to your academic record

Freshmen: If you change schools, add or drop a course, or fail to earn a C or better in a course after you submit your application, you must notify — in writing — the admissions offices at the campuses to which you applied.

If there are changes to other sections of your application

Minor changes to your activities, awards, volunteer work, employment or personal statement are unlikely to have an impact on your admission decision. However, if you have significant updates in any of these areas, you may notify — in writing — each campus you applied to.

Private Colleges & Universities

Common Application:

  • Adding a recommender

  • Applying early decision/action?

  • Essay Instructions. The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice.  What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores?  Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response.  Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal.  Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so.  (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

  •  Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

California Community Colleges: Online Application


  • California community colleges are required to admit any California resident possessing a high school diploma or equivalent.

  • California community colleges may admit any nonresident possessing a high school diploma or equivalent or any person over the age of 18 who, in the judgment of the board, is capable of profiting from the instruction offered.

  • Community colleges may admit minors who do not hold high school diplomas, or equivalent, to its credit courses as special part-time or special full-time students.

City College of San Francisco (CCSF)

Current High School Students:

  • Concurrent Enrollment - Students interested in taking college level classes while they are still in high school

  • Dual Enrollment - Students interested in taking Career and Technical Education courses

High School Graduates (for students who will be graduating in 2012 and planning to attend college)

Enroll in the Credit Program and follow the matriculation process:

  1. Apply for Admission

  2. Take a Placement Test

  3. Attend New Student Orientation

  4. Meet with a Counselor

  5. Register for Classes

  6. Apply for Financial Aid