Applying to College

Admissions Office


It’s time to apply to college!

View the Graduating Senior Checklist to guide you on your college application journey.
View the College Application Guidelines handout.

Community College

To apply to a community college, visit the college’s website.  For many community colleges in the Los Angeles area, visit the LACCD Website to learn more about the colleges and to apply. For Fall admission, apply during the prior Spring semester. There are no fees to apply to a community college.

View and download the Community College Admissions Process handout.

LA College Promise – Free College for up to 2 Years!!
The Los Angeles College Promise (LACP) serves first-time, full-time college students with a comprehensive strategy designed to support students to complete a higher education degree and/or a workforce certificate. The program helps students “start right” on their way to “ending right” with a degree, university transfer, or workforce certificate in a timely, efficient manner. It is a partnership between Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), City of Los Angeles, LA Chamber of Commerce, UNITE LA and private philanthropy.

Important aspects of the Promise are waived tuition for the first two years of college, priority enrollment, additional financial support, and a dedicated support team providing a wide array of academic and student support services.

Visit the LA College Promise website to learn more!

California State University

Visit the Cal State Apply website to apply to any of the 23 CSU campuses.  Application fees apply.  Online applications available October 1 – November 30.  The deadline to apply to all CSU campuses is November 30.  There are very few exceptions to this deadline, so be sure to apply early.

The CSU application process includes self-reporting of academic courses and SAT/ACT scores.  Eligibility for admission is based on grades earned in A-G courses taken in grades 10 and 11 and SAT or ACT scores. View information about the CSU Eligibility Index to find out if you qualify to apply to a CSU.  Please note that some CSU campuses require higher than minimum eligibility for admission.

Currently CSU does not require SAT/ACT scores for Freshman Admission. Students will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater “a-g” GPA. Students earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 may be evaluated for admission based upon supplemental factors such as number of courses exceeding minimum “a-g” requirements, household income, extracurricular involvement, and other available information that would inform the campus admission decision. Each CSU campus will determine the supplemental factors used with GPA to determine eligibility in these cases and communicate these criteria publicly for prospective students. 

University of California

Apply to all 9 UC campuses with one application.  Visit the My UC Application website to apply. UC Applications open August 1 and can be submitted November 1 – November 30.  The deadline to apply to all UC campuses is November 30.  There are no exceptions to this deadline, so plan ahead and apply early!

The UC application process includes self-reported information regarding academics (grades in A-G courses taken in grades 10 and 11) among other factors.  Currently UC does not require SAT/ACT scores for Freshman Admission. UC takes a holistic approach, Comprehensive Review, when admitting students. 

Private and Out of State Colleges

When applying to California Private Colleges and Out of State Colleges, it is important to visit the college’s website directly for application dates, deadlines, requirements, scholarships, and other important information.


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Coalition for College

Using MyCoalition, students can begin exploring colleges and compiling personal and school-related achievements as early as ninth grade. So by the time senior year rolls around, they are already on track for college success.



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