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University & College Accountability Network (U-CAN)

Find the College That's Right for You . . . 

Choosing to go to college is one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime.  Selecting the college that best fits your intellectual, professional, and extracurricular interests; values and personality; and financial circumstances is crucial to academic success.

More than ever, as tuition costs continue to grow, families are focused on getting the best value for their dollar.  The first step is finding the right information to make the right college choice.

U-CAN features the key information, updated for 2015, students and families say is important to choosing the right college.  Explore the profiles of hundreds of private, nonprofit colleges and universities: provides students with an all-inclusive guide for their college and career paths and enables educators to track their progress
About the California College Guidance Initiative

The California College Guidance Initiative manages, the state of California’s official college and career planning platform, which is free to all California educators, students, and families.

The Initiative is a nonprofit, funded in part by the state of California, that partners with school districts across the state to advance local college and career readiness goals. Learn more about the Initiative’s mission, goals, and approach.

How Can High School Students Use

The platform provides high school students the tools to match their interests and skills to postsecondary college and career opportunities. They can take career assessments and use search tools to develop college, major, and career lists, write goals and journals, track activities, and read a variety of age-appropriate content to develop and expand their knowledge on all college, career, and financial aid planning topics. Students can also launch Cal State Apply, CCCApply, and FAFSA.

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The Common Application

The Common Application is a not-for-profit, member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process.

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Complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to apply for financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school.


Program Description

The SESI program focuses on Latinx and low-income students that are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our program prides itself on creating a sincere solid sense of family so our students feel welcomed. We have dedicated counselors, peer mentors, STEM industry field trips, assistance with books and tutoring that is available to our SESI participants.  SESI is focused on helping students transition from high school to college and ultimately program completion, earn a STEM Certificate/ Associates Degree and/or transfer to a CSU or UC. Our goal is to recruit 90 students for Fall 2019.

Sacramento City College SESI Project

University of California





August 1

Application opens for applicants for fall 2019



October 1

Filing period for FAFSA and Cal Grant Verification Form opens for applicants to all terms (filing period open through March 2, 2019)



November 1 - 30

Fall 2019 admission application filing period for all applicants



January 4

Online application update opens for transfer applicants to report final fall grades and in-progress or planned coursework (priority deadline is January 31)



March 1

Notification of fall 2018 admission decisions begins



March 2

Deadline for applicants for all terms to submit FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form



March 31

Notification of fall 2019 admission decisions for freshman applicants is complete



May 1

Deadline for admitted freshmen to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)


Notification of fall 2019 admission decisions for transfer applicants is complete



June 1

Deadline for admitted transfer students to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)



July 1

For students admitted for fall 2019: Final, official transcripts must be sent to the campus admissions office. Transcripts must be postmarked or electronically submitted on or before July 1.



July 15

Official AP, IB examination results must be sent to the campus admissions office. Test scores must be postmarked or electronically submitted on or before July 15.


Our admission guidelines are designed to ensure you are well-prepared to succeed at UC.

If you're interested in entering the University of California as a freshman, you'll have to satisfy these requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (a-g courses) with a letter grade of C or better, with at least 11 courses finished prior to the beginning of your last year of high school.

    The 15 courses are:

    a. History

    2 years

    b. English

    4 years

    c. Mathematics

    3 years

    d. Laboratory science

    2 years

    e. Language other than English
    *or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction

    2 years*

    f. Visual and performing arts

    1 year

    g. College-preparatory elective
    (chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university)

    1 year

  2. Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C. Learn how to calculate the UC freshman GPA »
  3. Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing or SAT with Essay by December of your senior year. We don't require SAT Subject Tests, but certain programs on some campuses recommend them, and you can use subject tests to satisfy the "a-g" requirements listed above.