College Application Process

University of California (UC)

Database Opens: August 1

Application Submission Period: November 1st-30th

universityofcalifornia.edu/apply

Minimum Eligibility: 3.0 GPA & UC A-G Course Requirements passed with a grade of C- or currently in progress

Students seeking admission as undergraduates to any of the nine general campuses of the University of California will be able to have their applications considered simultaneously at more than one campus. Each student will submit one application to the University of California indicating the campus or campuses at which he or she wishes to be considered and paying a fee for each campus. The applications will then be sent to the appropriate campuses. Students may have their applications considered at as many campuses as they wish. The open filing period for applications is from November 1 to November 30. FILE YOUR APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE DURING THE OPEN FILING PERIOD. The system is always overloaded during the last few days of November.

The University of California system no longer uses SAT or ACT testing as admissions criteria. Letters of recommendation are not required and will not be read and official transcripts are only required in June.

California State University

Application Submission Period: October 1st - November 30th
www2.calstate.edu/apply

Minimum Eligibility: 2.5 GPA & CSU A-G Course Requirements passed with a grade of C- or currently in progress

Students seeking admission as undergraduates to any of the 23 campuses of the California State University will apply using Cal State Apply. Cal State Apply assists students in planning for college, in selecting the appropriate CSU campus to attend, in planning how to finance their education, and in applying for admission. The open filing period for applications is from October 1 to November 30. FILE YOUR APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE DURING THE OPEN FILING PERIOD. The system is always overloaded during the last few days of November.

The California State University system has temporarily suspended its use of SAT and ACT testing in determining admission for students applying for Fall 2023 admission. Letters of recommendation are not required for admission and will not be read and official transcripts are only required in June.

CSU and UC Contact List

California Community College

Minimum Eligibility: High School Diploma or 18 years of age

Community colleges offer a smooth transition to a four-year institution. Sixty percent of students who received their bachelor’s degree at a California State University and thirty percent of students who graduated from a UC school started their education at a California Community College. Most community college campuses provide a large variety of services such as academic advising; disabled student services; honors programs; learning and tutoring programs; scholarships; child care and career center to assist students in pursuing their educational and career goals.

The application to a California Community College is available on each schools individual website.

California Community Colleges Contact Listing

Community College Transfer Agreement Guarantee Information

Ohlone College Transfer Admission Guarantees

Private Schools and Out of State Public Schools

www.commonapp.org

Students will use Common Application to apply for admission to private schools and out of state public schools. Students will create an account and apply for their school(s) of choice through Common Application.
Note: Counselors will not accept SEND EDU to process a Secondary School Report or recommendation. 

A vast majority of universities utilize Common Application, however there are some that do not and we refer to them as Non-Common App Schools.  For these schools, students will need to follow the universities’ application procedure.

Note: Students applying to Non-Common App Schools that require a Secondary School Report and/or a counselor letter of recommendation are limited to applying to only 5 schools of this type. For Non-Common App Schools that only require an official transcript from MSJHS there is no limit.

Some universities give students the option of applying early to their school. Please review the following to determine if this is the best option for you:

Early Action & Early Decision

All students planning on applying to any schools that will require a Secondary School Report and/or counselor letter of recommendation will need to complete and submit their Senior Profile and accompanying documents to their counselor via Google Classroom by their posted deadlines.
Note: The Senior Profile will not be submitted to universities you’re applying to. 

Ordering Transcripts

Part of the application process is ordering your high school transcript to be sent to the universities you’re applying to. Each university has their own deadlines that you must follow. For students applying through Common App, transcripts must be ordered prior to your submission of your Senior Profile documents.

You will electronically order your transcript through Parchment.

  • If you are using Common Application, you will order one transcript to be sent to Common Application for First Year Applicants. This one transcript will be sent to all the universities you are applying to through Common Application.
  • For all Non-Common App schools, you will need to order one transcript for each university you are applying to prior to submitting your Senior Profile documents..

Note: You will not submit a transcript with your application to UCs or CSUs. Transcripts to UCs and CSUs are ordered and submitted in June unless otherwise requested by a specific campus/program.

Follow the attached procedures to order transcripts through Parchment:

Transcript Ordering Process

Tips in Completing College Applications

  1. Read the application carefully. Follow directions and make sure to answer the questions asked.
  2. Answer truthfully and concisely. Be prepared to verify anything you write in your application.
  3. Explain any acronyms or duties that are not self-explanatory.
  4. Prioritize your applications.
  5. For online applications, be sure to get a verification of receipt.