The Univercity of California (UC)

Campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, UCLA, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz

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What is ELC? (Eligibility in the Local Context)
The ELC program ensures that academically talented and deserving students from all over California have the opportunity to attend a UC school. ELC status adds value to your application and is one of 14 factors considered. ELC students not admitted to any of their campus choices are offered a spot at a UC campus that has space, if minimum UC requirements are met.

How Do I Qualify? If you rank in the top 9% of students in your California high school class you may be eligible for ELC designation. This is calculated when you apply; you do not need to do anything other than apply to a UC. After submitting the application, you can return to the “My UC Application” web page to see whether or not you’ve been designated as being in the top 9% of your class.

Tuition Costs: Average tuition at a UC campus is about ,450. If living on campus, room and board will average about ,000 per year. Total cost of attendance averages about ,000 if you choose to live on campus.

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Explore the 23 campuses of the California State University by location, setting, size, and sports. To find the school that’s perfect for you visit and begin your CSU research today!

The Application window for the fall 2021 term will open October 1 - December 4th. Each application has a cost of per application, some applicants will qualify for an application fee waiver. The fee waiver is determined by questions within the application. Prepare to fill out the online application by gatherings the items listed on the checklist.

Admission offices at the 23 campuses use three factors to determine eligibility. Most applicants who are admitted meet the standards in each of the following areas:

Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area. Because of the number of students who apply, several campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants.

Many CSU campuses use local admission policies for students who graduate or transfer from high schools and community colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region. See CSU Local Admission & Service Areas for each campus here (PDF).

To learn more about the admission requirements, impacted majors, impacted campuses, and eligibility index see Freshman: Admission Requirements

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
The CSU’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides admission, academic and financial support services to historically underserved students throughout California.

All EOP applicants must submit the application materials requested by the campus Admission as well as the EOP Office. Applicants must qualify for Financial Aid and submit the materials requested by the Financial Aid Office if they wish to be considered for an EOP grant or other financial assistance.

Admission Materials
Apply for admission electronically at Cal State Apply:

  1. Completed application for admission, including the EOP portion;
  2. Pay the CSU application fee, unless you are eligible for an application fee waiver;
  3. Submit high school and/or college transcripts when notified by the campus; and
  4. Submit appropriate test scores such as SAT or ACT when notified by the campus.

EOP Materials
In addition to submitting an application according to the steps above, applicants must complete the EOP portion of the application, including:

  1. Two names and email addresses for the letters of recommendation
  2. Autobiographical portion of the EOP sections

Please note in addition to the above, some programs may require additional supplemental information and/or an EOP interview.

What is the function of EOP?
The primary goal of the CSU Educational Opportunity Program is to improve access of low-income, first generation and historically disadvantaged students with potential for academic success by making higher education a possibility. EOP provides a comprehensive program of support services which include, but are not limited to, recruitment, preadmission counseling, orientation, summer program, diagnostic testing, financial aid follow-up, special admissions, pre introductory instruction, academic advisement, tutoring, learning skill services, and personal, educational and career counseling.

What type of student does EOP look for?
EOP provides education access and opportunity for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students from California, the majority of whom are first-generation college students. An EOP student may be a special or regularly admissible student who has a low income and has the potential to perform satisfactorily in curricula offered by CSU, but who has not been able to realize his/her potential because of economic, educational or environmental background. Such students may be eligible for admission to a CSU campus through the Educational Opportunity Program.

To learn more about EOP visit Questions About EOP

EAP (Early Assessment Program)
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) lets you know if you are ready for college-level work in English and mathematics at the end of your junior year of high school. The early signal gives you the opportunity to improve your skills during your senior year or the summer before attending a CSU or community college. Your school will provide you with your CAASPP results that include your EAP status in mid to late August.

CSU Tuition
The cost of attending a CSU campus can vary from year to year. All students pay the basic system wide tuition based on student level: undergraduate, credential, graduate or doctoral. In addition, non-resident students pay a per-unit fee, and students enrolled in some graduate business programs have a per-unit fee. These base costs do not include campus mandatory fees or other expenses like housing.

Average tuition at a CSU is about ,500.00. Campus housing will also vary and can range from ,000 to ,000 per year.

For more information on cost of attendance visit Campus Costs of Attendance

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California Private Colleges & Universities

Privates colleges and universities are not always more expensive than CA state schools. They often offer merit scholarships and have more money at their disposal to assist with grants and various types of scholarships. If you are looking for a more personal college experience, be sure to look into private schools when making your college list.

California Schools: The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities is committed to making college affordable, personal, and attainable.

Find all 76 California schools on this website -

Examples of local private colleges & universities:

What you need to know about out-of-state Colleges and Universities

Going out-of–state for college can be exciting and an education in its own right! You will learn about new places, new people, and so on! But you need to be informed on how to access out-of-state colleges and universities. Most PUBLIC out-of-state colleges and universities charge out-of-state tuition, which is higher than attending college in-state.

For example, if you want to attend the University of Oregon, it will most likely cost you more than it would for a student from Oregon; just like it would cost a student from outside of California more to attend the University of California.


Fortunately, many schools in the west have an agreement to provide a discount to students from other states. It’s called the Western Undergraduate Exchange or the WUE. NOT all schools in the west participate. Please go to this website, to find out which colleges and universities offer a WUE discount. Each WUE school has different rules about what will qualify to get the tuition discount. Many schools use WUE as a merit scholarship for out-of-state students and some schools only offer WUE to certain majors. For example, Western Oregon University offers WUE but the University of Oregon does not.

States that have WUE schools are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

What About Out-of-State PRIVATE Colleges and Universities? Private colleges and universities charge the same price to EVERYONE. The way to get a lower cost at a private out-of-state university is to be a great student or to have a special talent. This way you may receive a MERIT scholarship, a music scholarship, an athletic scholarship, and so on. Remember, privates often have more money for students who need it than public colleges and universities, but you will need good grades, good test scores, leadership, special talents, and so on to access these funds. Don’t rule out an out-of-state university because of its cost. Look into what they have to offer GOOD students!

A few examples of private out-of-state colleges and universities include: Notre Dame, Reed College, Luther College, Gonzaga University (Go, Zags!), Skidmore College, Carnegie Mellon University, Texas Christian University.

What is the Common Application? The Common Application (Common App) is used by more than 500 American universities. You will save time by being able to complete information and essays that you can submit to multiple universities. However, bear in mind that approximately two-thirds of universities ask for supplemental information and/or essays. You can access the Common Application online at: Here you can see all the universities that use the Common Application and all their deadlines. Some schools, for example the University of Southern California, exclusively use the Common App.

How does the Common App support students? According to the Common App website: “The Common App is the most seamless way to manage the application process. We make it simpler by collecting all of your students’ information in one place, eliminating the need to repeat the details of their home, education, activities, and exams for every college on their list.” The Common App is free to use but each application has a cost associated with submitting the application.

What is the Coalition Application? This platform is designed to be convenient, straightforward, and easy-to-use. The Coalition Application and its member schools–which include more than 90 institutions, are committed to broadening access and increasing affordability of higher education for students of all backgrounds. Schools that participate in the Coalition graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years and many have much higher graduation rates.

Examples of schools using the Coalition application are: Duke, the University of Michigan, Yale, Grinnell, and Colby. See all the schools, the application, and more at:

It is FREE to use the
Common App and the Coalition App.
Both have information about college application fee waivers on their
fee waivers on their websites!

Personal Statements

Personal statements are just one of the important elements of the college and university application. With that in mind, consider the following advice and information from college admissions officers so you can write an essay of which you are proud!

Many websites have good personal statement advice. Here are a few to check out: