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College Night

If you missed our College Night presentation you can now view the entire presentation  HERE or you can see a breakdown of the information below.

UC & CSU Requirements: Must Earn C’s or Better
A: History (World History & US History) 2 Years
B: English 4 Years
C: Math (Minimum Integrated Math 3) 3 Years
D: Science (Biology AND either Chemistry or Physics) 2 Years
E: Language other than English 2 Years
F: Visual & Performing Arts 1 Year
G: College Prep Electives (any additional class in A-F) 1 Year
Most other universities have similar admission requirements.
Check each university’s website for specific details.

• 3.0 GPA minimum (10th & 11th grade A-G courses)
• No SAT/ACT scores will be used in admission decisions
• Extra-Curricular Activities will be listed
• Personal Insight Questions REQUIRED
• Answer 4 out of 8 questions
• 350 words maximum per question
• UC will calculate your GPA in the application

• 2.5 GPA minimum (10th & 11th grade A-G courses)
• 2.0-2.49 will be considered at non-impacted schools
• No SAT/ACT scores will be used in admission decisions
• Will ask about extracurricular and special programs
• CSU will calculate your GPA in the application

2023 UC Acceptance Rates
UC Los Angeles 8.8%
UC Berkeley 11.6%
UC Irvine 25.8%
UC San Diego 24.7%
UC Santa Barbara 27.9%
UC Davis 41.9%
UC Santa Cruz 62.7%
UC Riverside 70.9%
UC Merced 93.3%

Private Universities
• Check Application Deadlines & Testing Requirements
• LETTER of RECOMMENDATION REQUIRED for most private colleges
and universities
• Teachers/Counselors need 1 month to prepare
• For Common Application: Invite your teacher via Common App to
write a letter for you.
• If you’re applying to a private university, you MUST meet with your
counselor 4 weeks prior to your due date for a letter of

Application Platforms


  • Common App and the Coalition App give students a way to track, fill, and submit applications to multiple schools. The platforms are free to use, though applicants may still need to pay application fees for the colleges they apply to.
  • Both platforms ask applicants to write an essay in response to a predetermined prompt for schools that require it.
  • Individual universities may require additional essays or short answers that students must complete alongside the main Coalition App essay and Common App essay.
  • Common App has more participating schools, so it may be easier to use this application.
  • Coalition App was created to make it easier for students from underrepresented groups to apply for college. Specifically, the platform only partners with schools that offer generous financial aid or low-cost tuition and graduate students with little to no debt.
  • Not all private and out of state schools use Common App or Coalition, some may still require you to apply directly through their website.
  • Do your research before picking the right platform for you

Out of State Public Universities
● Go to the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) website to see which participating
out-of-state community colleges and universities are listed
● Check the GPA & testing requirements for each WUE college
● If you get a WUE scholarship you will pay reduced out of state tuition
● Many out-of-state universities guarantee you will graduate in 4 years ($$$ saved)
● Be open to looking outside of California to go to college

How do I calculate my GPA
A = 4 points (5 points for Honors/AP)
B = 3 points (4 points for Honors/AP)
C = 2 points (3 points for Honors/AP)
D = 1 point (does not count for college)
F = 0 points (does not count for high school or college)
Add up the total points and divide by the number of classes taken. Using honors
or AP extra points will give you your WEIGHTED GPA, omitting honors or AP extra
points will give you your UNWEIGHTED GPA.
The UC/CSU system use a WEIGHTED CAPPED GPA. You can use no more than 8
extra AP/honors points.

Which classes are weighted for UC/CSU A-G GPA?
▪ AP English Language, AP English Literature
▪ AP US History ▪ AP World History ▪ AP European History
▪ AP Bio, AP Physics, AP Chem, AP Environ. Sci.
▪ AP Foreign Languages
▪ AP Calculus AB and BC
▪ AP Econ, AP Psych, AP Govt
▪ Hon. French 3
▪ AP Studio Art
▪ Honors English 2 ▪ AP Computer Science

College courses not offered at Rio are weighted
Non-Weighted Class for UC/CSU:
▪ Honors English 1 ▪ Integrated Math 2+ and 3+ ▪ CIVITAS courses

Which classes are not A-G?
• Student Government
• Health
• PE
• TA, Tutor
Check your transcript: a course is A-G if the course has an * in front
of the course code.

Target, Reach, Safety
Beginning your college list

Target School: Target schools are schools where students have the best chance to get in based on their GPA & test scores.

Reach School: A school may be a reach if the student's grades and test scores are below the averages of admitted students. <15% chance of being accepted

Safety School: Student may have a higher GPA & test score than the average student admitted.  >70% chance of being admitted.

****Schools with lower acceptance rates are reach schools for all students****
● GPA (Google the Profile of the most recent admitted Freshmen Class)
● Use College SuperMatch in Naviance
● Calculate the Cost
● Utilize College Rep visits and visit campuses (virtual tours can be helpful)
● Focus on Target schools
● All students should have a Safety school- Community College and/or CSUS (check for impacted programs)

College Application Filing Deadlines
● California State University (CSU): October 1st - November 30th
● University of California (UC): Site opens Aug 1st to begin working on
application. October 1st – November 30th you can submit application
● Private & Out-of-State Schools: Dates Vary, Check with each individual
school, be sure to check Scholarship/Financial Aid deadlines too, can
have rolling admissions
● Community Colleges (ARC, Sac City, Folsom Lake College, Sierra). March
1 for Priority Registration. Apply early!

If you plan to play a sport in college, please register through NCAA and make
an appointment with your counselor to make sure requirements are met.

College application mistakes
• Typos, not using spell/grammar check
• Listing classes incorrectly
• Not reading prompts carefully
• Listing extracurriculars inaccurately
• Using an email address that is offensive to colleges
• Not checking your email and college portals regularly
• Having your parent fill out the application for you