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UC/CSU

The University of California (UC)

 
If you are considering attending a four-year university that prepares you to think critically and analytically, then you may want to consider attending a UC campus. UC education centers on helping students develop research and theoretical skills.

All UC campuses (except for Merced and Berkeley) are quarter-system. This means classes last ten weeks (which implies that every five weeks you are taking a mid-term or a final).

Research if a UC campus is the right fit for you:

Click here to learn more about the University of California system.
 
 
Comprehensive Review: 15 different factors the UCs use to evaluate your college application

Select a UC campus on this map to view a list of majors available at each campus. You can also click on the major to get a description or a link to the major's website.
 
 
 
 
 

Click here to view a list of Carlmont's UC/CSU Approved A-G course list.

Click here
 to read how applications are reviewed for each UC campus.
 

Click here to learn about UC's Financial Aid Programs
 
 
The California State University (CSU) System
 

The California State University system (CSU) is one of two public university systems in California. There are 24 CSU campuses located throughout California – the CSU system offers a college education that is hands-on and career-focused.

CSU campuses have a variety of majors. To view list of majors offered by campus, click on the campus name on this CSU map.


The Application Process
 
  • Complete UC/CSU “A – G” requirements with “C” or higher during high school. View a list of Carlmont’s approved CSU courses here.
  • Have a 2.5 GPA (10th & 11th CSU/UC GPA). Campuses can use supplemental factors for GPA of 2.0 -2.49
  • Apply to each campus on Cal State Apply during the months of October or November of senior year.
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The Selection Process: Impacted vs. Non-impacted Campuses

A non- impacted campus has enough space to guarantee admission to all applicants that meet the minimum admission requirements above.

An impacted campus is when a campus receives more applications than space allows. Impacted campuses rank applicants and admit based on Eligibility Index. Some campuses rank your index by major. 

How to calculate your Eligibility Index: (suspended for fall 2021 and 2022 applicants)

If you took the SAT, campuses you apply to will calculate your index by multiplying your CSU (10th & 11th A-G) GPA x 800. Then the campus adds the highest SAT Critical Reading and Math score from any test date.
  • For ex: (GPA x 800) + (Highest Critical Reading + Math Scores) = SAT Eligibility Index
If you took the ACT, campuses multiply your composite ACT score by 10 and multiply your weighted 10-12 A-G GPA by 200. Then they add the sums.

  • For ex: (ACT x 10) + (GPA x 200) = ACT Eligibility Index.
CSU campuses will super score if you provide more than one test date. This means they use the highest section in Critical Reading and Math from any SAT test date and/or they use sub-scores from more than one ACT test to give you a higher ACT composite score.