CVCS Counseling Presents...
- September 28th- Applying to a UC Recording and Slides
- Oct. 26th @noon- Applying to a CSU Recording and Slides
- Nov 2nd @noon- Taking college classes in high school (Concurrent Enrollment)
What will I do after high school?
College doesn't just mean a 4-year university. Our California Community College system can prepare you for the world of work by earning a short-term certificate for a specific job, an AA (2-year degree) in a specialized field, or transferring to a university to continue your education. The more education you get after high school, the more likely you are to be employed and earn more money in your lifetime. The first step in planning life after high school is to figure out what your interests are and what kind of careers match those interests. Keep reading...
Building your college list? Want to find out more info before deciding where to apply?
Check out these events below..
UC campus fall events for prospective students
Campuses may offer a range of opportunities, including college fairs, appointments, admissions sessions, tours and videos on admission, housing and/or financial aid and scholarships. Some will be hosted in person, while others will be offered virtually. Programming for counselors, students and families will be available.
UC Berkeley: Open House October 8; programming throughout September and October
UC Davis: Open House events throughout October; programming for counselors, families and students offered throughout the fall quarter
UC Irvine: Discover UCI October 21
UCLA: Open House October 14
UC Merced: Open House October 21
UC Riverside: Discover UCR October 7
UC San Diego: Fall Showcase October 7
UC Santa Barbara: Programming throughout October and November
UC Santa Cruz: Open House November 4
Fall 2024 Preview Day
Save the Date! Our Fall Preview Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2023. Learn more about campus life and the academic programs we offer. Enjoy live entertainment, food, take a campus tour and meet current students, staff, and faculty while exploring our beautiful campus.
Everyone is invited to attend Chico Preview Day! Participants will enjoy a campus welcome, an information fair featuring all academic programs and dozens of student service programs, a student organization fair, campus tours, University Housing tours, and more! For the first time ever, we're hosting Chico Preview Day during Homecoming Weekend, so there is something for you to do all weekend.
Phone: (800) 542-4426
CSU Monterey Bay
Visit our campus at Open House and learn about CSUMB's academic programs, financial aid, housing, campus life, athletics, internships, education abroad, undergraduate research opportunities, and various support services available to students. Open House is a great time to engage with staff, faculty, and your future fellow Otters. Join us and fully immerse yourself in the Cal State Monterey Bay student experience! Visit us at Open House and see why CSUMB is your destination campus!
Saturday October 21st, 2023 10am to 2pm
- Explore academic programs and meet faculty members
- On-the-spot admission decisions for freshman applicants
- Take a campus tour
- Family-friendly activities
- A ton of freebies and more!
Everyone's invited to Warrior Expo! Bring the whole family.
Options after High School
Regional community Colleges
Community Colleges Career and Technical Education Programs
Look for your area of interest here or watch videos from some (not all) area community colleges's programs:
- Fresno City College overview video Tech & Trades Police Academy
- Clovis Community College Mechatronics Wastewater Treatment
- Merced College's welcome video here! EMT program Auto Technology Welding Tech
- Monterey Peninsula video! Ready to Work program with an emphasis on Hospitality.
- Reedley College Wildland Fire Program and Flight Science Program
- College of the Sequoias Cosmetology
- Porterville College CTE programs
College Spotlight-CSU Fresno
Serving 486,000 students across 23 campuses, the California State University system plays an integral role in transforming the state and the lives of its people through higher education. The CSU is the largest and one of the most affordable university systems in the U.S! 21 of 23 campuses are Hispanic Serving Institutions and the CSU confers more than half of undergraduate degrees earned by California’s Latinx, African American and Native American students.
CSU Fresno is located in the heart of the Central Valley. The most popular majors at California State University--Fresno include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields; Social Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology; Engineering; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. You can request an in-person campus tour or visit virtually here.
College Spotlight-UC Merced
The University of California is a public research system founded on a bold idea: All students should have a shot at a world-class education. Each campus ranks among the best in the world! UC undergraduates come from all over California, the United States, and the world!
Did you know we have a UC campus right in our own Central Valley backyard? Yes, it's UC Merced! Check out their page for events to learn more about UC Merced, UC application tips, Financial Aid, tours (in-person and virtual), and more!
The Gates Scholarship
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.
To learn more watch this video.
Deadline is September 15th, 2023. Apply here!
Download our most recent CVCS Scholarship Bulletin here.
Questbridge National College Match Program
Must have demonstrated academic excellence in the face of economic obstacles. Students of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Many past award recipients have been among the first generation in their families to attend college. Earn up to a 4-year full tuition scholarship!
To learn more watch this video.
Deadline is September 26th, 2023. Apply here!
CalKIDS is the long-awaited children’s savings account program that offers all newborns and eligible low-income public school students in California between $25 and $1,500 to start saving for college and career training. Families are encouraged to build on this investment by opening and contributing to a ScholarShare 529 account of their own and see their college savings balances all in one place. Visit www.calkids.org today to learn more about eligibility, registering for the program, and getting started on your savings!
Our scholarship bulletin provides links to help you search for National, Statewide, and Local scholarships.
Central Valley Charter Schools do not provide a testing site, however, some local private and public schools have allowed our students to test with them in the past. Find a school here.
In the Fresno area, please reach out to the academic counselors at East Clovis High or Fresno Christian school. Email your interest along with the student's first and last name, and grade level. The test fee is $20. It is required that the students have a student ID to identify them on the test day.
See our Important Dates Calendar here for the full 2023-2024 calendar
December 1, 2023
Students who wish to be considered for federal financial aid for 2024 - 2025 must complete the FAFSA. Students will need a social security number, federal income tax returns, W2s, records of income and investments, and an electronic signature ID.
CSU applications open
Students who wish to apply to a CSU for Fall 2024 will need to complete an application. The CSU uses AG course completion and GPA to make admission decisions, but has temporarily suspended the use of the SAT/ACT. Each application costs $70.
Applying to College
How do I apply to...?
CA Community College Applying for Admission|
Fresno City College New Student Help
Reedley City College New Student Help
Merced Community College New Student Help
Monterey Peninsula College New Student Help
Hartnell College New Student Help
Gavilan College New Student Help
The priority application period for the Fall 2024 semester: October 1st -December 3rd.
CSU Fresno State and all other California State Universities:
Application help: High School Guidance - First-Time First-Year Students | CSU
Application period: October 1 - November 30
UC Merced and all other University of California campuses:
Application help: Applying as a freshman | UC Admissions
Application period: November 1 - 30th
Colleges using the Common Application: An application guide for first-time students
Click on this button to go to the College Board and Big Future's amazing resource for applying to college! Get all you questions answered here!