College Resources

Sweetwater Union High School District

Welcome to SENIOR YEAR!!

Dear Senior,

This year will be very busy for you; planning for your life after high school. It will be stressful, full of deadlines, and things to remember to do, but it will also be fun, exciting, and rewarding. You are getting a jump start by making plans ahead of time and knowing what is expected of you to accomplish.

Get ready for the start a great senior year!!

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Community Colleges in California

There are 116 community colleges in California offering programs from certificate programs to transfer to a four year college or university. The admissions requirement is for a student to have a high school diploma or be 18 years old.

Explore this website to find any community college in California and what programs they offer:


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CSU - California State University

There are 23 campuses in the CSU System from as far south as San Diego State University to Humboldt State in northern California.

Admission requirements:

Explore the campuses:

Application filing period: October 1st - November 30th

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UC -- University of California System

Admissions requirements:

Campus and majors:

Application filing period: November 1st - 30th (You can begin working on your application starting on August 1st)

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WUE - Western Undergraduate Exchange

Thinking about going to a college or university out of the state? Look at this website to see if the college you are interested in qualifies for WUE. WUE is America's largest regional interstate tuition savings program.

Learn more:

Find the college that qualify:

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Hispanic Serving College Institutions

Interested in looking for a college or university who is listed as a Hispanic Serving Institution?

Look on the National Center for Educational Statistics:

US News and World Report:

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HBCU -- Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Using the US News and World Report website, you can explore the 79 HBCU's by location, cost, ranking, etc.

Visit the US News and World Report website:

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United States Military Academies

Interested in going to college and serving your country as a military officer? Find out about the military academies, their admissions requirements, etc

Army (West Point):

Merchant Marines (Kings Point):

Navy (Annapolis):

Coast Guard (New London):

Air Force (Colorado Springs):

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IVY League Colleges and Universities

Using the US News and World Report website, you can explore the most sought after college and universities.

Visit the US News and World Report website:

Seven Sister Colleges - historically women's colleges (They are still known as this, even though two out of seven are now co-ed)

Explore the colleges known as the 7 Sisters to the IVY League colleges

  • Barnard College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Radcliffe College
  • Smith College
  • Vassar College
  • Wellesley College

Visit the website:

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Colleges for students with Learning Disabilities

Most colleges and universities in the US have an office on their campus that work with students with disabilities. Look at these websites for a list of colleges and universities who have been identified as working with both physical and intellectual disabilities.

Common Application

The Common Application is a single online college application form used by over 900 colleges and universities. Instead of filling out the same general information—like your address, GPA, and extracurriculars— a dozen times, you only have to do it once.


NACAC -- College Fairs

Meet with College Admissions Representatives from all over the United States -- Save the Dates

  • September Virtual College Fair - Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • October Virtual College Fair -- Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • November Virtual College Fair -- Sunday, November 6, 2022

Go to the NACAC website for times of the college fairs.

RACC -- Regional Admissions Counselors of California

RACC is an organization of out of state colleges and universities who have admissions representatives stationed here in California. Check out their website for tips on filling out the college application, essays, etc. A list of colleges and universities and their representative and contact information are on the website.

Visit the RACC website:

For more information

  • Attend a college fair
  • Explore the college websites
  • Visit the various campuses either in-person or virtually
  • Talk to people who have attended the college
  • Email the admissions representative for more information
  • Talk to your school counselor