California State University (CSU)
Generally speaking the application window for CSU campuses opens October 1 and runs through November 30. Impacted campuses may have different deadlines. Please check with individual campuses to verify application window.
University of California (UC)
The application window opens on October 1 and closes November 30.
California Community Colleges
Applications typically on a rolling basis. Apply by the semester before you hope to attend. Earlier is better.
Generally speaking applications are submitted during the fall of the senior year. October - November is typical. Some universities may admit on a rolling basis taking applications until they are full. Check with individual schools to assure that you are meeting their specific deadlines.
FAFSA/Cal Grant window - Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) runs from October 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
In order to be eligible for Cal Grants students must submit their FAFSA no later than March 2, 2019.
Testing window - SAT and/or ACT test results can be submitted to universities through the December test of the senior year.
San Diego State is an exception to that rule and will not accept test scores after the November test date.
4 year University Admission Requirements
A-G Subject Years Specifications
A. Social Science 2 years required Must include one year of US history and government.
B. English 4 years required Literature and/or composition courses are acceptable
C. Mathematics 3 years required 4 recommended
Courses acceptable include algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and Other advanced courses that require algebra and geometry as prerequisites. Computer Programming courses do not fulfill the math requirement.
D. Laboratory Science 2 years required 3 recommended
Must include one year of biological science and one year of physical science. Both must have a laboratory component.
E. Foreign Language 2 years required Must be the same language. (Subject to waiver for applicants
Demonstrating equivalent competence.)
F. Visual & Performing Arts
G. Electives 1 year required College preparatory courses selected from the areas listed above or other approved college preparatory a-g courses.
* Information taken from SDSU web page and represents the most comprehensive requirements by including recommendations for work above and beyond the minimums. Please check with campus or campuses of choice to verify particular course requirements.