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California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 112 colleges.  Community colleges offer a wide range of educational offerings and many students attend community college as a transfer pathway to a CSU or UC, for workforce and career training, and to complete a certificate or degree program.

University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU)

California State University Campuses: Bakersfield, Monterey Bay, California Maritime Academy, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Sonoma, South Bay, Stanislaus

University of California Campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for admission as a freshman, California residents must meet the following subject requirements, examination requirements and scholarship requirements: 

  • Subject Requirements: Courses must be on approved UC course list (see A-G Course Requirements) 

  • SAT/ACT Tests are recommended for college course placement, but are not required for admission for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Register for these tests online at and 

  • A more complete review of UC and CSU requirements are available in the Counseling Office or at and

  • UC expects the following from non-site-based independent study programs providing college preparatory approved coursework:

    1. Students are expected to spend at least one hour per week per ‘a-g’ course engaged in interactive instruction and/or academic tutoring/advising. This instruction and/or support may be provided onsite or through virtual means.

    2. Students taking a UC-approved ‘a-g’ course are expected to have regular access (i.e., at least weekly) to a teacher who is a subject expert teacher in that subject area, whether in person or by phone or email. The teacher should be available to answer students’ questions about curriculum, explain assignments, and provide feedback on student work.

    3. Students should be assessed to ensure mastery of the content standards. Acceptable assessments include, but are not limited to, tests, essays, projects, research papers, presentations, and exams. All courses must have a final exam or a significant final project.

    4. At least major assessments (i.e., unit tests, final exams) shall be proctored by a qualified professional (e.g., a school teacher, administrator, counselor, or paraprofessional who fulfills an instructional role, librarian, university personnel, or test center administrator).

NCAA Approval

CORE Butte High School has a list of NCAA approved courses. Student athletes must also follow NCAA eligibility criteria, which differ from the CSU/UC requirements. See Mrs. Ruby for additional information.

Private and Out-of-State Universities

College admission requirements for California private colleges and universities, and out of state colleges and universities vary. Please visit each college’s website to learn more. 

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