A college education can help you reach your personal and professional goals. The following information explains generally what you should do each year of high school to prepare academically and financially for college. Contact the Coordinator of College Readiness & EAP or visit the CSU's new Cal State Apply website for more information.
Prepare early for college by developing strong study habits, completing challenging language arts and math courses, and earning high grades. Explore careers connected to your interests, and discover which degree(s) and certificates you will need to enter your preferred industry.
High school students interested in entering the CSU directly following graduation must complete the following pattern of classes, totaling 15 units (one unit equals one year or two semesters), which satisfy the University of California (UC) "A-G" subject requirements:
2 Years (1 year U.S. History, 1 year Social Science)
3 years (4 recommended)
2 years (laboratory classes)
2 years (same language)
1 year (any college preparatory subject)
The CSU accepts the top third of California high school graduates (and community college transfer students with 60+ transferrable units). Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA in Grades 10 through 12 college preparatory courses earn automatic eligibility for admission to the CSU. Eligibility for students with a 2.0 to 3.0 GPA depends on ACT/SAT scores.
The CSU offers of the lowest tuition fees in the nation for a four-year public institution. Many CSU students qualify for free financial aid through the Cal Grant by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting required documents listed by the CSU. Students typically acquire funds for college through free public and private grants and scholarships, employment, federal work study, and student loans (Note: Graduating on-time limits the amount of loan money and compound interest students repay).
The CSU Foundation Board of Governors lists scholarship opportunities statewide and at particular CSU campuses. Supporters fund over $500,000 in annual scholarships across all 23 campuses. Please contact Cal Maritime's Financial Aid Office for more information.
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