Applying for Admission

How to Apply

California's nonprofit, independent colleges and universities establish their own admission criteria and application procedures. Many have their own admission application, and most of them offer online applications. Because California's nonprofit, independent colleges and universities are not government funded, it is important that students wishing to apply contact the colleges and universities of interest to determine specific requirements and deadlines.

To apply online go directly to the college or university website.

Some California nonprofit, independent colleges and universities accept the Common Application - an application accepted by a number of independent colleges across the country. If the schools to which you are applying accept the Common Application, be sure to check with them directly to determine if there are additional application requirements.

When to Apply

Each California nonprofit, independent college or university sets its own application deadlines. If you know the deadline for one independent college, do not assume that other colleges and universities use the same deadline. For more information online go directly to the college or university website or view a chart of application deadlines for the California independent colleges.

Some California, independent colleges and universities have an early-decision application deadline, as well as a regular application deadline. Be sure you know the different deadlines and the different criteria used to evaluate applicants under early-decision and regular application programs. Most colleges and universities with early-decision programs require you to withdraw your applications from other colleges if you are admitted under their early decision program. If you do apply for early decision, only apply to your top choice school.

Different admission application deadlines for freshman and transfer applicants are common. For more information online go directly to the college or university website or view a chart of application deadlines for the California independent colleges to make sure you are aware of all deadlines.

Tips on Writing the Personal Essay

A major portion of the admission evaluation process is the applicant's personal essay. Here are some tips for making the most of your personal essay.