Choosing a university or college to meet your needs requires some careful thought and planning. There are many different factors to take into consideration, including cost, culture, academics, and fit. Here, you will find many resources to help guide you in making this decision. Be sure to check out additional resources in the Transfer and Career Center.
Deciding on which schools to apply to is a big decision. Many students think the best schools are the most prestigious schools, but really, students should choose schools that best fit their needs. To figure out your best fit, reflect on the following:
Size of School:
*Need more help? Check out the resources on the Transfer and Career Center website under Choosing a University.
COLLEGE SEARCH WEBSITES
General College Search:
University of California Admissions – University of California application instructions, deadlines, planning and university program information.
California State Universities – how and when to apply, plan, and much more.
CaliforniaColleges.edu – Compare schools, estimate your financial need, compare financial aid awards, search for scholarships, and more.
US News & World Report – Most reputable college ranking guide
College Transitions - lists transfer admit rates by institution
Search by Major:
UC Majors - a comprehensive list of all majors at the UCs
UC Transfers by Major - data on admit rates by UC campus and major
Transfer Bound - a database of all majors at the UCs and CSUs
College Board - list of private and out of state institutions by major
Understand Financial Aid Options:
College Data - can search colleges by the amount of financial aid they offer
College Affordability and Transparency Center - Hosted by the US Department of Education, has information on how much it costs to attend different colleges, how fast those costs are increasing, and information on why those costs are increasing.
Learn about School Culture:
Niche - students review their college campus and grade their schools on a variety of metrics
Princeton Review - interviews of students and reporting on academic culture, student body, and campus life
Virtual Campus Tours
Everyone always says you should never enroll in a school you haven’t visited, but how do you do that if you live many miles away? Virtual campus tours are a way for you to see the campus without having to fly or drive. While it can never replace an in person tour, as you miss things like getting a feel for the campus culture or energy of potential future classmates, it is still a great tool in helping you find the right university for you.
Visit Campus Tours Website to explore campuses today.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.”
Historically black colleges and universities were established primarily to serve the higher education needs of the black community, however they are open to students of any ethnicity. There are 105 historically black colleges and universities in the country, with most located in the South and East Coast. They all award bachelor’s degrees in many fields. Some also award masters and doctorate degrees.
- California Community Colleges HBCU Transfer Program and Transfer Admission Guarantees
- HBCU Website
- HBCU Rankings 2022
The California Community College system has partnered with 39 HBCUs to offer students Transfer Admission Guarantees. For more information regarding the Transfer Admission Guarantees with HBCU schools, click here.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
The association currently represents more than 400 colleges and universities that are committed to higher education for Hispanic students. HACU is committed to improving access and quality of post-secondary education for Hispanic students. In order to qualify to be an HACU school, the school must have a Hispanic student population of at least 25% enrolled full time. HACU schools enroll 40% of all Hispanic students in higher education.
- HACU Website
- Hispanic Serving Institutions by State
- Making College Affordable - A Guide for Hispanic Students
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
- Operates over 75 Tribal Colleges and Universities throughout the county committed to serving American Indian students. Their mission is to increase self-determination and service to their respective communities among their students.
- AIHEC Website
- American Indian College Fund
- White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
- National Indian Education Association
Understand what your academic path would look like once you transfer by researching graduation requirements for your major.
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Humboldt State University
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