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California College Systems

There are four main California systems of education you can attend after high school.  Depending on your goals, you may select one over the other.  The four main systems are:
  • The California State University (CSU)
  • The University of California (UC)
  • Private Universities
  • Community College

The CSU and UC Systems

Each system has its own set of requirements for admission.  There are two major admission requirements that are common among the CSU and UC systems.
Each university in the CSU and UC system will have different standards in who they will accept.  They will base their acceptance of applicants on an Eligibility Index.  The index is a combination of the SAT or ACT score and GPA.  You can find more information about the Eligibility Index by clicking on one of the links below.

California State University

The California State University system is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.With 23 campuses, almost 447,000 students, and 45,000 faculty and staff, the CSU system is one of the largest, most diverse, and affordable university systems in the country.

University of California

The University of California is a part of California's three-tier public higher education system, which also includes the California State University system and the California Community College System.  The UC system has 10 campuses. Today, the UC system includes more than 233,000 students and more than 190,000 faculty and staff, with more than 1.7 million alumni living and working around the world.  You can explore the University of California system's website at:

California Community College

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.

Butte College "REG 2 GO"

Butte College Reg-2-Go is a program in conjunction with Chico High that offers seniors an opportunity to register for their first semester of college.  By completing each part of a three-step process, students will have their first semester of college classes in place prior to graduating from high school.  Seniors who fail to complete any step of this program will delay the class registration process until after high school graduation.  Whether Butte College is your first choice or just a back up plan, don't miss the Reg-2-Go program.  Click the link below to get started.                        
Community College is a great place to either get training for job placement, earn a certificate, earn an Associate Degree or complete General Education credits necessary to transfer to a 4-year college.

Butte College offers Study guides for taking the Basic Skills Assessment test.


  • NCAA  Prospective student-athletes are strongly recommended to consult the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Clearinghouse regarding eligibility issues at Division 1 and Division II Colleges.  You are urged to read the "NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete".    Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse here

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