• College Readiness
    12th grade College & Career Planner: 

    It is never too early (or too late!) to begin exploring your education plans after high school. Whether you are considering a 2- or 4-year college, technical training, or a certification program, there is a path that is right for you. Here are some resources for you and your family to understand the process and start planning for your future!

    Explore your Options

    UC - University of California
    Find the campus that best fits your needs!

    CSU - California State University
    Apply at CSU Mentor: Find information about campuses, admission requirements, and financial aid options.
     California State University Map
    California Community Colleges
    CCC Apply provides college and program information, financial aid assistance, and the ability to apply online!
    California Community Colleges Map

    Private Colleges and Universities
    California private colleges and universities may be the right choice for you - Explore Your Options!

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    Take a virtual tour of an HBCU, discover financial aid, and apply online at HBCU Mentor.

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    How to Get to College: Are You On Track?

    College Admissions Tests

    Many college and universities use the SAT and ACT as part of their admissions processes.   You can take these tests as many times as you like, and select the schools that receive your scores.  You can also request a fee waiver so that you don't need to pay for the SAT or ACT fee if you qualify.  Contact your counselor for more information. 

    • The SAT reasoning test covers reading, writing and math, and assesses critical thinking skills. The test is offered in Oakland many times during the school year. 
    • The ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a Writing Test.
    • The PSAT measures reading, math, writing skills. . Besides preparing for the SAT, the PSAT is important to help identify skill gaps as well as to qualify for National Merit Scholarships.  This test is offered to ALL 10th grade OUSD students FREE OF CHARGE