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College Planning

These college planning resources provide students and their families information about the different levels of educational opportunities available in California.

Adult Education
California’s Adult Education system serves more than two million students annually through public adult schools, community colleges, libraries, community and faith-based organizations, and correctional institutions.

ASSIST External link opens in new window or tab.
ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Vocational Education External link opens in new window or tab.
The Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education works to protect students attending privately operated postsecondary educational institutions.

California Career Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Career Center is a college and career exploration and planning portal for middle and high school students.

CaliforniaColleges.edu External link opens in new window or tab.
The career section provides tools to help explore career interests, learn about career opportunities, and understand what college majors are best for achieving career goals.

California Community Colleges External link opens in new window or tab.
California’s system of two-year public institutions, compised of 114 colleges statewide organized into 72 college districts, serves more than 2 million students and represents the largest system of higher education in the nation. CCC Apply External link opens in new window or tab. is the online gateway to the community college system.

California State University (CSU) External link opens in new window or tab.
The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, 400,000 students, and 42,000 faculty and staff, it is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

College Board External link opens in new window or tab.
A not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.

Cal State Apply External link opens in new window or tab.
Cal State Apply is an online resource designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus to attend, plan to finance higher education, and apply for admission.

California Training Providers External link opens in new window or tab.
This Employment Development Department site displays information about community colleges, public and private universities and colleges and trade and technical schools in California. Included with each school is information about the training programs offered, number of students completing programs and links to the Web site (if available) of the school.

College Scorecard External link opens in new window or tab.
U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center can help you find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.

University of California (UC) External link opens in new window or tab.
UC’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians every day.

Questions:   John Merris-Coots | JMerris@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-8151
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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