PRIVATE (INDEPENDENT)COLLEGES/ UNIVERSITIES & OUT OF STATE PUBLIC COLLEGES
The Common Application allows students to complete one application and have access to almost 900 colleges. All transcripts, counselor reports, mid-year reports, and letters of recommendation are handled electronically by Tamiscal with the Common Application. The Coalition Application is similar to the Common Application and is made up of more than 150 public and private colleges and universities across the U.S. Just like the Common Application, students fill out one set of material and all schools have access to your file.
There are over seventy private colleges and universities in California, each having their own unique character and strengths. Over 200,000 students attend these schools. Approximately 1/4 of California’s undergraduate degrees are earned by private school students, 1/2 of California’s master’s and Ph.D. degrees, and 3/4 of California’s professional degrees. AICCU provides more information about California’s independent colleges and universities. You can find additional information about both private and public colleges at the California Colleges Website
Students applying to private colleges will often need letters of recommendation and/or a counselor letter. Please complete the letter of recommendation packet by the deadline to ensure that your letter is ready on time. Please check the Reference Page of this site to access the Letter of Recommendation packet.
National searches for colleges, both public and private, can be found on many websites. Students may want to start a search through Naviance The default login is firstname.last name and the password is the student ID.
College Board is also a good place for students to match their selection criteria with available schools. Other good search locations are: