College Prep, Admissions, and Support

See Also:

Homeschool Path to College
College Testing
Paths to College pdf

Acceptance and Admissions Information

Academy for College Excellence (through Cabrillo College) Academy for College Excellence (ACE) is a full-time, first-semester community college program which targets the needs of underprepared students, while equipping them to succeed in college and prepare for a vocation.  ACE programs offer a specialized classroom experience with extra support to help students move into college level classes.

California Community Colleges Admissions Requirements

Cabrillo College Guaranteed Transfer Program
Information on requirements and guaranteed acceptance as a transfer student to local area State Universities and University of California schools.

California High School Proficiency Examination
Students who are at least 16 years old, have been enrolled in the tenth grade for one academic year or longer, or will complete one academic year of enrollment in the tenth grade at the end of the semester are eligible to take this test.  If students pass the test, they will receive a high school diploma and may take courses at the community college or pursue admittance to another college.  Test shows proficiency, not just a high school equivalent.

College Living Experience
787 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
831-641-9615  -  Outreach Coordinator: Wendy Byrnes
(CLE is a program specifically designed to complement a post-secondary education and independent living experience, assisting students in completing college and transitioning to independent living. Our students range from low average to gifted IQs with diagnoses such as ADD, LD, NLD and autistic spectrum disorders like Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism.)

California State Universities:

CSU Admissions

CSU Campus Admissions Offices
Find admissions requirements for the campus you wish to attend.

CSU Admissions and Requirements

CSU Admission by Exception for Military Service Members and Veterans

CSU Transfer Options
Choose the path you want to take to transfer to a CSU campus and find the information you need to complete the requirements.

National College Fairs
Attend a NACAC College Fair for information on: Admission requirements, Financial aid, Testing, College majors.  Meet with representatives from the world of higher education from all over the country.

Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs
“College Fairs are designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines. Held each fall, attendees learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements, and much more by meeting with representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, festivals and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts.”

University of California (home page for all locations)

UC Admission (all campuses)

UC Admission by Exception (all campuses)
See how to request consideration here

UC Policy for Admission by Exception

UC Admission (Eligibility in the Local Context)

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee

Go here to view a pdf of the requirements for a guaranteed transfer from your community college to the University of California

UC Berkeley Admissions

UC Santa Cruz Admission

UC Santa Cruz Admission by Exception (by Exception, Test Scores, etc.)
Scroll through the pamphlet to find paths to admission, including by test scores alone or admission by exception.

Books, Articles and Websites

College Confidential Discussion Board
Get information from others on many college topics, including homeschooling to college.

Colleges that Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization which offers support through a student-centered college search process.   Get information on the book, colleges, locations of scheduled information programs in your area, and other resources for those seeking to personalize their education search.

Cool Colleges For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different by  Donald Asher
Find an innovative or unconventional college in this guide to 40 unique colleges.

Good Things to Know and Miscellaneous Tips list from College Planning for Dummies
Covers basic info for students about applying to college.

Timeline for College Planning

College Prep Courses, Distance Learning Courses / Independent Study / AP Courses

Annenberg Media Project
Educational video programs and complete courses, with coordinated Web and print materials for the K-12 teachers and also for viewers at home. Resources can be accessed for FREE at the site or can be purchased through online or by calling 1-800-LEARNER. Online streaming, telecourses, and DVD’s.

AP Courses Info (College Board)
Get info on Advanced Placement courses for high school students– homeschool students also – for advanced placement for college or college credit.

Beach High School
5520 Old San Jose Road, Soquel, CA 95073
Individualized self-study and alternative high school program and diploma, consulting, and tutoring.
Offers teenagers an opportunity to pursue particular interests and develop their talents outside of a traditional high school.

Cabrillo Community College District: Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos  95003    479-6100
Community College for Santa Cruz County
Concurrent enrollment also available for 6th-12th grade public or homeschool students upon approval from their school of attendance and/or Cabrillo counselor.  DRC (Disabled Resource Center) services available for all students with disabilities or special needs (including middle and high school students in concurrent enrollment.)  Students who are still high school age but who have passed the C.H.S.P.E, or who complete a certain number of college credits as a high school student, are often considered high school graduates and may be considered as junior transfers only, so be sure to check with specific colleges.

Cabrillo Community College Online (Distance) classes and registration info

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Find out how to take CLEP tests for college course credit or advanced placement

EPGY Education Program for Gifted Youth
Offers multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses for fee. EPGY provides high-ability students of all ages an individualized educational experience, with access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate.  Also offers online high school.

Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth)
CTY Talent Searches identify, assess, and recognize students with exceptional mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities. Students may participate in Grades 2-6 or Grades 7-8. Participation in the CTY Talent Search comes with benefits, including educational opportunities, scholarships, etc.

Merit Consulting:
2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road  831-462-5655

M.I.T.  Massachussetts Institute of Technology
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free web-based publication of virtually all MIT undergraduate and graduate course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. OCW does not grant degrees or certificates nor does it provide access to MIT faculty.

The Teaching Company Great Courses
Purchase CD’s, tapes, videotapes and DVD’s of high school and college courses in all subjects to learn at home or in the car!  Taped lectures of respected teachers and professors are presented for an entire course.  Look for their specials, buy from E-Bay or check out at local libraries.

Texas Tech University’s College of Outreach & Distance Education (CODE)
Tuition based distance learning for K-12, college, and lifelong or professional education.  Homeschool or high school diploma and AP programs available.

UC College Prep (University of California College Prep – Statewide Program)
Free high-quality online courses and content to benefit California students, with a special emphasis on helping underserved students gain college eligibility. UC-approved Advanced Placement® and college prep courses are freely available to California students, teachers and schools via licensing through local district or school. (Homeschoolers could conceivably be eligible through their district or through a charter or alternative school homestudy program.  Contact UCCP for more information on licensing courses at or call 831-460-3086

With a Thiel grant, Dale Stephens has started a movement for ‘unschooling’ college, which can include ‘learning by doing’ or real-life learning, as well as other types of learning, along with de-emphasizing traditional classroom learning in colleges.

See a video with Dale speaking to CNN here

Read an article on CNN here

ZTC Zero Tuition College

“Free website that supports self-directed learners who are purposefully skipping college. We connect students with experienced mentors, with each other, and with inspiring assignments.”