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Public Universities

If you want a big campus full of diversity, clubs and organizations, and a reasonable tuition, a public university may be what you’re looking for. You can earn anything from a certificate to a doctoral degree. There are three CSU campuses and one UC campus in the Central Valley.


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California State Universities

There are three CSU campuses in the Central Valley:

CSU schools offer students the following programs and curriculum:

  • Various majors and programs, depending on the campus
  • Pre-professional programs
  • Bachelor of arts and science degrees
  • Masters of arts and science degrees
  • Teaching credentials
  • Joint-doctoral degrees offered at some campuses (e.g. Ed.D/Ph.D)
  • Certificate programs

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  • Social Science – 2 years
  • English – 4 years
  • Math – 3 years
  • Laboratory Science – 2 years
  • Foreign Languages – 2 years
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 1 year
  • College Preparation Electives – 1 year

Test Requirements:

  • All grades counted (10th to 12th), except Military Science and P.E.
  • Below 3.0 GPA requires SAT or ACT
  • Effective 2004, the GPA will be calculated only on the College Prep courses taken in 10th to 12th grade

University of California

University of California Admissions

UC Merced

UC Merced opened for enrollment in the fall of 2005 and is the only UC campus located in the Central Valley. UC Merced is the 10th campus in the University of California system and the first American research university of the 21st century.

UC Merced offers students the following programs and curriculum:

  • Various majors and programs
  • Pre-professional studies
  • Bachelor of arts and science degrees
  • Masters of arts and science degrees
  • Teaching credentials
  • Doctoral and professional degrees (e.g medicine, law, business, etc.)
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Freshman entrance requirements (by subject):

  • Social Science – 2 years
  • English – 4 years
  • Math – 3 years
  • Laboratory Science – 2 years
  • Foreign Languages – 2 years
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 1 year
  • College Preparation Electives – 1 year

Test Requirements:

  • A minimum 2.8 GPA in A-G subjects
  • SAT or ACT and 3 SAT II Subject tests