College Preparation

Preparing for and selecting a post-high school path is an exciting time. Here, you'll find tips for preparing for 4-year Universities, 2-year Community Colleges, and Career and Technical Programs. 

4-year University
2-year Community College
Career & Technical Programs
  • Graduate from high school
  • Take classes at your high school that will help prepare you for your program
    ex: take Auto Shop, Culinary Arts, or Wood Shop
  • Discuss your path with your HS counselor and any support program advisors
  • Career & Technical Programs @ College of the Redwoods

Take a look at the resources below to learn more about 4-year Universities, 2-year Colleges, and Career and Technical programs, as well as college and test preparation resources.

Colleges & Universities:

California State University
The official site of the California State University, with links to all 23 CSU campuses, admissions info, and much, much more.

Cal State Apply - Apply to CSUs
Apply to California State Universities

University of California
The official site of the University of California, with links to each of the UC campuses. 

California Community Colleges
This site shows students how they can pay for an education at one of the state's 109 community colleges.

CCC Apply
Apply to California Community Colleges here.

California Private Colleges
If you are interested in going to a private college, check out the schools of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.

Peterson's List of Colleges by State
If you are interested in going to school outside of California, this is a great resource to get started. Also use the college planning resources below to find the right match.

American Indian Higher Education Consortium
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation's 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)—a unique community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

College Planning Resources:

Humboldt Navigator
Humboldt County Office of Education provides every student in Humboldt County 7th grade and above with a Navigator account where students can explore college and career options. If you don't remember your log-in information, ask your TRiO Advisor. 

California Colleges
Students and their families can find information on planning and preparing for college in California.

Free Online A-G Classess
Not every highschool in California offers the full A-G curriculum that a student needs to complete to be elegible for the CSU or UC admissions requirements. now offers these high school classes online for students to complete. Read more about it here