College and Career Center
Students applying to California State University, University of California, or any other California college, can visit www.californiacolleges.edu. This site also provides information on Financial Aid, resources for Foster Youth, and information for Undocumented Students.
The application deadline for both the UCs and CSUs is NOVEMBER 30.
Cuesta College, our local community college, offers classes at their main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande. Students have the opportunity to take courses while in high school and enroll in Cuesta full-time following high school graduation. Cuesta offers a variety of instructional programs, from lower division academic transfer courses, career technical education courses, short courses, distance education (online), to day and evening classes.
The Common App allows users to explore and apply to more than 900 private universities and out-of-state schools. Take a look at their website to learn about the different options available to you.
California’s 110 Community Colleges are designed to offer educational opportunities in two general areas:
- Career Education: Curriculum offerings designed to prepare students for skilled employment. Certificates of Proficiency are offered in a wide variety of careers.
- College Coursework:
a. To complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree.
b. To complete General Education and Major Courses for transfer to a four-year college or university.
Community Service Guidelines
- Service must be voluntary, unpaid and on the student own time, not during school hours.
- There must be a service agency, or a supervisor with a representative who can contacted to confirm service and sign form.
- The Service Agency Representative cannot be the student, or a relative of the student.
- The service is performed outside of one's family, i.e. babysitting, housecleaning, caring for a grandparent, helping a neighbor etc. are not eligible. They are being a good person.
- The service is conducted for a nonprofit agency such as a youth sports program, community program (YMCA), Recreation Department, Boy Scouts, EOC, Area Agency on Aging, the Children's Museum, etc.
- Extracurricular activities such as participating in a sport or activity not offered by the school does not qualify (club sports, Boy Scout meetings, 4- H meetings, piano recitals, dance performances).
- Internships and political campaigns are not considered community service. Organizing a voter registration drive is.
- Just because you work for free, does not mean it is community service. If you work for a business, a doctor, etc., you are not performing community service. To be sure your hours will count, work for NON-PROFIT organizations. Places like the YMCA or senior citizen homes are ideal.
- Performing religious activities, like singing in a church choir, do not count for community service. If the choir goes to perform for a senior citizens home, that is community service.
- A fundraising activity is not considered community service unless the money is being collected for a non-profit charity.
- The maximum amount of service hours a student can earn in one 24 hour period is twelve (12) hours.
College & Career Center Specialist
Getting Your State Student ID number (SSID):
Login to your student Aeries portal. From the Student Info dropdown click Profile. In the grey bar to the right of your Name, click General. In the dropdown box your 10-digit State Student ID is located directly under your Student ID (which is directly under your Name).
QuestBridge: National College Match
Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college.
SAT/ ACT Test Scores
Remember to release your SAT or ACT scores to the schools planning to apply to for the following fall term. Go to College Admissions Testing Tab for answers.