Applying to College

4 Year Colleges and Universities Requirements

Academic Requirements for College Admission

In order to graduate from Woodcrest Christian High School you will meet, if not exceed the “a-g” requirements for the UC and CSU system. 

Click here for the University of California's “a-g” requirements

Click here for a GPA calculator for the UC/CSU GPA.


College Testing (PSAT/SAT/ACT)

As a result of COVID-19, many universities are waiving the SAT/ACT requirement for the incoming classes of 2022/2023. Please see the links below for more information regarding optional testing from the CSU and UC systems:


It is recommended that students take a preliminary college test in October of their junior year.  This test is a practice test for the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I).  Here at Woodcrest Christian we offer the PSAT to all sophomores and juniors for free and it is held during a school day in October. If you do well on the test as a junior you might qualify for participation in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) and SAT Subject Tests (SAT II)


The SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) is taken during your junior or senior year. We recommend that all juniors take this test at least once.  The SAT I is made up of two sections: evidence based reading and writing and mathematics. There is an optional writing section that some colleges require (See college websites for more information).  Most colleges will require at least the SAT I test or the ACT (see below). 

SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) are no longer required for the UC geneal admissions however, certain majors may recommend a specific SAT II subject test (see UC website for more information: SAT II subject tests should be taken at the conclusion of your junior year, the beginning of your senior year, or when you have completed a specific subject like AP U.S. History.  These tests are designed to measure knowledge, skills and application in specific subjects.  Consult college websites to determine which SAT II Subject Tests, if any, are required. 

Click here to register for SAT online

ACT (American College Test)  

Most colleges and universities require either the ACT or the SAT I test for admissions.  The ACT has four required sections: English, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Science. The optional Writing Test measures skills in high school English classes and entry level college composition courses (find out if the schools you are applying to require the writing section).  We encourage students to take either the ACT test or SAT I test at least once during their junior year. Click here to register for ACT online.

Private Christian Colleges and Universities

"The path is not always an easy one. You would be wise to search God's word, seek advice from Christians you respect, and pray to seek his will.  This is a decision that should be given to the Lord, for he knows you best" (Thompson, 2009, p.6-7)

Thompson, Chant. “The Road to Choosing a Christian Education.” Christian Colleges Guide. 2009

There are numerous reasons to attend a Christian college.  The main reason is that it will afford you the opportunity to be shaped by the worldview of both your teachers and your fellow classmates.  Each Christian school's worldview maybe slightly different but they all teach God as the Creator of the Universe and the Bible as the moral basis for daily life.  This lays the foundation for how each class is taught and for the discussions that will take place among classmates. There are a number of great private Christian colleges and universities nationwide.  They all differ in their denomination, location, size and programs but they have one common goal which is to equip Christian men and woman to make an impact on the world around them. To explore which Christian school is right for you check out this website: We also encourage you to attend the Christian College Fair which takes place every fall in the Woodcrest Christian High School Pavilion. 

There are hundreds of different private colleges and universities to choose from.  An advantage for going to these schools is the small class sizes and the ability to graduate in four years which is not a guarantee for state schools. These colleges do not receive state funding, so their "sticker price" is higher than public colleges and universities but they do offer a variety of financial aid opportunities. Some private institutions are highly selective such as the Ivy League Schools.  Other universities are less selective in nature.  It is very important to research the individual college catalogs and web sites for specific admission information. Check out this website for more information on California independent colleges and universities:

UC and CSU

California State University System (CSU)

The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the United States.  There are 23 different campuses to choose from. Check out the website for information on each school.

Applications are available on October 1st and are due by November 30th.

University of California (UC)

The UC system is among the world's great educational and research universities.  More than 208,000 students attend college on 10 campuses throughout California.  Programs are offered in over 150 areas of study. 

Applications are available starting August 1st and are due by November 30th

WCHS 2016-2021 College Acceptances

ABS Institute of Management California Polytechnic State University, SLO Concordia University - Irvine
George Fox University Lee University Northwestern Preparatory School (California)
San Francisco State University University of Alaska Anchorage University of Hawaii at Manoa
Arizona State University California State Polytechnic University Pomona Concordia University - Montreal
George Mason University Liberty University Oak Valley College
San Jose State University University of California, Berkeley University of Nebraska at Omaha
Azusa Pacific University California State University, Chico Concordia University - Portland
Grambling State University Life Pacific College Oral Roberts University
Santiago Canyon College University of California, Davis University of North Dakota
Babson College California State University, Fullerton Concordia University - Seward
Grand Canyon University Lipscomb University Orange Coast College
Seattle Pacific University University of California, Irvine University of North Texas
Baylor University California State University, Sacramento DePaul University
Holy Names University Loyola Marymount University Pacific Union College
St. John's University University of California, Los Angeles University of Southern California
Belhaven University California State University, San Bernardino Drexel University
Hope International University Manhattanville College Pasadena City College
The Art Institute of California - Orange County University of California, Merced University of Tennessee, Martin
Biola University California State University, San Marcos Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
Howard University Mt. San Antonio College Pepperdine University
The University of Arizona University of California, Riverside Vanguard University of Southern California
Boise State University Colorado Christian University Fashion Institute of Design & Merch, Irvine
Humboldt State University Northern Arizona University Point Loma Nazarene University
United States Naval Academy University of California, San Diego Walla Walla University
California Baptist University Colorado State University Fashion Institute of Technology
La Sierra University Northwestern College San Diego State University
Universidad Cientifica Del Sur University of California, Santa Barbara Westmont College

Community College

Community College System 

Community colleges offer lower-division courses for students who desire to live at home and later transition to a four-year institution.  Here is the official website for the community college system: 

Transferring to a Four-year institution

It is extremely important for students who are considering transferring to a four-year institution to work closely with their community college counselor and with the schools they desire to transfer to.  You don’t want to waist your time and take classes that are not needed.

Check out this website for information on articulation agreements which are forms that list what classes will transfer to specific