Applying to College

  • Nearly all careers require some type of education / training after graduating high school. When applying for college, it is critical to be aware of key dates and deadlines.

    Virtual College Visits

    Would you like more information about specific colleges? College representatives are holding virtual visits this year. Anyone can attend the virtual visit, most of which are held at 3pm. 

    Visit the College Visits List for more information on which colleges will be speaking with students and when. 

    You let us know you'll be attending by registering for the visit through Naviance

    Visit Registration


    Community Colleges

    To enroll at a California community college, students should be high school graduates. However, students should not wait until graduation to enroll at the community college of their choice. 

    Note: Along with earning a 2-year Associates degree, most trade programs and apprenticships are provided through local community colleges. 

    Community colleges closest to Mesa Verde include Sierra College and American River College. To apply to either college, visit their website and click "Apply" at the top of their home site. Both involve creating an OpenCCC account.

    Currently, the first two years of tuition at community college in California are free, IF students complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act form.


    4-Year Universities

    A-G Requirements

    Graduating high school is not enough to qualify for admission to a public 4-year university. To meet the minimum admission requirements, students must meet the "A-G" requirements.

    Most importantly - all A-G classes must have a grade of "C" or better. [Classes with F's or D's must be retaken to earn a better grade].

    AG Requirements

    California State University (CSU)

    To apply to a CSU, visit

    Priority Applications for Fall 2021 can be submitted between October 1st - December 4th. 

    University of California (UC)

    To apply to a UC, visit

    Applications can be started as early as August. However, applications can only be submitted between November 1st - November 31st. 

Last Modified on September 17, 2020