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 (SAT/ACT)


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 three sections: critical reading, mathematics, and writing.  Most colleges will require at least the SAT I test or the ACT (see below). SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) Beginning with the class of 2012 the UC system will no longer require the SAT II subject tests for general admissions however, certain majors may still require a specific SAT II subject test (see school websites for major requirements).The 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

WCHS' SAT Prep Classes TBD

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 the ACT test at least once during their junior year along with the  SAT I test. Click here to register for ACT online

WCHS' ACT Prep Classes are Sept. 30-Dec. 2nd (Saturdays only) 8:30am-12:30pm. For more info and to register click here:

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)


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. 

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


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 starting 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


2010-2015 WCHS College Matriculation Invitations


Arizona State University

Duke University

Simpson University

Auburn University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The Master's College

Azusa Pacific University

George Fox University

United States Coast Guard Academy

Baylor University

Gordon College

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Biola University

Harvard University

United States Military Academy

Boston University

Liberty University

University of Arizona

Cal Poly, Pomona

Lindsey Wilson College

University of California-Berkeley

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Loyola Marymount University

University of California-Davis

California Baptist University

New York Institute of Technology

University of California-Irvine

California State University-Channel Islands

Northern Arizona University

University of California-Los Angeles

California State University- Chico

Northwestern College-Iowa

University of California-Riverside

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Northwestern University

University of California-San Diego

California State University-Fresno

Oklahoma Baptist University

University of California-Santa Barbara

California State University-Fullerton

Oregon State University

University of California-Santa Cruz

California State University-Long Beach

Pepperdine University

University of Colorado-Denver

California State University-Los Angeles

Point Loma Nazarene University

University of Hawaii-Manoa

California State University-Monterey Bay

Purdue University

University of La Verne

California State University-San Bernardino

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of Oregon

California State University-San Marcos

Rutgers University-Camden

University of Redlands

Case Western Reserve University

San Diego State University

University of San Diego

Chapman University

San Francisco State University

University of Southern California

Concordia University-Irvine

San Jose State University

Vanguard University of Southern California

Cornell University

Seattle Pacific University

West Texas A-M University

Drexel University

Seattle University

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