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)


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

WCHS' SAT Prep Classes

Fall- Oct. 13th, 20th, 27th, Nov. 3rd & 10th (Saturdays only) 8:30am-12:30pm
Spring– Feb. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & Mar. 2nd (Saturdays only) 8:30am-12:30pm

For more SAT Prep class information click here: SAT Prep Class Information.pdf

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 2018 College Acceptances

Arizona State University Grand Canyon University Sonoma State University
Azusa Pacific University Houston Baptist University Southern Utah University
Baylor University La Sierra University The University of Arizona
Biola University Liberty University United States Air Force Academy
California Baptist University Lipscomb University United States Military Academy - Army
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Loyola Marymount University United States Naval Academy
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Moreno Valley College University of California, Davis
California State University, Chico Northern Arizona University University of California, Irvine
California State University, Fullerton Northwest University University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Long Beach Northwestern College University of California, Merced
California State University, Northridge Oak Valley College University of California, Riverside
California State University, San Bernardino Palomar College University of California, San Diego
California State University, San Marcos Pasadena City College University of California, Santa Barbara
Charleston Southern University Pepperdine University University of Hawaii at Manoa
Colorado Christian University Point Loma Nazarene University University of Redlands
Colorado State University Riverside City College University of San Diego
Concordia University - Irvine San Diego State University University of Southern California
Dallas Baptist University San Francisco State University University of Tennessee, Martin
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Irvine Santa Clara University Vanguard University of Southern California
George Fox University Seattle Pacific University Walla Walla University
Gordon College Simpson University Washington State 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