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Community College

Applying to California Community Colleges

California community colleges are required to admit any California resident possessing a high school diploma or equivalent. California community colleges may admit any nonresident possessing a high school diploma or equivalent who, in the judgment of the board, is capable of profiting from the instruction offered.

GPA and Test Scores
There are no GPA or test score requirements needed to apply to CCC's.  However, it is strongly advised that students maintain a rigorous course load in high school in order to qualify for non-remedial college level courses, honors programs, and CSU/UC transfer programs.  You will be taking an English and Math placement test prior to entering community college. Placing into remedial (non-college level) classes can set you back as much as one semester. 

**All students at CAMS are required to take math their senior year as it will drastically increase your placement scores and overall success in community college.**


Community Colleges

To apply for regular admission to a California community college, visit CCC Apply select a community college from the drop down menu in the 'Apply Today' tool, and begin your application.

It is advisable to apply to more than one CCC to increase your chances of getting the classes you need. For example, CAMS students may apply to Compton College, but might also want to enroll in Long Beach City College in order to access courses unavailable at your home CCC.

Another strategy for ensuring access to courses is by securing early registration. 

Early registration for courses

Priority registration allows students to register early so they can get into courses before they fill up. First, students must:

(1) Participate in orientation (usually online)

(2) Complete the assessment process 

(3) Develop an Education Plan with a counselor or advisor

Transfer Process -  Click HERE for a student-friendly chart explaining the CCC transfer process.
It's a little known fact that the acceptance rates for transfer students into UC's and CSU's are much higher than first time freshman. Starting your college career at a CCC can be a highly strategic move, but only if you're focused and informed about the transfer process. 

If you're serious about starting off at a CCC and transferring to a UC or CSU school visit

Long Beach College Promise 

On March 20, 2008, education leaders from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Long Beach City College (LBCC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB) announced and signed the Long Beach College Promise. The three education entities promise all LBUSD students the opportunity to receive a college education. Beginning in fall 2008, the Promise provides a variety of educational benefits and services including:

  • A Tuition Free Semester at LBCC: As part of their Gateway to Greatness program, LBCC commits to providing a tuition-free semester to every LBUSD student by 2011.
  • Guaranteed College Admission: CSULB commits to accepting all students who complete minimum college preparatory or minimum community college transfer requirements.
  • Early and Continued Outreach: All three institutions will begin student and family outreach services in fourth grade and continue them through college to ensure college entrance requirements are fulfilled and students are successful. 
  • Multiple Pathway Support:  All three institutions will support the various college pathways students may choose based on their personal situation and interests

For more information visit:

LBUSD-Academic & Career Success Initiative

Long Beach College Promise Website