Applications for both the University of California and the Cal State University system are due tonight by 11:59 p.m. PST. UC and CSU also need your SAT or ACT scores. You can send your scores to one UC campus and one CSU campus and they will be sent to all campuses to which you are applying. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are not accepted by either system. However, UC Berkeley may request letters of recommendation from select students, after you submit your application. Be sure to check your email for confirmation that your application has been received and information about setting up your applicant portals.
To reduce the cost of applying to college, which can include application fees, sending test scores, traveling to visit schools, etc., some colleges are accepting tests scores that are "self-report" rather than official. Check out the list here in this latest article from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
The definition of "first generation" student always comes up this time of the year as students complete their college applications. This article sheds some light on the changing definition and ongoing controversy.
This article is a bit long, but well worth the time as we enter the intense application season.