College Exploration


CEP College and Major List Template

Use this document to keep track of your college list! You can also track key information like college acceptance rates and the major you want to apply for at that school.

BigFuture College Search Engine

Use this website to search for and learn about different colleges. This is a great website to build your college list!

Niche Website

We all have different wants and need. See how well different colleges can match those needs here.

UC Homepage

Learn more about the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. The UC system is one of the best college systems in the world.

CSU Homepage

Learn more about the 23 California State (CSU) campuses. The CSU system is one of the best college systems in the nation.

CCC Homepage

Learn about the 116 California Community Colleges (CCC) campuses. There are many community colleges all over the state of California.

AICCU Homepage

Learn about the many private and independent campuses in California.

List of Minority Serving Institutions

Some colleges have specific missions of supporting marginalized and underrepresented college students. This is a list of Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Common Black College App

Students can complete the Common Black College Application (CBCA) and apply to any number of their Member Institutions, at the same time. The CBCA creates the potential opportunity for students to receive acceptance letters, financial aid packages and scholarship offers from several different colleges. Different schools have different application deadlines.

CommonApp HBCUs

Click here for a list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that you can apply to through the CommonApp.

Western Undergraduate Exchange

Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.


Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000. Learn more here.


The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges and universities.

Student Service Centers

Many colleges have centers that support students who are a part of different communities, specifically nontraditional, underrepresented, and marginalized communities. An example of this is the Dream Center at Chabot College. Check out your schools to see if they provide similar support.