Q: I am working with a foster youth who is about to enter 9th grade and is hoping to attend a 4-year university after high school. What does she need to know now to make sure she is able to qualify for entrance to a 4-year university?
A: There are certain classes that she must take and pass in high school, known as the “A-G” classes in order to qualify for admission to a public 4-year university in California. Her overall high school GPA and college entrance test scores (i.e. SAT or ACT) will also determine her options for college admission. Information on planning for California State University admission can be found here and University of California admission requirements can be found here. California College Pathways also offers a college planning guide specifically for foster youth on our website.