College Information

University of California

Filing Application Nov. 1st - Nov 30th

From all backgrounds, ethnicities, and incomes, UC attracts the best and brightest. UC undergraduates come from all over California, and they work hard to make it to college. In fact over 40 percent of UC students come from low-income families.

California State University

Filing Application Oct. 1st-Nov. 30th.

The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 447,000 students, and 45,000 faculty and staff, they are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

Private University

The Association of Independent California College and Universities (AICCU) represents 75 California private nonprofit college and universities. The core mission of AICCU members is to improve lives through higher education.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities continue a proud tradition as vibrant centers of intellectual inquiry and engines of scientific discovery and innovation. New waves of students, faculty, and alumni are building on their rich legacies and helping America achieve our goal of once again leading the world in having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

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College Admissions Tests

All 10th grade students will be registered for the PSAT to be taken on Wednesday, October 11, 2017: There is no cost for 10th graders to take the PSAT. All other students: We recommend all college bound students take the PSAT each October in order to obtain adequate preparation for the SAT. The PSAT also determines which AP courses may be appropriate as determined by the AP Potential program . Register in September in the Activities Office C412. The cost is $15. Fee waivers are available to eligible juniors; apply for waivers with Ms. Reed in A215.

The SAT and ACT are offered several times a year, at GHHS and other locations. It is recommended that these college admission exams be taken for the first time no later than Spring of a student's junior year. The exams may be taken no later than December of a student's senior year. Students must register online for the exams a month prior to their selected exam date. Click on the links below for more details. Fee waivers are available to those who qualify.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. Student results in conjunction with Khan Academy provides personalized practice tailored for each student. The PSAT also provides students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.


The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.


The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.

Advanced Placement

AP brings the college experience to your high school with the opportunity to earn college credits at thousands of universities. An AP class signals to admissions officers that you're ready for college-level work.