Thursday, March 17, 2016

When it is time to apply to a California State University, Don't Worry. I got you covered. By Sarah

Tips on How to Apply to a University in California

1. Go on the website of the school you would like to transfer to - you will get the information to get your application started.

Different California State Universities have different application requirements in regards to international students. For example, CSU Fullerton requires international students to use the domestic application, whereas most other CSUs require international transfers to use the international application. Thus, it is important to look at each university's website before applying.

2.  Go to CSU Mentor to complete your application. Tap APPLY and then hit International Admission Application - start your application.

All CSU's use the same platform for the application process. This makes it easy for you to apply to multiple CSUs as the provided information gets saved so that you don't have to fill out every single application.

3. Go to a Transfer Workshop or Talk to a Transfer Counselor

Transfer applications have become more complex and allow less room for mistakes. Therefore, it's mandatory that you have somebody double-check your application!

Try to get an appointment with a counselor way in advance of the application deadline as they go quick! If you happen to get no appointment, don't worry, MiraCosta hosts 3-4 transfer workshops a week during the CSU/UC application period. The transfer workshops aren't as good as a one-on-one counseling appointment, but they'll enough to get you set. 

4 Tips to Navigate Through MiraCosta College by Sarah

1. Speak to a Counselor EVERY Semester

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I can tell you from experience that taking a class that is not on your educational plan is a terrible waste of time and money! Even though you might feel plenty familiar with you're academic plan and all the classes that you've left to take, have a second person, ideally a counselor, look over your schedule each semester.  It is easy to lose track, especially if you decide to drop a class last-minute to replace it with another one, but it only takes fifteen minutes to talk to a counselor, and you can save lot of money as well as many hours of studying for an unnecessary class.

2. If you Plan to Transfer: Go to the Transfer Center!


So many students do not get accepted to the University they apply for because they do not go to the transfer center before they apply. This is because the transfer center has information you don't have... they have statistics on what majors are more likely to get accepted and they can look over your application to make sure you filled in all the correct information.

3. Don't Buy Your Books in the Book Store
The book store at every college, including MiraCosta College, is going to charge MORE than most other places you can buy books from. So look online and use websites, such as or to buy your textbooks cheaper. This saves you a lot of money and after the semester is completed, you can resell your books for more money online than the book store would pay you.

4. Use the Writing Center
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As an international student taking college-level courses in America you might want to use all the resources that the MiraCosta provides. English 100 was a challenge for me in my first semester at MiraCosta, but I mastered it with help from the Writing Center. The Writing Center provides you with students that are qualified to help you with the writing assignments that you have for ANY of your classes. That's right, it doesn't need to be an assignment for English, it can be an essay for biology or politics that you are getting help with.

With these four tips you are ready to start college at MiraCosta!