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1 High School and the College Application Process North Hollywood – January 31st 2010Saanjh College Workshop
2 Why Go to College? Helps you discover your calling Increase your understanding of the world and community around youGives you the skills to be successfulCritical ThinkingCommunication Skills**Raises in salary over a person’s life are going to be dependent on their degree, so these disparities are going to increase with age
3 Why Go to College? Monetary value National Median earnings for someone with a:HS Diploma $32,500Associate’s $42,000Bachelor’s $53,000Master’s $63,000Advanced (PhD, MD) $100,000+
5 Types of Colleges Community Colleges 4 Year Universities Public PrivateTrade Schools/VocationalMilitary
6 Community College Pros Cons Public 2 year schools that grant certificates and Associate’s DegreeExamples – Valley Community College, Santa Monica College, College of the CanyonsAfter completing Community College, some students transfer to a 4 year university.Note: Cons aren’t reasons not to go to school, just downside of that particular type of collegeProsConsInexpensiveConvenient Locations (Closer to Home)Smaller Class SizesMore interaction with professorsEasy to get stuck and lose timeSmaller variety of courses/majorsDifficulty transferring credits
7 Community CollegeMust be the step towards a Bachelor’s Degree
8 Public University Pros Cons 4 year publicly funded. (90% of funding comes from state)Examples -UC System- Berkeley, UCLA, Davis, Irvine, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Merced, Santa CruzCSU – CSUN, CSU Fullerton, CSULA, CSU Long Beach, CSU BakersfieldProsConsAffordable TuitionDynamic Atmosphere (Social, Diverse)FlexibilityNumerous MajorsKnowledgeable ProfessorsVery large student populationsAccess to informationLack of access to Professors
9 Private University Pros Cons 4 year privately funded universities that differ substantially in academic standards and mission statementsExamples -Ivy League- Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Penn, Cornell, DartmouthCalifornia - USC, Stanford, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Pomona CollegeProsConsAcademic ExcellenceClose-knit communityStudents tend to be more involved academicallyClass SizeOffer Merit ScholarshipsLess diverse student populationCost of Tuition
10 Target is a 4 year University A Bachelor’s Degree is the goal.You can achieve this by:Attending a 4-year University after High SchoolAttending a Community College for 2 years and transferring to 4-year University after your second year
12 What you need to know about HS How long does it take?What do their grades mean?What do they do there?What help and assistance can they get?How are they prepared for getting into college?
13 High School Timeline 4 years to complete Student starts when they’re 14 years oldFreshman - 9th gradeSophomore - 10th gradeJunior - 11th gradeSenior - 12th grade
14 High School Class Schedule Polytechnic High, Van Nuys High, Kennedy High, Grant High, North Hollywood High, Simi Valley HighTraditional Schedule- Student takes 6 classes per day for the entire year- option of taking prep. period before school startsChaminade College PreparatoryBlock Schedule- Student takes four 1 ½ hour classes per day from Aug.- Dec.- In Jan., student begins four new classes- Total of eight classes per year
15 Honors/Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Honors/AP Courses are advanced courses taken by HS students to help them prepare for the difficulty of collegeAP Courses are rigorous, college- level courses taken by students that require them to pass an exam at the end of the year in order to receive college credit (i.e. AP U.S. History)In terms of G.P.A., Honors/AP classes are usually weighted on a 5 point scale (possible to get a 5.0 or higher)Colleges have their own way of calculating G.P.A. (some schools do not consider weighted G.P.A.s)
16 Grades A 90% - 100% Excellent B 80% - 89% Good C 70% - 79% Average D Grades assigned by letter.+/- also used to distinguish i.e. B+ is between 87-90%Teachers have different grading scales for various classes, but this scale is usually the most common:A90% - 100%ExcellentB80% - 89%GoodC70% - 79%AverageD60% - 69%Below AverageF59% and belowFailing
17 Grade Point Average (GPA) Numerical representation of grades0.00 to 4.00All A Grades GPAAll B Grades GPAReport cards and grades are mailed home/available onlineGo online to see your child’s current progress
26 Work Experience Working part-time during the school years Summer work and internships
27 Parent Teacher Conference Questions to ask during the conferenceHow has my child performed so far this year?What skills and knowledge will my child be learning in your class?Will my child complete any major projects or term papers this year?How do you determine grades on assignments? How do you determine his or her overall grade for the class?If my child needs help, is tutoring available?If my child is a fast-learner how can you and the school make sure he or she is challenged?Is this a college-track class? How does this class help students build skills to succeed in college?What resources are available at school to help my child with your class?How can I help my child succeed in your class this year?What resources would help my child do his work better? Are there additional books or resources available at school or in the community that would help him or her?**These conferences are usually optional, but require parents should really maintain a relationship with teacher
28 High School Resources H.S. Counselors Career Center Avid Program Academic advisors who help students pick classes, register for SAT/ACT, apply to different colleges, and find activitiesCareer CenterHelps students find info on colleges, tests, and scholarships/financial aidAvid ProgramProgram focused on students who are going to be first generation in their family to attend collegeHelp with admissions processAssist with finding scholarships
29 Planning your HS Classes Meet with your counselor as early as possibleCome up with a 4-year planReview College requirementsEx. UC/CSU A-G requirementsSelect a challenging course load
30 Personal High School Stories Experience with certain courses?Extracurricular Activities (sports, clubs, etc.)?
31 College Admissions Process October to January of your Senior Year
32 What it takes to get into College Good GradesDifficulty of course selection is also measuredTest ScoresSAT and ACTInvolvement in Extracurricular ActivitiesPassionate involvement and leadershipEssays and Personal StatementClearly communicate what your goals areLetters of RecommendationPick teacher and people who know you the bestStanding outLeadership and being unique
33 Finding the Right College Students should fill out the College Questionnaire attached to this presentation.Determine what matters to you and your student (size, costs, location etc)Come up with a list of choicesDetermine which choices are practicalResources (Princeton Review and College Board).jsp
34 GradesDifficulty of course selection is regarded as one of the most important factors in admissionsFor more competitive colleges, students need to take AP/IB and honors courses
35 Average GPAs UC Berkeley - 4.34 UCLA- 4.36 UC Davis - 4.03 UC Santa Cruz- 3.76
36 SAT and ACT 800 Points Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Standardized Test that all College Applicants takeSAT Reasoning Test points800 PointsCritical ReadingMathematicsWriting
37 SAT and ACT ACT test Some Schools prefer either SAT or ACT Scored on a 36 point scaleMath, English, Reading, Science SectionsSome Schools prefer either SAT or ACTFor more competitive schools, students generally take both SAT and ACT
38 SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) SAT Subject tests are exams in specific subjectsGraded on an 800 point scale2 Sat Subject Tests (along with SAT Reasoning or ACT) are required for admission into UC schools
39 Average SAT ScoreUCLA- 2004UC Berkeley- 2034UC Davis- 1887
40 SAT and ACT Test Dates ACT Test Dates 2009-10 September 12, 2009 October 24, 2009December 12, 2009February 6, 2010April 10, 2010June 12, 2010SAT Test DatesTestNovember 7, 2009SAT & Subject TestsDecember 5, 2009January 23, 2010March 13, 2010SAT onlyMay 1, 2010June 5, 2010
41 Essays Most colleges require some sort of essay or personal statement CSUApplication does not require an essayUCApplication requires two personal statements. Usually about your background and goalsPrivate SchoolsRequire several essays or short answer responses on the application
42 Essay PromptsPrompt #1Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.Prompt #2Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?See that attached worksheet, “Personal Statement Tips” to learn about how to write a thorough and compete personal statement.
43 Letters of Recommendation A personalized recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach or another person on behalf of the studentUC and CSU do not require lettersPrivate Universities usually require several letters of Recommendation
44 Letters of Recommendation Over the years, you have been in many classes and have had many teachers. Out of all of them, which ones have you connected with the most? If a school would like two recommendations, it is ideal to choose one teacher from a social science department and one from an either math/science department. If a school asks for one, pick the one in which you have more of a personal connection with. Try to pick teachers that know you outside of the classroom and can remember specific things about you and the relationship you have with one another.
45 Brag SheetIt is important to gather all your extra curricular activities and/or honors together on paper and categorize them This process is called the Brag Sheet and takes form in a document that summarizes one's accomplishmentsIt makes it easier for the common application as well as the UC application because this exercise is basically what is on the applicationThis is particularly helpful during interviews as well as "additional information" sections See the attached document
46 Personal Experience with College Admissions Process Experience with taking SAT/ACT?Writing admission essays/getting letters of recommendation?
47 By the End of Junior Year Maintained good study habitsParticipated in Extracurricular ActivitiesTook challenging coursework-Advanced Placement courses (AP)Took SAT Subject Test in Math Level 2 and LiteratureStarted attending college fairs and identifying schools to visit
48 Summer after Junior Year Harjit gets a job for the summer working at the supermarket. This helps her save some money for college.She spends the summer studying for the SAT test.Takes a SAT prep courseBuys SAT prep books from the bookstore
49 Summer after Junior Year Harjit decides that she wants to visit some colleges she’s interested in attending.She and her parents go to see Berkeley and Stanford University CampusesHarjit starts working on her personal statement
50 September of Senior Year Harjit meets with her guidance counselor to make sure she is taking all of the required courses.She chooses a challenging set of classesShe picks 10 colleges that she wants to apply to and develops her application plan.Harjit notes all of the application deadlines and sets up an application filing system.
51 October of Senior YearHarjit plays on the varsity volleyball team and her team has been doing well.Harjit takes the SAT I and receives a great score!She has been drafting her college essays and reviews them with her counselor and english teacher.She asks her Biology teacher and counselor to write her recommendation letter.
52 November of Senior Year Harjit submits her application to the UC schools because the deadline is…Continues to maintain her grades and excel in her classes.She continues to complete her community service hours at the hospital
53 December of Senior Year Harjit submits applications for Stanford, etc on December 15She obtains financial aid forms fromTakes her finals and does well.
54 January of Senior YearHarjit meets with her guidance counselor and reviews her gradesShe submits applications for the following schools:StanfordBerkeleyDavisHarvardSacramento StateUniversity of PacificHarjit submits her completed FAFSA formsShe begins searching from scholarships
55 February of Senior Year Harjit starts looking for summer work.Continues to look for scholarship moneyResponds to requests from colleges for additional information
56 March of Senior YearHarjit receives Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Student Aid Program and reviews for accuracy.Harjit receives acceptance letters from 4 schools where she applied.Stanford, Berkeley, Univ of Pacific, Sacramento StateShe can’t decide amongst these schools and so she plans to visit her top 3.
57 April of Senior YearHarjit begins receiving financial aid awards letters from the colleges that accepted her.She talks to her parents about the options and gets ready to make her decision before the May 1st deadlines
58 May of Senior Year Harjit decides to attend Stanford! Harjit makes loan arrangements and reports all of the private scholarships that she received as well.She notifies the colleges that she won’t be attending.She sends thank-you notes to the teachers and counselors who advised and assisted her.
60 9th GradeMeet with your counselor to begin talking about colleges and careers.Make sure you are enrolled in the appropriate college-preparatory or tech- prep courses.Get off to a good start with your grades. The grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school GPA and class rank.Explore your interests and possible careers. Take advantage of Career Day opportunities.Get involved in extracurricular activities (both school and non-school- sponsored).Talk to your parents about planning for college expenses. Continue or begin a savings plan for college.Look at the college information available in your counselor’s office and school and public libraries. Use the Internet to check out college Web sites.Tour a nearby college, if possible. Visit relatives or friends who live on or near a college campus. Check out the dorms, go to the library or student center, and get a feel for college life.Read a lot. Consider spending your free time reading the following classic worksrReading.htmInvestigate summer enrichment programs.Center for Talented Youth (Johns Hopkins -Educational Program for Gifted Youth (Stanford -
61 10th GradeFallIn October, take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for practice. When you fill out your test sheet, check the box that releases your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them.Ask your guidance counselor about the American College Testing program’s PLAN (Pre-ACT) assessment program, which helps determine your study habits and academic progress and interests. This test will prepare you for the ACT Assessment next year.Take geometry if you have not already done so. Take biology and a second year of a foreign language.Become familiar with general college entrance requirements.Participate in your school’s or state’s career development activities.
62 10th Grade (cont) Winter Discuss your PSAT score with your counselor. The people who read college applications aren’t looking just for grades. Get involved in activities outside the classroom. Work toward leadership positions in the activities that you like best. Become involved in community service and other volunteer activities.Read, read, read. Read as many books as possible from a comprehensive reading list.Work on your writing skills—you’ll need them no matter what you do.Find a teacher or another adult who will advise and encourage you to write well.
63 10th Grade (cont)SpringKeep your grades up so you can have the highest GPA and class rank possible.Ask your counselor about postsecondary enrollment options and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.Continue to explore interests and careers that you think you might like.Begin zeroing in on the type of college you would prefer (two-year or four- year, small or large, rural or urban).If you are interested in attending a military academy, such as West Point or Annapolis, now is the time to start planning and getting information.Write to colleges and ask for their academic requirements for admission.Visit a few more college campuses. Read all of the mail you receive from colleges. You may see something you like.Attend college fairs.Keep putting money away for college. Get a summer job.Consider taking SAT II Subject Tests in the courses you took this year while the material is still fresh in your mind. These tests are offered in May and June.
64 11th GradeFallMeet with your counselor to review the courses you’ve taken, and see what you still need to take.Check your class rank. Even if your grades haven’t been that good so far, it’s never too late to improve. Colleges like to see an upward trend.If you didn’t do so in tenth grade, sign up for and take the PSAT/NMSQT. In addition to National Merit Scholarships, this is the qualifying test for the National Scholarship Service and National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program.Make sure that you have a social security number.Take a long, hard look at why you want to continue your education after high school so you will be able to choose the best college or university for your needs.Make a list of colleges that meet your most important criteria (size, location, distance from home, majors, academic rigor, housing, and cost). Weigh each of the factors according to their importance to you.Continue visiting college fairs. You may be able to narrow your choices or add a college to your list.Speak to college representatives who visit your high school.If you want to participate in Division I or Division II sports in college, start the certification process. Check with your counselor to make sure you are taking a core curriculum that meets NCAA requirements.If you are interested in one of the military academies, talk to you guidance counselor about starting the application process now.
65 11th Grade (cont)WinterCollect information about college application procedures, entrance requirements, tuition and fees, room and board costs, student activities, course offerings, faculty composition, accreditation, and financial aid. The Internet is a good way to visit colleges and obtain this information. Begin comparing the schools by the factors that you consider to be most important.Discuss your PSAT score with your counselor.Begin narrowing down your college choices. Find out if the colleges you are interested in require the SAT I, ACT Assessment, or SAT II Subject Tests for admission.Register for the ACT Assessment, which is usually taken in April or June. You can take it again late in your junior year or in the fall of your senior year, if necessary.Begin preparing for the tests you’ve decided to take.Have a discussion with your parents about the colleges in which you are interested. Examine financial resources, and gather information about financial aid.Set up a filing system with individual folders for each college’s correspondence and printed materials.
66 11th Grade (cont)SpringMeet with your counselor to review senior-year course selection and graduation requirements.Discuss ACT Assessment/SAT I scores with your counselor. Register to take the ACT Assessment and/or SAT I again if you’d like to try to improve your score.Discuss the college essay with your guidance counselor or English teacher.Stay involved with your extracurricular activities. Colleges look for consistency and depth in activities.Consider whom you will ask to write your recommendations. Think about asking teachers who know you well and who will write positive letters about you. Letters from a coach, activity leader, or an adult who knows you well outside of school (e.g., volunteer work contact) are also valuable.Inquire about personal interviews at your favorite colleges. Call or write for early summer appointments. Make necessary travel arrangements.See your counselor to apply for on-campus summer programs for high school students. Apply for a summer job or internship. Be prepared to pay for college application, financial aid, and testing fees in fall.Request applications from schools you’re interested in by mail or via the Internet.
67 11th Grade (cont)SummerVisit the campuses of your top-five college choices.After each college interview, send a thank-you letter to the interviewer.Talk to people you know who have attended the colleges in which you are interested.Continue to read books, magazines, and newspapers.Practice filling out college applications, and then complete the final application forms or apply online through the Web sites of the colleges in which you’re interested.Volunteer in your community.Compose rough drafts of your college essays. Have a teacher read and discuss them with you. Proofread them, and prepare final drafts. Proofread your final essays at least three times.Develop a financial aid application plan, including a list of the aid sources, requirements for each application, and a timetable for meeting the filing deadlines.
68 12th GradeFallContinue to take a full course load of college-prep courses.Keep working on your grades. Make sure you have taken the courses necessary to graduate in the spring.Continue to participate in extracurricular and volunteer activities. Demonstrate initiative, creativity, commitment, and leadership in each.To male students: you must register for selective service on your eighteenth birthday to be eligible for federal and state financial aid.Talk to counselors, teachers, and parents about your final college choices.Make a calendar showing application deadlines for admission, financial aid, and scholarships.Check resource books, computer programs, and your guidance office for information on scholarships and grants. Ask colleges about scholarships for which you may qualify.Give recommendation forms to the teachers you have chosen, along with stamped, self-addressed envelopes so your teachers can send them directly to the colleges. Be sure to fill out your name, address, and school name on the top of the form. Talk to you recommendation writers about your goals and ambitions.
69 12th Grade (cont) Fall (cont) Give School Report forms to your high school’s guidance office. Fill in your name, address, and any other required information on top. Verify with your guidance counselor the schools to which transcripts, test scores, and letters are to be sent. Give your counselor any necessary forms at least two weeks before they are due or whenever your counselor’s deadline is, whichever is earlier.Register for and take the ACT Assessment, SAT I, or SAT II Subject Tests, as necessary.Be sure you have requested (either by mail or online) that your test scores be sent to the colleges of your choice.Mail or send electronically any college applications for early-decision admission by November 1.If possible, visit colleges while classes are in session.If you plan to apply for an ROTC scholarship, remember that your application is due by December 1.Print extra copies or make photocopies of every application you send.
70 12th Grade (cont)WinterAttend whatever college-preparatory nights are held at your school or by local organizations.Send midyear grade reports to colleges. Continue to focus on your schoolwork!Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if necessary, PROFILE®. These forms can be obtained from your guidance counselor or at to download the forms or to file electronically. These forms may not be processed before January 1, so don’t send them before then.Mail or send electronically any remaining applications and financial aid forms before winter break. Make sure you apply to at least one college that you know you can afford and where you know you will be accepted.Follow up to make sure that the colleges have received all application information, including recommendations and test scores.Meet with your counselor to verify that all applicable forms are in order and have been sent out to colleges.
71 12th Grade (cont)SpringWatch your mail between March 1 and April 1 for acceptance notifications from colleges.Watch your mail for notification of financial aid awards between April 1 and May 1.Compare the financial aid packages from the colleges and universities that have accepted you.Make your final choice, and notify all schools of your intent by May 1. If possible, do not decide without making at least one campus visit. Send your nonrefundable deposit to your chosen school by May 1 as well. Request that your guidance counselor send a final transcript to the college in June.Be sure that you have received a FAFSA acknowledgment.If you applied for a Pell Grant (on the FAFSA), you will receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) statement. Review this Pell notice, and forward it to the college you plan to attend. Make a copy for your record.Complete follow-up paperwork for the college of your choice (scheduling, orientation session, housing arrangements, and other necessary forms).SummerIf applicable, apply for a Stafford Loan through a lender. Allow eight weeks for processing.Receive the orientation schedule from your college.Get residence hall assignment from your college.Obtain course scheduling and cost information from your college.Congratulations! You are about to begin the greatest adventure of your life. Good luck.
72 What Parents Should do Communicating Give positive feedback and show appreciation for teachers and principals.Keep a positive attitude and an open mind when dealing with school personnel.Share expectations and set goals for your child with his or her teacher.Attend parent-teacher conferences make appointments as necessary to discuss your child’s progress.Understand and reinforce school rules and expectations at home.Attend PTA or parent meetings, education fairs, and other special events at the school.Read classroom or school newsletters, and visit the school’s web site.Notify teachers of any significant changes that have taken place in your child’s life, such as a death in the family, loss of income, or the divorce/separation of the parents.Meet your child’s friends and get to know their parents.Assist in developing parent support groups and programs.
73 What Parents Should do Student Learning Discuss your child’s school day and homework daily.Know your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses.Know your child’s learning style to better understand HOW your child learns. Use the student Learning Style Quiz here in Education Planner.Provide a quiet, comfortable, well lit place with basic school supplies for studying and homework.Develop a consistent daily routine for studying and homework.Help your child avoid distractions by restricting telephone, television, and computer use during studying and homework time.Help your child break down big homework assignments into smaller, more manageable pieces.Assist with homework, but avoid doing it for your child.Provide your child with books, magazines, newspapers, and other materials and encourage regular reading, especially reading for fun.Provide encouragement and praise for your child’s efforts.73
74 Story of the Application Process Student has taken challenging courses(AP, Honors)Student has been in involved in the community and extracurricularStudent studies for the SATStudent takes SATPrepare your application Write the essay Get recommendation letters Decide what major you wantPrepare Financial Aid ApplicationColleges receive the application and begin processingColleges make choices based on Academic Qualifications SAT Grades Diversity of student population EssaySend acceptance notices in March and AprilFinancial Aid sent in April to May
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