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1 Understanding College Options: Benefits, Pathways, and Preparation

2 Workshop Goals Understand the benefits of a college education. Learn the pathways to college. Learn how to prepare for college admission.

3 Why Go To College? To have more job opportunities. –-More and more jobs require education beyond high school. Many jobs rely on new technology and “brainpower.” To gain more knowledge that will be helpful throughout students’ lives. To broaden perspectives - meet new people from diverse backgrounds, learn to be independent.

4 Why College? continued A 4-year college graduate (with Bachelor’s degree) earns almost $1 million more over his/her lifetime than a high school graduate. –Source: U.S. Census Bureau

5 Why College? continued A 4-year college graduate earns about $52,200 annually on average, compared to $30,400 for a high school graduate. - Source: U.S. Census Bureau

6 Why College? continued Increased education is also associated with: –Better working conditions; –Longer job tenure; –More on-the-job training opportunities; –More promotion opportunities.

7 Degrees Diploma High School– 4 years Community College – 2 years (Optional) Associate’s Degree University –4 years Bachelor’s Degree

8 Degrees after the B.A./B.S. Master’s Degree University-2 years or more Doctorate Degrees-Ph.D, Ed.D, M.D. Professional Degrees-Law Degree University –3 years or more

9 California Community Colleges (CCC) California State University (CSU) University of California (UC)Independent and Private Colleges/Universities 4 Systems of Higher Education

10 High School Options

11 High School Tiered System

12 Community College (CCC)  109 Community Colleges in CA  Prepares students to transfer to a 4 year institution  Associate’s degree  Offers technical training in specific occupations (bookkeeping, culinary arts)  Most are nonresidential; students live off-campus  Students can attend part-time or full-time  To enroll, students have to be 18 + or have a High School Diploma

13  23 California State Universities  B.A./B.S. and Master’s degrees  Accepts high school Seniors and Community College transfers  Provides broad liberal education and prepares students for professional goals California State University (CSU)

14  10 University of California Campuses-Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco (Medical and Graduate School Only), Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz  B.A./B.S., J.D., M.D. and only public system in California that can grant the Ph.D  Accepts High School Seniors and Community College Transfers  Mission of the UC: Research & Teaching  Professional Schools-Law, Medicine, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Social Welfare University of California (UC)

15  77 Private Universities/Colleges in CA  Vary in size, prestige, and cost  Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate’s, and Professional degrees  Accepts high school graduates and Community College Transfers  Professional Schools-Law, Medicine, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Social Welfare Private Universities/Colleges

16 High School Review of Options

17 How to start preparing now for college READ, READ, READ - –Good readers make good thinkers and good writers. “The more you read, the more you know.” Promote good study habits. –Turn off the TV. –Set aside a homework time and a quiet study space. Meet with your child’s teachers to learn about his/her performance. –Tell the teachers that you have high expectations for your child.

18 How to start preparing now for college Learn the college-preparatory course requirements: –Push to get into these courses in high school –Push to get into honors and AP courses in high school, if available What you do outside of class matters: –Sports, Clubs, Work, Church, Honor Societies, etc. Take the PSAT by the 9th or 10th grade –It’s good practice for the SAT!

19 How to start preparing now for college Visit college campuses! –Find colleges in your area and schedule a tour. –Make a college visit part of your vacation. –Ask your counselor if your school is planning a field trip to a college you’re interested in. –Check out college websites, many have virtual tours.

20 Factors to consider when choosing a college. Size - What is the total student population? How big are the typical freshman classes? Location - How far is the college from home? Is it in a rural, urban, suburban setting? What is the area surrounding the campus like? People - Who are the students and where do they come from? Academics - What majors are available? Who teaches the courses? What is the academic reputation of the college? Social Opportunities: What clubs and teams are available? Are there fraternities and sororities? Cost : What is the total cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, books? What kind of financial aid is available?

21 College Search Tools The College Board – ACT/College Net – Peterson’s Guide to College – –Also available in paperback FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid –

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