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5 Each year FCS recommends college preparatory courses for every student, but parents make the final decision about course load. Each year FCS recommends college preparatory courses for every student, but parents make the final decision about course load. Advanced Placement Classes Advanced Placement Classes College level work Must pass AP Test Score 2 = “D” on college course Score 2 = “D” on college course Score 3 = “C” on college course Score 3 = “C” on college course Score 4 = “B” on college course Score 4 = “B” on college course Score 5 = “A” on college course Score 5 = “A” on college course Community College Classes Community College Classes Choose high school credit or college credit. On your student’s transcript, the college counts these credits the same as AP classes.

6 Volunteer locally, participate in sports and other activities Keep an academic portfolio and record of extracurricular activities Begin to consider school options Begin to consider school options Research career possibilities Research career possibilities Leadership matters! Leadership matters! Consider Student Council Extracurricular activities matter! Extracurricular activities matter! Develop skills! Develop skills! Music, Foreign Language, Technology

7 Register for and take PLAN test Register for and take PLAN test Volunteer and keep record of Volunteer and keep record of Community Service projects for your portfolio Continue to research career Continue to research career and college options Keep letters of recommendation from organizational staff members

8 Register for and take PSAT test Register for and take PSAT test Talk to Administrator or Vice Principal of Academics about PSAT results Talk to Administrator or Vice Principal of Academics about PSAT results Watch grades in upper division classes Watch grades in upper division classes Research options for grants, scholarships and work-study programs Research options for grants, scholarships and work-study programs

9 Make a list of colleges and degree programs you find interesting Make a list of colleges and degree programs you find interesting Discuss your list with school staff Discuss your list with school staff Visit colleges and attend college fairs Visit colleges and attend college fairs Check which colleges require ACT, SAT and/or SAT subject tests Check which colleges require ACT, SAT and/or SAT subject tests Register for ACT, SAT and/or SAT subject tests Register for ACT, SAT and/or SAT subject tests (access school website for information and testing dates) (access school website for information and testing dates) Take the appropriate test(s) Take the appropriate test(s) Get study guide (Borders or Barnes & Noble) and STUDY!

10 Obtain all the admissions and financial aid applications from your top college picks Obtain all the admissions and financial aid applications from your top college picks Ask your teachers and administration for recommendations (minimum one week notice) Ask your teachers and administration for recommendations (minimum one week notice) Visit colleges if still deciding Visit colleges if still deciding Complete admission applications and essays in the fall of senior year Complete admission applications and essays in the fall of senior year Ask school office to send high school academic transcript to chosen colleges Ask school office to send high school academic transcript to chosen colleges

11 Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 st (and submit the Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 st (and submit the GPA Verification form to the school Office) Review Student Aid Report (SAR) Review Student Aid Report (SAR) Review college acceptances and financial aid offers Review college acceptances and financial aid offers By May 1 st, make final decisions, notify the colleges of your decision and submit any necessary documents or deposits By May 1 st, make final decisions, notify the colleges of your decision and submit any necessary documents or deposits

12 What size school do I want to attend? What size school do I want to attend? Where do I want to live? Where do I want to live? What atmosphere do I want? What atmosphere do I want? Size, Student Body, Student Life Size, Student Body, Student Life What special programs do I need? What special programs do I need? Not every college has a strong program Not every college has a strong program in every area. in every area. The best way to answer these questions is to go through college catalogs, handbooks, internet sites, etc. If you make a list of the most important things to look for in a college, you can then read through the information and begin crossing schools off your list. This will save you time in the long run because it will narrow your options right away; that way you can do more in-depth research on the most likely candidates.

13  Junior College  Four Year  Admissions Requirements

14 What is your goal? Degree (AA or AS), Certificate, or Transfer to University/College

15 You may wish to receive a 2 year degree in something like:  A.A. Audio Technology  A.A. Musical Theatre  A.A. Liberal Arts Studies

16 Automotive/Transportation Technology Computer Information Systems Engineering: Drafting Technology Legal Assistant Vocational Nursing Water Technology

17 Administration of Justice Alcohol/Drug Studies Allied Health American Sign Language Anatomy and Physiology Anthropology Art

18 Associated Student Body Astronomy Audio Technology Automotive/Transportation Technology Biological Sciences Business Business Administration

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20 If your goal is to transfer to a 4 year University/College, it is essential that you work closely with your community college counselor as soon as you start the enrollment process.

21 In general only a maximum of 70 semester units or 105 quarter units are transferable from a community college to a four year university, so discuss course selections each semester with an advisor. For questions if a particular course is transferable, log onto: For help with more questions, log onto:

22 Earning a degree at a community college does not automatically allow you to transfer to a 4-year university/college. If you want to transfer to a 4-year university, you must consider...

23 Work with your community college counselor to be sure you are enrolled in one of these plans. The IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum ) is for those wishing to go to a UC campus and…. The CSU Plan is for the California State University system.

24 If you are attending a local community college, go to

25 American River College 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA (916) Cosumnes River College 8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA (916) Folsom Lake College 10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA (916) Sacramento City College 3835 Freeport Boulevard Sacramento, CA (916)

26 A-G Course Requirements for Admission to UC Colleges

27 Students who plan to attend a four-year university directly after high school need to consider the universities’ minimum requirements for high school courses in each subject area: A – History2 years B – English4 years C – Math3 years* D – Lab Science 2 years* E – Foreign Language2 years* F – Visual/Performing Arts 1 year G – College Prep Elective 1 year Must pass with “C” or better in these classes *At least one additional year beyond the minimum is recommended

28 A: History/Social Science – 2 years required Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one- half year of civics or American government. B: English – 4 years required Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

29 C: Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended Three years of college-preparatory mathematics Including algebra, geometry, and algebra 2. D: Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics.

30 E: Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of the same language other than English. These required 2 years have to be consecutive years. F: Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: drama/theater, music or visual art. G: College-Preparatory Electives – 1 year required One year (two semesters) of a college preparatory elective in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).

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32 CSU: -SAT 1 or ACT Test taken No later than December in the senior year UC: - In addition to SAT I, students must take SAT II also known as the Subject Test (can take 3 subject tests at one time) -3.0 Minimum Grade Point Average over High School Career -Personal Statement (2 prompts) Private Schools: -May require essay/personal statement/interview -May require SAT, ACT, SAT II or a combination of all 3. -Check with each private school you are applying to for admissions requirements and deadlines. Keep in mind that most deadlines for applications are in the fall of the senior year.

33 Go to CSU Mentor Apply online to one or all 23 CSU campuses. CSU Mentor is free to use. The student will only pay the application fee charged directly by the CSU campus when an application for admission is submitted. ($55/App) CSU Mentor is the preferred method of application for CSU universities.

34 Create an Account Once you create an account, you can start and save any application at any point. You do not have to finish and submit it in one sitting. Read the directions. The CSU mentor provides a tutorial if needed.

35 The Educational Opportunity Program is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students for California residents only Each CSU campus except California Maritime Academy has an EOP You must indicate on the application for admission if you are applying through EOP (there is a box asking you if you want to apply) To become eligible, you need to complete the EOP section on the undergraduate application for admission and complete the EOP application (this is a separate application) Being accepted to EOP can provide extra financial assistance and ease assimilation on campus. Each campus tailors their programs to accommodate the needs of their student population

36 Go to UC Pathways ndergraduate.html Apply online to one or all 9 UC campuses UC Pathways is free to use The student will only pay the application fee charged directly by the UC campus when an application for admission is submitted. ($70/App) UC Pathways is the preferred method of application for UC universities.

37 Create an Account Once you create an account, you can start and save any application at any point. You do not have to finish and submit it in one sitting. Read the directions. UC Pathways provides FAQ’s for your questions.

38 Prompt #1 (freshman applicants) Describe 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 #2 (all applicants) Tell 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?

39 Respond to both prompts (only need to respond to the 2 prompts), using a maximum of 1,000 words total. You may allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than 250 words. Stay within the word limit as closely as you can. A little over — 1,012 words, for example — is fine.

40 The top 4% of students in each participating California high school class will be designated UC-eligible based on the coursework taken while in high school. Eligibility is determined during the summer between the junior and senior years of high school. Students are notified of their eligibility in the fall semester of their senior year of high school before they apply to the University. For more information, go to

41 Maintain a 3.0 GPA Complete all coursework requirements for freshman admission by the end of senior year Take two SAT Subject Tests and either the ACT Assessment plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test - no later than the December test date, and Apply to the University by the November 30 application deadline.

42 Websites with College Search Engines Naviance Home of the SAT/PSAT & AP Tests A great college match maker, also great information on college majors and careers You need to set up a free account, not as in-depth but worth investigating A more simple search engine but can produce some interesting results The famous scholarship search website is also pretty good for college searching. You need to set up free account. There is a lot of advertising on the site, just say no to their offers. Provides a lot of information from students about their schools. Students grade their schools in a variety of different areas and write reviews.

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44 PSAT 10 th -11 th Grade SAT or ACT 11 th -12 th Grade ASVAB 11 th Grade

45 PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and as a Junior, gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

46 The PSAT Measures: Critical reading skills Math problem-solving skills Writing skills

47 To receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college. To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11). To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT. To receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

48 $30 testing fee The test is usually the second or third Saturday in October. Tested at Freedom Christian School. Taking the PSAT twice is recommended.

49 The SAT is typically taken in the spring by high school juniors and in the fall by high school seniors. The exam tests Math, English, and Writing Each one of the test's three sections is scored using the familiar scale of It is administered seven times a year.

50 3 hours 45 minutes 10 sections No Science Section Doesn’t include Trigonometry Essay first for 25 minutes, included in overall score Total score of and score of for each section + writing 0-12 ¼ point penalty for wrong answer You decide which test date scores to send to your college

51 Single Subjects Test for UC admissions: (need to take 2 but can take 3 at one time) Literature Biology/Chemistry/Physics Mathematics U.S. History French, Spanish, German, Latin, Italian, & Hebrew

52 Juniors should sign up for one or more of the Spring SAT dates Plan to take the SAT again in the Fall semester of Senior year To sign up, go to

53 COST: $52.50 Late Fee: $28 From 8:00-1:00 Spring 2015 Dates: March 14 May 2 June 6 Additional fees apply for single subject tests; see website for details

54 Curriculum based Lower stress (does not “ding” you for guessing) Students seem to do better on this test than the SAT

55 3 hours 25 minutes 5 Sections Science Section Includes Trigonometry Essay last section for 30 minutes, not included in composite score Composite Score of 1-36 and scores of each section writing 0-12 No penalty for wrong answers You decide which test date scores to send to your college

56 Juniors should sign up for one or more of the Spring ACT dates Plan to take the ACT again in the Fall semester of Senior year To sign up, go to

57 COST: $54.50 Late Fee: $24 Spring 2015 Dates: February 7 April 18 June 13

58 The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is the most widely used multiple- aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success.

59 The ASVAB provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

60 Remember, there are many different kinds of costs: Direct Cost – Tuition, Fees, Books, Direct Cost – Tuition, Fees, Books, Housing, Meals Housing, Meals Indirect Cost – Transportation, Parking, Trips Home, Leisure Activities, Clothing, Laundry Indirect Cost – Transportation, Parking, Trips Home, Leisure Activities, Clothing, Laundry Research in advance will avoid problems later.

61  Consider a college finance planner  Visit: for some helpful resourceshttp://www.get2college.com/

62 Who’s Eligible for Financial Aid? You Are! Two-thirds of all full-time undergraduate students receive some kind of financial aid. Financial aid is out there, waiting for you to use it. But you have to apply for it.

63 Types of Financial Aid  Free money = Grants and scholarships  Earned money = Work-study programs.  Borrowed Money = Loans. Loans must be repaid, usually with interest.

64 Applying for Financial Aid  Get organized.  Keep a financial aid file and set up a deadline calendar.  Keep copies of all applications you send.  Gather important documents that you will need to fill out your financial aid application.

65 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) This is the number one form to fill out for financial aid (along with the GPA Verification) The CSS/ Financial Aid Profile Go to https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/inde x.jsp https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/inde x.jsp Cal Grant GPA Verification Form Go to This form must be submitted to the school office for completion a minimum of 2 weeks before the deadline.

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67  Make sure you turn in your Scholarship Profile  Turn in the Cal Grant Application  Check the Scholarship Alerts for any new scholarships for which you want to apply.  Check the college website  Go to

68 1. Take the SAT or ACT and SAT II 2. Turn in Cal Grant Application 3. Go to FASFA – Fill out 1 st step (Pin) 4. Submit GPA Verification to the school office. 5. Fill out College Applications 6. Fill out Scholarships 7. Get accepted and celebrate!

69 November 30th – The deadline to apply to MOST 4 year colleges/ Universities. UC Campuses and CSU Campuses: Apply By November 30 th online. Private Universities: Call each school individually to find out their application deadline and any other important admission information you may need to know. March 2- FAFSA deadline (GPA Verification also due) FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid Everyone who is planning to attend any type of college or trade school should fill out the FAFSA, regardless of your yearly income! FAFSA Help Parents and students can get help filling out the FAFSA on

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