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2 College or University? Very distinct difference in terminology between the USA and the rest of the world In the US, there is very little difference academically between a "college" and a "university". Universities are usually larger and often contain multiple "colleges" within them. However, some of the top-ranked schools in the United States have a name including "college" (ex. Dartmouth College, Occidental College). University maintains research requirements for its instructors /more research focused institution. Doctorate programs are more prone to be offered at universities.

3 College vs University continued Community Colleges. In this usage a college is very different than a University A community college can't offer a 4 year degree (ie a B.A. or a B.S.). Offer trade and technical certifications and training as well as the first 2 years of a four year program but they are unable to grant bachelors degrees.

4 Recommended Route From High School to: –California State University –University of California –California Independent Colleges and Universities –Out of State Colleges and Universities Public and Private

5 “High School” Alternate Route

6 A-G SUBJECTS: Years Required for 4 Year College Admissions Social 2 Science English 4 Mathematics 3 Laboratory 2 Sciences Language other 2 Than English Visual/Performing 1 Arts College Prep. 1

7 Paths to the University of California 1. Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) 2. Statewide Context

8 Eligibility in the Local Context School sends top 15 % of 11 th grade class UC will identify the top 9 percent of students based on GPA in UC-approved coursework completed in the 10th and 11th grades. To be considered for ELC, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete the following "a- g"courses prior to your senior year: - History/social science 1 year English 2 years Mathematics 2 years Laboratory science 1 years Language other than English 1 years College-preparatory elective (chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university) 4 yearlong courses

9 Statewide Context UC Eligibility Requirements A-G Subject –Complete with at least a 3.0GPA Scholarship (GPA) Examinations SAT Reasoning Test OR Act with Writing, SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required Apply November1-30 PATH TO UC

10 GPA/COURSES that prepare Hig School Students for COLLEGE! GPA is determined by grades earned in the “a-g” subjects taken in the sophomore through junior years of high school Complete all A-G courses with a C or better Honors (H)/Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: UC assigns extra points to UC certified (H) and AP courses taken in the last three years of high school that are passed with a grade of C or better

11 California State University Overview/Admission Requirements 23 campuses A-G requirements Examinations GPA is determined by the grades earned in “a-g” courses taken in the sophomore through junior years in high school Eligibility Index (Handout) Local Admission Impacted Campuses and Majors Apply October-November 30

12 CSHM CSU Eligibility Report CSU Eligibility Index –If a CSHM student meets the minimum eligibility for CSU admission they can be admitted to CSULA. To be admitted to other CSU campuses they must meet a higher eligibility Impacted Programs/Campus –Example CSU Long Beach # of eligible applications received is greater than # that campus can accommodate Set a higher minimum eligibility index than that required for CSU admission

13  Advanced Placement (AP) Exam: a score of 3 or higher grants credit towards subject credit, graduation credit,or college credit.  Concurrent Enrollment refers to college courses that are transferable to the University that students can take while in high school. Grades of “C” or better earned at the community college earn an extra grade point like H/AP courses. Courses that prepare High School Students for College

14 Exams 2014-2015 PSAT (Preliminary Exam- Shorter Version of SAT) - Critical Reasoning - Math - Writing ACT - Reading Comprehension - Math - Social Science - Science Reasoning PLUS - Writing SAT I - Critical Reasoning - Math - Writing SAT II Subjects of students choice (Math II, Literature, History, Science, Language Other than English, etc.)

15 SAT vs ACT SAT is a ten section exam ACT is a five section exam Content is different There is a penalty for wrong answers on the SAT but not on the ACT Students must take either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT to be admitted to a four year university or college. SAT Subject Test are required by the University of California and some Private Colleges. Fee Waivers are available for students who meet family income guidelines 052020 CSHM High School or CEEB Code

16 Minimum vs. Competitive GPA Exams Total # of Semesters (UC approved courses) Total # of H/AP Strength of Senior Year

17 Personal Elements Personal Statement/Essays Extracurricular Activities

18 Extra-Curricular Activities **Sustained, active participation is critical Volunteering in community programs Participation in athletics Writing for school newspaper Internships Participation in research projects Tutoring Participation in activities which develop student’s academic or intellectual abilities Musical performance or composition Creative writing projects Theatrical or artistic performances Participation in summer programs

19 Honors/Awards Types of Awards include: Publication of Work Essay or Speech Contest Community Service Church Related Activities Eagle Scout Varsity Letter Science Fair AP Scholar Recipient of Scholarship

20 Volunteer Work Hospital Library Elementary School Animal Shelter Church Special Organizations Tutor

21 WORK If a student works they may: Save money for college or help their family Having a job shows independence & responsibility Students can get a job at: –A store at the mall –An Office –Family Business

22 Cost of a College Education CSU ESTIMATED AVERAGE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR EXPENSES – Commuting from home @ $15,000 –Living on campus housing @ $22,000 UC Estimated Average 2013-2014 Academic Year Expenses Commuting from home @ $15,000 Living in on campus housing @ $32,000 Private/Independent Colleges and Universities Example USC Commuting from home @ $ 50, 000 Living in on campus housing @ $63, 000

23 Financial Aid Grants Scholarships Loans Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Websites (

24 What do highly selective universities, like UCLA, USC, Stanford, New York University, Harvard, MIT, look for in an applicant? What selective schools value first is a strong academic record. –Students must take the most challenging classes offered. –Students must have very strong grades and really strong standardized test scores. Well Rounded –A student’s extracurricular profile can tell a story about who they are in terms of their interests. –Students should pursue extracurricular activities that they are passionate about

25 Not all students fit the mold of being eligible for highly selective colleges and universities. However, there are lots of opportunities for almost all students.

26 Questions

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