What colleges are looking for… Academically Grades, grades, grades! Number of courses completed Level of courses (academic, honors, AP/IB) GPA Test scores Transcript Beyond academics Leadership (proven & potential) Initiative/drive Service Commitment Balance Resilience
When do I apply to college? Typically, applications are due between October and February of senior year Each college has its own deadline Students are informed of admissions decisions as early as October and as late as April of senior year Students must inform a school as to whether or not they will attend by May 1 st of senior year
Standardized Testing and PLAN Results Joe Twohig - Kaplan Test Prep
UC/Cal State Requirements A-G Requirements A) History/Social Science 2 years (3.5 or 4 recommended) B) English 4 years C) Mathematics 3 years (4 recommended) D) Lab Science 2 years (3 or 4 recommended) E) Language other than English 2 years (3 or 4 recommended) F) Visual and Performing Art 1 year (1 or more recommended) G) College Prep Elective 1 year (1 or more recommended)
What is your GPA? Each school you apply to will recalculate your GPA into an admissions GPA used at that school UC and Cal State Universities 10 th and 11 th grade A-G courses ONLY (cap # of Honors to 8 sem.) Private Colleges and Universities 9 th, 10 th, 11 th and 1 st semester 12 th grade May or may not use Religion and Elective Courses Rigor taken into consideration on school by school basis Out of State Public Colleges and Universities 9 th, 10 th, 11 th and 1 st semester 12 th grade Usually do not look at Religion Rigor taken into consideration on school by school basis
The University of California Nine campuses; must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply (minimum GPA is not a competitive GPA) Eligibility requirements Completion of A-G courses SAT Reasoning or ACT with writing Sample Statistics for UCLA, Fall of 2013 80,522 freshmen applications; 16,448 admitted Admit rate 20.42% 4.4 weighted GPA Average SAT = 1961; Average ACT = 30
The California State University 23 campuses. Must have minimum 2.0 GPA in A-G classes to apply (minimum GPA is not a competitive GPA) No D or F grades! SAT Reasoning Test or ACT required Some of the most competitive campuses: Long Beach San Diego San Luis Obispo
Popular private or out-of-state colleges - SMCHS Class of 2007-2014 Loyola Marymount University Accepted averages: 3.86 GPA, 1815 SAT, 27 ACT University of Southern California Accepted averages: 4.37 GPA, 2047 SAT, 30 ACT University of Arizona Accepted averages: 3.26 GPA, 1621 SAT, 23 ACT University of San Diego Accepted averages: 4.01GPA, 1865 SAT, 28 ACT University of Colorado Accepted averages: 3.44 GPA, 1687 SAT, 25 ACT Texas Christian University Accepted averages: 3.84 GPA, 1760 SAT, 26 ACT
The Community College Route Reasons to consider a CC Cost-effective Students are not ready to leave home Students did not perform up to potential at SMCHS Certificate programs TRANSFER AGREEMENTS
What should I be doing now? Researching colleges! The most important thing to remember is to KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN! There is the right school for everyone Do not be swayed by the schools we hear the most about Doing your best in school Visiting campuses Considering summer options
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What should I do now in Family Connection? Login at www.smhs.org/fc Each student created their own passwords Complete the Career Interest Profiler and Learning Style Inventory if you have not already done so Explore college campuses Explore possible majors Check out admission statistics for SMCHS students Remember…keep your options open!
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