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1 Private & Out-of-State Colleges/Universities presented by Jacki Sprague for Kennedy College Night 2012

2 Private Colleges and Universities Pro’s: -Academic Excellence -Close-knit Community -Involved Students -Top-Notch Professors -Merit Scholarships -Class Size -Ability To Get Into Courses You Need -taken from prep/choosing-the-right-school/pros-cons-private- colleges.aspx prep/choosing-the-right-school/pros-cons-private- colleges.aspx Con’s: -Homogeneous Population -Demanding Schedule -Cost of Tuition -Transferring Credits

3 Examples ??? Here is a list of some of the Independent Colleges and Universities in the San Francisco Bay Area… California College of the ArtsCalifornia College of the Arts – San Francisco Cogswell Polytechnical CollegeCogswell Polytechnical College – Sunnyvale Dominican University of CaliforniaDominican University of California - San Rafael Golden Gate UniversityGolden Gate University - San Francisco Holy Names UniversityHoly Names University – Oakland Menlo CollegeMenlo College – Atherton Mills CollegeMills College – Oakland Notre Dame de Namur UniversityNotre Dame de Namur University Belmont Palo Alto UniversityPalo Alto University - Palo Alto Patten UniversityPatten University – Oakland Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaSaint Mary's College of California – Moraga Samuel Merritt UniversitySamuel Merritt University – Oakland San Francisco Conservatory of MusicSan Francisco Conservatory of Music - Santa Clara Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara University - Santa Clara Saybrook UniversitySaybrook University - San Francisco Stanford UniversityStanford University – Stanford Touro UniversityTouro University – Vallejo University of San FranciscoUniversity of San Francisco - San Francisco

4 Examples ??? Here are some others you may have heard of… UOP (University of the Pacific) USC (University of Southern California) Harvard University Dartmouth College Duke University Biola University Loyola Marymount University University of Portland

5 Out of State Public Colleges/Universities California has two public university systems, the CSU’s and the UC’s. Other states have their own public university systems. These public university systems do take students outside of their state. These students are considered as non-resident students.

6 Out of State Public Colleges/Universities Public university systems will charge “non-resident” students a higher tuition, but that “non-resident” tuition is still comparable to “California Resident” tuition at the CSU/UC’s. This makes these a good option for our students (especially due to the bad financial problems our California public universities are in). StateEstimated Costs Arizona State$32,071 Cal State East Bay$23,691 (living on campus) Ohio State$32,940 Oregon State$32,886 Texas State$26,372 UC Berkeley$27,874 (living on campus) Washington$35,230 Please Note: AZ, Oregon, Washington schools will be cheaper due to WUE – will talk about in a later slide **Taken from Big Future.Org

7 Start Researching Here are some helpful websites, to help guide your search… All California Public and Private Colleges/Universities All Public and Private Colleges/Universities in the United States All Western Colleges/Universities offering lower tuition for California Residents

8 Admission Requirements Once you make a list of which colleges/universities you are interested in, go to that school’s website to find out the admission requirements.

9 Admission Requirements – High School Courses Each Private or Out-of-State College/University will have varying course requirements.

10 Admission Requirements – High School Courses Once you know exactly which courses the college/university of your choice requires, make an appointment with a counselor to make sure you are meeting these course requirements

11 Admission Requirements - College Testing Most Colleges/Universities in the U.S., require students to take either the ACT or SAT exam. Some may require additional tests in a particular subject area called the SAT II Subject Tests. Once you know what tests the school requires, be sure to complete these exams no later then December of the Senior Year. It is recommended that students try to get these completed by Spring of their Junior Year. ACT Sign Ups – SAT Sign Ups – SAT II Subject Test Sign Ups –

12 Applying to the College/University Students should make a calendar that shows all the application deadlines for each college/university they plan to apply to. Students should find the website that hosts the application for the school(s) they are applying to. Many private colleges/universities use The Common Application. This application can be found at

13 WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education offers a program called WUE. This program helps reduced the tuition for California residents who are attending certain colleges/universities in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. Before applying to a WUE school, students should contact that college/university and ask how to apply as a WUE student.

14 Applying to the College/University Many Private Colleges/Universities will require an essay or personal statement. Please make sure you know what the topic is and give yourself several weeks to write the essay, have several people proofread and to rewrite. Topics are typically similar to the UC Prompts… Prompt #1: 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: 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?

15 Applying to the College/University FEE WAIVERS Most college applications charge an application fee. There are sometimes options for Fee Waivers. 1)Students can email or call the school and request a fee waiver or free application. 2)Some colleges or universities will accept the NACAC Fee Waiver. If a student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the counselor can sign off on the fee waiver. ApplicationFeeWaiver.pdf

16 Teacher/Counselor Recommendations Many of the colleges/universities require one or more teacher recommendations. These can be a form that the teacher needs to complete or just a formal letter from the teacher. Some of the colleges/universities require a school counselor to fill out a Secondary School Profile that includes an School Profile and an official transcript Please provide teachers and counselors with at least 2-4 weeks to submit these forms/letters.

17 What do I do after I apply? -Check email daily. Colleges will send emails asking for clarification or more documentation. Make sure to follow the deadlines given. -Apply for financial aid. Complete the FAFSA and apply for any scholarships at the college/university. -Once a decision is made on which college/university the student will be attending, they will need to complete placements tests, sign up for housing if needed, send an Intent to Register, attend an orientation, and register for classes.

18 Questions ???? Do you have any questions? If I can’t answer your question today or we run out of time, please feel free to email the counselor with your question(s) and we locate an answer for you or direct you to someone who can. A-G: Tifni O’Neill / H-O: Stacey Bamford / P-Z: Jacklynn Sprague /

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