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2 West Valley High School College Night Counselors: Tamara Muizelaar ( A – Crowell) Jeannie Mitchell Moore ( Crowley - Hereford ) Griselda Covarrubias ( Hernandez - Molina ) Michael Richards (Monroe - Sanchez) Mark Pressley ( SanchezGarcia - Z )

3 College Night Agenda Junior College Questions? 4 Year University Questions? Testing Questions? Other Important Information Questions?

4 The Junior College Option What is your goal? Degree (AA or AS), Certificate, or Transfer to University/College

5 The AA (Associate of Arts) Degree 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

6 A Certificate Can Lead To Automotive/Transportation Technology Computer Information Systems Engineering: Drafting Technology Legal Assistant Vocational Nursing Water Technology

7 There are 67 Instructional Programs at MSJC Administration of Justice Alcohol/Drug Studies Allied Health American Sign Language Anatomy and Physiology Anthropology Art

8 More Programs….. Associated Student Body Astronomy Audio Technology Automotive/Transportation Technology Biological Sciences Business Business Administration

9 For a Complete List of Programs Go To

10 The Transfer Option If your goal is to transfer to a 4 year University/College it is essential that you work closely with your M.S.J.C. counselor as soon as you start the enrollment process.

11 Transferable Courses In general, a transferable course is one numbered 100 or higher. Courses numbered are only applicable for the Associate Degree and are not transferable to 4-year Universities. Courses numbered below 70 are non- degree courses and may not meet graduation requirements.

12 Earning a Degree Earning a degree at M.S.J.C. does not automatically allow you to transfer to a 4- year university/college.

13 IGETC or CSU Educational Plan Work with your M.S.J.C. counselor to be sure you are enrolled in one of these plans. The IGETC is for those wishing to go to a UC campus and…. The CSU Plan is for the California State University system.

14 Listing of Courses in the IGETC or CSU Plans Go to Or pick up a copy of the courses currently offered in the plans. Go to For information regarding transferring.

15 San Jacinto Campus 1499 N. State St. San Jacinto, CA (951) 487-MSJC (6752) Menifee Valley Campus La Piedra Rd. Menifee, CA (951) 672-MSJC (6752) Temecula Valley Center Jefferson Ave., #108 Temecula, CA (951) MSJC Addresses

16 Questions?

17 4 Year College Admission A-G Requirements and Other Important Information

18 A-G Requirements CSU and UC Campus 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

19 A-G Requirements CSU and UC Campus A l 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 l 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.

20 A-G Requirements CSU and UC Campus C l Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended Three years of college-preparatory mathematics Including algebra, geometry, and algebra 2. D l 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.

21 A-G Requirements CSU and UC Campus E l 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 l Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art. G l 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).

22 CSU College Application Go to CSU Mentor https://csumentor.edu/ Apply online to one or all 23 CSU campuses CSUMentor 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) CSUMentor is the preferred method of application for CSU universities.

23 CSU Mentor 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.

24 EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) 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

25 UC College Application 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. ($60/App) UC Pathways is the preferred method of application for UC universities.

26 UC Fall 2009 Personal Statement Questions 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?

27 UC Fall 2009 Personal Statement Questions Directions 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.

28 UC Pathways 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 FAQs for your questions.

29 ELC (Eligibility in the Local Context ) 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

30 ELC (Once Eligible) 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.

31 Admission Requirements CSU: -SAT 1 or ACT Test Taken No later than December 2008 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 UC: -In addition to SAT I, students must take SAT II also known as the Subject Test (can take 3 subject test at one time) -3.0 Minimum Grade Point Average -Personal Statement (2 prompts)

32 Questions?

33 Testing PSAT 9 th -11 th Grade SAT or ACT 11 th -12 th Grade ASVAB 11 th Grade

34 Testing: PSAT 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.

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

36 Common Reasons to Take the PSAT 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.

37 Testing: PSAT $15.00 per student tested. Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 8:00 AM. West Valley High School Gymnasium

38 Testing: SAT The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. Each one of the test's three sections is scored using the familiar scale of It is administered seven times a year and is now being offered at West Valley High school

39 Testing: SAT II 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

40 Juniors Sign up for one or more of the Spring SAT dates Take the SAT again in the Fall semester of their Senior year To sign up, go to

41 Testing: SAT COST $45 Late fee $23 Dates: All Saturdays from 8:00-1:00 November 1 st (Too late to register) December 6 th (Last date for Seniors to take) January 24 th March 14 th May 2 nd June 6 th

42 Testing: ACT Curriculum based Lower stress (does not ding you for guessing) Students seem to do better on this test than the SAT

43 Juniors Sign up for one or more of the Spring ACT dates Take the SAT again in the Fall semester of their Senior year To sign up, go to

44 Testing: ACT (with Writing) COST $46 Late fee $20 Dates: On a Saturday in Riverside, CA September 13 (Too late to register) October 25 (Too late to register) December 13 (Last test for Seniors to take) February 7 April 4 June 13

45 TESTING: ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery) 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.

46 Testing: ASVAB 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.

47 Questions?

48 Steps to College 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) 1. Fill out College Applications 2. Fill out Scholarships 3. Get accepted and celebrate!

49 Important Dates 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.

50 Important Dates Continue November 30th, 2008 – The deadline to apply to MOST 4 year colleges/ Universities. March 2, FAFSA deadline 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 Workshops- Parents and students get help filling out the FAFSA. Please plan to attend one of our workshops in January or February, here at West Valley. Dates of workshops will be posted on West Valley website in the near future and will also be in our student bulletin.

51 Scholarship Information Counselors will provide information about Scholarships and the Scholarship Profile in Nov. Make sure you turn in your Scholarship Profile Turn in the Cal Grant Application to your counselor Check the Scholarship Alerts for any new Scholarships you want to Apply to. Check the college website Go to

52 Questions?

53 West Valley Counselors at Tamara Muizelaar A – Crowell Ext. 222 Jeannie Mitchell-Moore Crowley - Hereford Ext. 226 Griselda Covarubias Hernandez - Molina Ext. 225 Michael Richards Monroe - Sanchez Ext. 223 Mark Pressley SanchezGarcia - Z Ext. 224

54 THANK YOU West Valley Counseling Department


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