Junior College Guidance Night October 18, 2010 Mr. Luke Sferra, High School Counselor (A-K) Mrs. Katie Dahm, High School Counselor (L-Z) Mrs. Ah Young.
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Junior College Guidance Night October 18, 2010 Mr. Luke Sferra, High School Counselor (A-K) Mrs. Katie Dahm, High School Counselor (L-Z) Mrs. Ah Young Chi, College/Career Counselor Mr. Arun Ponnusamy, Open Road Education
Your resources for college planning CCC website CCC calendar on the web MHS eNews mailing list to sign upMHS eNews mailing list Naviance Family Connection College and Career Center!
Postsecondary Options 4-year college or university (Bachelor degree) –Public: UC or CSU –Private: over 70 in California –Out of State Public or Private: over 3,000 2-year college (Associate degree, career training or transfer) Trade or technical school (varying degrees and certificates) Military Work Gap year (concrete plan with a destination in mind for the 2 nd year, usually)
So many different colleges & universities Private vs. public Research vs. liberal arts (university vs. college) Size Location Selectivity Specialty – academic, gender, culture, faith What do you mean by “fit”?
University of California 10 campuses but San Francisco is graduate only Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees Research/theory based curriculums Competitive admissions with many highly selective campuses To be eligible: 3.0 GPA, A-G courses, SAT or ACT with Writing, personal statement, SAT Subject (for selected majors) Not required: recommendation letters Application filing period: Nov 1 – Nov 30 www.universityofcalifornia.edu
California State University 23 campuses Bachelor and Master degrees First institution of higher education established by the State of California, originally established to train teachers To be eligible: 2.0 GPA, A-G courses, SAT or ACT (no Writing) Not required: SAT Subjects, recommendation letters, essays Application filing period: Oct 1 – Nov 30 www.csumentor.edu or www.calstate.eduwww.csumentor.eduwww.calstate.edu Impacted campuses: Chico, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, SDSU, SFSU, San Jose State, Cal Poly SLO, San Marcos, Sonoma
Private and Out of State Schools 75 private colleges and universities in California 3,000+ colleges and universities in US (including public) All vary in admission requirements and application deadlines MUST BE ORGANIZED! Application requirements: application usually with essays and activities, official transcript, official test scores, letters of recommendation, and sometimes interview Almost 400 schools are part of the Common Application Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Restrictive Early Action http://www.nacacnet.org/PublicationsResources/Marketplace/Documents/StudentsRtsNEW.pdf National Commitment Deadline: MAY 1 student’s right
Community Colleges 109 campuses in California Associate degrees (many lead to careers) Transfer to 4-year school (finish Bachelor degree) To transfer to CSU or UC and some private schools, must complete 60 semester units (2 years) at CC To transfer to most private schools, only need 30 semester units (1 year) at CC Articulation agreements or TAG are available for most schools
College entrance requirements Subject/A-G courses Standardized tests SAT or ACT SAT Subjects Extracurricular activities and/or job experience Essay or personal statement Interview and/or portfolio Recommendation letters = “holistic” review of application
What are colleges REALLY looking for? Success in challenging curriculum Have you taken advantage of the opportunities at your school? This doesn’t mean taking EVERY Honors and AP courses that we offer at MHS Meet other entrance requirements Are you and the college a good match for each other?
Graduation Requirements SubjectMalibu High School (to graduate) University of California (minimum eligibility) California State University (minimum eligibility) English4 years Social Studies3 years World History or European History U.S. History Govt/Economics 2 years World History or European History U.S. History 2 years World History or European History U.S. History Math3 years Algebra I Geometry Algebra II 3 years minimum, 4 recommended Algebra I Geometry Algebra II 3 years minimum, 4 recommended for some Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Science2 years Physical Science Biology 2 years minimum, 3 recommended Biology Chemistry 2 years minimum, 3 recommended for some Biology Chemistry Foreign LanguageNone2 years minimum, 3-4 recommended2 years minimum, 3-4 recommended for some Visual Art or Performing Art1 year1 year (same genre) Electives60 credits1 year Must be listed on UC approved A-G course list Advanced Math, Psychology, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies, 2 nd year of VPA 1 year Must be listed on UC approved A-G course list Advanced Math, Psychology, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies, 2 nd year of VPA Freshman Seminar1 year Physical Education2 years Community Service80 hours California High School Exit ExamPassing Scores on ELA and Math Sections Passing GradeGrade of “D” is considered passing All courses must be completed with “C-” or higher
Subject requirements English – 4 years Social Science – 3 years Mathematics – 3 years (4 years recommended) Lab Science – 2 years (3-4 years recommended) Foreign Language – 2 years of the same language (3-4 years recommended) Visual & Performing Art – 1 year of same genre UC/CSU minimum eligibility – 15 units UC average for Fall 2010 class (enrolled) – 23.1 units
College admission testing SAT or ACT (with Writing) required for most colleges Which test is right for you? SAT 1/3 Math, 1/3 Reading, 1/3 Writing Maximum 2400 points Guessing penalty March 12 – recommended test date for Juniors www.collegeboard.com ACT w/ Writing 1/5 Math, 1/5 Science, 1/5 Writing, 2/5 Verbal Maximum 36 points NO guessing penalty April 9 or June 11– recommended test date for Juniors www.actstudent.org
College admission testing (cont) Full length practice SAT and ACT offered at MHS Use results to determine which test is for you Use results to study for the real test YES, you must prepare for the SAT and ACT! Practice SAT Saturday, November 20 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $20 per student No pressure! Practice ACT w/ Writing Saturday, December 4 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $20 per student No pressure!
College admission testing (cont) SAT Subject exams No longer required for UC eligibility (select majors will “highly recommend” it) Required for several highly selective schools Harvard, Georgetown, Brown, MIT, Yale, Princeton, etc Stanford: “strongly recommended” Best way to prepare: take an AP course and study Recommended test date: May or June 2011 AP tests are not required for admission Some schools are testing “optional” – www.fairtest.orgwww.fairtest.org
Testing timeline Nov 20, 2010 Practice SAT Dec 4, 2010 Practice ACT March 12, 2011 SAT 1 st time April 9, 2011 ACT 1 st time May 7, 2011 SAT Subject June 4, 2011 SAT 1 st or 2 nd time SAT Subject June 7, 2011 ACT 1 st or 2 nd time Fall 2011 ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Retake as needed
Extracurricular activities In school: ASB, yearbook, journalism, sports, music, theater, art, clubs, etc Community service Work experience, paid or unpaid Internships, paid or unpaid Summer programs and activities Helpful tips quality over quantity; take leadership roles start “resume” now plan summer activities wisely; do SOMETHING you don’t have to cure cancer to be admitted to college!
So what should I be doing NOW? ~ STUDENT ~ Do well in your classes - #1 goal Your transcript (grades and coursework) is the most important factor in admission decisions Nothing replaces the importance of your transcript Make up all D and F grades Junior Year “Prep for College” Calendar Naviance Family Connection Make sure your email address is correct/updated Familiarize yourself with its features Take personality and interest inventories Input activities into resume
So what should we be doing NOW? ~ PARENTS~ Sign up for MHS eNews mailing list Allow your student to take the lead Offer positive support Stay in touch with their progress Remind your student of deadlines Get familiar with Naviance Family Connection Coffee with the Counselors Attend Junior college advisement in Spring with your student
Upcoming events Program/ActivityDate Coffee with the CounselorsNovember 23, 2010 Full length Practice SATNovember 20, 2010 Full length Practice ACTDecember 4, 2010 “PSAT Score: Now What?” with college workshopsJanuary 10, 2011 SAT prep course for March 12 SATBegins January 29, 2011 ACT prep course for April 9 ACTBegins March 1, 2011 SAT Bootcamp: One-Day Workshop for March 12 SATMarch 5, 2011 ACT Bootcamp: One-Day Workshop for June 11 ACTMay 21 & June 8, 2011 National College Fair in PasadenaMarch 30, 2011 College advisement sessions with Mrs. ChiFebruary – May Other workshops as neededJanuary – June
Looking ahead to the Senior year… College rep visits to MHS College counselor visit to classrooms More individual meetings with college counselor Senior Parent College Night College essay review sessions College application workshops (lunch time) Coffee with the Counselors for parents continues Financial Aid Night
Working with an independent college counselor It is okay to work with an independent college counselor if you feel you need the extra support Vast majority of families do not need to hire an independent college counselor Ideally, an independent consultant should be a member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and/or NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) Refer to the following websites for information on who to hire: http://www.iecaonline.com/parents.html http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/CollegePrep/ECCC/Pages/default.aspx
Questions? Mr. Luke Sferra, High School Counselor (A-K), email@example.com@smmusd.org Mrs. Katie Dahm, High School Counselor (L-Z), firstname.lastname@example.org@smmusd.org Mrs. Ah Young Chi, College/Career Counselor, email@example.com@smmusd.org Mr. Arun Ponnusamy, Open Road Education, firstname.lastname@example.org@thinkopenroad.com