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1 Arron Thomas College Admissions 101 Presented by South County Cal-SOAP and Live Oak Counseling Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 Live Oak Counselors and Advisors Jan Bergkamp Jackson Daley JoAnne Markowska Linda Perez Brian Salazar

2 What are THEY looking for? A-G requirements Course Rigor Grade Point Average Test Scores Personal Statement

3 A-G Requirements A: History (2 years) B: English (4 years) C: Math (3 years req./4 recom.) D: Science (2 yrs. req. 3-4 recom.) E: Foreign Language (2 req. 3-4 recom.) F: Visual/Performing Arts (1 year) G: College Prep Elective (1 year)

4 Course Rigor What is Course Rigor? -Keep in mind, the Universities want to accept students that have challenged themselves throughout High School! They would rather you take an AP and get a B than take a CP and get an A!

5 GPA/Test Scores GPA What are they looking for? CSU- min. 2.0 UC- min. 3.0 Private- min. varies by institution KEEP IN MIND, THESE ARE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Test Scores SAT- aim for 2000 ACT- aim for 30 CSU- Power Score UC- Your best Saturday Private- It depends

6 SAT/ACT Test Dates SAT- Oct. 11 th, Nov. 8 th and Dec.6 th (collegeboard.org) PSAT- Wed Oct. LOHS: $25/ Sat Oct. Public Library: Free 1:00-5:00pm ACT- Oct. 25 th and Dec. 13 th (actstudent.org) THE BIG 5!!! - SJSU, Cal Poly SLO, Cal State Fullerton, SDSU and now CSU Long Beach are impacted in every major.

7 Not as Impacted The small 6 : CSU Bakersfield CSU Channel Islands CSU Dominguez Hills CSU East Bay CSU Maritime Academy CSU Stanislaus These schools are the least impacted schools in the CSU system. You may want to apply to one or more of these schools as a backup. Although they are the least impacted, certain majors could be impacted at these schools.

8 Community Service/Volunteer Work The purpose of Community Service is to provide the student an opportunity to gain experiences that can be useful when writing personal statements for admissions and scholarships GET INVOLVED AND JOIN SERVICE CLUBS!

9 Additional Criteria Extracurricular activities -Sports, community service, and clubs Recommendations from teachers -Ask for a letter from two or three teachers that know you well Essays -A chance for the student to paint a more detailed picture -Write, revise, and get friends/family/teachers to edit them

10 CSU/UC Locations

11 4-year university Types of Colleges California public universities CSU system 23 campuses UC system 10 campuses Private universities Santa Clara, Stanford, USC, Harvard, Columbia, etc. Community College 2 year degree Gavilan, De Anza, San Jose City, etc. 112 campuses all students are eligible Students can complete 2 years at community college, then transfer to a 4-year university (must fulfill transfer requirements)

12 California State Universities (csumentor.edu)

13 University of California (universityofcalifornia.edu)

14 Private School Applications (commonapp.org)

15 California Community College (cccapply.org)

16 Personal Statement What is it for? What are they looking for? -It s all about rainbows!

17 UC Personal Statement Prompts 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. 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?

18 ABILITY TO OVERCOME HS LOCATION GPA TEST SCORES A-G REQUIRMENTS SPECIAL PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN # AND PERFORMANCIE IN AP COURSES TALENTS, ACOMPLISHMENTS OR ATTRIBUTES IDEAL STUDENT ELC (TOP 9%) RECENT ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT OUTSTANDING WORK IN FIELD RELATED PROJECT OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE RELATIVE TO SCHOOL OPPERTUNITES RIGOR OF 12 GRADE COURSES

19 ELM & EPT The CSU requires that each entering undergraduate, take the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. Deadlines vary by campus Check online web portals! A student can test at any CSU, but be aware of the deadline at the school you are applying to.

20 fafsa.gov Financial Aid Opens January 1 st 2015 for priority filing. Priority deadline is March 2 nd 2015 Updates Middle Class Scholarship for families earning up to $150,000, and attending a CSU or UC campus dream.csac.ca.gov For AB540 students

21 Scholarships Live Oak Common Scholarship Application: Visit the Live Oak Website * Used by most of our local organizations * Due date: December 12, 2014 Contact Jan Bergkamp for more information There are lots and lots of scholarship websites! It s a good idea to set up a separate account for these.

22 Important Dates!!! Application filing period Oct. 1 st Nov. 30 th (keep in mind; Thanksgiving break! Last day of school is Nov. 21 st ) Cal-SOAP Financial Aid Workshop in December (dates TBA) The Cash for College event (Date/Time TBA) South County Cal-SOAP College Fair Thursday Nov. 6 th 5-7 pm Gilroy High School Over 50 CSU, UC, Private, Community College, Trade and Military institutions will be available

23 Questions? Counselors/Cal-SOAP will be available to assist students with their college applications/personal statements every Wed morning and after school in the college and career center from Oct. 1 st to Nov. 21 st And by appointment!!!

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