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1 College Information Night Impact Academy

2 Agenda College entrance requirements learn the rules of the game College options Financial aid/scholarships College planning calendar Q & A (questions and answers) (Make notes as we go)

3 4 year college entrance requirements: A-G course requirements These courses must be on the UC/CSU approved list to count for admission. G.P.A. CSU minimum 2.0 should be higher, much higher UC minimum should be higher, a lot higher Private minimum depends on the school Entrance exams (SAT or ACT) check with schools.

4 4 yr. College Course Requirements (a-g requirements for UC, CSU and most private colleges) a - History - 2 years b - English - 4 years c - Math - 3 years (UC recommends 4 years) d - Lab Science - 2 years (UC rec. 3 years) 1yr. Biological 1yr. Physical e - Lang Other Than Eng - 2 years (UC rec. 3 years) f - Visual/Performing Art - 1 year g - College Prep Electives - 1 year Note: All grades for a-g courses must be C or better to count. Impact Academy a-g courses are approved by UC/CSU

5 How to enhance your G.P.A.? Earn A and B grades in your classes Take community college courses that help complete a-g requirements UC/CSU give one extra grade point (raised GPA) for each grade of C or better earned in these courses if they are used to fulfill a-g requirements. A maximum of eight semester grades are awarded.

6 California State Universities (CSU) 23 campuses 8 campuses are within 100 miles (as a bird flies, not driving distances) CSU East BAySJSU San Francisco State University San Jose State Univ CSU Monterey Bay Cal Maritime CSU Stanislaus Sonoma State University CSU Sacramento

7 California State University Entrance Requirements Required course work (referred to as A-G req.) SAT Reasoning or ACT college entrance exams Decision Process Based on eligibility index which is a sliding scale of GPA and SAT/ACT score (use SAT code 3594 to send scores to all CSU s) financial aid and scholarships are available for eligible students Cost - estimated average of $15,000/year on campus CSU web page start this now.

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9 Eligibility Index Table for Residents of California or Graduates of California High Schools ACT Score SAT Score ACT Score SAT Score ACT Score SAT Score GPA 3.0 and above qualifies for any score GPA GPA and above qualifies for any score Below 2.0 does not qualify for regular admission For admissions purposes, the CSU uses only the SAT scores for mathematics and critical reading GPA calculated using a-g course grades in 10 th and 11 th only

10 University of California (UC) 9 undergraduate campuses 4 undergraduate campuses in Northern California UCSF is graduate school ONLY

11 University of California Entrance Requirements Required coursework (referred to as A-G req.) SAT Reasoning or ACT w/ Writing, and SAT Subject (2 exams) Decision Process Based on eligibility index which is a sliding scale of GPA, SAT Reasoning or ACT w/ Writing, and SAT Subject scores Supplemental criteria Personal statements Leadership quality, not quantity Extra curricular clubs, sports, volunteer, community service (must be more than a joiner) Work Top 4% of graduating class is guaranteed admission to a UC campus (ELC), but you must give school permission to submit Cost - estimated average of $25,000/year on campus Financial aid and scholarships are available for eligible students

12 Special UC notes: Order of selectivity for accepted California applicants Fall 2008 Freshman CA Comm. Coll. Transfers 1. Berkeley (21%) 1. 27% 2. L.A. (23%) 2. 36% 3. San Diego (40%) 4. 66% 4. Santa Barbara (49%) 6. 69% 5. Irvine (49%) 3. 56% 6. Davis (52%) 7. 71% 7. Santa Cruz (73%) 5. 68% 8. Riverside (75%) 8. 74% 9. Merced (82%) 9. 81% All UC s are ranked among the top universities in USA Acceptance is conditional - must submit final transcript 90% of all transfer students are accepted from CA Comm Coll. Electronic Application -

13 UC Eligibility Index Below are the combinations of GPA and UC Score Totals that meet UC's minimum requirements. California Residents "A G" GPA & above Non California Residents Minimum UC Score Total To calculate your eligibility go 175 to: & above 143

14 Private Colleges Entrance Requirements Required coursework - similar to UC s and CSU s SAT Reasoning or ACT, and SAT Subject (for some colleges) Decision Process Based on GPA, course work, test scores, supplemental criteria Cost - estimate of $35,000 to $46,000/year on campus Note: Contact each school for specific requirements each can set it s own rules.

15 Private College Notes: Entrance req. are generally equal to CSU/UC More expensive, but give more Financial Aid Do not eliminate because of $$$$, wait for financial aid offer Most guarantee 4 year graduation if student stays on track Smaller class size - more personal attention Many offer 3-4 year on campus housing Total cost can be very competitive with public universities when all factors are considered

16 Exam Requirements CSU SAT Reasoning or ACT UC SAT Reasoning or ACT w/writing SAT Subject 2 exams in two different areas (It is recommended that Engineering and Science majors take Math II) ACT/SAT Reasoning should be taken in the spring of 11 th and fall of 12th grades. SAT Subject exams should be taken when the subject matter is fresh All testing must be completed by December of 12 th grade Note: Check w/ private colleges for their test requirements

17 How do the ACT and SAT compare? (as of fall 2008) Length Areas Tested Scoring Wrong Answer Penalty Style of Test ACT 3 hours, 25 minutes (incl. 30-min. optional Writing Test) English, Math, Reading Science, Writing (optional) Total composite score of 1-36 (based on average of 4 tests) 4 scores of 1-36 for each test Score of 0-12 for the optional Essay No wrong answer penalty Straightforward with few distracters SAT 3 hours, 45 minutes Critical Reading, Math, Writing (includes the essay) Total score out of scores of for each part Score of 0-12 for the Essay 1/4 point subtracted per wrong answer (except for Math Grid-in questions) Tricky with many distracters Fees Information ACT $31 ACT Writing $15 SAT Reasoning $43 SAT Subject $20, plus $9-20 ea.

18 SAT Subject Tests Literature Biology Chemistry Physics Math Levels 1 and 2 U.S. History World History Languages Reading only French, Spanish, German, Modern Hebrew, Latin, Italian Languages with Listening Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

19 Testing Timeline Take PSAT in October of 11th grade Pay attention to EAP section of STAR in 11 th grade Good scores can serve to waive CSU placement exams and keep student from taking remediation courses in English and/or math Take SAT Reasoning AND ACT (w/writing if applying to UC) in Spring of 11th grade Take SAT Subject in May or June of 11th grade if applying to UC Retake SAT Reasoning or ACT, if necessary, in Fall of 12th grade. All testing must be complete by the end of December. Fee waivers are available for low income students

20 Things to consider when choosing a college: Academic programs & majors Admissions selectivity Size of student body - small, medium, large Location (urban, rural, size of city or town) Distance from home Co-ed or single sex Student housing availability Religious affiliation or ethnic make-up Extra-curricular/social life A good personal match for the student (not parents) Other things (?) that might be of importance

21 $$$$ for College Grants = FREE money awarded by government/university Pell Grant - Federal Government Cal Grant Ca. State Government ss # needed University grants Loans = Money paid back with interest Parent loans Student loans Work Study = campus job while in school Scholarships = competition for free money Companies, private organizations, unions, etc Must apply to win talk to Joel School awards BEWARE OF FINANCIAL AID SCAMS Never pay $$$$ to get $$$$

22 College Planning Calendar (og = on going) October Meet with college reps when they visit your school (og) Complete an career interest survey this will help w/ college major choice Create a personal portfolio to be used when completing college and scholarship applications (og) Take PSAT (Junior yr.) Participate in extra curricular activities - sports, clubs, student government, community service (og) Depth and commitment, not just a joiner

23 November Visit college campuses whenever possible (og) Set up a CSUMentor account (og) December Discuss PSAT results with counselor (Junior yr) January Prepare for Final Exams February Register to take spring ACT and/or SAT exams (Junior year) Begin planning class schedule for next year Gather college information (og) Update personal portfolio (og)

24 March Prep for ACT / SAT exams (Junior yr) Continue college search (og) April Register for summer classes if needed Research summer job opportunities Develop a list of colleges in which you re interested and start in depth research. (og) May/June Take AP exams if offered at your school (Junior yr.) Take ACT / SAT exams (Junior yr.) Prepare for final exams

25 July/August Visit colleges (og) Make sure junior class schedule is correct Register for March, May and/or June ACT/SAT exams (online) Don t wait until the last minute to register

26 Closing remarks finally! This year s grades count for college entrance! Make sure student is acting college prep like Parents be good role models Don t allow student to take the easy way out If student complains that it s hard remind them that life without a good education is even harder Limit TV, phone time, computer games, nights out, etc. during the school week College is getting more competitive students must learn what it is to study hard and make sacrifices for a better future Student and parents need to be on the same page talk to, and listen to, each other Student must have balance in their life this does not mean more play than work. Row Boat Story

27 Questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Answers????????????????????????

28 Thank you for coming! GOOD NIGHT! DRIVE SAFELY!!!

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