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1 Introduction The senior year in high school has surely become one of the acknowledged rites of passage not only because it is the beginning of a student s leaving home for a more independent life, but also because it includes the college application journey. It is our sincere hope at Notre Dame High School that this college application journey be one of personal discovery and accomplishment: that the college choices our students make are determined by informed decision making and assisted by our professional guidance. Ultimately, we hope that college guidance counseling will lessen stress and increase selfconfidence in making one of life s important decisions. The skills our seniors learn will take them through many more decision making tasks throughout their lives. Congratulations on being a member of the senior class at Notre Dame High School and be assured that the college admissions process will be manageable, positive, and a great prelude to your college days!

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction... I. College Planning Calendar for Seniors... II. Using Naviance... III. Standardized Testing SAT and ACT... IV. The University of California... V. The California State System... VI. California Community Colleges... VII. Important Notre Dame Forms... VIII. Financial Aid Information... IX. Helpful Websites... X. Glossary of Terms... XI. Appendix A: Map of the California Community Colleges Appendix B: College and Career Counseling Resource Center

3 College Planning Calendar for Seniors September 1. Schedule your fall college counseling appointment with Ms. Simmons, Director of College Counseling. This appointment reviews your college application plans and your Naviance summer projects. 2. If you are going to take the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests (depending on the admissions requirements of your particular college/university) or if you think you can improve your scores by re taking these tests, REGISTER now at (SAT) or (ACT) These are the dates for the SAT tests: October 9, November 6, December 4, January 22, March 12, May 7, and June 4. These are the dates for the ACT tests: September 11, October 23, December 11, February 12, April 9, and June 11. Check with each college to determine which date is the last acceptable date for admission. 3. Check on line for Private college/university Admissions information on the college/university s websites. You will find information under Admissions or under Prospective Students. You may check for applications if your college/university is a member of the Common Application site. The Common Application site became active on August 1, The UC and CSU applications go live on October 1, If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action, begin working on your application NOW! Remember, application deadlines for ED or EA are typically November 1 st. Make sure to meet with the Director of College Counseling as soon as possible with regard to these early programs. Reminder: Early Decision is a BINDING agreement for you to attend the college if you are admitted under this plan. Early Action is simply an EARLY NOTIFICATION of a decision for you and is NOT BINDING. 5. Make your letter of recommendation requests for Early Decision or Early Action no later than October 1 st. Remember that you will need to log on to Naviance and go to My Colleges to authorize those of us who will be writing recommendations to have permission to submit your recommendations electronically. See the Director of College Counseling with questions on this process. 6. Attend additional college representative meetings held at Notre Dame and consider local area presentations in the evening or on weekends. Keep informed by listening to the Daily Bulletin and by checking the Senior Bulletin Board in Donnelly Hall. Check Naviance for College Visit announcements. *Make sure you have your Permission Slip to attend these Notre Dame visits. Go on line to the website, to College Counseling (under Counseling, under Current Students) to print a Permission Slip. 7. Senior Jump Start Seminar, September 10, 2010 for all seniors Senior College Handbook distributed and basic information on applying to colleges discussed.

4 8. Jesuit Excellence Tour ~ College Fair on September 15, 2010, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in JB Hall; over 17 Jesuit colleges and universities will be represented by admissions officers and available for you to discuss admissions with approval from Administration for all to attend! 9. Senior Parent Night for College Planning is September 21 st at 7 p.m. in Manley Hall. Guest speaker is the Dean of Admissions from St. Mary s College of California. October 1. Applications for the University of California and the California State Universities become available on line on October 1. Websites are and (Admissions for UC can also be found at 2. Open your private college applications on line at either the college s own website or on one of the universal websites like 3. Make all letter of recommendation requests for Regular Decision by November 1. Make sure your Teacher Information Questionnaire is complete and posted on Naviance (you can find the document in the Document Library and post it under About Me/Add Journal Entry) and make sure it is shared with Counselor and Teacher. 4. If you are applying to private colleges, go to to register for and file the PROFILE (scholarship application) available early October. (The PROFILE is the financial aid application form used by many private colleges in addition to the FAFSA form). See Financial Aid Information pages in this handbook. Check your private college website under Financial Aid to see if your specific college requires the PROFILE. 5. Transcript requests should be made for all EARLY Action and EARLY Decision applications by October 1. Please make these requests on Naviance. The fee for each transcript is $2 and, after you order the transcript(s), please take the $2/per transcript payment to Ms. Tifft, our Registrar. 6. Special note: the deadline date for EARLY DECISION to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (the only CSU with an Early Decision plan) is October 31 st. * Early Decision is available to Freshmen only for all majors except Music and Art & Design. November 1. All requests for letters of recommendation should be given/transmitted electronically to the college counselor and to teachers by November 1 st. 2. November 30 th is the application deadline for all UC and CSU campuses. 3. Determine which colleges should receive your ACT, SAT and or SAT Subject Test Scores. Score reports must be requested directly from the testing agency and sent directly to the college/university to which you are applying. Score Choice (through College Board) is available to you, but do confirm the test submission requirements of your specific colleges by logging onto the application site of those colleges to see whether Score Choice is acceptable, or whether colleges (like the UCs) wish to see ALL test scores.

5 4. Scholarship information begins to arrive in November. Watch for announcements concerning eligibility and deadlines via e mails to your Notre Dame account. Check Naviance under the Scholarship heading under Scholarships & Money under My Colleges. 5. If you are applying Early Action or Early Decision to colleges, remember that most of these are due during the 1 st week of November. 6. Continue to attend College Representatives meetings held at Notre Dame. Listen to the Daily Announcements; check the Senior Bulletin Board and the Library Bulletin Board; check Naviance under VISITS (under MY COLLEGES). December 1. Log on to to apply for federal student aid for college and for most state and institutional aid. The QUICKEST way to apply is online. You can obtain your PIN at this time, but cannot actually file your FAFSA until 1/1/ Notre Dame s College Financial Aid Information Night is at 7 p.m. on December 7 th in Manley Library. All Senior Parents are welcome. 3. Complete and submit electronically your private and out of state college applications. Most are due in the early part of January, so this is a great time to wrap up your applications forms, essays, and supplementary/portfolio materials. 4. Find out which Notre Dame alumnae (especially from the Class of 2010) attend colleges of interest to you. Then, check with your College Counselor or the Alumnae Office to see how you might contact them over the holidays. January 1. The FAFSA can be filed after January 1 st. Check financial aid deadlines and any other supplementary financial aid requirements for your colleges. Look under Financial Aid on the college websites. 2. Request seventh semester/mid year transcripts. This will be done via Naviance, and your College Counselor will send a notice out through Mentoring to verify where you have applied to college. Make sure you keep your Colleges I m Applying To under My Colleges in Naviance updated! 3. Complete all college admission applications. 4. Check your graduation status with your first semester grades and credits to make sure you have signed up for the proper second semester courses. Make an appointment to see your Academic/Personal Counselor.

6 February 1. Continue to read Daily Announcements and check your e mail accounts at Notre Dame for the most current Scholarship information. 2. To insure you have Housing, follow the residence/housing procedures required at the colleges where you are applying. Some colleges require that you deposit for housing accommodations as soon as you are admitted; some colleges, especially public or state institutions, request that you begin the housing application process while you are an applicant. March 1. If you applied to a UC/CSU campus, expect a letter or e mail concerning your admission status. Remember to continue to log on to your application account to check on your application file for any missing documents or requested materials! 2. Financial Aid Forms Deadline: March 2 nd for the FAFSA and PROFILE. Grade Verification Forms for the Cal Grants are filed electronically, on your behalf, by Notre Dame through our Registrar. You will receive information about Cal Grants during Mentoring. 3. Explore the colleges to which you have applied as thoroughly as possible as you will be making a final decision as to where you will matriculate (attend as a freshman) very soon. This may mean another trip to the campus or, at least, taking a look at the college s website closely for information on majors and programs (curricular and co curricular). April 1. Expect to hear from most private colleges by mid April. Please share your news and thank teachers and others who wrote letters of recommendation for you. 2. Review your acceptances and your financial aid offers with your college counselor. There will be a Decision Making workshop held for you during Mentoring to assist you with this process. 3. You will fill out an electronic Senior Survey that will inform Notre Dame of all of your college decisions (Admit, Deny, and Wait List) and also inform Notre Dame of all your awards and honors. The information is used for statistical research; the awards and honors are printed in the Graduation Program, and statistics (anonymous) are used for Naviance admissions history for future classes at Notre Dame. 4. Try to visit the college of your choice before your final decision is made. Do attend receptions for admitted students to meet other students who similarly have been accepted to your colleges. Wait to hear from all the colleges to which you have applied before making your final decision. May 1. Notify the appropriate college of your intent to register by May 1 st. This is a nationally accepted Candidates Reply Date. 2. Send a tuition deposit (and any other required fees) to your first choice college. Remember, it is not ethical to double deposit at two colleges. 3. Be certain your housing request information is filed appropriately.

7 4. Check on placement exams for UC and CSU campuses. Look in the Glossary in this handbook for information and websites on placement exams for UC and CSU. Not following specific instructions about these placement exams can jeopardize your admission status. 5. Remember your AP exams can help you gain college credits. You are responsible for sending these AP scores to the college you will be attending. 6. Look into student loans to help with your tuition/room/ and board costs. 7. Begin to look into summer jobs. Check with the College Resource Room files for information on resume writing, as well as using the resume writing feature on Naviance. June 1. If you have not done so, request your final transcript be sent to the college you will attend in the fall. You will be asked to post this information on Naviance as well as asked to fill out a short form in Mentoring. 2. Attend all graduation activities. Baccalaureate Mass is June 2 nd ; Graduation is June 4 th. 3. Congratulations, Notre Dame graduates, now Notre Dame Alumnae!

8 The ACT Standardized Testing The ACT and the SAT The SAT» Administered 6 times per year.» Administered 7 times per year.» English, Math, Science, and Reading Sections.» Critical Reading, Math and Writing Sections (+ one experimental section).» Math is up to Trigonometry.» Math does not cover Trigonometry, no Science section.» An essay is optional.» An essay is mandatory.» No penalty for wrong answers.» There is a penalty for wrong answers.» Considered more of a curriculum based test.» Considered more of a critical thinking test & there is more emphasis on vocabulary and sentence completion questions.» The ACT is scored from 1 36 per subject. An average score is calculated for a composite score. 36 is the highest composite score.» You may choose which schools receive your score and if you've taken the test more than once, which score(s) the school will see.» The SAT is scored from with 800 being the highest score. The essay is scored from 2 12 and the writing section is scored from » Score Choice is now available, but check with each college for instructions. The UCs, for example, want to see all scores. SAT Test Dates Test Date Regular Registration Deadline October 9, 2010 September 10, 2010 November 6, 2010 October 8, 2010 December 4, 2010 November 5, 2010 January 22, 2011 December 23, 2010 March 12, 2011* February 11, 2011 May 7, 2011 April 8, 2011 June 4, 2011 May 6, 2011 *SAT Reasoning Test only, no Subject Tests offered this day. ACT Test Dates Test Date Regular Registration Deadline September 11, 2010 August 6, 2010 October 23, 2010 September 17, 2010 December 11, 2010 November 5, 2010 February 12, 2011 January 7, 2011 April 9, 2011 March 4, 2011 June 11, 2011 May 6, 2011 Note: Check each college website for the last acceptable date for admission.

9 The University of California (UC) The University of California is one of the finest research universities in the world. Its academic offerings span 150 disciplines, with more departments ranked in the top 10 nationally than any other public or private university. The rewards of a UC education extend beyond the University's classrooms. UC graduates enjoy high acceptance rates at graduate and professional schools and compete successfully in the job market with graduates of other top universities and colleges. Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles (UCLA), Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco (graduate only), Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. UC Admissions At a Glance Application Filing Period: Submit only one application and indicate all campus choices on it. The filing period is November 1 through November 30; however, the application will be available online October 1 so you can begin working on it. The application is available at: Personal Statement: A personal statement is required. The personal statement is your chance to tell the admissions staff who you are and what's important to you. It consists of two prompts, or questions, for a total of 1,000 words. 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? Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for admission, a student must have a minimum grade point average (on a recalculated scale for the UC/CSU systems) of 3.0. In addition, students must complete the required "A G" courses, with a minimum of a "C" in each course. Some honors and AP courses qualify for an extra point when calculating the GPA. Please refer to the UC website for complete eligibility requirements. Testing requirements: 1). The ACT Assessment plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. The critical reading, writing and mathematics scores on the SAT must be from the same sitting. If you take the ACT, you will be asked to report your scores on each section of the test as well as your composite score. 2). Two SAT Subject Tests. These must be in two different areas, chosen from the following: English, history and social studies, mathematics (Level 2 only), science or language other than English.

10 California State University (CSU) The CSU is a leader in high quality, accessible, student focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 433,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. We offer unlimited opportunities to help students achieve their goals. We prepare graduates who go on to make a difference in the workforce. We engage in research and creative activities leading to scientific, technical, artistic and social advances. And we play a vital role in the growth and development of California's communities and economy. CSU Admissions At a Glance Admission Requirements: There are three basic admission requirements for the CSU schools: 1). Specific High School courses (the "A G" subject requirements), 2). Grades and Test Scores, and 3). Graduation from high school and receipt of a high school diploma. A G Subject Requirements: The CSU requires a minimum 15 unit pattern of courses for admission as a first time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or higher is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement. Grades and Test Scores: Minimum eligible grade point average is 2.0. The CSU uses a calculation called an eligibility index that combines your high school grade point average with the score you earn on either the SAT or ACT tests. Please refer to the following website for more information: Testing Requirements: While SAT/ACT test scores are not required to establish the admission eligibility of California residents with high school grade point averages of 3.00 or above (nonresidents 3.61 or above), impacted campuses and impacted first time freshmen enrollment categories often include test scores among the supplemental criteria required of all applicants to those campuses and enrollment categories. Admission Timeline: The application is available at on October 1. Note: Both the CSU and UC systems do not require letters of recommendation.

11 The California Community College System California Community Colleges is the largest higher education system in the nation. It is comprised of 72 districts, 112 colleges, and enrolls more than 2.9 million students. Community colleges provide basic skills education, workforce training and courses that prepare students for transfer to four year universities. The colleges also offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning. If you are considering attending a community college, please contact that college's Admissions Office directly for more information about programs, classes and offerings. For more information on how you can afford college, please visit Admission Requirements Entrance Requirements: High school diploma or GED, 18 years of age. Exam Requirements: Placement tests may be required in one or more of the following: English or ESL, Math, Reading, Chemistry. Partial List of Community Colleges Local: Cabrillo De Anza Evergreen Foothill Mission San Jose City West Valley Other: Northern California Southern California Canada Skyline Cuesta Santa Barbara Lake Tahoe Shasta Pasadena San Diego Mesa College of San Mateo Santa Monica Community Colleges with Dormitories Columbia College Cerro Coso Community College Mammoth Campus Feather River Lassen College College of the Redwoods Reedley College Shasta College Sierra College College of the Siskiyous Taft College West Hills College Coalinga Did You Know... That students who have graduated from high school, and students who have not graduated from high school but are at least 18 years of age may attend the community college of their choice? That students still in high school may take courses at a community college? That there are many residential community colleges? Most community colleges have Transfer Admission Agreements (TAA) or Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG) with four year colleges? That community colleges have transfer guarantee agreements with the University of California? Refer to for more information about guaranteed admission to the University of California. That UC gives priority admission to California Community College transfer students? That community colleges offer career training programs, online classes, and assistance in choosing the program or courses to best suite your needs and interests?

12 Appendix B College and Career Counseling Resource Center Visit the Center for the Following Resources: Standardized Test Prep Books and Pamphlets for the SAT and ACT College Guidebooks Financial Aid Information and Brochures Notes from College Admissions Representatives Visits to Notre Dame Current Information about the University of California System Current Information about the California State University System Scholarship Opportunities Summer Enrichment Programs Hardcopy of the BYU Online Course Catalog College DVDs Computers for College and Career Research Seasonal College Posters Career Guidebooks Career Exploration Information

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