THE SENIOR YEAR
And Their Parents
CLASS OF 2011
Los Gatos High School
School Code: 051855
A Note to Seniors,
You’ve worked hard for three years; the application date is drawing near;
the big decisions must now be put down on paper. Where do you begin?
Those of you who have been preparing for college since your freshman year
should have many choices when selecting a college that is right for you.
With well over 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., there are many
schools that will fit that category. Remember, all but about one hundred
schools accept most of the students who apply. As a matter of fact, in
California alone there are at least 10 to 15 colleges that you would be
comfortable attending – all of which would give you a great education. Pick a
college that matches your interests, willingness to work and commitment to
academics. Be sure to keep your senior grades strong and stay enrolled in
classes that will prepare you for the kind of competition you will face in
college. If you’re not quite eligible for a four-year college directly after
high school, don’t despair. Most colleges and universities are looking for
transfer students who have done well in one or two years (preferably two) at
a community college. A college education is available to every student who
wants one and will do the work to earn it.
The Senior Year - Class of 2011
A PDF version of the handbook is available at www.lghs.net
(Under guidance and grade level books)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
COLLEGE PLANNING CALENDAR FOR SENIORS ................................................................... ... 4
ZEROING IN ON COLLEGE
Los Gatos High School Profile ....................................................................................................... 9
College Admission Tests .............................................................................................................. 12
Academic Profile ........................................................................................................................... 14
College Admission Requirements ................................................................................................ 16
College Acceptance Criteria .......................................................................................................... 16
Community College Admission Requirements and Programs ...................................................... 17
Two-Year Colleges Located in California with Residence Facilities .......................................... 19
CSU/UC Admission Requirements ................................................................................................ 20
CSU Campuses and Eligibility Index ............................................................................................. 23
CSU Transcript and Test Score Requirements ............................................................................... 24
UC Campuses and Eligibility Index ............................................................................................... 25
Independent (Private) Colleges and Universities ………………………………………………...27
Examples of Public and Private Colleges that Accept Students with
Grade Point Averages of 2.0 - 2.99 .................................................................................... 28
A Sampling of Some Excellent Colleges by Subject...................................................................... 29
College Tours and Visits ................................................................................................................ 34
College Comparison Worksheet ..................................................................................................... 36
Questions You Should Ask on a Tour ............................................................................................ 37
Acing the College Interview ........................................................................................................... 38
APPLICATION TIPS AND TOOLS
Something to Think About ............................................................................................................. 40
College Application Process ........................................................................................................... 41
College Application Organizer ....................................................................................................... 43
Frequently Asked Questions About the Application Process ........................................................ 45
Writing a College Essay ................................................................................................................ 47
Independent (Private) College Application Process Instructions and Materials ........................... 50
Scholarship Scams .......................................................................................................................... 54
Resources Available on the Internet ............................................................................................... 57
College Placement Tests ................................................................................................................. 58
Sample of a Second Semester Warning Letter ............................................................................... 59
Sample of a UC Rejection Letter .................................................................................................... 60
College and Career Center Ways We Can Help ............................................................................. 61
Hints and Reminders for the College Application Process ............................................................ 62
COLLEGE PLANNING CALENDAR FOR SENIORS
September – June: Study! Colleges want students who demonstrate ability and
willingness to work throughout their senior year. Maintain the highest grades possible.
14 Senior Parent Information Guidance Meeting 7:00 PM – LGHS Prentiss Brown Theater
14-21 Senior Guidance Unit during social studies class period
15 Private College Information 2:00 PM at Comm. Room
11 ACT test date
10 Registration deadline for October 23 ACT
22 Deadline for private college early action/decision candidates to submit materials to the Guidance
Office for Secondary School Reports/SSR
o Plan college application and testing schedule
o Sign up in the College & Career Center (CCC) to meet college representatives and
continue research for possible colleges
o Compile necessary materials needed by private colleges for early decision and early action
o Ask teachers to write recommendations, if required
o If planning to participate in college athletics, register with NCAA,
o Deadline for private college Early Decision/Early Action candidates to submit Secondary School
Report forms to the Guidance Office
1 CSU application priority filing period begins
1 CSS Financial Aid Profile registration begins
8 Registration deadline for November 6 SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Test(s)
9 SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject test(s)
6 CSU Application Workshop 7:00 in the LGHS Library
12 UC Application Workshop 7:00 in the LGHS Library
23 ACT Test date
20 “How to Pay for College” workshop – 7:00 LGHS Library
26 Regular Decision SSR Envelope Due to Guidance
o Plan to attend UC Application Workshop
o Compute various GPA’s using up-to-date transcript
o Reduce preliminary number of colleges to a reasonable number carefully considering GPA and eligibility
o Begin work on UC/CSU applications
o Begin or continue first draft of college essays
o Research scholarships and financial aid in CCC, Guidance Office and on the Internet
Submit Early Decision/Early Action Applications
1 UC application priority filing period begins
6 SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Test(s)
30 CSU/UC application filing period ends
o Research housing for college(s) of your choice
o Submit CSU/UC applications no later than November 30 (preferably earlier)
Beginning of private college early decision and early action notification period
Dec. 15 – Jan. 15
Private Applications due
o Submit private college regular decision applications by deadline dates
o Register for parent and student PIN’s through the FAFSA website
o Work on college scholarship applications, if applicable
5 Financial Aid Workshop – 7:00 pm LGHS Library
o Prepare applications for community colleges and for business and technical schools
o Finalize FAFSA forms - send as early as possible, but not before January 2
o Thank school staff members who helped you in the college application process
o Work on college scholarship applications, if applicable
o Notify colleges in writing if you drop a class
o Sign-up period for AP Exams (date TBA)
o Complete and submit all FAFSA forms
1 Beginning of notification period for four-year college and university admissions decisions
1 FAFSA submission deadline
o Sign up for the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination if planning to attend a UC, unless exempt
o Watch for Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive, giving amount of student aid for which you are eligible
o Submit applications to community colleges
o Communicate continued interest to university if wait-listed
o Revisit colleges if necessary before making a final decision
o Complete any required paperwork for selected college
o Send thank-you notes to writers of Secondary School Reports and Letters of Recommendation
and tell them of your final decision
1 Postmark deadline to submit “Statement of Intent to Register” (SIR) to the one college you plan
to attend. Mail in deposit. Sign and return financial award letters. Notify those colleges you will not
4-15 AP Exam Dates
o Take UC, CSU or Community College placement exams if required
7-10 Request Guidance Office to send FINAL TRANSCRIPT to certify graduation
11 LGHS GRADUATION – Congratulations!!!
o Attend all advising days, open houses, orientation programs, and registration meetings offered by your
LOS GATOS HIGH SCHOOL
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
2008 - 2009 SCHOOL PROFILE
Markus Autrey, Principal Amy Gutierrez A–B
Kristina Grasty, Assistant Principal 408-354-2730 ext. 239
Elizabeth Laborde, Assistant Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Downs, Assistant Principal John Benz C-G
408-354-2730 ext. 236
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Los Gatos, California 95030 Louis Rich H-L
408-354-2730 ext. 238
Web Address: www.lghs.net firstname.lastname@example.org
protocol: email@example.com Tamera Parks M-R
408-354-2730 ext. 234
Los Gatos High School (LGHS) is a public comprehensive high school on the southern tip of Kassandra Cochran S-Z
Silicon Valley. The Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District serves a total population of 408-354-2730 ext. 235
58,000 and consists of two comprehensive high schools and a number of alternative programs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Gatos High School is a community school comprised of business and professional, middle College and Career Center
and upper class families. The current enrollment is approximately 1,765 students. In addition to Marie Rector
a strong academic program, Los Gatos High School celebrates the nationally recognized 408-354-2730 ext. 258
Wildcat yearbook and El Gato newspaper. Students participate in over 50 academic, athletic email@example.com
and community service clubs and organizations. Los Gatos High School is accredited by the
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
THE CURRICULUM HONORS
Academic Program AND
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES
Los Gatos High School H
Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus offers academically challenging courses.
Calculusunits are awarded for each semester class. Classes meet five
Five AB AP English Science
Calculus BC week, 50 minutes per day. Students may take up to six
AP English 9 H H Biology H
period available for athletics. Grades and units
classes with a seventh AP
stics English 10 H H Biology AP
are assigned in January and June. During each 18-week semester, English Language/Composition AP Chemistry AP
students may take a maximum of 35 units. English Literature/Composition AP Physics C: Mech AP
Social Studies World Language
Units World History H French H
Applied Arts .................................................................................. 5 20th Century World History H French Language AP
Health/Driver Education ............................................................... 5 U.S. History AP German H
English ........................................................................................ 40 U.S. Government AP German Language AP
Social Studies ............................................................................... 35 Comparative Govt/Politics AP Italian Language AP
Mathematics (including Algebra 1).............................................. 20 Economics H Japanese H
Physical Education ....................................................................... 20 European History AP Japanese Language AP
Science ........................................................................................ 20 Spanish H
Visual/Performing Arts or World Language ................................ 10 Spanish Language AP
Electives (Additional Credits) ...................................................... 65
Total Units 220
Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus H Computer Science AP
Calculus AB AP
Calculus BC AP
Statistics AP Visual Arts
2008 - 2009 SCHOOL PROFILE
CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT DISTRIBUTION GRADING
Class of 2009 – Junior Year – 437 Students
Weighted four-point system grade point average:
A=4 B=3 C=2 D=1 F=0
includes all courses in grades 9 – 12, except PE/Sports and
0 - 1.99 Teacher/Office Assistant (TA/OA)
4.0 - 4.75
2.0 - 2.99 5.5% 17.6% 3.5 - 3.99 one extra point is given for each 9th – 12th grade
35.2% (24) (77) 19.2% Honors/Advanced Placement course with a C or higher grade
Los Gatos High School does not rank students.
3.0 - 3.49
SAT REASONING TEST DATA COLLEGE CHOICE
PERCENT TESTED/COMPOSITE SCORE BY YEAR OF GRADUATION
2006 2007 2008 2006 2007 2008
Verbal/Critical Reading 76/577 74/594 77/579 2-Year Colleges 24% 25% 26%
Math 76/600 76/621 77/608 4-Year Colleges 72% 72% 71%
Writing 76/578 74/598 77/580 Total College 96% 97% 97%
SUBJECT TEST DATA NATIONAL MERIT
NUMBER TESTED/MEAN SCORE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
EXAM SUBJECT 2006 2007 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
English Writing 15/621 Number of Graduates 376 373 378 405 TBD
English Literature 74/599 98/605 86/596 Number of Semi-Finalists 5 9 10 9 10
U.S. History 103/631 138/611 128/606 Number of Commended 8 10 28 18 33
Math Level I 37/604 18/598 21/553
Math Level II 106/646 112/660 151/644
Chemistry 42/615 47/635 50/625 COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ATTENDANCE
Physics 22/656 17/646 17/669 CLASS OF 2008 405 STUDENTS
Biology E 30/596 57/619 45/619
Biology M 49/632 17/639 30/659 University of California (79) Out of State – Private (45)
French 12/641 9/663
Berkeley - 14 Alfred University - 1
Japanese Listening 6/718 6/577 Davis - 12 American University - 4
Spanish 14/599 13/593 12/576 Irvine - 6 Bard College - 1
Los Angeles - 10 Belmont University - 1
ACT Riverside -3 Birmingham Southern College - 1
NUMBER TESTED/MEAN SCORE San Diego - 7 Boston University - 1
Santa Barbara - 11 Brigham Young University - 2
EXAM SUBJECT 2006 2007 2008 Santa Cruz – 16 Brown University - 2
Cornish College of the Arts - 2
California State University (81)
English 36/24.8 79/25.2 214/25.1 Dickinson College - 1
Math 36/26.1 79/26.3 214/27.4 Florida Atlantic University - 1
Cal Poly Pomona - 1
Reading 36/24.9 79/25.2 214/25.7 Gonzaga University - 1
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - 20
Harvard University - 2
Science 36/24.4 79/24.8 214/25.0 Chico - 15
Lewis and Clark College - 3
Composite 36/25.2 79/25.6 214/25.9 Humboldt - 1
Maryland Institute College of Art - 1
Long Beach - 5
Massachusetts Institute of Tech - 1
Monterey Bay - 3
Mt. Holyoke College - 1
ADVANCED PLACEMENT Sacramento - 1
New York University - 2
San Diego - 8
851 860 Northeastern University - 1
900 San Francisco - 9
Olin College of Engineering - 1
San Jose - 15
708 726 Reed College- 1
Sonoma - 3
Rensselaer Polytechnic - 1
Rhode Island School of Design - 1
576 California – Private (46)
576 Richmond University of London - 1
Simon Fraser University - 2
Academy of Art University - 4
500 383 378 384 405 391 Southern Methodist University - 1
405 Brooks Institute of Photography - 1
313 378 384 391
University of Chicago - 1
400 Cal Lutheran - 1
313 University of Glasgow, Scotland - 1
Cal Tech - 1
300 University of Puget Sound – 1
Chapman University - 1
Wagner College - 1
200 Cogswell Polytechnic - 1
Washington University, St. Louis - 1
Concordia University - 1
100 Willamette University - 2
Loyola Marymount University - 4
Yale - 1
0 2006 2007 2008
Otis College of Design - 1
2006 2007 2008 Pepperdine University - 1
Out of State – Public (37)
Number of Graduates Santa Clara University - 13
Scripps College - 1
Number of Students Taking AP Exams (includes some juniors) Arizona State University - 4
St. Mary’s College of California - 2
Clemson University - 1
Number of Exams Taken Stanford University - 4
Colorado State University - 2
University of the Pacific - 2
Number of Qualifying Scores (3, 4 or 5 score) Florida State University - 1
University of Redlands - 1
Michigan State University - 1
University of San Diego - 2
Oregon State University - 2
University of San Francisco - 2
Portland State University - 1
University of Southern California – 3
POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANS United States Naval Academy - 2
University of Arizona - 5
2-Year Colleges (106)
University of Central Florida - 1
2-Year Other Plans, University of Colorado, Boulder - 5
Butte College - 1
Colleges, 2.70% UC, 19.50% University of MA, Amherst - 1
Cabrillo College - 6
University of Oregon - 8
26.20% Canada College - 1
University of South Carolina - 1
Cuesta College - 7
University of Washington - 1
De Anza College - 18
University of Wisconsin - 1
Out of State - Feather River College - 1
CSU, 20.00% Foothill College - 4
Public, 9% Other (11)
CA - Private, Mission College - 5
Out of State - Ohlone College - 1
11.40% Military - 3
San Francisco City College - 1
Private, 11.10% Travel - 3
San Jose City College - 2
Vocational - 1
Santa Barbara City College – 10
Work - 4
West Valley College - 49
COLLEGE ADMISSION TESTS
Most four-year colleges (including UC and CSU campuses) require the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT plus
Writing as part of the application process. The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour, forty-five minute test that
produces critical reading, writing and mathematical scores, each recorded on a scale of 200 (low) to 800
(high). The ACT (American College Test) reports a composite score using a scale from 1 to 36 and tests in
four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. There is an optional Writing Test.
Applicants to the University of California and some independent colleges are required to complete the
writing option. All institutions accept either the ACT plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test scores equally.
The University of California requires, in addition to either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT plus Writing, two
SAT SUBJECT TESTS. Students may choose from English literature, foreign languages, mathematics,
science, or history. If mathematics is chosen, only the Math Level 2 test is accepted. Other very selective
colleges may also require SAT Subject Tests. The SAT Subject Tests measure knowledge in particular
curricular areas and ability to apply that information. A single subject test is a multiple choice format and is
approximately one hour in length. Up to three tests may be taken in one sitting. For the UC system, the
subject tests chosen must be from separate subject areas.
In order to facilitate admissions procedures, housing priorities, and financial aid decisions, students who
do not take the necessary entrance exams in May or June of their junior year must be sure to register in
early September for the October SAT Reasoning Test/SAT Subject Tests or ACT and/or the November
SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests if needed. Many colleges accept the December test scores for the
SAT and ACT, but prefer that testing be complete by the end of November. To check, see the specific
Which College Admission Test Should I Take?
ACT or SAT Reasoning Test
Should I take one test or both? Because research indicates that many students perform quite differently
on the ACT and SAT Reasoning Test, it may benefit you to take both tests. The option is yours. Take one or
both, since colleges use the higher of the two scores for admission, scholarship, and athletic eligibility.
So. . . don’t panic! It’s important to remember that an admission test score is only one piece of information
a college looks at when considering your application. Your grade point average, number and content of
college preparatory courses completed, school and community activities, work experience (if applicable),
and other factors are also considered. There is never a penalty for taking a test again, but two or three
sittings should be the maximum.
SAT Reasoning Test and ACT Compared
ACT Assessment SAT
(ACT) Reasoning Test
Content Grammar Vocabulary
Covered: Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension
Science Reasoning Math
An optional Writing Test may be taken **
(**Required by UC and some other colleges )
Scoring Scores based upon the total number of Scores based upon the total number
Method: correct answers. of correct answers minus a guessing
(No guessing penalty.) penalty for incorrect answers.
English, Math, Reading, and Math, Verbal and Writing raw scores
Science scores converted to scaled converted to scaled scores between
scores between 1-36. 200-800 each.
Four-function, scientific Four-function, scientific
or graphing calculator allowed or graphing calculator allowed
Concordance Between ACT Score and
SAT Reasoning Test Score
Colleges and universities use this concordance table when an applicant has taken both the SAT Reasoning Test
and the ACT to determine on which test the student scored higher. Typically, it is the higher of the two test
scores that colleges use in the admission formula.
ACT to SAT Reasoning Test
ACT Equivalent SAT ACT Equivalent SAT
Score Reasoning Test Score Reasoning Test
36 2400 23 1590
35 2340 22 1530
34 2260 21 1500
33 2190 20 1410
32 2130 19 1350
31 2040 18 1290
30 1980 17 1210
29 1920 16 1140
28 1860 15 1060
27 1820 14 1000
26 1760 13 900
25 1700 12 780
24 1650 11 750
*Comparisons are an approximation and will be updated as more information becomes available, this table can also be
referenced at http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/sat-act.
Choosing the RIGHT college can seem like the most important decision you’ll ever make. But, RELAX
- with well over 3,000 colleges in the United States, there are many good choices for every student. The
only wrong college choices are uninformed choices.
Step One: Know your personal and academic profile
Hobbies and special interests/talents
Personal attitudes, traits and needs
Academic program (college prep, honors, or AP)
Grades and GPA
College admissions exam scores
Activities related to academics
Awards and recognition
Academic learning/study skills
Self-motivation and discipline
What do I need to know about myself before I apply?
1. _____________________ LGHS weighted GPA
2. _____________________ CSU/UC weighted GPA
4. Best SAT Reasoning Test scores
Best sitting critical reading _______ math ______ writing _____ combined _____
Best single critical reading _______ math ______ writing _____ combined _____
5. Best ACT score ____________
6. Best SAT Subject Test scores
1. ________________ 2. ______________ 3. _______________
(Two needed in different subject areas for the University of California)
7. Academic Preparation (number of P classes in years, not semesters, at time of graduation)
E n g li s h
Language other than English
Total (P) classes ___________ Number of Honors or AP classes
Step Two: Know what you are looking for in a college
Knowing yourself is important when choosing a college. Your abilities, interests, attitudes
and personality play an important role in your decision. A good way to start your college
search is to think in broad terms rather than immediately focus on specific schools.
Completing the chart below will assist you in establishing priorities. Some of the areas
listed may not be important to you, so they won't be considerations in choosing a college.
Some may be very important and will help you focus on the type of school in which you
are interested. Taking the time to set your priorities is essential.
Geographic Location: Segment (Private or Public):
Climate: Social Atmosphere:
Size of College: Prestige/Reputation:
Size of Classes: Sports:
Academic Programs: Religious Orientation:
Academic Atmosphere: Surrounding Community:
(suburban, urban, rural)
Step Three: Know where to find the answers
The Guidance Office
The College and Career Center
College tours and visits
College students and alums
Your final college choices should include
a few "reach," four or five "probable,"
and a few "safety" schools.
College Admission Requirements
Community California University
College State of Private
University California (Independent)
High School “a-g” Subject “a - g” Subject Requirements Varies: See school’s
Diploma or a Requirements with no with no grade less than a C- College Catalog
passing score on Grade lower than a C- UC GPA eligibility See individual college
GED or CHSPE or CSU GPA eligibility SAT Reasoning Test or ACT due date
age 18 SAT Reasoning Test plus Writing
Minimum only or ACT SAT Subject Test (2 required,
Requirement Application due: Math Level 1 is not accepted)
No SAT or ACT
Necessary Oct. 1 - Nov. 30 Application due: Nov. 1 - 30
College Acceptance Criteria
Community California State University
College University of Private
Accepts all appli- Academic Index Academic Index See School Profile
cants with a Grade Point Average Grade Point Average Grade Point Average
1) high school SAT Reasoning Test SAT Reasoning Test Test Scores
diploma, or ACT plus Writing scores or ACT plus Level of class work
or No essay required Writing Essay(s)
2) a passing score No teacher recom- SAT Subject Test scores Teacher
on GED or CSHP mendations necessary Rigor of high school recommendation(s)
and/or class work Secondary School
who are 18 years Level of senior year Report from Adminis-
old classes trator or Advisor
Essay Student Activities
Special circumstances Achievement
Entrance Requirements: Exam Requirements:
High school diploma or English placement test
GED or Math placement test
18 years of age
2-Year Program: A.A. Degree (Career Training Program)
In addition to the multitude of private trade and
technical schools in our area, our local community
colleges offer an extensive program of career
training degree and certificate programs. Usually
after one or two years of community college career
courses, students have obtained skills for the work
world. For information about a particular
program, contact colleges directly.
2 + 2:
2 years at community college + 2 years
at a 4-year college.
Do you know that . . .
1. every year approximately 1.3 million Californians enroll in the 108 California community colleges.
2. the local community colleges provide career training programs in more than 80 fields.
3. there are many two-year community colleges with residence facilities.
4. the probability of attaining a 2-year degree and/or transfer to a 4-year college increases based on the
rigor of the high school program.
5. community college constitutes the freshman and sophomore years of college.
Do you know that . . . (continued)
7. students who are 18 or who have completed high school (or received an equivalent certificate) may attend
the community college of their choice.
8. students still in high school may take courses on a community college campus.
9. foreign students (Students with F-1 visas planning on returning to their home countries upon completion
of their studies) may attend community colleges but must meet certain requirements. (See the individual
10. local community colleges can help students choose the program or courses best suited to their needs,
interests, and capabilities through an extensive counseling, testing, financial aid, work experience, place-
ment and information services network.
11. there is something for every student at a local community college.
1 CABRILLO COLLEGE, Aptos 7 MISSION COLLEGE, Santa Clara
(831) 479-6100 (408) 988-2200
2 CAÑADA COLLEGE, Redwood City 8 MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE,
(650) 306-3100 Monterey (831) 646-4000
3 DE ANZA COLLEGE, Cupertino 9 OHLONE COLLEGE, Fremont
(408) 864-5678 (510) 659-6000
4 EVERGREEN VALLEY COLLEGE, San Jose 10 SAN JOSE CITY COLLEGE, San Jose
(408) 274-7900 (408) 298-2181
5 FOOTHILL COLLEGE, Los Altos Hills 11 WEST VALLEY COLLEGE, Los Gatos
(650) 949-7777 (408) 867-2200
6 GAVILAN COLLEGE, Gilroy
TWO-YEAR COLLEGES LOCATED IN CALIFORNIA
WITH RESIDENCE FACILITIES
ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA/LA MARYMOUNT COLLEGE
2900 31st Street 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East
Santa Monica, CA 90405-303 5 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-6299
(888) 646-4610 (310) 377-5501
BROOKS COLLEGE REEDLEY COLLEGE
4825 East Pacific Coast Highway 995 N. Reed Ave
Long Beach, CA 90804 Reedley, CA 93 654-2099
(866) 746-5711 (559) 638-3641
CALIFORNIA CULINARY ACADEMY SHASTA COLLEGE
625 Polk Street 11555 Old Oregon Trail
San Francisco, CA 94102 PO Box 496006
(888) 897-3222 Redding, CA 96049-6006
www.caculinary.edu (530) 255-4600
COLLEGE OF THE REDWOODS
7351 Tompkins Hill Road SIERRA COLLEGE
Eureka, CA 95501-9301 5000 Rocklin Road
(707) 476-4100 Rocklin, CA 95677-3397
www.redwoods.edu (916) 781-0430
COLLEGE OF THE SISKIYOUS
800 College Avenue TAFT COLLEGE
Weed, CA 96094-2899 29 Emmons Park Drive
(888) 397-4339 Taft, CA 93268-42 17
www.siskiyous.edu (661) 763-7700
11600 Columbia College Drive WEST HILLS COLLEGE
Sonora, CA 95370-85 18 300 Cherry Lane
(209) 588-5100 Coalinga, CA 93210-1399
www.gocolumbia.org (559) 934-2000
Hwy 139 PO Box 3000 YUBA COLLEGE
Susanville, CA 96130-3000 2088 N. Beale Road
(530) 257-6181 Marysville, CA 95901-7699
www.lassencollege.edu (530) 741-6700
CSU/UC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
a - History / Social Science - 2 years required
Two years of history/social science, including one year of World History, Cultures or Geography;
and one year of US History or one-half year of US History and one-half year of American
Course Title Honors Type
Comparative Government and Politics AP AP
U.S. Government/Politics (P)
United States Government and Politics (AP) AP
United States History
United States History (AP) AP
World History (H)
b - English - 4 years required
Four years of college preparatory English. Students may only use 1 year of ESL/ELD English.
Course Title Honors Type
English 10 Honors
English 9 Honors
English Language and Comp. 11 (AP) AP
English Literature and Comp.12 (AP) AP
c - Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years recommended
Three years of college preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in Elementary
Algebra/Algebra 1, Geometry and Advanced Algebra/Algebra 2. Approved Integrated Math courses
may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement.
Course Title Honors Type
Algebra 2 Acc
CalculusAB AP AP
Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus (H) H
Statistics AP AP
Calculus BC ( AP) AP
d - Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of laboratory science, including two of the three fundamental disciplines of Biology,
Chemistry and Physics. This requirement can also be met by completing the latter two years of a 3-
year Integrated Science program.
Course Title Honors Type
Biology AP AP
Chemistry AP AP
Chemistry in the Community
Physics C: Mechanics (AP) AP
e - Language Other than English - 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of the same language other than English.
Course Title Honors Type
Japanese 5 Honors H
French 4 H H
French Language AP AP
German 4 Honors H
German Language AP AP
Spanish 4 Honors H
Spanish Language AP AP
Japanese Language and Culture (AP) AP
f - Visual & Performing Arts - 1 year required
Course Title Honors Type
Jazz Ensemble 1
Jazz Ensemble 2
Dance Workshop 2
Dance Workshop 3
Art 4 Honors
Concert Choir 1
Concert Choir 2
Concert Choir 3
Concert Choir 4
Dance Workshop 1
Jazz Choir 1
Jazz Choir 2
Jazz Choir 3
Jazz Choir 4
Jazz Ensemble 3
Jazz Ensemble 4
Marching/Symphonic Band 3
Marching/Symphonic Band 4
Marching/Symphonic Band 1
Marching/Symphonic Band 2
g - Elective - 1 year required
One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above. All courses must be listed
under "a-f" above with the exception of courses marked with a blue diamond ( ) in Mathematics,
Language Other than English, and VPA; plus the following:
Course Title Honors Type
Dance Workshop 4
Introduction to Law
Advanced Science Research
Advanced Speech & Debate
Computer Science (AP) AP
Journalism 2, 3, 4
Introduction to Anthropology
European History (AP) AP
P-Art 4 Honors
THE 23 CAMPUSES OF THE CALIFORNIA
STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU) SYSTEM
1 CSU Bakersfield (661) 654-3036 www.csubak.edu
2 CSU Channel Islands (805) 437-8500 www.csuci.edu
3 CSU Chico (530) 898-6321 www.csuchico.edu
4 CSU Dominguez Hills (310) 243-3696 www.csudh.edu
5 CSU Fresno (559) 278-2261 www.csufresno.edu
6 CSU Fullerton (714) 278-2300 www.fullerton.edu
7 CSU East Bay (510) 885-2624 www.csueastbay.edu
8 Humboldt State (707) 826-4402 www.humboldt.edu
9 CSU Long Beach (562) 985-5471 www.csulb.edu
10 CSU Los Angeles (323) 343-3901 www.calstatela.edu
11 Cal Maritime Academy (800) 561-1945 www.csum.edu
12 CSU Monterey Bay (831) 582-3518 www.csumb.edu
13 CSU Northridge (818) 677-3700 www.csun.edu
14 Cal Poly-Pomona (909) 869-3210 www.csupomona.edu
15 CSU Sacramento (916) 278-3901 www.csus.edu
16 CSU San Bernardino (909) 537-5188 www.csusb.edu
17 San Diego State (619) 594-6336 www.sdsu.edu
18 San Francisco State (415) 338-1113 www.sfsu.edu
19 San Jose State (408) 283-7500 www.sjsu.edu
20 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (805) 756-2311 www.calpoly.edu
21 CSU San Marcos (760) 750-4848 www.csusm.edu
22 Sonoma State (707) 664-2778 www.sonoma.edu
23 CSU Stanislaus (209) 667-3070 www.csustan.edu
CSU Eligibility Index Table for California High School Graduates
(a 3.0 or higher GPA meets minimum eligibility requirements with any score below)
For details see: http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/cal_residents.asp
GPA ACT SAT SAT SAT
GPA ACT GPA ACT SAT GPA ACT
Reasoning Test Reasoning Test Reasoning Test
2.99 10 510 2.74 15 710 2.49 20 910 2.24 25 1110
2.98 10 520 2.73 15 720 2.48 20 920 2.23 25 1120
2.97 10 530 2.72 15 730 2.47 20 930 2.22 25 1130
2.96 11 540 2.71 16 740 2.46 21 940 2.21 26 1140
2.95 11 540 2.70 16 740 2.45 21 940 2.20 26 1140
2.94 11 550 2.69 16 750 2.44 21 950 2.19 26 1150
2.93 11 560 2.68 16 760 2.43 21 960 2.18 26 1160
2.92 11 570 2.67 16 770 2.42 21 970 2.17 26 1170
2.91 12 580 2.66 17 780 2.41 22 980 2.16 27 1180
2.90 12 580 2.65 17 780 2.40 22 980 2.15 27 1180
2.89 12 590 2.64 17 790 2.39 22 990 2.14 27 1190
2.88 12 600 2.63 17 800 2.38 22 1000 2.13 27 1200
2.87 12 610 2.62 17 810 2.37 23 1010 2.12 27 1210
2.86 13 620 2.61 18 820 2.36 23 1020 2.11 28 1220
2.85 13 620 2.60 18 820 2.35 23 1020 2.10 28 1220
2.84 13 630 2.59 18 830 2.34 23 1030 2.09 28 1230
2.83 13 640 2.58 18 840 2.33 23 1040 2.08 28 1240
2.82 13 650 2.57 18 850 2.32 24 1050 2.07 28 1250
2.81 14 660 2.56 19 860 2.31 24 1060 2.06 29 1260
2.80 14 660 2.55 19 860 2.30 24 1060 2.05 29 1260
2.79 14 670 2.54 19 870 2.29 24 1070 2.04 29 1270
2.78 14 680 2.53 19 880 2.28 24 1080 2.03 29 1280
2.77 14 690 2.52 19 890 2.27 24 1090 2.02 29 1290
2.76 15 700 2.51 20 900 2.26 25 1100 2.01 30 1300
2.75 15 700 2.50 20 900 2.25 25 1100 2.00 30 1300
CSU TRANSCRIPT & TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS
All CSU campuses require a completed application and an official SAT or ACT score report sent
directly from the testing company. The preferred method of applying is www.csumentor.edu.
If any campus needs additional information in order to make a decision about your admission, you
will be notified by email of exactly which documents and transcripts you must submit.
Academic coursework and grades provided by you on the application will be verified following
receipt of your final, official high school transcript. (You must request the registrar to send your
transcript in June to the CSU campus you will be entering.)
THE NINE CAMPUSES OF
THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
UC BERKELEY • UC LOS ANGELES • UC SAN DIEGO
Berkeley, CA 94720 Los Angeles, CA 90095 9500 Gilman Drive
(510) 642-6000 (310) 825-4321 La Jolla, CA 92093
www.berkeley.edu www.ucla.edu (858) 534-2230
UC DAVIS • U C M ER C ED
One Shields Avenue 5200 N. Lake Road • UC SANTA BARBARA
Davis, CA 95616 Merced, CA 95343 Santa Barbara, CA 93106
(530) 752-1011 (209) 228-4400 (805) 893-8000
www.ucdavis.edu www.ucmerced.edu www.ucsb.edu
UC IRVINE • UC RIVERSIDE • UC SANTA CRUZ
Irvine, CA 92697 Riverside, CA 92521 1156 High Street
(949) 824-5011 (951) 827-1012 Santa Cruz, CA 95064
www.uci.edu/ www.ucr.edu (831) 459-0111
Are you To be eligible to attend the University of California, you must:
Complete a specific set of 15 college prep courses
(known as the “a-g”courses) with at least a 3.0 GPA
eligible Take either the SAT Reasoning Test OR the ACT with its writing exam, AND
2 SAT Subject Tests in two different subject areas (e.g., science and literature)
for UC? The grades you earn in your “a-g” courses, along with your test scores, are combined in the Eligibility Index
that helps determine your UC eligibility.
To find out whether you are eligible,
Translation Table follow these steps:
1. Convert your ACT or SAT scores to UC Scores.*
ACT SAT UC ACT SAT UC
Score Score Score Score Score Score
Use the translation table at left to find the equivalent “UC Score” for each of
35 780 97 470 45 your ACT or SAT scores. Then fill in one or both of the charts below to calculate your
converted total score.
750 92 18 440 40
33 740 90 430 38
ACT ACT Score UC Score
SAT SAT Score UC Score
710 85 16 400 33 Reading Reading 1
30 Science Math 2
30 680 80 370 28 Math Writing 3
670 78 14 360 27
UC Score Subtotal Converted SAT Total (1+2+3)
28 640 73 330 22 UC Score Subtotal x(.667) 1
630 72 12 320 20 ROUND UP .5 AND ABOVE
17 Eng./Writing 2
26 600 67 290 15
590 65 10 280 13 Converted ACT Total (1+2)
25 580 63 270 12
570 62 9 260 10
24 560 60 250 8
550 58 8 240 7
23 540 57 230 5 Enter your highest converted A
530 55 7 220 3
ACT or SAT total
21 500 50
2. Convert your two highest SAT Subject Test scores to UC
UC Eligibility Index Scores.
Minimum GPA =3.0 Use the translation table at left. Remember, your test scores must be from two B
different subject areas. SAT UC
CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS SCORE SCORE C
Enter your best SAT Subject Test score
“A–G” GPA UC Score Total
3.00 – 3.04 223 Enter your second-best SAT Subject Test score
3.05 – 3.09 210
3.10 – 3.14
3.15 – 3.19
3. Add all three converted scores (A+B+C) to get your UC SCORE TOTAL
4. Find your GPA** in the Eligibility Index at left.
3.20 – 3.24 175
3.25 – 3.29 165
3.30 – 3.34 157 If your UC Score Total meets or exceeds the minimum score shown for
3.35 – 3.39 152
your GPA range, you meet the Scholarship Requirement for UC eligibility.
3.40 – 3.44 147
3.45 & above 143 *If you took both the ACT and SAT, or if you took either exam more than once, compute your UC Score for
each sitting to ensure you've identified your best result. Note that you cannot mix and match scores
from separate test dates.
**UC calculates your preliminary GPA based on the grades earned in the “a-g” courses taken in the 10th &
“A–G” GPA UC Score Total 11th grades.
3.40 – 3.44 147
3.45 & above 143
The online preliminary eligibility calculator may be accessed at
INDEPENDENT (PRIVATE) COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
ADMISSIONS: Admission to an independent college or university is not based on a mathematical
index. Rigor of courses, test scores, individual qualities and personal potential are all considered.
Since admission requirements differ significantly among independent colleges, take as many
rigorous college-prep courses as possible, earn good grades, and be involved in school and
community activities. Visit the College and Career Center to obtain specific information about
the wide span of independent colleges available in all ranges of selectivity.
Independent Colleges (in California)
Los Angeles Basin Sa n F ra nc is co Ba y A re a
American Academy of Dramatic Arts West California College of the Arts
Art Center College of Design Cogswell Polytechnical College
Azusa Pacific University Dominican University of California
Biola University Golden Gate University
California Baptist University Holy Names University
California Institute of Technology John F. Kennedy University
California Institute of the Arts Menlo College
California Lutheran University Mills College
Chapman University New College of California
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Notre Dame de Namur University
Claremont McKenna College Patten University
Concordia University of California Saint Mary's College of California
Harvey Mudd College Samuel Merritt College
Hope International University San Francisco Conservatory of Music
La Sierra University Santa Clara University
Laguna College of Art & Design Stanford University
Loma Linda University University of San Francisco
Loyola Marymount University
Marymount College San Diego Metro Area
Master's College, The Alliant International University
Mount Saint Mary's College National University
Occidental College Point Loma Nazarene University
Otis College of Art and Design San Diego Christian College
Pacific Oaks College University of San Diego
Pitzer College Outlying Cities
Pomona College Fresno Pacific University
Scripps College Humphrey's College
Soka University Pacific Union College
University of Judaism Simpson University
University of La Verne Thomas Aquinas College
University of Redlands University of the Pacific
University of Southern California W es t mo nt Co ll e ge
University of West Los Angeles William Jessup University
Vanguard University of Southern California
Visit the College and Career Center for college catalogs and information on entrance requirements,
applications, important dates, and financial aid.
EXAMPLES OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLEGES
THAT ACCEPT STUDENTS WITH GRADE POINT
AVERAGES OF 2.0-2.99
(A LISTING OF THE WESTERN STATES AS REPORTED BY THE COLLEGE HANDBOOK 2008)
ARIZONA CALIFORNIA (Continued) UTAH (Continued)
Arizona State University 29% University of Redlands 15% University of Utah 12%
Arizona State University West 28% University of San Francisco 8% Utah State University 12%
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of the Pacific 13% Utah Valley State College 37%
University/Prescott 18% Vanguard Univ. of Weber State University 27%
Northern Arizona University 21% Southern California 21% Westminster College 11%
Prescott College 42% Westmont College 3%
Whittier College 40% WASHINGTON
CALIFORNIA William Jessup University 24% Central Washington University 37%
Azusa Pacific University 12% Woodbury University 14% Eastern Washington University 27%
Biola University 11% E v e r gr e e n S t a t e C o l l e g e 4 3 %
California Baptist University 17% COLORADO Gonzaga University 2%
California College of the Arts 34% Adams State College 47% Northwest University 27%
California Lutheran University 22% Colorado Christian University 19% Pacific Lutheran University 7%
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 4% Colorado State University 9% Seattle Pacific University 5%
Cal Poly, Pomona 29% Seattle University 4%
Colorado State University, Pueblo 40%
CSU Chico 37% University of Puget Sound 7%
Fort Lewis College 47%
CSU Fresno 29% Mesa State College 43% University of Washington 2%
CSU Fullerton 32% Washington State University 12%
Naropa University 38%
CSU Long Beach 14% Western Washington University 7%
University of Colorado, Boulder 10%
CSU Monterey Bay 45% Whitman College 1%
Univ. of Colorado/Colorado Springs 23%
CSU Sacramento 33% University of Colorado at Denver & Health Whitworth College 6%
CSU San Bernardino 33% Sciences Center/Downtown
C S U S a n M a r c o s 36 %
CSU Stanislaus 27%
University of Denver 7%
Chapman University 6%
University of Northern Colorado 36%
Concordia University 10%
Western State College of Colorado 51%
Dominican University of California 25%
Holy Names College 37% NEVADA
H u mb o l d t S t a t e U n i ve r s i t y 4 3 % University of Nevada-Las Vegas 22%
La Sierra University 30% University of Nevada-Reno 16%
LIFE Pacific College 35%
Loyola Marymount 3% OREGON
Master’s College 13% Eastern Oregon University 20%
Menlo College 48% Lewis and Clark College 3%
Linfield College 2%
Mount St. Mary’s College 14% Multnomah Bible College 25%
Occidental College 3%
Northwest Christian College 24%
Otis College of Art and Design 35%
Oregon Institute of Technology 8%
P a c i fi c U n i o n C o l l e g e 2 9 % Oregon State University 10%
Pepperdine University 3%
Pacific Northwest College of Art 38%
Pitzer College 5%
Pacific University 11%
Point Loma Nazarene University 8%
Reed College 1%
St. Mary's College 28%
University of Oregon 10%
San Francisco State University 37% University of Portland 3%
San Jose State University 37%
Western Oregon University 27%
Santa Clara University 5%
Willamette University 7%
Scripps College 1%
S i mp s o n C o l l e g e 2 5 % UTAH
Sonoma State University 42% Brigham Young University 1%
Thomas Aquinas College 6% Southern Utah University 17%
University of La Verne 19%
A SAMPLING OF
SOME COLLEGES BY SUBJECT
International Studies Private Universities Strong in
College of the Atlantic Hiram College B o sto n U ni v er si t y
Bowdoin College The Johns Hopkins University B rad le y U ni v er sit y
UC Davis Kalamazoo College Brigham Young University
UC Santa Barbara Lewis and Clark College
Clark University Mary Washington College Carnegie Mellon University
Colby College University of Massachusetts-Amherst Case Western Reserve University
Middlebury College Catholic University of America
University of Colorado-Boulder
Mount Holyoke College Columbia University
Dartmouth College Deep
Occidental College Cornell University
Eckerd College University of the Pacific
The Evergreen State College University of Pittsburgh
George Washington University
Hampshire College Pomona College
Johns Hopkins University
Hiram College Princeton University Northeastern University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges University of Puget Sound Northwestern University
McGill University Randolph College University of Notre Dame
Middlebury College University of Reed College
Rhodes College Olin College of Engineering
New Hampshire University of New University of Pennsylvania
Mexico University of Richmond
St. Olaf College Princeton University
Univ. of North Carolina-Asheville University of Rochester
Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro Scripps College
University of South Carolina Rochester Institute of Technology
S we et B riar Co ll e ge Santa Clara University
Tufts University University of Southern California
St. Lawrence University
Wesleyan University Southern Methodist University
College of William and Mary Stanford University
University of Vermont
University of Washington Syracuse University
Williams College Top Technical Institutes Tufts University
University of Wisconsin-Madison California Institute of Technology Tulane University
Ca l P o l y- S a n Lu i s Ob i sp o University of Tulsa
International Studies Colorado School of Mines Va nd erb il t U n i ver s it y
American University Cooper Union Villanova University
Austin College Florida Institute of Technology Washington University in St. Louis
B rand ei s U ni ve r s it y Georgia Institute of Technology
University of British Columbia Harvey Mudd College Public Universities Strong in
Brown University Illinois Institute of Technology Engineering
B uc k n el l U n i ver si t y Massachusetts Institute of Tech. University of Arizona
Claremont McKenna College Michigan Technological University UC Berkeley
Clark University Montana Tech of the Univ. of UC Davis
Colby College Montana UCLA
Connecticut College New Jersey Institute of Technology UC San Diego
Dartmouth College New Mexico Inst. of Mining and University of Cincinnati
Davidson College Technology Cl e ms o n U n i ver s it y
Denison University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of Connecticut
University of Denver Rochester Institute of Technology University of Delaware
Dickinson College Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology U ni ver s it y o f F lo rid a
Earlham College Stevens Institute of Technology University of Illinois-Urbana-
Eckerd College Worcester Polytechnic Institute Champaign
Geo r ge to wn U ni v er si t y Iowa State University
George Washington University University of Kansas
Goucher College McGill University
University of Maryland
Public Universities Strong in Private Universities Strong in Major Private Universities
Engineering Architecture Strong in Business
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Cornell University (NY) American University
University of Michigan Drexel University Baylor University
Mic h i ga n St at e U n i ver si t y Hobart and William Smith Colleges Boston College
University of Missouri-Rolla Howard University Boston University
University of New Hampshire Lehigh University Carnegie Mellon University
College of New Jersey Massachusetts Institute of Technology Case Western Reserve University
North Carolina State University University of Miami (FL) University of Dayton
O hio St ate U n i ver si t y New Jersey Institute of Technology Emory University
Oregon State University Northeastern University Fo rd ha m U ni v er si t y
Pennsylvania State University University of Notre Dame Georgetown University
Purdue University Princeton University Howard University
Queens’ University (CA) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ithaca College
University of Rhode Island Rice University Lehigh University
Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey Temple University Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SUNY/Binghamton University Tulane University New York University
SUNY/Buffalo Tuskegee University University of Notre Dame
Texas A&M University Washington University in St. Louis University of Pennsylvania
Texas Tech University P ep p erd i ne U ni v er si t y
University of Texas-Austin Public Universities Strong in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Toronto Architecture University of San Francisco
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. University of Arizona Sa n ta Cl ara U ni v er sit y
University of Virginia UC Berkeley University of Southern California
University of Washington University of Cincinnati Southern Methodist University
University of Wisconsin Clemson University Syracuse University
University of Florida Texas Christian University
Small Colleges and Universities Georgia Institute of Technology Tulane University
Strong in University of Illinois/Urbana- Villanova University
Engineering Champaign Wake Forest University
Alfred University University of Kansas Washington University in St. Louis
Bucknell University Kansas State University
Butler University University of Maryland Public Universities Strong in
Calvin College Miami University (Ohio) Business
Clarkson University University of Michigan University of Arizona
Dartmouth College University of Nebraska UC Berkeley
La fa ye tt e Co l le ge State University of New York-Buffalo University of Cincinnati
Le hi g h U ni v ers it y U ni ver s it y o f Or e go n University of Connecticut
Loyola University (MD) Pennsylvania State University University of Florida
University of the Pacific Texas A&M University University of Georgia
Rice University University of Texas-Austin University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Smith College Virginia Polytechnic Inst. Indiana University
Spelman College University of Washington James Madison University
Swarthmore College University of Kansas
Trinity College (CT) A Few Arts-Oriented Architecture University of Maryland
Trinity University (TX) Programs University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Tulsa Barnard College Mia mi U ni ve r s it y ( O H)
Tuskegee University Bennington College U ni ver s it y o f M ic hi g a n
Union College Pratt Institute University of Missouri
Rhode Island School of Design Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Private Universities Strong in Savannah School of Art and Design Ohio State University
Architecture Wellesley College University of Ohio
Carnegie Mellon University Yale University University of Oregon
Catholic University of America Pennsylvania State University
Public Universities Strong in Top Schools of Art and Design Small Colleges and Universities
Business Art Center College of Design Strong in Art or Design
University of Pittsburgh California College of the Arts Randolph College
Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey California Institute of the Arts Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro
U ni ver s it y o f So u t h Car o li na Cooper Union Sarah Lawrence College
SUNY-Albany Kansas City Art Institute Scripps College
SUNY-Binghamton University Maryland Institute, College of Art Skidmore College
SUNY-Buffalo Massachusetts College of Art Smith College
SUNY-Geneseo Moore College of Art and Design Southwestern University
University of Tennessee North Carolina School of the Arts Vassar College
Texas A&M University Otis Institute of Art and Design Wheaton College (MA)
University of Texas-Austin Parsons School of Design Willamette University
University of Vermont Pratt Institute Williams College
University of Virginia Rhode Island School of Design
University of Washington Ringling School of Art and Design Top Music Conservatories
University of Wisconsin San Francisco Art Institute Berklee College of Music
College of William and Mary Savannah College of Art and Design Boston Conservatory
School of the Art Institute of Chicago California Institute of the Arts
Small Colleges and Universities
School of the Museum of Fine Arts (MA) Cleveland Institute of Music
Strong in Business
School of Visual Arts (NY) Curtis Institute of Music
Agnes Scott College
Babson College Eastman School of Music
Bucknell University Major Universities Strong in Juilliard School
Art or Design Manhattan School of Music
Claremont McKenna College American University New England Conservatory of Music
Clarkson University Boston College North Carolina School of the Arts
Boston University Peabody Conservatory of Music
Fairfield University Carnegie Mellon University San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Franklin and Marshall College University of Cincinnati
F ur ma n U ni v er si t y Cornell University Major Universities Strong in Music
Gettysburg College Drexel University Baylor University
Guilford College Hendrix College Harvard University Boston College
Lafayette College University of Michigan Boston University
Lake Forest College New York University UCLA
Lehigh University Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro Carnegie Mellon University
Lewis and Clark College University of Pennsylvania Case Western Reserve University
Millsaps College U ni ver s it y o f t he Ar ts ( P A) University of Cincinnati
Morehouse College Syracuse University University of Colorado-Boulder
Muhlenberg College Washington University in St. Louis University of Denver
Oglethorpe College U ni ver s it y o f W a s hi n g to n De Paul University
Ohio Wesleyan University Yale University Florida State University
Presbyterian College Harvard University
Rhodes College Small Colleges and Universities Strong Indiana University
University of Richmond in Art or Design Ithaca College
Rip o n Co ll e ge Alfred University Miami University (OH)
Skidmore College Bard College University of Miami (Florida)
Southwestern University Brown University University of Michigan
Stetson College Centre College University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Susquehanna University Cornell College New York University
Trinity University (TX) Dartmouth College Northwestern University
Washington and Jefferson College Furman University U ni ver s it y o f O k la ho ma
Washington and Lee University Hollins University University of Southern California
Whittier College Kenyon College Southern Methodist University
Lake Forest College Vanderbilt University
Lewis and Clark College Yale University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Manhattanville College
Xavier University of Louisiana Mills College
Small Colleges and Universities Small Colleges and Universities Small Colleges and Universities
Strong in Music Strong in Drama Strong in Dance
Bard College Beloit College Juilliard School
Bennington College Bennington College Kenyon College
Bucknell University Centre College Middlebury College
Butler University Colorado College Mills College
DePauw University Connecticut College Muhlenberg College
Furman University Drew University North Carolina School of the Arts
Gordon College Ithaca College Princeton University
Illinois Wesleyan University Julliard School S a r a h L a wr e n c e C o l l e g e
K no x Co l le ge Kenyon College Smith College
Lawrence University* Lawrence University SUNY-Purchase
Loyola University-New Orleans Macalester College
Manhattanville College Middlebury College Major Universities Strong in
Mills College Muhlenberg College Communications/Journalism
Oberlin College* Occidental College A mer ica n U ni v er si t y
University of the Pacific Otterbein College Arizo n a Sta te U ni v er si t y
Rice University Princeton University Boston University
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Rollins College UCLA
St. Olaf College Sarah Lawrence College UC San Diego
Sarah Lawrence College Skidmore College University of Florida
Skidmore College SUNY-Purchase University of Georgia
Smith College Vassar College Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
University of Southern California Whitman College Indiana University
Stetson University Wittenberg University Ithaca College
SUNY-Geneseo U ni ver s it y o f Ka n s as
SUNY-Purchase Major Universities U ni ver s it y o f Mar yl a nd
Wesleyan University Strong in Dance U ni ver s it y o f M ic hi g a n
Wheaton College (IL) Arizona State University University of Missouri-Columbia
UC Irvine University of Nebraska
*These two schools are unusual because
UCLA Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
they combine a world-class conservatory
with a top-notch liberal arts college. UC Riverside Northwestern University
Case Western Reserve University Ohio University
Florida State University U ni ver s it y o f Or e go n
Major Universities Strong in Drama
Boston College George Washington University Pepperdine University
Howard University St. La wre nc e U n i ver s it y
Boston University I nd ia na U ni v er si t y University of San Francisco
UCLA U ni ver s it y o f Io wa University of Southern California
Carnegie Mellon University University of Minnesota Stanford University
The Catholic University of America Syracuse University
DePaul University New York University
Ohio University Texas Christian University
Emerson College University of Utah
Florida State University Southern Methodist University
Texas Christian University University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Texas-Austin
University of Utah Major Universities Strong in
University of Iowa
Washington University in St. Louis Film/Television
University of Minnesota Arizona State University
New York University Small Colleges and Universities B o sto n U ni v er si t y
Northwestern University Strong in Dance UCLA
Amherst College University of Cincinnati
Univ. of North Carolina/Chapel Hill Barnard College
University of Southern California Drexel University
Southern Methodist University Bennington College Emerson College
Syracuse University Butler University University of Florida
Connecticut College Ithaca College
Texas Christian University
University of Washington Dartmouth College University of Kansas
Yale University Goucher College Memphis State University
Hollins University University of Michigan
Major Universities Strong in Small Colleges and Universities
Film/Television Strong in Film/Television
New York University Bard College
Northwestern University Beloit College
Quinnipiac University Brown University
Pennsylvania State University California Institute of the Arts
University of Southern California Columbia College (CA)
Syracuse University Columbia College (IL)
University of Texas-Austin The Evergreen State College
Wayne State University Hampshire College
Sarah Lawrence College
School of Visual Arts
Major Universities with Strong Support for Students with Learning Disabilities
University of Arizona
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
Fairleigh Dickinson University
University of Georgia
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Vermont
Small Colleges with Strong Support for Students with Learning Disabilities
New England College
University of New England
St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY)
Westminster College (MO)
West Virginia Wesleyan College Source: Fiske Guide to Colleges 2008
COLLEGE TOURS AND VISITS
Whenever returning graduates are asked, “What one thing MOST helped you in deciding WHERE to go
to college?” they always give the same response: “Visiting the campuses.” Graduates will tell you that
the visits made to campuses were more important than reading the catalogs, talking with college repre-
sentatives or attending the College Fair Program. They emphasize the importance of visiting the Admis-
sions Office, taking a tour, and talking to both college officials and students in attendance. Why is visiting
campuses so important? It is vital because no one should make a decision as important as where to
attend college merely on the basis of pictures in a pretty booklet or on someone else’s opinion.
It takes effort to determine how well a college fits you. Spending quality time on campus is the best way to
measure fit. Quality time means more than taking the tour and attending a football game or campus event.
You’ll want to spend a night or two in a residence hall, sit in on some classes, eat in the dining halls and
spend time talking to students and faculty. Sophomores and juniors considering a particular college might
choose to take part in a summer program for high school students offered at that university. These programs
provide a preview of the life of a college student at that institution. While you might not be able to visit
every campus you’re considering, the ideas that follow may help you to get an inside scoop without making
that initial visit.
Click on the university’s website - this seems obvious, but you’ll want to take the “virtual tour” and also
fully explore the resources available at the college site. Some sites offer online chats so you can talk with
current students and admission officers.
READ the college’s printed material - the course catalog can be especially helpful. It outlines the college’s
philosophy and mission statement, as well as providing information about majors, course requirements
and offerings. When reading the glossy brochures, however, keep in mind that the university representatives
are seeking to portray their school in the best possible light.
Check out the student newspaper. You’ll find links to the college newspaper at
www.referencedesk.org/collegepaper.html. Pay special attention to the issues that seem important to
students on that campus - would these be important to you? You’ll also learn about student peeves and
activities on campus.
Take the student-led campus tour via videotape. At www.collegiatechoice.com you can order a copy of the
campus tour filmed by college counselors visiting each campus. While none of these will substitute for a
campus visit, they will help you learn more about the colleges you’re considering.
Source: The College Advisor Newsletter, January 2004
Three important steps in setting up a college visit:
Step 1: Visit local colleges to get experience handling a college visit.
Our local colleges include all major types of campuses: • UC-UC Santa Cruz
CSU - San Jose State University • Private - Santa Clara, Stanford, Menlo
Community College - West Valley, De Anza • Technical - Heald Business College
COLLEGE TOURS AND VISITS (Continued)
Step 2: Plan ahead for your tours and visits.
Before you visit the campus, consider some of the options below and create questions in advance of your visit.
Schedule an interview in the Admissions Office, if available.
Review admissions requirements (tests, high school grades, etc.) and get a realistic view by looking at
profiles of the previous graduating class.
Obtain a school calendar and fee schedule.
Discuss your chances for success. Also, ask about the percentage of students who graduate in four or five
years and the number of returning sophomores. Ask why students choose to leave.
Ask about the amount of study necessary for success.
Investigate your academic program or major of interest.
Take a campus tour.
Learn about the college (departmental strengths, research opportunities, facilities, parking, ease of registra-
tion, crime statistics, etc.)
Investigate types of student support available (academic, personal, psychological and physical) and special
programs (education abroad, work-study, intercampus exchange, etc.)
Ask about financial aid opportunities (deadlines, forms required, merit scholarships, percentage of students
receiving aid, etc.)
Schedule a visit with a financial aid officer, if appropriate.
Investigate career planning and placement programs. Determine the percentage of graduates who go on to
higher education and admissions rates of medical/law/business school applicants. Also, ask about employment
rates directly out of college, internship and recruitment programs.
Visit the library.
Meet with faculty. Determine whether professors or assistants teach undergraduate classes.
Talk with students. Ask what they like and dislike most about the college.
Sit in on one or two freshman classes - witness class size, teaching style, academic atmosphere, respect
accorded to students and teachers, comfort level in classes, etc.
Find out how students use their out-of-classroom time.
Become aware of student activities (clubs, organizations, intramurals, etc.).
Inquire about campus life (in terms of dating, social activities, fraternities/sororities, etc.).
Check the residence halls and dining facilities. Envision yourself in the living environment. Try the food.
Check the adequacy of computer facilities and technology available.
Examine the surrounding community, determine what cultural and social enrichment opportunities are available
and inquire about safety issues.
Make a list of six or more campuses to visit with your parents or with a friend.
Call ahead for an appointment with an Admissions Officer and, if possible, with someone in your major
Stay overnight in a residence hall, if time permits.
Be prepared with questions.
Do your “homework” on the college.
Step 3 Make a “Quick-Check” list for each college visit. If you don't, the schools will become a blur
after visits to several campuses. Include the following type of information to personalize your list or
use the sample on the next page.
Name of college, date of visit, address and phone number
Size of student body, tuition/fees and admission requirements
Personal ranking of location, academics, atmosphere, housing, facilities, class sizes, social life, reputation,
financial aid, school size, size of surrounding community, religious affiliation, athletics, special programs,
special services, sororities/fraternities, prestige, rigor of programs.
College Comparison Worksheet
Comparative Criteria College A College B College C College D College E College F College G College H
Name of College
Average SAT/ACT scores
% who graduate
% going on to a higher degree
Majors of interest
Typical aid package
% of students receiving aid
Size of student body
% of commuters
Urban - Suburban - Rural
Distance from home
NCAA - athletics
Your order of preference
Likelihood of admission
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK ON A TOUR
The campus tour is the ideal time to ask questions of your student guide that you don’t want to ask an admissions
department interviewer or to which you feel you would get a more “up front” answer from a student. Often it’s a
good idea to ask the same questions of your guide and your admissions interviewer to see how the answers compare.
Questions to ask can be divided into four areas: academic, social, surroundings and general.
Do professors teach most freshmen courses or do graduate students do much of the teaching? What is the attitude of
most professors toward students? Are they friendly? Accessible? Willing to give extra help? How hard do you have
to work to be successful? How is access to advisors for assistance and/or mentoring? How difficult is it to change
majors? Is the learning environment cooperative or competitive?
Some colleges are doing a lot these days in the area of career counseling. How does this college stack up? (One
college, for example, devotes certain weekends to exploration of different careers with graduates coming back to tell
about what they do and talk about salary, advancements, etc.). Is there a Career Planning and Placement Center on
campus? How many graduates does it help place? What percentage of graduates got jobs last year? What percent-
age of graduates go on to professional or graduate schools?
Other questions in the academic area: Does the school have adequate computer facilities? Are you expected to bring
a computer or are there computers in the residence halls?
What do students do on the weekends? Do many of them go home? Is the campus lively or empty? What is the
situation with regard to drinking and drugs? Are there good places to eat, aside from the official dining halls? If the
school is not co-ed, what kinds of social arrangements are made? How important are fraternities and sororities in
campus life? Does most social life depend on them? Do theatrical companies, orchestras and other musical groups
or outside lecturers come to the campus? If not, are such activities available in town? Are groups in the college
community involved in what’s going on in the outside world - politics, international relations, community service?
Questions about the surrounding area
For non-urban schools, find out what the surrounding community is like. How are relations between residents and
students - the so-called “town-gown” relationship? What’s the transportation like between campus and town? Is any
large urban area accessible? For urban schools, how safe is the neighborhood? Is housing available in the surrounding
area? Is adequate parking available on campus?
What kinds of help are available - academic, personal, psychological? How are personal problems handled? What
can you do if you hate your roommate? Are there a lot of rules and regulations on dress, conduct, etc. that must be
observed? Are there special restrictions on freshmen? How safe is the campus? Always ask what students like
most about the college. Dislike most? Also ask, “What’s wrong with this place?” as well as, “What’s the
greatest thing about this college?”
Finally, what is the general attitude toward students by the college admissions officers, registrar, residence hall
managers, assistant deans and academic advisors?
ACING THE COLLEGE INTERVIEW
An interview may be your chance to bring your private college application to life. Contact individual
private colleges for their interview policy. The success of a college interview may depend on your
Arrive at the interview prepared to discuss:
Five questions you want to ask during the interview.
Five facts you want the interviewer to know about you.
Five well thought-out reasons you are considering the college.
Frequently asked questions:
Why are you considering this college?
Why is this college a good match for you?
How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you? What makes you
What magazines and newspapers do you read?
What books that are not required by your courses have you read recently?
How do you spend a typical afternoon after school? Weekend?
What extracurricular activities have you found the most satisfying? Why?
If you could talk with any one living person, who would it be and why?
What has been your proudest achievement?
Tips for a successful interview:
Research the school and surrounding area.
Show that you are able to think critically and creatively; avoid superficial answers.
Be enthusiastic. Show yourself at your best.
Accept the interview time proposed by the interviewer. Change other plans, if necessary.
Dress to show that the interview is important to you.
A portion of the information above is adapted from Parent’s Guide to College Admissions, 2nd Edition, by Marjorie
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT . . .
Veteran admission professionals from Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University,
Lewis and Clark College, MIT, Pomona College, Reed College, St. Mary’s College of California,
University of Chicago, University of Washington and Vanderbilt University, among others, have
collaborated to create the guidelines below. This guidance is offered by the Education Conservancy,
a group committed to calming the commercial frenzy by affirming educational values in college
admission. Please consider this information carefully as you begin your college search. The advice
is important in helping you go through the college application process in a sensible manner.
Applying to college does not have to be overwhelming! The following principles and guidelines can
help make the college admission process more manageable, more productive, and more educationally
An admission decision, test score, or GPA is not a measure of your self-worth. Most students are
admitted to colleges they want to attend. Knowing this, we encourage you to:
Know that what you do in college is a better predictor of future success and happiness than
where you go to college.
Be confident. Take responsibility for your college admission process. The more you do for
yourself, the better the results will be.
Be deliberate. Applying to college involves thoughtful research to determine distinctions
among colleges, as well as careful self-examination to identify your interests, learning style
and other criteria. Plan to make well-considered applications to the most suitable colleges.
This is often referred to as “making good matches.”
Be realistic and trust your instincts. Choosing a college is an important process, but not a life
or death decision. Since there are limits to what you can know about colleges and about
yourself, you should allow yourself to do educated guesswork.
Be open-minded. Resist the notion that there is one perfect college. Great education happens
in many places.
Use a variety of resources for gathering information. Seek advice from those people who
know you, care about you, and are willing to help.
Be honest; be yourself.
Limit your applications to a well-researched and reasonable number.
LOS GATOS HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE OFFICE
COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS ASSISTANCE
CSU’s and UC’s do not need Secondary School Reports or teacher recommendations.
Almost all four-year colleges require either an SAT or ACT test.
UC’s and some private colleges require 2 SAT Subject Tests. CSU’s require none.
Community colleges do not require the SAT or ACT.
Application filing dates –
October 1 - November 30 is the CSU priority filing period.
November 1 - 30 is the UC priority filing period
Private college regular deadlines generally fall between Dec. 15 – Feb. 15.
Check individual applications or Naviance for exact dates.
Inform colleges in writing of any change in senior year courses.
Sign up for an SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests or ACT test.
a. Sign up online (www.collegeboard.com) or (www.act.org)
b. Complete the applications and send by the deadline date.
c. Complete all testing by December test dates.
Order a transcript ($3.00 for each).
a. Go to the Guidance Office and fill out a transcript request form.
b. Pay the appropriate amount of money and provide school-addressed and stamped envelopes
for each college requested.
c. Provide a transcript only if requested. Some schools require only a final transcript by July 15.
Get private college or university application(s). (Do this as early as possible.)
a. Get addresses and/or phone numbers of schools from Naviance. Most applications may be
b. Also request other information (housing/catalog/special services/athletics/financial aid/etc).
c. Consider using The Common Application for member schools.
d. For more detailed information, go to the “Independent (Private) College Application Process
Instructions and Materials” section.
Send colleges your SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT scores
a. Send up to four free (SAT) and pay for additional score reports at the time you register for what
you expect to be your last testing session.
b. To order additional score reports, go to www.collegeboard.com for SAT or www.act.org for
Apply for financial aid and scholarships.
a. Find the CSS Profile online at www.collegeboard.com.
b. Find the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
c. FAFSA’s filing period begins January 2. The CSS Profile can be filed immediately.
d. Check “financial aid” and/or “scholarships” for a Cal Grant on your college application forms
as well as completing the above financial aid forms.
e. Have your parents attend the financial aid workshop in January, 20010.
Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan to play Division I or II college athletics.
a. Complete an eligibility form online. The address is
b. Complete the form and send to the Clearinghouse with the application fee.
c. Bring $3 for a transcript that must be sent now and $3 for a final transcript in June to the
d. Make sure to mark “9999” on the SAT score report section for scores to be sent directly to
e. Learn about NCAA rules and requirements at www.ncaa.org
>Academics & Athletes>Eligibility & Conduct
Meet all deadlines for college and scholarship applications. THIS IS EXTREMELY
a. Make a copy of every completed application and all documents for your records.
b. Get a Certificate of Mailing from the post office as proof of the date sent if applying on paper
c. Apply as early as possible and always before the deadline, especially to those colleges with
COLLEGE APPLICATION ORGANIZER
The college application process has many steps with various deadlines. This chart will help you keep track of your progress.
*Applicable only if you are applying to an independent college.
College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4 College 5 College 6 College 7 College 8
* Asked teacher(s) to write
* Gave Secondary School envelope
Report envelope counselor
Gave Teacher Recommendation Report
* envelop to teacher
* Application form completed
Portfolio or other additional information
completed, if applicable
Application submitted (student portion)
Sent thank you note(s)
* High School Transcripts
Gave mid-year school report form to
counselor (during finals week in
* January) if applicable
*Applicable only if you are applying to an independent college.
College College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4 College 5 College 6 College 7 College 8
Last date to take
SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
Last date to take SAT Subject Tests
Request to send score reports to colleges:
SAT Reasoning Test - from College Board
SAT Subject Tests - from College Board
ACT - from ACT
Financial Aid Applications
FAFSA application deadline
FAFSA form submitted
* Completed CSS PROFILE registration
process (if applicable)
CSS Profile application deadline
* CSS PROFILE form submitted
Individual college's financial aid application
Application deadline for any other required
financial aid forms (i.e. GPA Verification)
Any other required financial aid forms
Final College Choice
Deadline for informing college of acceptance
Deadline for submitting
AP test scores if applicable
Deadline for sending final transcript (request
during finals week in June from registrar)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
APPLICATION PROCESS (AND SOME ANSWERS TOO!)
How Many Applications Are Enough?
As with many aspects of the admissions process, there isn’t one single answer that satisfies everyone.
Applications are costly in terms of both time and money; filing fees range from $25 to $60. There’s no
advantage to applying to an excessive number of colleges--students can attend only one college at a time.
It’s important that students apply to colleges with varying degrees of selectivity: “reach,” “probable” and
Reach colleges are the most selective among the choices and often represent a student’s first choices.
Probable colleges are those that usually accept students whose academic credentials tend to match
those of the applicant.
Safety colleges are those that will almost always admit applicants with profiles like the student’s.
They should embody all qualities that the student wants from college, even though the school is less
--Modified from A Parent’s Guide to College Admissions
Should I Apply Early Decision?
Early decision plans are designed for students who have evaluated their college choices at an early date,
have determined which school is their first choice, and want to settle their college decision relatively early
in their senior year of high school. The rule for early decision is simple: Use it only if you’re certain of the
college that you want to attend. If students decide to apply for early decision, they should understand that
they are entering a binding agreement with the college. If they are admitted, they must attend and pay a
non-refundable commitment deposit up front. Therefore, if students are not absolutely certain that they
want to attend a particular college, they may be able to opt for early action (they will find out early, but it’s
non-binding) or regular decision.
Some colleges will say that students have a better chance of admission if they apply early using early
decision, but it really depends upon the applicant pool and how selective the college is overall. If students
are sure that this college is the one, it shouldn’t hurt their chances if they let the college know that they care
enough to make this early commitment.
A couple of caveats: If students’ senior grades or SAT/ACT scores from the senior year will help their case,
early decision or early action probably isn’t for them. If financial aid is a major consideration, students will
only be able to get an estimate of their financial aid package--rather than a firm offer--if they apply for early
decision. Students should keep these factors in mind when making their decision.
Advantages of Early Decision:
You don’t have to wait as long to find out if you’re admitted.
You don’t have to spend time and money filling a lot of applications.
You have more time to plan how to pay for college.
Disadvantages of Early Decision:
If you’re accepted, you’re obligated to attend.
You may discover a more suitable college later.
The earlier deadline may force you to submit a less-polished application, unless you
begin your application well ahead of time.
--Adapted from Kaplan’s Guide to College Selection
Using the Internet to Search for Colleges?
Knowing how to do a college search through the Internet will help you to use your time more effec-
tively. Start with websites that allow you to locate colleges that have the characteristics you desire.
You can locate these by searching for “college search” at websites like Google or visit some of the
websites listed below which offer free customized college searches.
Try several of these sites because some only include colleges that have paid a fee.
Los Gatos High School has purchased a site license for Naviance, a program that allows for easy-to-
use, tailor-made college searches. A personal registration code and more information have been
provided. Naviance is a web-based planning and advising system for higher education institutions
which simplifies the process of providing up-to-date information to secondary school counselors
and students. Naviance offers a platform for alerting counselors, students, parents, and other
stakeholders about changes in deadlines, mailing addresses, and other information critical to the
Once you have an initial list of colleges, you’ll need to spend time visiting each of the college’s
websites. Don’t judge a college by the bells and whistles available at its website, but use the site to get
more information about how well that college fits you. You generally can link directly to college home
pages through the search sites you used to create your list, or go to www.collegeapps.about.com/
blus.htm to link to all American colleges and universities. At each college’s site, search out basic
information about college characteristics, look for a profile of accepted students, read through the
information for prospective students (if you’re really interested in a college, print out this section for
your files), and check out parts of the site that tell you about student organizations, college majors,
course of study, and/or housing options. If you have specific questions, e-mail the appropriate department
- admissions office, financial aid office, department heads, activities offices, or campus religious
organizations. Many colleges also offer a virtual tour on their website - this is not a substitute for a
campus visit, but it will let you get a general idea about campus facilities. You might also want to
browse a number of editions of the campus newspaper to find out what issues are important to
students at that school.
The Internet is a great resource for college searches but it’s vital to remember that not all information
is accurate. As you do with other Internet information, think about the source, the site sponsor, and
whether you can confirm information elsewhere. Some students and parents may be concerned about
maintaining their privacy on the Internet. Applicants are advised to review the site’s privacy state-
ment before using its services and to ensure that secure servers and proper encryption methods back
the site. Prior to submitting an application over the Internet, look for a lock or key icon to indicate
WRITING A COLLEGE ESSAY
Thoughts of a College Admissions Officer as she reads her 40th application essay in one
“...I’m tired. It’s one a.m. I’ve read 39 applications in six hours, and it’s time to quit.
But just to even things out, I’ll read one more. I open the folder, close my eyes, and skip
over pages 1 – 3. I don’t really care about all those lists. I want to know about the “real
you.” In what ways are you different from those other 39 I just looked at? I find your
neatly typed essay. So far, so good. I begin at the top...”
“Lisa, you think too much! say my friends. And perhaps I do. They say that I am
too busy analyzing to ever relax and enjoy things, that I should stop thinking and
just do. They may be right. I guess I tire them with my theories and revelations. I
was talking to a friend at a party several weeks ago, and I told her that in a way the
party symbolized Pascal’s theory of the duality of man. She laughed. I blushed.
She went to get another handful of chips and pretzels.
I find myself pondering at the strangest times. In my sophomore year, I
remember forming an idea about my own insecurity as I stepped onto the field
before a soccer game. At a rock concert this summer I remember seriously trying
to determine why I had to stand up and sing to enjoy the music while my brother
only needed to sit back and listen. Of course, most of the concert had slipped by
unnoticed as I thought these things! Sometimes I find myself gliding in a trance
through stop signs or walking in entirely the wrong direction. They get in the
way sometimes, these thoughts, but I can’t help it; I love to think. I derive more
pleasure from thinking than from almost anything else. It’s the traffic tickets for
going through stop signs that I could do without...”
“I’m already chuckling, but more important, I’m learning about you. You’re witty, not
afraid to look foolish, not afraid to share what you’re really like. You didn’t give me a
“shopping list” that says you play soccer, like rock concerts, enjoy doing things with your
friends as well as your brother – you showed me those things in an interesting,
economically written, humorous paragraph or two. I hope you really want us. I know we
HOW IMPORTANT IS AN APPLICATION ESSAY?
The essay is an essential and sometimes all-important factor for both public and
private college admissions and scholarships.
It provides information about you that is not apparent in other parts of the
It provides an invaluable opportunity for you to “present yourself.” You become a
“personality on a page”; show yourself as an individual and write about what you
WHAT MAKES AN APPLICATION ESSAY GOOD?
The essay is carefully composed.
Follow directions carefully.
Take time to understand and address the topic.
Give yourself plenty of time to write your essay in stages.
Cluster or outline your thoughts. (Consider putting your thoughts on a tape recorder.)
Write a first draft and share it with family/friends.
Write a second draft, one more focused and improved.
After two or three days, reread the second draft. Pretend you are the admissions officer and ask
yourself, “What have I learned about this person? What will this student add to the intellectual
and social climate of the school?”
Revise and sharpen the essay. Look for misspellings as well as typographical and grammatical
Be sure you have followed all directions.
The essay is interesting.
Write about a subject familiar and important to you. It should convey who you are above and
beyond what the application shows.
Write the essay yourself. The admissions officer is listening for your voice. Speak from within.
Don’t use words and phrases you would not ordinarily use.
Use the active voice; avoid overuse of the “to be” verb.
Show, don’t tell. Vividness creates interest.
Make the first sentence count. Make it an eye-opener.
“Even though I look like I stepped off the cover of GQ, the inner me is really Field and
“If I were given the option of being either a well-renowned intellectual giant or a Cy
Young Award-winning baseball player, I would instinctively choose the latter.”
Stay organized and focused.
Remember to have an effective conclusion, one that has impact.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMONLY GIVEN TOPICS?
Show us what you are like:
This is the most common and often the most difficult to write because you must decide on the focal
point of the essay. You must decide what best shows who you are. The focus of your essay may be a
commitment to a hobby or a cause, being a champion debater, growing intellectually through an
experience or activity, or bouncing back from a setback. Remember, your purpose is to show, not tell
who you are. Avoid the “Shopping-List” format that tells your life story in chronological order.
Discuss an idea or interest:
This question might ask you to discuss an interest that has had a profound effect on you, or it might ask
you to discuss an idea about which you feel strongly. Sometimes it will present you with a quote, e.g..
“For sleep, health, and wealth to be fully enjoyed, they must be interrupted” – Jean Paul Richter.
Discuss the quote and support a position. Your answer must reflect who you are, your outlook and
aspirations. Do not make it an essay on Jean Paul Richter.
Tell us why you want to come to this college:
Respond to this essay topic with specific reasons this college is particularly right for you. You find such
reasons by carefully reading the college catalogue, talking to a student or alum, or possibly visiting the
“Imagine that you...” or “What if...”:
This type of essay gives you a specific topic, e.g., “If you could spend a day with any one person, whom
would you choose and why?” or “Imagine that you could create a new holiday, what would it be and
why” Remember that you, not the person or holiday, are the focus of the essay. Discuss why you would
choose that person, why you would create that particular holiday. This is your chance to show off your
originality/creativity as a writer and person.
WHICH APPROACHES DO NOT WORK?
Shopping List Essay:
The information included in this type of essay is found elsewhere in the application. Commonly titled,
My Life, it reads:
“My name is Reginald Koa and I was born in the state of Massachusetts 18 years ago. I left the
snow and cold of New England for the sunny skies of California at the age of 8. In elementary
school, I won the Junior Service Award ...”
Predictable and One-Dimensional Essay:
Usually titled, My Summer Trip, it reads:
“I went to Japan this summer. I ate a lot of different kinds of food (like sashimi-raw fish),
learned to speak a little Japanese, and was introduced to a lot of different customs. It changed my
life in so many ways. Everything was totally new to me ...”
The analogy essay is titled, I Am Like the Busy Ant and reads:
“I am the hard working ant ...” (or “the dedicated and faithful dog ...” “the busy working
Too General Essay:
This essay lacks focus and/or is too broad. It has breadth, but no depth. Usually titled, The Evolution
of My Character, it reads:
“My childhood left a great impression on my life. I was the youngest of five children. My father
was a pilot for a major airline. I looked forward to his returning home for many, many
This essay is usually titled, The D’s, and reads:
“ I have the dedication, determination, and desire to do well in your college ...”
Wrong Focus Essay:
This essay is usually titled, My Grandfather (or My Favorite Teacher). If you choose this topic, you
need to make sure you tell us how you were affected by this person. This admission essay is about you,
not your grandfather.
This is an essay that uses forced humor or is written in a gimmicky style. Perhaps it is written in the
shape of a piano, an hourglass, or in collage form. Such an essay might be titled, Return of the Piano:
Keys to Success.
Los Gatos High School
This material pertains to independent (private) and some out-of-state public colleges.
Schools in the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC)
systems DO NOT accept teacher letters or secondary school reports.
BASICS OF THE COLLEGE ADMISSION FORMS
It is your responsibility to obtain your college applications and follow all instructions. All
applications are available online.
However for most independent (private) colleges and universities, an application consists
of five distinct parts:
1. Student Application and Essay
2. Secondary School Report Form (SSR) or Counselor Report Form
3. Teacher Letter of Recommendation Report Form
4. Mid-Year Report
5. Final Transcript
To better understand the application process, please refer to the chart below:
2 Secondary School Report (SSR) or
Counselor Report Form
The school is responsible for completing the
Student Application and
SSR and mailing it to the college. In most
cases, a letter of recommendation
describing your personal and academic
Teacher Letter of Recommendation 1
(7th semester grades)
Essay characteristics is sent with this report. Report Form
You are responsible for 1 The teacher is responsible for completing the
Some selective colleges require
the Mid-Year Report Form that
following the instructions
and completing the
application forms and
letter of recommendation form and mailing it
to the college. Letters describe your
particular academic skills and attitude about
includes an official transcript
through the first semester of
senior year (7th semester).
essay(s) requested. Most Complete all steps for the Secondary learning in the teacher’s class. When
colleges ask you to file the School Report counselor envelope, deciding whom to ask to write a letter, be sure
application before the due which includes a student questionnaire you ask a teacher who knows you well.
date stated. and actions in Naviance and The
Complete all steps for the Teacher Give former to counselor by
Letter of Recommendation envelope Jan. 30
and submit to the teacher at least three
weeks prior to the first application due
Send application via internet date
or through the mail (be sure
to get a certificate of mailing) Submit to the Guidance Office
Early Action Due: Sept. 23
Regular Due: Oct. 27
Send SAT/ACT scores to teacher with a Final transcript
every school to which Teacher mails or handwritten thank
files request due to
you’ve applied School submits report you note
electronically registrar during final
It takes at least four weeks for teachers, counselors and administrators to complete the school’s portion of your admission packet. It is critical that you
meet the due date for submission of Letter of Recommendation forms and Secondary School Reports by the Guidance Office on the designated due
EARLY ACTION/EARLY DECISION – September 22, 2010 Note: For Rolling Admission, a
REGULAR OR ROLLING – October 26, 2010 minimum of one month is needed from
date of submission to mailing
ORGANIZING YOUR MATERIALS
College Application(s) Transcripts Test Scores Financial Aid
Spring of Start asking teachers to write a letter of recommendation on your Register with
junior behalf NCAA and request an
Attend private school application workshop official transcript to
year send in if interested in
Div. I or II sports
August Purchase application packets from Guidance Register for October
SAT/ACT test if needed
September Turn in Early Decision/Early Action application materials in the Register for November Complete CSS Profile form for private
Guidance Office on September 23 SAT/ACT test if needed colleges if applicable
Ask/confirm teacher letter writer(s)
Attend private college application workshop (workshop is
repeated from spring meeting)
October Turn in regular Decision and Rolling applications materials in the For colleges only Register for December
Guidance Office on October 27 requiring transcripts, SAT/ACT test if needed
submit requests to Submit all SAT Reasoning,
Registrar SAT Subject Tests, and ACT
scores to Early Decision/ Early
November Submit Early Decision/Early Action applications to colleges by
Write thank you notes to teachers completing letters for you
December Submit Regular Decision and Rolling applications to colleges by Submit final test scores to Complete individual college financial aid
due date all schools if you have not forms for Early Decision/Early Action schools
already done so if applicable
January Submit Regular Decision and Rolling applications to colleges by If appropriate, turn Begin to file FAFSA electronically
due date in Mid-Year report to
Write thank you notes to teachers/counselor/administrator writing counselor by January
a letter on your behalf 20
March FAFSA deadline – March 2, 2010
GPA verification deadline – March 2,
April/ Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
May Let your letter writers know which college you will attend
June Submit final transcript
request to Registrar
during finals week
Summer Juniors: Check SAT/ACT testing dates and plan ahead for senior Submit AP test scores to
year your college when all scores are
received (if applicable)
Recognizing the Scammer
How can you tell the good from the bad?
States you’ve won an award for which you didn’t apply.
Does not supply valid contact information.
Guarantees you will win an award.
Requires personal financial information (such as credit card numbers or checking account
numbers) to “verify” or “hold” a scholarship.
A legitimate scholarship service:
Sends information about awards when you request it.
Makes contact information available upon request.
Does not guarantee you will win an award.
Should not direct you to a fee-based provider because the company knows that financial aid
information is readily available for free.
Quick Scam Warning Signs:
A “money-back guarantee.”
Requests for your credit card or bank account.
What If You Suspect a Scam?
1. Save all forms you receive from the suspect company. Keep copies of written details about the
offer and any correspondence, e-mails or other paperwork. Make sure all materials are dated.
2. Take notes during any seminar or phone conversations. Record the date, time, phone number and the
person’s name with whom you spoke. Also include a detailed account of your conversation.
3. Report the suspected scammer to any of the following organizations:
National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) Ph: 800-876-7060 Web: www.fraud.org
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Ph: 877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) Web: www.ftc.gov
State Attorney General’s Office - Call information or visit California’s Web site:
caag.state.ca.us to obtain state attorney general’s contact information. Ask about filing a complaint
with the Bureau of Consumer Protection in California.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Ph: 703-276-0100 Web: www.bbb.org
United States Postal Inspection Service (USPS) Ph: 800-654-8896 Web:
Vanity Press Publications
There are organizations that claim they will honor nominated students by placing their name, picture, and
biography in a book of “distinguished” high school students. When families are asked to purchase this
book in which their son or daughter is “honored,” many will pay, not realizing that the selection process
is not as prestigious as claimed.
Popular (But False!) Claims
“For a small fee, we’ll give you a list of scholarships.”
Never spend money on a fee-based matching service. The biggest and best award databases are available
for free on the Internet, including Fast Web: www.fastweb.com.
“$6.6 billion in scholarships went unclaimed last year.”
Statements about unclaimed awards are misleading. They generally refer to tuition reimbursements that
aren’t available to the public. Scholarships are competitive and are awarded.
“You are guaranteed a minimum of $1,000 in awards.”
A service can’t guarantee any scholarships because it has no control over the scholarship judge’s deci-
“We have a 96% success rate.”
These false success rates indicate the percentage of students they’ve successfully matched with the
database, NOT the number of students who actually receive money.
“We’ll need a bank account/credit card number to verify your information.”
Your bank account and credit card information is confidential. A legitimate scholarship provider won’t
ask for this information.
“We will do all the work for you.”
To win a legitimate scholarship, you must submit your own applications, write your own essays and
solicit your own letters of recommendation. There is no way to avoid doing the work.
Creative Scams: What to Watch For
Some companies find innovative ways to take your money.
Know what to look for when trying to tell friend from foe.
Financial Aid Fees: Worth the Price?
Paying a fee to help you apply for financial aid may be an unnecessary expense. Here’s why:
Claim #1: “We’ll help you complete complicated forms.”
A. Information about the FAFSA and other forms is available for free from your academic advisor,
library and the Department of Education: Toll-free help line: 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243).
B. You still have to fill out the same basic information for a fee-based service that you would for the
FAFSA. How else would they get your information?
Claim #2: “We’ll find different ways to report your assets and obtain more aid.”
While these services can be legitimate, remember that colleges can request additional documentation
about your finances. Also, not reporting tax information accurately is against the law (punishable up to a
$20,000 fine, prison or both).
Note: While financial aid services may provide useful information, know your options before deciding to
use these services. Financial aid shouldn’t cost you, especially when free resources are available.
A New Kind of Scam: Financial Aid Seminars
A seminar may or may not be legitimate. What are the warning signs?
While the presentation might be free, the services aren’t: You may be pressured to give them a
checking account number or a credit card to sign up for the service.
You are told that the program can adjust your income and/or assets to make it seem like you earn less
money, thereby qualifying for more aid. Such practices are often illegal.
You are asked for a credit card number to “hold” the scholarships for you.
The service tells you that it can only answer specific questions after you have paid the fee.
The service tells you anything that conflicts with what a financial aid office tells you.
Reminder: A company with an official-sounding name that includes words like “national,” “education”
or “federal” in its title does not necessarily mean it is legitimate. Check with your counselor if you
question a company’s legitimacy.
FastTip: If a seminar is held at a local school or community center, it doesn’t mean it is legitimate.
Anyone can rent space and give a presentation. Check with your advisor before you attend if you have
A SAMPLE OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET
Los Gatos High School has a site license for Naviance, a program that allows for easy-to use, tailor-made college searches.
Included in Naviance is a personal survey to help assess strengths, blind spots, recommended career paths and college majors.
Students have established their own account at http:// connection.naviance.com/lghs
http://connection.naviance.com/lghs College database with LGHS-specific information
www.californiacolleges.edu Information about applying to colleges in California
www.collegeboard.com The College Board official website
www.collegeview.com Career, college and scholarship databases
www.collegenet.com College database and financial aid links
www.gocollege.com College search and financial aid
www.princetonreview.com The Princeton Review official website
www.collegexpress.com College and financial aid search engines
www.aamc.org The Association of American Medical Colleges website
www.act.org The official ACT website
www.aiccu.edu Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities website
www.cccco.edu California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office website
College Application Sites
to UC Personal Statement (Essay)
www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions The University of California’s undergraduate admission information and
www.csumentor.edu How to plan for and apply to the California State University
www.commonapp.org The Common Application official website. This application form is used by approximately 400
colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs.
http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net NCAA Official Website (necessary site for NCAA registration)
www.naia.org National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics official website
www.athleticaid.com Sports scholarship, financial aid and college search resources for students and student athletes
Financial Aid/Scholarship Sites
www.fafsa.ed.gov Obtain a PIN, learn more about the FAFSA, file online and check the status of your FAFSA
http://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, the financial aid application service of the
College Board. Many colleges, universities and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to award
nonfederal student aid funds.
www.calgrants.org Basics about Cal Grants
www.californiacashforcollege.org Free Cash for College workshops to assist in filling out the FAFSA
www.finaid.org An overall look at financial aid as well as where and how to get it
www.ed.gov/funding.html The U.S. Department of Education website
www.fastweb.com Free scholarship and college searches
www.fdncenter.org The Foundation Center website
www.collegeboard.com The College Board official website
www.scholarshare.com Information about college savings programs
www.studentaid.ed.gov Information from the U.S. Department of Education
www.ftc.gov Information about scholarship scams
www.act.org ACT registration
www.collegeboard.com SAT registration and SAT preparation
www.number2.com Free SAT and ACT preparation
COLLEGE PLACEMENT TESTS
College placement tests are not admissions tests. They are used to determine level placement in college
subject areas such as English and mathematics. All freshmen who will enroll in the fall must take the
tests unless they are exempted by submitting proof of one of the following:
University of California System
Exemptions for Analytical Writing Examination
3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exam in Language/Composition or
C or better in a transferable college course in English (4 quarter or 3 semester units)
taken prior to enrollment
680 or higher on the writing skills section of the SAT Reasoning
30 or higher on the ACT Combined English Writing test
California State University System
Exemptions for English Placement Test (EPT)
3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exam in Language/Composition or
550 or above on SAT Reasoning Test – Critical Reading
680 or higher on the writing skills portion of the SAT Reasoning
24 or above on ACT English test
Exemptions for Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)
3 or higher on Advanced Placement math – Calculus or Statistics
550 or above on math section of SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Test in math
23 or above on the math section of the ACT
(See individual college catalogs.)
UNIVERSITY OF _________________________
Office of Admissions and Records
John Q. Student
1234 Any Street
Let’s put a disclaimer right up front: this letter is going to every student who has been admitted
to ___________________________ , and not everyone is going to like it. In fact, some will be
downright turned off. Don’t take it as offensive but rather as defensive – a kind of insurance policy for
your success at _________________ . Read on.
Each year, some students, even some whose academic records meet the rigorous competition for
admission to _________________________ , realize they have college admission offers in hand and
decide they needn’t worry about their last semester courses or grades. After all, the senior year of high
school comes only once, so why not enjoy it? Courses are dropped or just blown off, classes ditched –
anything to lighten the academic load. The time to buckle down will come next August.
I do not assume that you are looking at your senior year this way, but I have known students with exactly
your kind of record who did. For that reason, we remind everyone of the obligation that goes with our
admission offer: “Your senior year courses are part of the admission decision. A final high school
transcript is required unless you have already graduated to verify graduation and successful completion
of courses in progress.” We will see your final transcript, and we do rescind admission when our high
expectations for our students are compromised by a bad senior year.
But don’t miss the real purpose for this letter: The main reason I put so much significance on this year is
the impact it will have on your success next year. Yes, the qualit y o f the work you do
at __________________________ will be determined in no small part by your tremendous talent, but it
will also be determined by the strength of your academic habits. Just as you would want to be in top
condition for the start of an athletic season, so you want to be in top condition for the academic season
that begins in August. The habits you form now – your academic strength conditioning – will either help
or hurt you in your transition from high school to college. Keep in shape for the rest of the year. We’re
counting on your success – next fall – and beyond.
Anytown Undergraduate Admissions Officer
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. SAN DIEGO UCSD
HERKELLY • DAVIS • IRVINE • 1.05 ANGELES • RIVERSIDE • SAN DIEGO • SAN FRANCISCO
9500 GILMAN DRIVE_ DEPT. 0021
LA JOLLA. CALIFORNIA 92093-0021
RICHARD L. BACKER
ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR
OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRAR
(619153 -31(i) FAX: 1619) 534.5723
August 10, 1995
Thank you for your final high school transcript verifying completion of twelfth grade courses and
your date of graduation.
You were provisionally admitted for Fall 1995 based on your grades, test scores, courses above
the minimum "a-f" subject requirements, honors courses and twelfth grade courses as listed on
your application. It was expected that you would complete all the twelfth grade courses listed
on your application with a minimum 3.00 gpa and no grade lower than C as specified in the
Freshman Contract included in your original admission packet
I am disappointed to discover that you did not meet the conditions stated in your contract and
that your twelfth grade record is not comparable to your previous performance. An evaluation
of your final transcript indicates that you are now considerably below our freshmen selection
Under these circumstances, UCSD must cancel our offer of admission for Fall 1995. We will be
happy to consider your reapplication for admission to UCSD after you have completed sixty (60)
transferable semester units at a community college or some other institution.
Richard L Backer
Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Enrollment Management/Registrar
cc: Muir College
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER
WAYS WE CAN HELP
Registration information and applications for the SAT and ACT
A list of SAT and ACT preparation programs
Course catalogs, brochures and DVDs for California and out-of-state colleges,
both public and private
Scheduled visits by college representatives who talk about their schools and answer specific questions
Applications for community colleges, various public and private colleges and universities, and the
Application workshops in October for UC and CSU
Reference materials on careers, colleges, scholarships, and test preparation.
Financial aid/scholarship information and resources
A file of summer programs and opportunities
Computers for student and parent use to research career and college databases and student planner
Resources available for check-out to students and parents
A file of volunteer opportunities
Speaker series for Colleges and Universities, see updated Speaker Calendar and sign-up in the College and
Marie Rector, College and Career Center Coordinator
Los Gatos High School Guidance Department
Hints and Reminders for the College Application Process
California Community College System
o Filing Period: Generally, March – August for fall enrollment
o Testing Requirements: Placement for English and math; completed after the application has
been filed; results will determine scheduling
o A transcript needs to be sent to evidence your high school graduation
o www.cccco.edu and www.assist.org for more information
University of California and California State University Systems
o Filing Period: UC, November 1 – 30; CSU, October 1 – November 30
o Testing Requirements: UC, SAT Reasoning/ACT with Writing + two SAT Subject Tests (in
different subject areas); CSU, SAT Reasoning/ACT with Writing (strongly recommended)
o No letters of recommendation or transcripts need to be sent
o www.universityofcalifornia.edu and www.csumentor.edu for more information
Private/Independent and Out-of-State Colleges and Universities
o Filing Period: Each school will set its own application period and deadline; you should
consult the undergraduate admissions section of the particular school’s website for the
application and procedures to follow.
o Testing Requirements: SAT Reasoning/ACT with Writing is generally required; SAT Subject
Tests may be required
o A Secondary School Report with at least one letter of recommendation is generally required
for private/independent colleges and universities; transcripts are ordered and paid for as
part of your completed SSR envelope. Deadline for early application SSRs is September 22;
Deadline for regular application SSRs is October 26
o www.aiccu.edu (California private/independent) and http://connection.naviance.com/lghs
(out-of-state public and private/independent) for more information
o SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject: October 10 and November 7 are the remaining available
dates; registration deadlines are generally five weeks before the test date;
www.collegeboard.com for more information
o ACT with Writing: October 24 is the remaining date; registration deadlines are also
generally five weeks before the test date; www.actstudent.org for more information
o Order score reports, inclusive of all tests taken, to be sent directly to the colleges and
universities where you are applying
o Meet all deadlines and apply early
o Proofread all application materials for accuracy, legibility, and clarity
o Ask an adult to proofread your essays and personal statements
o Your “voice” is the one that needs to be “heard” through your application – your written
works must be your own to make this happen
o Use an email address with a formal, appropriate name; email communication should also be
formal in nature
Requirements by Institution Type
SAT I/ACT +
Institution Type Writing SAT Subject Tests Application Timeline
Community College Not required Not required March-August
California State October 1 - November
University Recommended Not required 30
University of Two required (Math November 1 -
California Required 1 not accepted) November 30
Generally not Determined
Out-of-State Public Required required Individually
Private/Independent Required individually Individually
Institution Type Statement SSR Recommendation
Community College Not required No No
University Not required No No
University of Personal
California Statement No No
Out-of-State Public Individually Possibly Possibly
Private/Independent Essay(s) Yes Generally, Yes
Senior Year College Application Calendar
(also see monthly calendar on p.4)
September 15 Private College Application Meeting – 2:00 Comm. Rm.
September 11 ACT test date
September 10 Registration deadline for October ACT
September 22 Early application/early decision SSR envelope due
October 1 CSU application period begins
October 8 Registration deadline for November SAT
October 9 SAT test date
October 6 CSU application workshop – 7:00 LGHS Library
October 12 UC application workshop – 7:00 LGHS Library
October 20 “How to Pay for College” workshop – 7:00 LGHS Library
October 26 Regular Decision SSR Envelope Due to Guidance
October 23 ACT Testing Date
November 1 UC Application Period Begins
November 6 SAT Testing Date
November 30 Application deadline for CSU and UC
December 15 – January 15 Private Applications due
January 5 Financial Aid Workshop – 7:00 pm LGHS Library
March 1 FAFSA submission deadline
March 1-31 Admissions decisions mailed to students
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