Let’s Go to College! Types of Colleges in California • Community College (112) • California State University (CSU 23) • University of California (UC 10) • Private and Independent (75+) Degrees Offered CA Community Colleges CA State University: Associate of Arts & Science Bachelors of Arts & Sciences Certificates of Achievement Masters of Arts & Sciences Certificate of Completion Teaching Credentials Joint Doctoral Degrees University of California: Independent Colleges & Universities: Bachelors of Arts & Sciences Bachelors of Arts & Sciences Masters of Arts & Sciences Masters of Arts & Sciences Teaching Credentials Teaching Credentials Doctoral Degrees Doctoral Degrees Professional Degrees Professional Degrees (Law, Medical, Business) (Law, Medical, Business) California State University -23 Campuses San Jose State University -Different campus sizes -Affordable -Practical, Hands-on learning -Prepare students for world of work -Prepare students for advanced degrees California State University, Fresno Independent Schools 76 independent colleges and universities in CA - Examples - Stanford Loyola Marymount Fresno Pacific University of the Pacific University of California - 9 undergraduate campuses UCLA -Variety of sizes, environments and majors -Student research opportunities with distinguished faculty -Student support services -Education abroad opportunities -Athletics, ranging from intramurals to Division I -Guaranteed admission for eligible students -Excellent educational value -High graduation rates UC Merced The University of California System Davis Berkeley San Francisco Merced Santa Cruz Riverside Santa Barbara San Diego Los Angeles Irvine Getting Started • Strive to Maintain Good Grades • Know who to ask for help • Ask your teachers and counselors for help • Go Online Preparing for College 6th Grade -Stay focused on your studies and get good grades -Meet with your school counselor to set a goal of attending college -Select classes that will help you prepare for college -Develop good study habits -Aim for good grades (A’s & B’s) in all classes Preparing for College 7th – 9th Grades -Stay focused on your studies and get good grades -Explore Careers – What kind of education is needed to achieve your goal? -Study hard and build strong academic skills -Begin taking college preparatory courses – ask your counselor to confirm you are taking the right classes for college -Visit your local colleges and universities -Become involved in academic programs (AVID, etc.) Preparing for College 10th – 11th Grades -Stay focused on your studies and get good grades -Meet with your college counselor -Prepare for college entrance exams (SAT/ACT) by taking pretests – PSAT -Get involved with various school and community activities -Begin taking the standardized tests (ACT or SAT) in the 11th grade -Begin the college search – attend college fairs, visit campuses, check out college web sites -Ask about scholarships and grants Preparing for College 12th Grade -Stay focused on your studies and get good grades -Decide which colleges to apply – be aware of deadlines -Retake the SAT or ACT, if needed -Apply for financial aid between January 1 – March 2 using FAFSA -Apply for Scholarships Academic & Student Support Programs • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) • California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal SOAP) • Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) • Educational Talent Search (ETS) • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) • Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) • Upward Bound • Listing of programs at local schools www.appris.org These programs provide: -Support and information on college placement exams -Assistance in the application and financial aid process -Tutorial services, personal and career development, study skills and mentoring -College visits and tours A – G Requirements • English (4 years) • Math (3 years) * • Social Studies (2 years) • Science (2 years) * • Foreign Language (2 years)* • Visual and Performing Arts (1 year) • Electives (1 year) * An additional year is recommended College Costs & Expenses • Tuition & Fees • Books/Supplies • Rent • Food • Clothes • Transportation Money Matters 2012 - 2013 On-Campus Off-Campus At-Home w/ Relatives ITEM UCM ITEM UCM ITEM UCM Tuition / Fees* 13,802 Tuition / Fees* 13,802 Tuition / Fees* 13,802 Health Health Health 1,383 1,383 1,383 Insurance Insurance Insurance Room and Room and Room and 14,272 7,109 4,422 Board Board Board Books & Books & Books & 1,398 1,398 1,398 Supplies Supplies Supplies Personal Personal Personal 1,594 1,521 1,684 Expenses Expenses Expenses Transportation 895 Transportation 1,725 Transportation 1,794 TOTAL COST $33,344 TOTAL COST $26,938 TOTAL COST $24,483 Estimated Cost at UC Merced http://financialaid.ucmerced.edu/cost-attendance How to Pay for College • Develop a savings plan • Learn about scholarships (www.fastweb.com) • Maintain Good Grades Financial Aid 4 Types of Financial Aid • Grants • Scholarships • Loans • Work Study (Part Time Jobs) How Can Higher Education “Pay Off” What types of jobs are offered without a college degree? What types of jobs are offered with a college degree? Jobs Which Do Not Require a College Degree Expected Earnings* Occupation (Average-Yearly) Cashier (Merced County) $18,867 Counter and Retail Clerk $19,841 (Merced County) Cook, Fast Food $18,657 Waiter/Waitress (Merced $19,391 County) Bank Teller (Merced $25,901 County) *Based on full time employment in Merced County. Before Taxes. http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/?pageid=1004 Careers Which Require a College Degree Expected Earnings* (Average-Yearly) Teacher $49,095 Lawyer $157,934 Doctor (Pediatrician, $168,043 General) Mechanical Engineer $92,164 Advertising & Promotions $105,268 Managers *Based on full time employment in California http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov United States Department of Labor http://www.bls.gov/emp/emptab7.htm Contact: Admissions Office (209) 228-4682 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: admissions.ucmerced.edu www.ucmerced.edu Good luck in your educational goals!
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