College Apps ‘101’
Demystifying the College
Mt. Carmel High School
The Class of 2010 Senior Team
Greg Magno – Assistant Principal
Dena Tracanna – Counselor
Vanda Wilshire – Guidance Technician
Shevaun Teegarden – Attendance Assistant
What we’re doing to help…
Classroom Presentations –
Senior Social Studies - October 6th, 9th,16th
T1 Non Social Studies - October 7th, 15th
College Application “Open Lab” time
November 3rd 5th, 12:30-3:30pm
More MC Support…
MC Senior webpage - Debut
California Master Plan
The University of CA makes every effort to provide a place
on one of its campuses for all California resident applicants
who meet the minimum admissions requirements and file
an application during the appropriate filing period, Nov. 1-
However, in this climate of budget problems, it is important
for your student to consider all UC campuses as an option
and follow through on all instructions and deadlines.
CSU Budget Updates
Revenue – Combating Expenses
$500 million deficit
◦ Fee increases reduced 11%
◦ Voluntary 10%
◦ classes closed
Making the Match…
Students who value the outdoors: UCSC, UCM
Beach communities : UCSB, UCSD, UCSC, UCI
Big city campuses: UCB, UCLA
Suburban area: UCI, UCR
Which campuses have academic programs that most
Intellectual community: All campuses in the UC system
are drawing students from the top 12.5 percent of high
school graduates in California.
Consider applying to a variety of campuses.
Most Competitive: UCLA, UCB, UCSD
If you only apply to these three schools you may be
denied at all three, so consider other campuses.
If gaining admission to the University of California is a
priority for your family, please consider UC Merced and
UC Riverside because these campuses admit the
highest percentage of UC eligible applicants.
The Online Application
www.csumentor.edu 10/1 – 11/30
www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply 11/1- 11/30
◦ get a transcript, gather info
Save before logging out
Copy for records
Fees and Fee Waivers
Application fees per campus
◦ CSU: $55
◦ UC: $60
◦ Privates: $75+
◦ Imbedded in the application
EOP – Educational Opportunity Program
◦ Imbedded in the application
Fees will increase with the 2010/2011 School Year
AVERAGE CSU UC
Fees $5,112 $8,700
Books and $1,600 $1,500
Health/Misc $801 $1,000
Room and $10,030 $12,600
Personal Items $2,578 $2,600
Total $20,450 $26,400
◦Guaranteed with admission.
Admissions Statistics for Fall 2009
Campus Admission Rate Average High Total University
School GPA Enrollment
(Grades 10 & 11)
with AP and H up
to 8 semesters)
UC Berkeley 26.6 4.15 35,409
UC Davis 46.2 4.00 31,426
UC Irvine 43.9 4.00 27,631
UCLA 21.7 4.16 39,650
UC Merced 77.8 3.53 2,718
UC Riverside 78.3 3.61 18,079
UC San Diego 37.3 4.08 28,200
UC Santa Barbara 48.3 3.93 21,868
UC Santa Cruz 63.2 3.76 16,615
Comprehensive Review Factors
Grades and courses in A-G Special talents or
courses Grades 10 and 11 leadership.
The number and content of, Significant community
and performance in, courses service.
completed in academic
subjects beyond the minimum Academic accomplishments
specified by the University's in light of the applicant's life
eligibility requirements. experiences and special
Honors, AP, Community College circumstances.
• This information will be
The quality of the senior year conveyed on the
program, as measured by the
type and number of academic application.
• No letters of
Outstanding performance in recommendation will be
one or more specific academic
subject areas. accepted by the University
Outstanding work in one or of California.
more special projects in any
academic field of study. • Students should work to
include insight into these
Recent, marked improvement
in academic performance, with areas in their application
particular attention given to essay.
the last two years of high
Important Information for
Students and Parents
Although senior grades will not be reported on the self reported
transcript, it is important to remember that all admission
decisions are conditional.
Students must successfully complete the senior year courses
listed on the self reported transcript with grades that reflect the
same level of achievement reported from the sophomore and
Campuses will rescind acceptances in July or later if the final
transcript is not received on time and/or does not reflect grades
or information reported in the application.
Fill out and send your Admissions decisions will
application early in be available online (via
November. Do not wait
until after student portal) during the
Thanksgiving!! month of March.
Be sure to print out your The Application Status
electronic receipt for online Website will be the portal
submission. for all applicant updates
prior to January.
No application will be
considered if electronic
stamp indicates it was
submitted after 11:59 PM
on November 30.
Print and keep a copy of
Apply Between Nov 1-30
aka “The College Essay”
Not required by all schools
Send Test Scores
Make sure you have completed both SAT Reasoning Test (or
ACT with Writing) and SAT Subject Tests in two different
subject areas no later than the December SAT test date.
Make sure to order test scores sent directly from the
College Board or ACT to each of the UC campuses you are
applying to in order to complete your application. Failure
to do so will postpone or cancel any admission
You will receive only one reminder if test scores are not
received on time (usually in January).
Score Choice? (Send all scores and ASAP!)
Official or Unofficial
Which one do I need and when?
Unofficial – Now!
Official – Depends on College you are applying to (don’t
need for UC/CSU apps)
Private School Applications
FERPA - Permission to Release School Record Information
Letters of Recommendation
Personal Data Form
Parent Input Form
Large envelope with deadlines containing:
College Counselor Forms
Pre-addressed envelope(s) with 2 stamps
The Common Application
accepted at over
250 colleges and
Early Decision vs. Early Action
What is the difference?
Early Decision – BINDING!
Early Action – Not Binding…but risky…
Letters of Recommendation
Who to ask and how to ask them
Financial Aid Night:
◦ Jan. 10th @ 6 pm in G8
When will I hear back?
Students in the Top 10% of
their class may hear back as
early as December
Early March is the typical
Intent to Register
May 1st deposit due
Applications are accepted throughout the year
Best to apply early as possible at a Rolling Admissions
Community College Workshop - Spring 2010
Community College Placement Tests- Spring 2010
Transfer Admission Agreements
7 UC campuses have these agreements with all
California Community Colleges.
Please explore this option if your student is set on a
General education requirements are similar for the first
two years for many majors.
Students must complete 60 semester or 90 quarter
units to transfer.
So What Do I Do Now?
Have an honest discussion with your child about post
-Is your child mature enough right now for the 4 year
-Does their academic background support their choices?
-What time have you invested in researching different
campuses either online or in person.
-Have you determined what you can afford?
Thank you for coming!