Choosing what to do after high school is usually the first big decision in a young person's life. Don't wait until the fall of your senior year to decide where you will apply; it can lead to distress and anxiety. By using California Career Zone or other college research tools you should generate a broad list of 10 - 15 colleges to research in depth. At the end of your college search you should come up with a list of 8-10 colleges to apply to. Click here to get a list of priorities that
might help you.
Select "dream" school(s) which may be a reach for you, include a few "target" schools where you stand a greater chance of acceptance, and at least one "safety" school where
you know you would likely be admitted and you would enjoy attending.
During High School - Advanced Education - FREE classes! VA students have the opportunity to complete ten or more college courses upon graduation, two classes a semester. Requirements: 2.7 gpa and sixteen years old or at the end of your sophomore year.
The pre-enrollment process for summer / fall 2019 at VA March 25th. “Steps to Success” web page for instructions on how students can earn a Priority Enrollment date. Class schedules are now available for summer and fall 2019. Below is the registration timeline for all students. Don't forget to get an official copy of your transcript from Mrs. Braun to attach with your application.
Check here to follow steps to Apply! Check the dates for assessment testing before registration!
Click here for Student Resources. Don't forget to review e-services, canvas and your emails!
Plan ahead NOW for summer/fall 2019 - attend VA's FLC Workshops! Click here!
For additional College Information sign-up for REMIND.COM through your Career Center. You will be sent career and college information updates monthly!
Community College Tools - ASSIST is an online student transfer information system to a California State University and University of California. http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/ or go to www.assist.org (SEE YOUR COUNSELOR AT THE COLLEGE) follow transferable classes to UC/CSU through IGETC.
Should You Apply Early Action vs Early Decision? Click here!
SEARCHING AND APPLYING TO 4-YR COLLEGES?
University of California
There are 9 campuses across California. The UC is highly competitive! The UC system has an excellent reputation for research and theory based teaching.
UC - (UC Application open August 1st!) - (applications are submitted November 1st - 30th) Go to: My UC Application. Also, check this website for CLOSED majors!
Review fall recommendation for SAT Subject Test *Note: Some majors at a few UCs recommend taking the SAT Subject Tests. Scores can still be submitted, and are sometimes recommended by certain campuses or programs. Taking the SAT Subject Tests may add positively to the review of your application. It is recommended that you take the test if you are interested in competitive majors.
Make sure you check out the UC Degrees at each campus!
All prospective freshmen must submit scores from either the ACT with Writing, the SAT. The examination requirement, check here!
Letters of recommendation are not required!
You can have your official score report sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive it!
California State University
There are 23 CSU campuses. Visit www.csumentor.edu for admissions requirements, deadlines, and the application.
(Begin applying Oct 1st - Nov 30th) Online site that offers assistance to students directly on the California State University system, including the ability to apply online, and links to all CSU campuses.
CAASPP- California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress.
More than 750 colleges. Only one application! Opens on August 1st!
Apply on line using the Common App. Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% at participating two and four-year college programs outside of their home state!
Click here to learn how to fill out the common app and click here to order your transcripts through parchment through you high school counselor.
Click here to review Common App Essay Prompts! Not all colleges require you to write an essay, check to see which ones do. Make sure you check the correct year prompts.
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