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SIR FRANCIS DRAKE
HIGH SCHOOL
Junior Night
September 12, 2013
COUNSELING OFFICE
WHO’S WHO
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Kyle Kassabaum, Counselor
Katie Paulsen, Counselor
Sheila Souder, Counselor
Molly Yasuda, Counselor
Jolie Jacobs, Counseling Secretary
Greg Davison, School to Career Liaison
Lisa Neumaier, College/Career Specialist
INTRODUCTION
TO JUNIOR NIGHT
Agenda for the Evening
 Welcome Message
 Use of Naviance
 See College Reps at Drake
 PSAT- Saturday, October 19
 Testing Timeline
 Financial Aide
TIMELINE FOR
THE COLLEGE PROCESS
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Set academic goals for junior and senior year now
Sign-up for PSAT
Use Naviance to research colleges and majors
This fall visit with 3-5 college reps in the college and career center
Meet with Mr. Davison to learn about internships for spring and
summer
Register for SAT and ACT this winter
Plan college visits
In spring carefully select senior year schedule
Counselors will be available in early spring for
Junior meetings
WHAT DOES
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFER?
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Vocational programs which are skill based
programs for job readiness
Associate Degree which is a 60 unit two year
college degree
Guidance regarding transfer opportunities
and pathways to four year colleges
WHY GO
TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
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Students who do qualify to go straight to a four
year university but prefer not to:
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They wish to live at home/save money
They did not get admitted into their dream school
They are still exploring where they want to complete
their degree
They do not feel ready to navigate a 4-year University
Students who do not qualify to go straight to a
four year university
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND
A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
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Students with a high school diploma
regardless of age, OR
Students who are 18+ years old, OR
Students who have successfully passed the
California High School Proficiency Exam
(CHSPE) or the GED.
TRANSFER PROGRAMS
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Junior Transfers
Guaranteed Transfer Programs (TAG)
If you wish to speak with a representative at
College of Marin, you may contact Anna
Pilloton at [email protected]
www.assist.org
SAT/ACT INFORMATION
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SAT Reasoning Test: 3 sections – critical reading, math and
writing. Take in spring semester of the junior year
www.collegeboard.com for dates/registration
SAT Subject Test: specific academic subjects. Begin to take in
May or June when you finish the subject area (Recommended
for UCs, but not required)
ACT: English, math, reading, science reasoning and writing.
Take in the spring semester of the junior year www.act.org for
dates/registration
Most schools will accept tests taken through December of
senior year (except early action/decision)
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITIES
• Top 33% of CA
high school
graduates
• Each campus
is unique
• CSU campuses
have distinct
student
populations
and programs
CSU ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS
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The UC and the CSU have aligned the a-g subject
requirements to establish a clear message about the
preparation students need for university study.
https://doorways.ucop.edu/list
The basic admissions requirements include:
– High school “a-g” college prep courses (with
grade of C or better)
- Minimum 2.0 GPA
– GPA: from a-g courses only in 10th and 11th grade
– Test Scores: SAT Reasoning or ACT
UC A-G
COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM
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U.S. History or U.S. History and Government,
and Social Science
English
Mathematics
(Algebra, Geometry, Algebra ll)
Science with Lab
(CSU requires one Biological Science and
one Physical Science)
Language other than English
(two years of same language)
Visual and Performing Arts
(A single yearlong approved course)
Electives
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2 years
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4 years
3 years
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2 years
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2 years
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1 year
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1 year
First time freshman applicants are required to have completed, with a grade of C or better in
each course, the 15-unit comprehensive a-g pattern of college prep.
The UC and the CSU have aligned the a-g subject requirements to establish a clear message
about the preparation students need for university study.
CHOOSING
THE RIGHT CAMPUS
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MAJOR
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SIZE
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Cal Poly SLO and SDSU: Cannot be Undeclared
Maritime: Specialized Majors In Marine
Tech/Business
Architecture/Ag/Engineering
Small: Monterey, Sonoma, Humboldt, Stanislaus
Medium: Chico, Cal Poly Slo, Sacramento
Large: San Diego, Long Beach
LOCATION
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Rural: Chico, Humboldt, Stanislaus
Urban: San Francisco, Cal State LA, Fullerton
www.csumentor.edu
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
UC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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Eligibility (top 9% of CA high school graduates)
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Completion of 15 “A-G” courses (with grade
of C or better)
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in “A-G” courses in the
10th and 11th grade
SAT Reasoning test or ACT plus Writing
2 SAT Subject tests (recommended)
UC ADMISSIONS
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Selection-admissions is not guaranteed to
campus of choice
Other factors considered:
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Academic rigor above and beyond minimum
requirements
Rigor of senior year schedule
Quality of your academic performance relative to
opportunities available at Drake
Special talent
UC CAMPUS FACTS
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Berkeley
– 26% admit rate (HS)
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UCLA
– 26% admit rate (HS)
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Davis
– 46% admit rate (HS)
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Merced
– 75% admit rate (HS)
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Irvine
– 47% admit rate (HS)
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Riverside
– 69% admit rate (HS)
UC CAMPUS FACTS
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San Diego
– 35% admit rate (HS)
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Santa Barbara
– 46% admit rate (HS)
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Santa Cruz
– 68% admit rate (HS)
OUT-OF-STATE UNIVERSITIES
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Most out-of-state universities are similar to
UC's and CSU's in majors and environment
Tuition and fees are typically higher except
for schools offering the Western
Undergraduate Exchange Program – WUE
(http://wiche.edu/wue)
In most cases, admission requirements will
be similar to A-G, but they do vary
TOP OUT-OF-STATE UNIVERSITIES
FOR DRAKE GRADS
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University of Oregon
University of Colorado at Boulder
Northern Arizona University
University of Washington
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Portland State University
Oregon State University
INDEPENDENT/PRIVATE
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
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Independent schools are typically much more
expensive than public schools, but often offer more
scholarship and grant opportunities
Independent schools are often smaller and better
equipped to give students more one on one attention
Admission requirements are typically going to be
similar to those of a UC, but vary greatly
WHY GO OUTSIDE
THE UC/CSU SYSTEM?
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Location
Special programs or majors
Size
Sports
HONORS PROGRAMS
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Majority of schools offer honors programs
Programs range in format
Can make a large school seem smaller and
more personal
Available at both public and private schools
DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Out-of-state and independent schools
vary greatly in every possible way
 Look beyond the surface
 What fits your needs
 Go online
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NAVIANCE
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Need help with college decisions?
– Course information
– College searches
– Career searches
– College Admission Criteria
– Scholarship Lists
– Student Admit Comparisons
– Admissions Rep Visits
Contact Lisa Neumaier, College & Career Specialist, if you need
assistance with account access. [email protected]
COLLEGE SEARCHES
Naviance – Family Connection
http://naviance-login.appspot.com
 California Community Colleges
www.cccco.edu
 CSUs
www.csumentor.edu
 UCs
www.universityofcalifornia.edu
 Independent/Private Universities
www.aiccu.edu
 Common Application
www.commonapp.org
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COLLEGE VISITS
What Colleges Offer:
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Academic Programs
Athletics
Extracurriculars
Location
Sororities/Fraternities
What Students Offer:
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GPA
Special Talent
Special Interest
SAT/ACT Scores
WUE
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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
What is it?
Not all colleges or majors included
http://www.wiche.edu/wue
COLLEGE COSTS PER YEAR
FINANCIAL AID
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Students receive the most money from the
college they attend
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Focus on grades – achievement in courses is
primary factory after need
Parent Night December of Senior Year
http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/estimate
Check prospective college websites for their
financial aid information and scholorships.
GAP YEAR PROGRAMS
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Drake to host Northern California Gap Year
Fair – Sunday, January 12th
9:30-12:00pm in the Student Center
SELF-REFLECTION:
WHAT’S NEXT?
Life after high school…
 Why am I applying to college ?
 What do I want to get out of college?
 Which is the right college for ME?
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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“Do not place emphasis on
a college’s name; instead,
evaluate the academic
offerings of the school and
remember what is most
important is what you do
with the four years you
spend in college.” Marilyn
Emerson, College Planning
Services, NY
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“The college process isn’t
about acceptance: it’s
about choice. Learning how
to choose is one of the great
rites of passage on the way
to autonomous adulthood.
A fork in the road can be a
welcome opportunity to
learn about oneself.
Decision making defines
us.” Kris Hintz, Private
College & Career Coach
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