How to get to College! 101 Presented by Live Oak Counseling & South County Cal-SOAP Live Oak Counselors JoAnne Markowska Linda Perez Live Oak Advisors Sobrato Advisors Arron Thomas Dulce Cintora Jan Bergkamp Ted Thomas Jackson Daley It’s also about the requirements! 5 Areas that you NEED to pay attention too! A-G requirements Course Rigor Grade Point Average Test Scores Personal Statement (IF YOU DO ALLTHIS WELL, YOU WILL GET IN!) A-G Requirements A: History (2 years) B: English (4 years) C: Math (3 years req./4 recomm.) D: Science (2 yrs. req. 3-4 recomm) E: Foreign Language (2 req. 3-4 recomm.) F: Visual/Performing Arts (1 year) G: College Prep Elective (1 year) GPA/Test Scores GPA What is a “good” GPA? Will the University consider all my High School Courses? AP vs CP??? Community College/CSU/UC /Private School? Test Scores What is a “good” score? Do I need to take SAT prep classes to do well? What’s on the test? Which test should I take? How many times should I take the test/s? SAT/ACT Test Dates All CSU’s with the exception of Cal Poly SLO, San Jose State, and San Diego State accept the December test dates. Cal Poly, SJSU, and SDSU accept the November SAT and October ACT, as the latest test students can take. Course Rigor What is Course Rigor? How do I add rigor to my courses? -Keep in mind, the Universities want to accept students that have challenged themselves throughout High School! ‘They’ would rather you take an AP and get a ‘B’ than take a CP and get an ‘A!’ Community Service/Volunteer Work Seriously…. Why do I need to do this? The purpose of Community Service is to provide the student an opportunity to gain experiences Additional Criteria Extracurricular activities -Sports, community service, and clubs Recommendations from teachers -Ask for a letter from two or three teachers that know you well Essays -A chance for the student to paint a more detailed picture -Write, revise, and get friends/family/teachers to edit them Types of Colleges 4-year university California public universities Out-of-state public universities UC system – 10 campuses – top 10% of students CSU system – 23 campuses – top 50% of students Out-of-state tuition is higher than in-state (Oregon University, Arizona State, etc.) Private universities in all states tuition is the same for all students whether in or out-of-state Santa Clara, Stanford, USC, Harvard, Columbia, etc. Community College – 2 year degree Gavilan, DeAnza, San Jose City, etc. – 108 campuses – all students are eligible Students can complete 2 years at community college, then transfer to a 4-year university (must fulfill transfer requirements) Private School Applications (commonapp.org) University of California (universityofcalifornia.edu) Personal Statement What is it for? How do I write a “good” personal statement? What are “they” looking for? -It’s all about rainbows! GPA HS LOCATION ABILITY TO OVERCOME TEST SCORES A-G REQUIRMENTS SPECIAL PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN # AND PERFORMANCIE IN AP COURSES IDEAL STUDENT TALENTS, ACOMPLISHMENTS OR TALENTS ELC (TOP 9%) RECENT ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT RIGOR OF 12 GRADE COURSES OUTSTANDING WORK IN FIELD RELATED PROJECT OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE RELATIVE TO SCHOOL OPPERTUNITES California State Universities (csumentor.edu) CSU Admissions 102,000 new undergraduates enrolled in fall 2012 – 96% of new freshmen came from California high schools. Student must have a 2.0 GPA or better. Calculate GPA using only “a-g” approved courses taken after the 9th grade. Do not settle for a low GPA or Low SAT Score, CSU’s are very competitive. Students should check with each campus of choice to determine if a more selective admissions criteria or a high eligibility index for admission at these campuses will be used. CSU Mentor filing period - October1, 2013 - November 30, 2013. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. Massive activity can affect your student’s application being delayed per computer clichés. The ACT or SAT Reasoning Test is required. One or both are accepted. Cal Poly prefers the ACT but will accept the SAT. Students may combine the best Reading and Math scores from multiple sittings of the SAT. The SAT and ACT writing tests are not required. ELM & EPT The CSU requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they are a condition of enrollment. These examinations are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college entry-level English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. A student can test at any CSU, but be aware of the deadline at the school you are applying to. The Last 3 Fall Freshmen Admissions Cycles CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY APPLICANTS (UNDUPLICATED) OFFERS OF ADMISSION (UNDUPLICATED) ADMIT RATE ENROLLMENT (UNDUPLICATED) YIELD RATE Fall 2011 154,081 115,690 75.0% 56,381 48.7% Fall 2012 167,321 124,555 74.4% 55,090 44.2% Fall 2013 175,648* 130,738* *Reflects actions through August 2013 Campus Impaction Campus Impaction: A campus receives more eligible applications in the initial filing period than there are enrollment spaces available for the class level (freshman or upper division transfer). Campus Impaction Campuses fall into 3 categories: Admit using CSU eligibility Campus impaction (freshman/transfer) Impacted in all programs (all majors) CSU Admissions Eligibility No change to admissions eligibility High school graduation A-G completion Eligibility index 1/3 of CSU campuses admit freshman applicants based only on CSU eligibility Program/Major Impaction Program Impaction: A campus receives more eligible applications for a specific undergraduate program in the initial filing period than there are enrollment spaces available. Most campuses have at least one impacted major/program Typically impacted at upper-division level Students must meet criteria such as GPA in specific core/major prep courses, cumulative GPA, or a combination of factors Admit Using CSU Eligibility (FTF) Bakersfield Channel Islands Dominguez Hills East Bay • Maritime Academy • Monterey Bay • Stanislaus Campus Impaction (Freshman) Chico Fresno Humboldt Los Angeles Northridge Pomona • • • • • Sacramento San Bernardino San Francisco San Marcos Sonoma Impacted In All Programs Fullerton Long Beach San Diego San Jose San Luis Obispo Impaction California Community College (cccapply.org) Financial Aid Opens January 1st for priority filing. Priority deadline is March 3rd fafsa.ed.gov Updates Middle Class Scholarship for families earing up to $150,000, and attending a CSU or UC campus dream.csac.ca.gov For AB540 students Scholarships Visit our Live Oak Website: http://liveoakhs.ca.campusgrid.net click on “Guidance” then on “Scholarship” Latest Scholarship Information from the Career Center * Listed by Due Date Live Oak Common Scholarship Application * Used by most of our local organizations * Due date: December 13, 2013 SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES: www.fastweb.com www.studentscholarships.org There are lots and lots of scholarship websites! It’s a good idea to set up a separate email account for these. Cash for College The Cash for College event at Live Oak will be held on January 28th in the Library Questions?