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Junior Parent College Information Night. Overview: College and Career Center Services College Preparation & Options Naviance College Applications Q&A. Introductions. Counselors A-Ek: Mrs.Tiffani Gieck ([email protected]) El-K: Mrs. Kathy Orchard ([email protected])

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Junior parent college information night
Junior Parent CollegeInformation Night

  • Overview:

    • College and Career Center Services

    • College Preparation & Options

    • Naviance

    • College Applications

    • Q&A


What s available in the college and career center

SAT/PSAT/ACT Information

SAT/ACT Prep Information

College & Career Speaker Program

Naviance Guidance & Information

UC/CSU Information

Private College Information

College Essay Tips

Community College Information

Information on College Majors


Local Scholarship Program (February)

FAFSA & Cal Grant Information

ROP (Regional Occupation Program)

NCAA Eligibility Information

Military Information

Work Permit Application/Information

What’s Available in theCollege and Career Center????

Speaker program
Speaker Program

The College & Career Center has numerous speakers and college representatives visit throughout the school year. Some of which are as follows:

  • University of California

  • California State University

  • Community Colleges

  • Private Colleges & Universities

  • Representatives from all the branches of the Military

  • Local Business presentations regarding various careers

  • Technical & Vocational Schools (FIDM, UTI, Graphic Arts College, Media, etc.)

    Students sign-up to hear the various presentations through Naviance or in

    the College & Career Center.

Evening programs

College Fair

September 22, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

At Woodcreek High School

Approximately 120 Colleges Participate

Military Academy Night

October 21, 2014

6:30 p.m. – Roseville H.S.

Financial Aid Night

January 2015

6:30 p.m. – Location TBD

Evening Programs

Junior advising
Junior Advising

  • Counselors met with junior class in November

    • Junior status letter was sent home in December

    • PPT and Junior Advising Guide available on Naviance and GBHS Counseling Website

  • Registration Advising in February

    • Conducted transcript and A-G review w/students

    • Guidance in selecting courses for next year

  • Final Course Verification & Change Process

    • One week window in April to review course selections in Homelink and submit request for final adjustments

Senior advising in september 2014
Senior Advising in September 2014

  • Students will receive the following:

    • Transcript

    • UC/CSU Status Report

    • Review of graduation and 4-year college requirements

    • Information on ALL post-secondary options

    • Detailed instructions for requesting letters of recommendation

    • Senior Status Letter will be sent home in the mail to parents

    • Small group Naviance lessons and advisement on college and scholarship search components

    • **Parents and students will be able to download the PowerPoint and Advising Guide the day of advising

What juniors should be doing
What Juniors Should Be Doing

  • Utilize Naviance to research post-high school options (2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, Trade/Tech Schools, Military, etc.)

  • Make sure they meet the academic (course) requirements for freshman admission at 4-year institutions they plan on applying to

  • Take or re-take SAT or ACT + writing for 4-year college entrance (www.collegeboard.com; www.actstudent.org)

  • Prospective college athletes: Register with NCAA Eligibility Center now! NCAA has their own academic requirements so check with counselor if you have questions (www.eligibilitycenter.org)

A g college prep requirements
A-G College Prep Requirements

  • What are they?

    • Minimum subject area requirements for entrance into CSU,UC, and many private schools

    • Where can I find that information?

      • Course Catalog on the GBHS website or Naviance

    • How is my child advised of these requirements?

      • Grade level advising; registration advising; one-on-one meetings

    • What are the specific requirements?

A g requirements
A-G Requirements

  • A. History – 2 years

  • B. English – 4 years

  • C. Math – 3 years (at least through Alg. 2)

  • D. Lab Science – 2 years

  • E. World Language – 2 years of the same


  • F. Visual/Performing Art – 1 year

  • G. College Prep Elective – 1 year

  • Students MUST earn C’s or higher in the above courses

    • *Remediation options available through Credit Recovery and/or A-G recovery

Uc and csu schools
UC and CSU Schools

  • UC’s

    • 9 Campuses

    • More rigorous admissions requirements

    • Student undergoes a comprehensive review in the admissions process

  • CSU’s

    • 23 Campuses

    • Each school has a geographical region that they cater to first and foremost

    • Formula driven admissions utilizing GPA in A-G courses (beginning with 10th grade) plus best SAT or ACT score. Exception is Cal Poly SLO which operates more like a UC.

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UC and CSU Schools


Comprehensive Review

  • GPA (minimum 3.0 weighted)

  • Strength of Curriculum

  • Test Scores

    • ACT w/ Writing or SAT 1 (2400)

    • Accept highest score from one sitting

    • SAT II Subject Tests: Not req’d but recommended for certain majors

  • Personal Statement

  • Extracurricular


  • GPA (minimum 2.0 weighted)

  • Test Scores

    • ACT or SAT 1 (1600)

    • Super Score: Accept highest combined score from separate sittings (Math from one date, English from a different date)

      Exception: Cal Poly SLO

*** No Letters of Recommendations considered for either!!!

Private independent and out of state colleges what are they really looking for
Private, Independent and Out-of-State CollegesWhat are they really looking for?

Community colleges
Community Colleges

  • No admission requirements; students do need to complete English and Math assessments

  • Transfer agreements

    • UC: Transfer Agreement Guarantee (TAG) is available online at https://uctag.universityofcalifornia.edu/index.cfm

    • CSU: AA-T and AS-T degree transfer options for students who earn the required 60 community college units. Students are then guaranteed transfer to a CSU and, if it is a “like” major, they complete another 60 units to earn a 4-year Bachelor’s degree

  • Transfer requirements – differ by major

    • Use www.assist.org for California colleges

Community colleges cont d
Community Colleges Cont’d

  • Keep in contact with counselor at Community College and make sure they are aware of your plans

  • Apply online (Jan./Feb. of senior year)

    *English and Math assessments are required

    • www.sierra.cc.ca (Sierra)

    • www.arc.losrios.edu (American River)

Finding the right fit
Finding the right “fit”

  • Over 4,000 colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

  • Appeal of “name brand” schools

  • Keep options open

  • Why “fit” is so important

  • Do your homework!

Wue western undergraduate exchange
WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange)

  • WUE is a reduced out of state tuition program

  • Reduced tuition is not automatically awarded

    • Check website (http://wiche.edu/wue)

  • Some participating schools have specific major, GPA, or other requirements

  • Sample participants:

    • Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

    • Arizona State University, Portland State, Colorado State


  • How do I accomplish all that?

    • Naviance!

    • Visit Colleges

    • Go on to college websites; virtual tours

    • Have students attend college representative visits on campus

    • Be organized! Create master list of application deadlines, letters of recommendation needed, financial aid and scholarship deadlines, etc.

    • Start working on applications and personal statements/essays over the summer

      • UC application available August 1st (personal statement prompts available now)

      • CSU application available October 1st

Scattergrams u c davis student version
Scattergrams U.C. Davis (STUDENT VERSION)

College applications
College Applications

  • Seniors applying to CSU Schools:

    • Online application window opens October 1st and closes November 30th

    • No essays, personal statements, or letters of recommendation required

  • Seniors applying to UC Schools:

    • Online application window opens November 1st and closes November 30th(application available August 1st)

    • Personal Statement required but not letters of recommendation

      * Official transcripts ARE NOT required up front as part of the application submission! Some UC/CSU’s will contact students after applying to request mid-year transcripts. Only send transcripts if prompted to do so.

College applications cont d
College Applications Cont’d

  • Students applying to schools through Common Application and/or SEND EDU:

    • Essays and letters of recommendation are required

    • Students enter contact information for those teachers and their counselor who will be recommending them. Recommenders then submit information to colleges electronically.

    • **Students need to communicate directly with their recommenders (counselors included) to let us know they need letters written. It’s not enough to just receive an email from Common App./SEND EDU

    • Counselors request that students complete a “personal profile” to aid in our writing of letters of recommendations (available on counseling website or Naviance)

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College Applications Cont’d

  • When requesting letters of recommendations, allow a minimum of two weeks prior notice (remember we don’t work over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks)

  • Students need to sign the FERPA acknowledgement prior to submitting recommender names

  • Remember that letters of recommendation are sent directly from your teacher or counselor to the colleges you are applying to (for confidentiality purposes)

College applications cont d2
College Applications Cont’d

  • If college application plans change, PLEASE INFORM YOUR COUNSELOR! It often saves us a lot of time and work.

  • Many other colleges have separate admissions requirements, applications, deadlines, etc. Make sure your student visits the admissions website of each college to ensure all requirements have been met.

  • *Remember official test scores (SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests, ACT) must be requested and sent from Collegeboard or ACT, respectively, to the colleges a student applies to.

Early action vs early decision
Early Action vs. Early Decision

  • Application timeline is early for both options (usually mid-October to early November) and decisions are typically rendered by December

  • Early Action is non-binding (you don’t have to go if you are accepted)

  • Restricted Early Action is non-binding but you are restricted from applying early action or early decision to other colleges

  • Early Decision is binding (you are committed to going if you are accepted – you should thus never apply to more than one campus under ED)

Financial aid
Financial Aid

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    • All Federal, State, and most institutional aid requires completion of the FAFSA

    • Some institutional aid and scholarships also require the FAFSA so fill it out regardless!

  • Cal Grants

    • FAFSA information + GPA determines eligibility

    • GBHS automatically submits other required information (including GPA verification) for ALL 12th grade students – no action required!

  • Institutional Aid

    • Be sure to pay attention to individual school aid deadlines – some are embedded in the admissions application while others require a separate application

  • Scholarships/Grants

    • Naviance

    • Local Scholarship

    • Parent places of employment

Helpful websites
Helpful Websites

Application Websites:

University of California – www.universityofcalifornia.edu

California State University – www.csumentor.edu

Common Application – www.commonapp.org

Financial Aid & Scholarship Websites:

FAFSA – http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Cal Grant – http://www.csac.ca.gov

Naviance – http://connection.naviance.com/gbhs

Financial Aid Information – http://www.finaid.org

FastWEB Scholarship Search – http://www.fastweb.com

Athletic Websites:

NCAA – www.eligibilitycenter.org (Division I and II)

NAIA – www.playnaia.org

Wacac college fair reminder
WACAC College Fair Reminder

  • Meet representatives from over 100 public and

    private colleges and universities

  • Sunday, May 4th from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Sacramento State University – University Union Ballroom

  • For more information visit: