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College Night for Juniors 2013 Sponsored by Amador Valley High School Counseling Department. Finding the right fit…. Interest inventories: AVHS career center or online 1.)California Career Zone 2.)“GetInsights”

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College Night for Juniors 2013Sponsored by Amador Valley High School Counseling Department

Finding the right fit…

  • Interest inventories: AVHS career center or online

  • 1.)California Career Zone

    • 2.)“GetInsights”

    • Login, sign up, select AVHS and enter code: 19BB33(case sensitive)

  • Visit College Campuses: Check college websites for open- house dates

  • College Planning Guide for class of 2014 available on AVHS counseling website

    College Admissions Representatives visit AVHS career center Fall 2013

    College Section in AVHS library and Career Center

    Tools for the College Search

    Using Spring Break and Summer to visit college fairs & campuses

    • Consider location

    • School Size & cost

    • Housing

    • Sports/Extracurricular activities?

    • Majors offered

    • Check college websites to see if they have any scheduled tours!

    Local College Fairs

    • National College Fair: San Francisco, Concourse Exhibition Center, Saturday, April 20th, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (registration required)

    • Mission College (Santa Clara), Thursday, April 18th,

    • Hayward, CSU East Bay, Friday April 19,

    • St. Mary’s College, May 11th,

    • (see for more college fair dates/locations)

    Goals for junior year

    • Choose 1-2 dream schools; very competitive, unlikely but possible

    • Choose 2-3 possible schools; likely but no guarantee

    • Choose 4-5 more definite schools; I could go here and be happy!

    • Summer of Junior Year: Create a resume; record all accomplishments, honors, activities, and work or volunteer experiences throughout high school

    Helpful College Search Websites

    • : (CSU)

    • : (UC)

    • :(private California schools)

    • : (California community colleges)

    • : (SAT’s, subject tests)

    • : (ACT)

    • : (NCAA)

    • : (source for college and career planning)

    • : (national search)

    • : (general search)

    Sources of Financial Aid

    • College Financial Aid Office (UC applications will allow you to choose several potential scholarships)

    • Federal Government (FAFSA online application Jan.1-Mar.2, 2014)

    • State of California (Cal Grant Jan. 1-Mar. 2, 2014)

    • Scholarship postings in the AVHS Counseling Office

      • email request to receive postings/updates:



    Additional graduation requirements:

    Speech Proficiency

    CA High School Exit Exam (English and Math)

    Standard Sequence For

    College Admissions Testing

    TESTING CALENDAR Spring 2013

    SAT (

    March 9

    May 4

    June 1

    ACT (

    April 13

    June 8

    Community College:

    Convenience and accessibility (no SAT or ACT scores required)

    Financial Savings

    Smaller class sizes

    Complete General Education requirements

    Explore while considering major and career decisions

    Transfer options greater

    Ineligibility for 4-year (or 4-year of choice)

    Heightened opportunities for involvement (sports, honors programs, etc.)

    Financial Aid is still available!

    Meeting CSU Eligibility

    • 2.0 minimum academic GPA (grades 10 and 11 college prep classes only)

    • SAT (Critical Reading and Math only)


    • ACT (writing score not used)

    • Eligibility Index (uses academic GPA and SAT/ACT scores to determine eligibility)






    Long Beach

    Los Angeles


    Cal Poly Pomona


    San Bernardino

    San Diego

    San Francisco

    San Jose

    Cal Poly SLO

    San Marcos


    Impacted CSU Campuses Fall 2013-2014

    Visit individual websites for specific information on applying










    CSU Admissions Data 2012

    Meeting UC Eligibility

    • 3.0 minimum academic GPA (grades 10 and 11 college prep classes only)

    • SAT or ACT (writing score)

    • SAT Subject Tests – no longer required, but scores will be looked at

    • Clubs, volunteer and work experience, etc.


    UC Comprehensive Review Criteria

    • Academic grade point average in all completed "a-g" courses, including additional points for completed University-certified honors courses.

    • Scores on the  ACT Assessment plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test

    • Number of, content of, and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum "a-g" requirements.

    • Number of and performance in University-approved honors courses and Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and transferable college courses.

    • Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of the student's high school class at the end of his or her junior year ("eligible in the local context" or ELC).

    • Quality of the student's senior-year program, as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned.

    • Quality of the student's academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in his or her high school.

    • Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas.

    • Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.

    • Recent, marked improvement in academic performance, as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.

    • Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, special interests, experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate the student's promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.

    • Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of the student's high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.

    • Academic accomplishments in light of the student's life experiences and special circumstances.

    • Location of the student's secondary school and residence.

    UC Admissions Data 2012

    Private Colleges

    Overall GPA (9-12 grades)

    SAT or ACT (w/ writing)

    SAT Subject Tests

    Level of difficulty of your course load

    Extra curriculars

    Personal statement/ student essay

    Letters of recommendation (2-3)

    Sometimes interviews

    Overall student

    Private Colleges


    • Early Action

    • Early Decision

    • Regular Decision

    Average GPA’s for Private Colleges

    4 Year College Eligibility Comparison

    SAT Subject Tests

    • Take the ACT With Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of your senior year. SAT Subject Tests are not required for fall 2013 admission.However, UC’s encourage you to submit scores if you want to:

    • demonstrate your mastery of a particular subject

    • apply for a competitive major and your preferred campus recommends certain subject tests

    Application Dates to remember…

    • CSU’sOct. 1- Nov. 30

    • UC’sNov. 1- Nov. 30

    • Private CollegesOct. – Feb.

    • Community CollegesFeb. – Aug. 2014

    • Financial AidJan. 1 – Mar. 2014

    Counselors will offer application workshops for UC and CSU in the Fall


    • Complete NCAA Clearinghouse form

      • 2nd semester of junior year

    Thank You!

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