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Senior Parent College Night. Mrs. Ah Young Chi College/Career Counselor [email protected] Mr. Luke Sferra High School Counselor (A-K) [email protected] Ms. Elle Yaghoobian (Sub for Mrs. Katie Dahm) High School Counselor (L-Z) [email protected]

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Senior Parent College Night

Mrs. Ah Young Chi

College/Career Counselor

[email protected]

Mr. Luke Sferra

High School Counselor (A-K)

[email protected]

Ms. Elle Yaghoobian

(Sub for Mrs. Katie Dahm)

High School Counselor

(L-Z)

[email protected]


Your resources for college planning

  • CCC website

  • CCC calendar on the web

  • MHS eNews mailing list to sign up

  • Naviance Family Connection

  • College and Career Center!


Postsecondary Options

  • 4-year college or university (Bachelor degree)

    • Public: UC or CSU

    • Private: over 70 in California

    • Out of State Public or Private: over 3,000

  • 2-year college (Associate degree, career training or transfer)

  • Trade or technical school (varying degrees and certificates)

  • Military

  • Work

  • Gap year (concrete plan with a destination in mind for the 2nd year, usually)


Graduation Requirements


College Prep Senior’s Timeline

  • Search – self assessment for needs and wishes (self & family)

  • Narrow down the college list

  • Apply

  • Wait for an admission decision

    • Look for scholarships

    • Apply for financial aid

    • Continue with life!

  • Admission decisions arrive

  • Make a decision – self assessment

  • Graduate, attend orientation, move in!


College Systems

  • Community colleges

  • California State University

  • University of California

  • Private colleges and university in California

  • Out-of-state private and public colleges and universities


Community Colleges

  • 109 campuses in California

  • Associate degrees (many lead to careers)

  • Transfer to 4-year school (finish Bachelor degree)

  • To transfer to CSU or UC and some private schools, must complete 60 semester units (2 years) at CC

  • To transfer to most private schools, only need 30 semester units (1 year) at CC

  • Articulation agreements or TAG are available for most schools

  • Is it “easier” to get into a 4-year school as a transfer?


California State University

  • 23 campuses

  • Bachelor and Master degrees

  • First institution of higher education established by the State of California, originally established to train teachers

  • To be eligible: 2.0 GPA, A-G courses, SAT or ACT (no Writing)

  • Not required: SAT Subjects, recommendation letters, essays, transcript

  • Application filing period: Oct 1 – Nov 30

  • To apply: www.csumentor.edu

  • Impacted campuses: Chico, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, SDSU, SFSU, San Jose State, Cal Poly SLO, San Marcos, Sonoma


University of California

  • 10 campuses but San Francisco is graduate only

  • Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees

  • Research/theory based curriculums

  • Competitive admissions with few highly selected campuses

  • To be eligible: 3.0 GPA, A-G courses, SAT or ACT with Writing, SAT Subject exams (certain majors ONLY), personal statement

  • Not required: recommendation letters, transcript

  • Application filing period: Nov 1 – Nov 30 (available Oct 1)

  • To apply: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply


Private and Out of State Schools

  • 75 private colleges and universities in California

  • 3,000+ colleges and universities in US (including public)

  • All vary in admission requirements and application deadlines

  • MUST BE ORGANIZED!

  • Application requirements: application usually with essays and activities, official transcript, official test scores, letters of recommendation, and sometimes interview

  • Over 400 schools are part of the Common Application

  • Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Restrictive Early Action

  • http://www.nacacnet.org/PublicationsResources/Marketplace/Documents/StudentsRtsNEW.pdf

  • National Commitment Deadline: MAY 1  student’s right


Letters, Forms & Deadlines for MHS

  • Most private schools require at least 1 letter of recommendation, from teacher or counselor

  • Many private schools require Secondary School Report form to be completed by the high school counselor

  • Before students can request letters and forms, students and parents must complete the Brag Sheet

  • What is a Brag Sheet?

  • Brag Sheet is available for download in Naviance

  • Find instructions on Guidelines for Requesting Counselor and Teacher Recommendation Letters also in Naviance


Counselor Packets

  • Students must provide counselor with the following:

    • Completed Brag Sheet

    • Secondary School Report form, signed and waived, for each school

    • Official transcript for each school (get transcript from Ms. Morgan)

    • 9”x12” envelope, stamped (3) and addressed, for each school

    • Paper clip materials into appropriate piles and submit them together to Mrs. Chi (which will then go to Mr. Sferra or Mrs. Dahm)

  • DUE: Oct 3 for Early Applications & Nov 1 for Regular Decisions

  • Counselors will send following materials to each college: completed Secondary School Report, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and MHS Profile


Teacher Recommendation Letters

  • Students must provide each teacher with the following:

    • Completed Brag Sheet

    • 1 unofficial transcript for teacher’s review (Ms. Morgan)

    • Teacher Evaluation form, signed and waived, for each school

    • regular size envelope, stamped and addressed, for each school

    • MHS Request for Letter of Recommendation form (in Naviance)

    • For Corrigan, Gonzalez, Panish, & Sarah Ryan use special form*

    • Paper clip materials into appropriate piles and submit them together to each teacher

  • DUE: Oct 3 for Early Applications & Nov 1 for Regular Decisions

  • Teachers will send following materials to each college: completed Teacher Evaluation form and letter of recommendation


Letters for Scholarships

  • Many scholarships require recommendation letter(s)

  • Follow the same instructions for requesting letters from teachers

  • Give at least 3 weeks notice, so submit all materials at least 3 weeks before the scholarship due date


Student Responsibilities

  • Senior Year “Prep for College” Calendar

  • Update Naviance list to reflect final college list

  • Submit application on time

  • Submit requests for forms and letters on time

  • Request for official scores from College Board (SAT, SAT Subjects) and/or ACT (ACT) to be sent directly to colleges

  • Follow up with each college to verify that all required materials were received

  • Submit Mid-Year Report forms to your counselor in January (instructions will be given at that time)

  • Notify the College Counselor of admission decisions and update Naviance status


Parent Responsibilities

  • Kudos for being here tonight!

  • Senior Year “Prep for College” Calendar

  • Help your student get organized

  • Prepare income tax and financial statements for financial aid applications

  • Visit colleges with your student

  • Be positive but not unrealistic

  • Do not complete the admission application or write the essay for your student

  • Let your student enjoy his/her Senior year


College Entrance Exams

  • Remaining test dates:

  • SAT

    • October 1  SAT Bootcamp available!

    • November 5 (register by October 7)

    • December 3 (register by November 8)

  • ACT

    • October 22 (register by September 16)

    • December 10 (register by November 4)

  • Official score reports required by all colleges; allow at least 4-6 weeks for delivery


Your Homework

  • Narrow the college list (no more than 10) by:

    • visiting the college, whenever possible

    • looking around the college website

    • encouraging your child to attend the college presentations at MHS

    • attending local info sessions and receptions by colleges

    • attending a college fair

  • Work on (help your child with) completing the Brag Packet

  • Look ahead to financial aid

    • visit www.FAFSA4caster.ed.gov

    • work on CSS Profile for private colleges that require it

    • gather/save tax documents


Upcoming Events


Questions?

Mrs. Ah Young Chi

College/Career Counselor

[email protected]

Mr. Luke Sferra

High School Counselor (A-K)

[email protected]

Ms. Elle Yaghoobian

(Sub for Mrs. Katie Dahm)

High School Counselor

(L-Z)

[email protected]


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