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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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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
tools for the college search
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
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
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
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
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
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

Additional graduation requirements:

Speech Proficiency

CA High School Exit Exam (English and Math)

Standard Sequence For

College Admissions Testing

testing calendar spring 2013


March 9

May 4

June 1


April 13

June 8

community college
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
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)
impacted csu campuses fall 2013 2014




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

non impacted csus








meeting uc eligibility
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
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.
private colleges28
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
sat subject tests
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
Application Dates to remember…
  • CSU’s Oct. 1- Nov. 30
  • UC’s Nov. 1- Nov. 30
  • Private Colleges Oct. – Feb.
  • Community Colleges Feb. – Aug. 2014
  • Financial Aid Jan. 1 – Mar. 2014

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

  • Complete NCAA Clearinghouse form
    • 2nd semester of junior year