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A perfect fit

a perfect fit

the college admission process

Sharon Travers

True North College Advising

Before we start
Before We Start…

Fill out an Essay Coaching Raffle Slip

Take a copy of the Steps in the College Admission/Decision Process

Presentation will be available on CVHS website

Next the basics

Next…The Basics

Different College Options

Community college system
Community College System

  • 112 in California, 19 in Bay Area

    • Diablo Valley College

    • Ohlone College

    • Berkeley City College

    • Laney College

    • Chabot/Las Positas

  • Use this as a path to:

    • Obtain an AA or AS degree

    • Transfer to a UC or CSU

    • Advantages and drawbacks

    • Importance of planning and advising

Csu and uc systems
CSU and UC Systems

  • California State University (CSU)

    • More “applied” learning

    • Less competitive admission than most UCs*

    • Tuition lower

  • University of California (UC)

    • More “research” oriented

    • More selective admission than most CSUs*

    • Tuition higher

      * except Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Diego State University

Other 4 year college options
Other 4-Year College Options

  • Private Colleges

    • Small to large in size

    • Some have specialties (religious affiliation, single gender, race)

    • Not “all” exclusive or expensive

    • Many have generous financial aid

  • Out-of-State Public Colleges

    • Expense as out-of-state resident

    • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Application process

  • CSU

    • Oct. 1-Nov. 30

    • No essay

  • UC

    • Nov. 1-Nov. 30

    • Application has 2 essays, no teacher or counselor recommendations

    • No “Early Decision” (binding)

  • Out-of-State Publics

    • Applications vary in complexity

    • Deadlines vary

  • Private Colleges

    • Individual School Application

      • Requirements and deadlines vary

    • Common Application

      • Counselor evaluation, teacher recommendations, 7th semester grades, 1 essay, 1 short answer + supplemental questions (very important)

      • Deadlines vary: Early Decision vs. regular admission

Application Process

Different systems have different applications

What goes into finding the college that s right for you

3 Things…

  • Academic Fit

  • Social & Environmental Fit

  • Financial Fit

What goes into finding the college that’s right for you?

Academic fit what it is why it matters and how to research
Academic fit: what it is, why it matters, and how to research

  • Many factors go into admissions decisions

  • Grades and test scores – a MUST

    • Essential to know if you’re competitive

    • Look at 25%/75% range

    • Make sure list includes Safety/Fit/Reach Schools

  • Research Tool #1

    • www.nces.ed.gov

      • Example: Sonoma State University

Academic fit your major

  • Know your major? Great! research

  • Don’t know your major? Don’t worry!

    • Explore which CA public colleges have your major

    • Explore different flavors of your major

    • Transfer path tools

  • Research Tool #2

    • www.assist.org

      • Example: Bioengineering

      • Example: UC Berkeley

Academic fit: your major

Academic fit

Academic Fit

Community College Option: AA-T or AS-T

Research careers majors

6 Smart Ways to Research Careers and Majors system

  • Visit the Career Center

  • (re-)take Career Cruising or other assessment

  • Reflect on what you’re passionate about

  • Talk to people in the field

  • Use connections – job shadow, work, intern this summer

  • Read, listen to the news: what is interesting to you and where is it happening?

  • Research Tool #3

    • Career Cruising (or other assessment)

  • Research Careers & Majors

    Follow your interests and aptitudes

    Career cruising id castrovalley pw trojans
    Career Cruising systemid:  castrovalleypw:  trojans

    Social environmental fit
    Social/Environmental Fit system

    • Research Tool #4

      Visit colleges and universities

      • Many 4-year colleges within 90 minutes of Bay Area

      • Even more 2-year, technical, and vocational colleges

  • Research Tool #5


  • Financial fit
    Financial Fit system

    • Grants

      • Cal Grants

      • Board of Governors Fee Waiver (Comm. College)

    • Scholarships

      • “Institutional” scholarships (merit and need) – know if you need to file the CSS Profile

      • Private scholarships

    • Do not have to be repaid, but there are conditions (scholarship, units) – need to be aware of whether “renewable” or not

    • Loans

      • Student

        • Secured

        • Unsecured

      • Parent

        • Parent Plus

    • Work Study

      • Awarded after filing FAFSA

    • Must be repaid (or work to receive)

      And, work.

    Financial fit things to know
    Financial Fit: Things to Know system

    • Research Cost of Attendance (COA)

    • Understand Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

    • Learn what constitutes Financial Aid

    • Understand risks of student loans

    • Consider schools where you might receive merit or need-based aid

    Financial fit things to do
    Financial Fit: Things to Do system

    • Apply for scholarships in your senior year!

      • From your college (some automatic, some you must search out)

      • Your high school, local Ed Foundation, parent workplace, service organizations, cultural organizations

      • Other major scholarships (e.g. PGE)

      • Deadlines come up early!

    • Be realistic: consider your options

    • Research Tool #6

    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

    Priority deadline march 2

    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid system

    • First step in receiving financial aid, grants, work study, loans

    • Need Social Security #, tax returns to complete

    • Student and Parent(s) must file if student is “dependent”

    • Parents need to share financial information with students

    Make sure to use this site:


    Do NOT pay for online help with FAFSA

    What is FAFSA?

    Priority Deadline: March 2

    Financial aid

    • Parents system: Take the time to learn about types of financial aid.

    • Begin early. Talk to a tax advisor or financial planner.

    • Read Wall Street Journal online article “How Not to Blow It with Financial Aid”.

    Financial Aid

    Financial fit1
    Financial Fit system

    Research Tool #7

    Net Price Calculators

    So what s next
    So, What’s Next? system

    • College Fairs

      • WACAC College Fairs: wacac.org/fairs

      • Sat. May 11 from 1-4 p.m. at St. Mary’s in Moraga

        • Other days/locations available

      • Specialty Fairs

        • Exploring College Options (Duke, Harvard, Penn, Georgetown, Stanford)

          May 12-17 – register now

        • Colleges That Change Lives (July 29-30)

    • Focus on academics

    • Prepare for the SAT/ACT

      • Correlation between GPA/scores and admissions

    • Extracurricular activities – depth, leadership

    • Experiences that add dimension to your life

      • Summer programs on my Facebook page

    Student admittances
    Student Admittances system

    • Brigham Young University

    • California State University

      • Channel Islands

      • Chico

      • East Bay

      • Humboldt

      • San Jose

      • Maritime

      • Monterey

      • Polytechnic - Pomona

      • Polytechnic - San Luis Obispo

      • San Diego

      • San Francisco

      • San Jose

      • Sonoma

    • Georgia Institute of Technology

    • Gonzaga University

    • Hawaii Pacific University

    • Lewis & Clark

    • Notre Dame de Namur

    • New York University

    • Occidental College

    • San Francisco Art Institute

    • Stanford University

    • University of California

      • Berkeley

      • Davis

      • Irvine

      • Los Angeles

      • Merced

      • Riverside

      • Santa Barbara

      • Santa Cruz

      • San Diego

    • University of Colorado

    • University of Hawaii, Manoa

    • University of the Pacific

    • University of Puget Sound

    • University of Redlands

    • University of San Diego

    • University of San Francisco

    • University of Utah

    • Villanova University

    • Willamette University

    Thank you
    Thank You! system

    Please let me know if I can help

    [email protected]



    True North College Advising