Planning & Applying to a Four Year College: For Seniors

Senior Year Preparation

To apply to the UC System click on the link below:

http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/

To apply to the CSU system click on the link below:

https://secure.csumentor.edu/

For information on California’s Private Universities click on the link below:

http://www.aiccu.edu/member-colleges/

Minimum College Admission Requirements for

UC  & CSU Systems and most Private Universities

Required Classes

  • High school classes needed to meet minimum subject requirements must be designated  as college prep. (P)), Honors (H/HP) or AP.
  • The requirements listed below are requirements for the UC & CSU systems.
  • Private colleges may have different requirements.  Be sure to check each private school’s admission requirements.

English                                                            4 years

Math                                                                3 years (UC system recommends 4 years)

Lab Science                                                    2 years (UC system recommends 3 years)

World Language                                            2 years (UC system recommends 3 years)

History                                                            2 years (World History/US History/Government)

Fine Art/Performing Art                             1 Year of the same course.

College Prep. Elective                                  1 Year of the same course.

G.P.A.

  • Colleges want to see students complete a challenging, rigorous set of classes. For example: In many cases, a grade of ‘C’ in an honors or AP class is considered better than a grade of ‘A’ or ‘B’ in an Academic class.
  • When you apply to colleges in the fall semester of your senior year, the colleges you apply to will calculate a G.P.A. based only upon your sophomore and junior year grades. After you have been accepted, they will request your senior year grades to determine if they will still accept you.

Testing

  • Testing Requirement. The University of California and California State University systems require the SAT or ACT for admission. SAT Subject Tests are no longer required. Private colleges vary in their requirements and may require SAT Subject Tests.
  • Even if a school does not require SAT Subject Tests, consider taking a Subject Test in an academic area you feel is a strength. Scoring well on SAT Subject Tests can give you a competitive edge when applying to colleges.

About College Prepatory (College Prep.) Coursework

  • Weighted Classes: UC and CSU will take up to 8 weighted semester long classes (four year-long classes) in grades 10 to 12.   9th and 10th honors classes at Piner do not receive a weighted grade in the calculation of the college G.P.A. Private colleges will vary in how they calculate grades and entrance requirements.
  • Grades of ‘D’ or ‘F.’: See your counselor if you receive a ‘D’ or ‘F’ in any class that is required for college entrance. Rules vary, but most grades of ‘D’ and ‘F’ must be repeated. Some grades of ‘D’ or ‘F’ in Math and World Language do not have to be repeated.  See your counselor for details.
  • Online Coursework: Consult a school counselor when considering online coursework to meet college entrance requirements. Not all online classes meet college entrance requirements and students are advised to contact the colleges they are applying to for clarification. In general, it is not recommended to take online coursework to meet college entrance requirements.
  • 8th Grade Coursework: Coursework taken in 8th grade in the subjects of world language and math may meet subject/class requirements for admission.  See your counselor for details.
  • Alternative Methods for Meeting Entrance Requirements. While the best way to gain admission to a UC or CSU college is through meeting the general admission requirements outlined above, these two systems have developed alternative methods for meeting admission requirements in the areas of English, math, science, history, and world language.  Examples of alternative methods for meeting the English,  Math, and World Language requirements are outlined below. Please see your counselor for information on alternative methods in the areas of math, history, science, and world language.

Meeting Requirements by Exam

 Specific scores on the SAT Subject, ACT, and AP exams may be used to meet all or part of the subject requirements in math, English, history, science and world language.  The link below describes these opportunities in detail.  Always see your counselor first when considering meeting requirements by examination.

                         http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/a-g-requirements/index.html#history

 Meeting Requirements by Validation

All A-G classes taken in high school for college admission must be passed with a ‘C’ or better. Generally, all grades of ‘F’  or ‘D’ in A-G required classes must be repeated.  However,  classes in math and world language are subject to the rules of Validation. Validation rules state that previous grades of ‘F’ or ‘D’ in math and world language can be validated (accepted) by earning a grade of ‘C’ or better in a higher level class in the same subject area.  The link below describes Validation in complete detail.  Students should always see their counselor first before considering the rules of Validation.

                          http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/q-and-a/validation/index.html

Senior Year Financial Aid Calendar

October-December

  • Financial Aid and College Planning workshops for both two and four year colleges are planned for the fall and spring semesters. Listen for announcements at Piner and be sure to visit the College and Career Center for valuable resources.
  • Begin researching private scholarships. This website has a list of many private scholarhips, as does the College and Career Center.

October

New F.A.F.S.A Policies:  The F.A.F.S.A. can now be completed beginning October 1st.  The deadline is still March 2nd, but students are still advised to complete the F.A.F.S.A. as soon as possible.

December

Be sure to visit the College and Career Center for college and financial aid information.

Submit the Cal-Grant. The Cal Grant Form is separate from the FAFSA. It’s best to submit the Cal Grant Form the first week in January. Cal Grants have definite income guidelines. However, still apply, even if you don’t meet the guidelines or think you don’t meet the guidelines. Colleges, especially private colleges, use financial aid rejections/ineligibility to help students get other forms of financial aid. Also, if you or your parent’s financial situation changes in a year or two (i.e…making less money), having submitted a prior Cal Grant is helpful. A Cal Grant flyer is included in this packet.

January-February

See Mr. Sullivan to apply for Piner Scholarships.  These are scholarships exclusively for Piner seniors.

March

2nd           Priority deadline for the FAFSA and the final deadline for the Cal Grant.

Apply for Piner’s Scholarships: Piner offers 5-7 scholarship opportunities exclusively for Piner seniors. A description of these scholarships is included in this packet. See Mr. Sullivan for information.

Important Financial Aid Information

  • Carefully review for accuracy all completed documents for financial aid. Financial aid requests and forms are sent to a variety of college departments and databases. If any information on any of the separate forms you will be submitting is inconsistent, applications will be severely delayed or denied.
  • use your legal name/use the same name on every financial aid form or admission form submitted to a college. Databases cross-reference information constantly and any inconsistencies on forms will cause problems.
  • use the same email account for all correspondence.
  • No matter how much money your parents make or how many people tell you there is no way you will get financial aid… apply! There are programs for almost all students and income levels. Programs include, but are not limited to:

 – work study: all income levels.

– university grants: all income levels.

-departmental grants and scholarships: all income levels.

-merit scholarship and grants: all income levels.

-loans

  • When you are asked on the FAFSA to select financial aid programs you may be interested in, select all of them! When you select all of them you are not committing to any specific program, you are simply requesting information for the programs.
  • Consider the FAFSA as a bank. On January 1st the bank opens and hundreds of thousands of customers (students) will be asking to withdraw money. Well before the March 2nd deadline to complete the FAFSA the money will be mostly gone. So, apply early!

Counselors are  more than willing to meet with you to complete and review the FAFSA. Before completing the FAFSA always have someone review it for consistency and accuracy.

Resources for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Attached are flyers that outline a variety of financial aid and scholarship resources, including:

  • Fund Your Future is an outstanding resource for all federal and state financial aid programs.
  • Piner Scholarships. Be sure to apply for Piner Scholarships that are exclusively for Piner seniors.
  • FastWeb. An excellent internet resource for private scholarships.

Mr.Cox. See Mr. Cox for a list of scholarships from his scholarship database.

COLLEGE APPLICATION “CHEAT SHEET”

IMPORTANT NUMBERS/INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED

Piner High School

1700 Fulton Road

Santa Rosa, California 95403

 

Main Office Phone                                        528-5245

Fax                                                                       528-5246

Registrar/Shobna Kumar                        528-5247                    skumar@srcs.k12.ca.us

Mr. Cox                                                          528-5563                    bcox@srcs.k12.ca.us

Piner School Code:                                     053329                        For SAT/ACT/AP and college applications

SRJC School Code:                                          001287

Transcripts from SRJC or any other school should be sent to:

Shobna Kumar

Piner High School Registrar

1700 Fulton Road

Santa Rosa, California 95403

Parents Income _________________   Dad____________   Mom______________

Dad’s Job Title: __________________ Mom’s Job Title: _______________________

Dad’s Educational Level: __________________ Mom’s Educational Level: ________________

Financial Aid Worksheet

Your Name: _________________________________

Most forms of state and federal financial aid will ask about your family background and financial status. To get an estimate of your eligibility for aid, please answer the following questions:

Your GPA_______

Total number of people in your family/living at your home _______. Of these people, how many work or earn money that is used to pay the bills and support the others who live in your house _______. Please list them below and approximate how much money they make.

For example:             Mom                                     makes   $25,000 a year__

 

__________________________ makes _________________

__________________________makes__________________

__________________________makes__________________

__________________________ makes _________________

__________________________makes__________________

__________________________makes__________________

Are you the first person in your family to ever go to college?     _____ Yes     _____ No

Do any of your family members receive public assistance?       ____Welfare     _____Social Security   _____Food Stamps   _____Unemployment

                                                                                                     ____Disability   _____Other ___________________________________________

 

Basics of Applying/Completing the College Application

  • IN 2005 USC’S (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) SYSTEM WAS HACKED AND 20% OF ALL FRESHMEN

APPLICATIONS WERE  LOST. STUDENTS WHO DID NOT HAVE A COPY (ELECTRONIC OR HARD COPY) OF THE

APPLICATION WERE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED. SO….

 

PRINT/SAVE A COPY OF EVERYTHING YOU SEND TO A COLLEGE.

                                                                                EVERYTHING INCLUDES: THE APPLICATION, HOUSING CONTRACTS, FINANCIAL AID,

                                                                                TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS, ETC. EVERYTHING!

 

  • Funds are limited! Even though applications at many schools are on the rise, colleges are accepting fewer students.

Competition is fierce and many schools will offer acceptance letters to students early in the admission application cycle, even before the admissions cycle is completed.

 

So…..

Apply as early as possible in the application cycle. CSU applications can be submitted beginning October 1st.

UC schools allow students to begin completing the application on line October 1st and allow submissions

beginning November 1st. Both systems have a final submission date of November 30th.

 

  • While most schools require the SAT to be taken by the first testing date in December, it is wise to take the SAT as early as possible so schools can see a score with your application.

 

  • Apply as an Early Action student if private universities offer this opportunity.

 

  • Review your Piner transcript for accuracy. Make sure all of your classes are included, that the grades and credits are accurate, etc. Colleges have software programs that detect discrepancies between what a student reports on a college application and what is actually on the transcript or what is in the college’s database.

 

EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS ARE REJECTED BY COLLEGES SIMPLY BECASUSE INFORMATION ON THE COLLEGE APPLICATION WAS INNACCURATE OR INCONSISTENT WITH WHAT WAS IN THE COLLEGE’S DATABASE.

 

IF THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE ON THE COLLEGE APPLICATION DOES NOT MATCH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT OR DOES NOT MATCH THE COLLEGE’S COURSEWORK DESCRIPTION OF PINER’S CLASSES/WHAT IS IN THEIR DATABASE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE REJECTED!

 

  • Ask for help from your counselor  if a drop-down menu item on the application does not match your high school coursework or what is on your transcript.

 

  • Private Universities have much more flexibility in admission policies when working with students and their families. If you are rejected from a private college, see Mr. Cox for possible strategies or contact the college and work with the admissions office directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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