History/Social Science – 2 years required Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government.
Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have biology, chemistry or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement, as may the final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects.
Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses. Foreign students who receive 800 on SAT II foreign language or approved AP score can test out of language requirement.
A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.
A rts (non-introductory level courses) , history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).
If you run out of classes at your high school, take classes at your local community colleges. High school students get AP credit for these classes. Taking advanced classes impresses colleges, and they are free (except for fees and books). If you have time, also take community college classes in areas that interest you such as Psychology or Art History. Consider taking English 101 to enhance your reading and writing skills.
Find other academic programs, such the UC Cosmos program for science, to advance, deepen, or expand your academic interests. For example, here is a list of programs for students interested in math
If you need to retake a class because of a low grade, consider Brigham Young online. Please clear low grades early. Don't wait until your senior year.
(1) ACT content / SAT problem solving (2) Some students may score higher on one test than on the other Act’s less dependence on vocabulary favors students of limited English proficiency, for students with higher GPAs (above 3.4), and for females. SAT good problem solvers do well. (3) Less emphasis on defensive test taking strategies ACT does not penalize for wrong answers so more students can take risks and guess, while SAT does penalize. (4) ACT provides a more detailed score report SAT(highest possible individual test 800) provides scores for three sections and for essay (scale of 6). Total score is three sections totaled (highest possible 2400) ACT provides details subsection scores (highest possible score (36) broken by math content area and for essay (scale of 12). They provide composite score as well. (5) Both offer score choice. ACT--you can send by test date SAT I-you can send by test date SAT II-you can send by test and date Yet UCs and top colleges will not accept SAT score choice. SAT VS ACT
Rolling-apply anytime in fall and get response within weeks.
Early Decision-select one private college to apply to in November and receive response in mid December…BINDING. Families who will depend on financial aid need to know that ED comes out before financial aid.
Early Action-also November-December schedule but not binding.
Regular-Typically January 1 or 15 th . April notification. May 1 decisions. You can only accept one school.
UC and CSU applications due November 30 (October 30 for some CSU impacted majors)
Application essays are often the top non-academic component colleges use in admissions.
Essays must have a sizzle, a message, a unique story.
Essays can tip student in.
I created a course that helps students write powerful essays that UCLA Summer Extension offers….this summer August 9-12.
"Writing my personal statement with Dr. Joseph not only helped me get into college, but also helped me discover my true potential and inner self. She really taught me how to add that special personal touch to my essays."
I applied to only three colleges, so why should my child apply to so many more?
It’s a much more complex situation.
Most teenagers in history in US.
Most teenagers going to college in history in US.
With more kids applying to more schools, a vicious trickle down cycle is happening…
I didn’t visit or contact colleges, so why should my child visit colleges now?
With the competitive colleges, visits are a sign of interest.
In recent LA times article, director of admissions at Pitzer, calls students who never visit or contact colleges, “stealth” applicants and describes how Pitzer rejected a top applicant who had never contacted campus.
If you can’t visit because of cost, there are different ways to connect with colleges
http://www.collegeconfidential.com/--you can post questions and hear from students and parents
Talk to friends who are seniors and recent grads.
Download College Match application on I Phone.
Become fan of college on Facebook
Check how your students compares to peers on Naviance and other school comparative offerings.
Let your child make calls to college with questions.
You can schedule tours and visits.
OTHER CORE READINESS TIMELINES-COLLEGE RESEARCH
Junior Year-Develop core list of what match colleges must have-- location, size, cost, academics, social opportunties Spring Junior Year-Visit core colleges. Interview when possible. Visit classes, meet students Spring Junior Year-Attend local college fairs. Collect names of college representatives. Begin courting process. COLLEGE RESEARCH: JUNIOR-SENIOR YEAR GRADE TIMELINE
Search out NACAC College Fairs. This spring two fairs in our area. Greater Los Angeles Tuesday, April 27 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pasadena Convention Center Pasadena, CA Ventura/Tri-County Thursday, April 29 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Seaside Park Ventura, CA Summer Consider early decision or early action. Fall Senior Year- Attend all relevant college visits at your school or in local area Fall Senior Year-Visit more colleges and narrow down list. COLLEGE RESEARCH: JUNIOR-SENIOR YEAR GRADE TIMELINE
Colleges want to know how student will enhance and enrich campus.
Yet they don’t read minds-use application to showcase your student
They worry about children of helicopter parents. Students must make majority of contacts with colleges except for planning visits.
Finances are a key component so make decisions now about what you can afford.
College is an amazing, life-lasting gift to your child.
It is never too late...to develop a strong college readiness plan in this perfect storm of college admissions.
1. UC admissions fact sheets http://www.ucop.edu/news/factsheets/fall2009adm.html 2. New York Times. College admissions articles and new blog http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/the-envelope-please-as-one-college-woos-another-reveals-its-verdict/ http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/university-of-california-system-reports-rise-in-applications-not-admissions/ 3. College Board-SAT http://www.collegeboard.com 4. ACT http://www.actstudent.org 5. My Website http://www.getmetocollege.org 6. National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) http://www.nacacnet.org/StudentResources/CollegePrep/Pages/default.aspx SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?