College Admission Requirements - California


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Betty and Tim Tseng workshop on College Admissions preparation (with a focus on California colleges)

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College Admission Requirements - California

  1. 1. College Admission Workshop Pt. II - Admission Requirements Prepared for Chinese for Christ Church Hayward - Footprints Youth Ministry Sunday, March 25, 2007
  2. 2. Mock Admission Committee Game <ul><li>Share with your neighbor: “What does it take to get into college?” </li></ul><ul><li>In large group: write answers on giant post-it </li></ul><ul><li>Break up into groups of 6 </li></ul><ul><li>In small groups, decide a name for your college and become admission officers </li></ul><ul><li>Decide who will be admitted from Profile handout. Record on Applicant Summary Sheet </li></ul>
  3. 3. College Requirements <ul><li>Academic Record </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Extracurricular Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Admission Essay and Personal Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Other Application Factors </li></ul><ul><li>The Application Form </li></ul><ul><li>Application Fee </li></ul>
  4. 4. Academic Record <ul><li>Colleges require certain courses and they look at them within the high school context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History/Social Science: 2 years minimum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English - 4 years minimum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math: 3 years minimum, 4 recommended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laboratory Science: 2 years minimum, 3 recommended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Language: 2 years, minimum in the same language, 3 years recommended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual and Performing Art: 1 year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electives: 1 year minimum, 2 years recommended </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Academic Record <ul><li>Grades and GPA’s: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CSU: 10th and 11th, weighted, college prep (P) and advanced placement (AP) classes, minimum GPA 2.0, use of eligibility index. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UC: 10th and 11th, weighted, college prep (P) and advanced placement (AP) classes, minimum GPA 3.0, use of eligibility index. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private Colleges: may vary! Generally 9 -11th, college prep classes and AP, weighted. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Academic Record <ul><li>Some Tips for building your academic record </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance your class selection with your ability to maintain good grades. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your extracurricular activities in mind when choosing your classes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose your challenges where your interests are. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose your electives to show your interests. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take 5 academic core classes every year if possible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t load up more than you can carry. Too much stress leads to burn out! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Standardized Tests <ul><li>Most 4-year colleges require the SAT I or the ACT test. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ACT: traditionally more content-oriented, allows students to opt out of the Writing section, which not all colleges require </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAT I: focuses on critical thinking and problem solving in general. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most colleges have no test preference. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both tests contain three sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing. </li></ul><ul><li>The tests should be taken in the Spring of 11th grade and if necessary again in fall of 12th grade. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Standardized Tests <ul><li>UC’s and some private colleges require SAT Subject tests, designed to measure a students achievement in a specific subject area. </li></ul><ul><li>PSAT and Plan are practice tests for the SAT and ACT tests taken in the fall of Junior year. The purpose of these tests: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice opportunity for student. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives student an idea of how much preparation is still needed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results can qualify students for scholarship programs, I.e. Nat’l Merit Scholarship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps students and colleges to find each other. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Extracurricular Profile <ul><li>Colleges look for well rounded students and most want to know about a student’s engagement outside of school. Keep track of your activities, awards, and accomplishments throughout high school: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music, Drama and Visual Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Club involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership positions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Letters of Recommendation <ul><li>UC’s/CSU’s don’t require letters of recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>Most private colleges want a counselor recommendation and one or two letters of recommendation from teachers. Tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get to know your counselor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get to know one or two teachers and become memorable to them in a positive way. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask 11th and 12th grade teachers for letters! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure one of the letters is from a teacher in an academic subject. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If a college offers you the option of sending in an extra letter, take advantage of it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These letters of recommendation come in handy when applying for scholarships as well. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Admission Essay and Personal Statement <ul><li>Most college applications require one or two essays and/or short paragraph answers to specific questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleges want to understand who the student is. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives student a chance to add depth and personality to listed grades, activities and test scores and show who he/she really is. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows student to talk about challenges that that he/she had to overcome. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tip: complete 1st draft during summer of junior yr </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Other Application Factors <ul><li>When applying to certain majors other requirements might have to be met: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Auditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some colleges require or encourage interviews with a college representative and/or an alum. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Application Form <ul><li>The UC’s and California State Universities have their own applications on-line. </li></ul><ul><li>They only need to be filled out once even when applying to several different campuses within the system. </li></ul><ul><li>The application fee has to be paid for each campus. </li></ul><ul><li>The UC deadline is always November 30 for Fall admittance. </li></ul><ul><li>The CSU application file date begins on Oct. 1st. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Application Form <ul><li>A large number of private colleges accept the common application , which is on-line and only needs to be filled out once. </li></ul><ul><li>Different universities might ask for supplements to the common application. </li></ul><ul><li>A few private colleges still have their own application. Most of them are available on line. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Application Fee <ul><li>Most colleges require an application fee. </li></ul><ul><li>Fee varies between $20 - $60 but may be waived for low-income students. </li></ul><ul><li>A few colleges wave the fee if the application is done on line. </li></ul><ul><li>Most colleges offer application fee wavers to low-income families. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Mock Admissions Committee Game Part II <ul><li>Re-group into your original group of 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Based on what you’ve learned, re-evaluate your applicants and decide if there are any changes </li></ul><ul><li>Designate a reporter and prepare to share your results with the whole class </li></ul>
  17. 17. How to prepare for the college admission journey? <ul><li>Parent and student prepare on their own </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get help from high school professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read books; go to workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get on the parent/student rumor mill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search the internet for help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research course requirements, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do personality type assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. How to prepare for the college admission journey? <ul><li>Alternative to self-navigators - work with a professional to guide you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By the hour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By topic areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or the whole process </li></ul></ul>
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