Admissions Requirements

IMPORTANT DATES

August 1 Common Application (used to apply for private colleges) available at www.commonapp.org;
deadlines to submit vary by 
college
Oct. 1-Nov. 30

UC and CSU application filing period

Click HERE  for UC application dates 

Click HERE  for CSU application date


Cabrillo College application filing period

Click HERE for Cabrillo College

(No SAT, ACT or SAT 2 assessments required) However, Cabrillo College and other community colleges require students to take their English an Math assessments in order to be placed in correct courses.


October 10 College & post-high school planning PLP
March 19 Community College Application

 

The application process varies from school to school, but it can essentially be broken out into two categories:    

The (UC/CSU) application process
The (Private/Independent/Out-of-State) application process.



THE UC/CSU APPLICATIONS PROCESS

Both the UC & CSU systems have made it very clear that they strongly prefer that students submit applications via their respective electronic online services. For your convenience, these websites have been hyperlinked under the “Online Applications” section below.

Neither system requires transcripts at the time of application. However, as part of an augmented or supplemental review, some students may receive special requests from a particular UC
or CSU campus to supply a transcript - but this is the exception.

If a student ultimately decides to attend a UC or CSU campus - it is only that individual school that they will need to send a transcript. Furthermore, unless requested otherwise, it will likely only need to be a final transcript. A final transcript includes all four years of high school work, plus verification that the High School diploma has been earned.

For AP scores - the same policy applies as for transcripts.



Neither the UC or CSU systems require Letters of Recommendation, Secondary School Reports, Supervising Teacher/Counselor Reports, or Mid-Year Reports. If you try to send them recommendations or other supplementary information not asked for by the UC/CSU system - they will be shredded!



Both the UC & CSU systems require that students send their SAT and/or ACT scores be sent to them directly from the College Board or American College Testing Inc.
  1. The UC system does require two essays.

  2. The CSU system does not require an essay.

  3. October 1st to November 30th is the window for submitting applications to both the UC & CSU.



DO's & DON'TS

Be 100% honest, colleges do verify everything and will “cancel” your admittance if they discover discrepancies, or if you don’t complete classes you’ve listed on the application, or if your grades drop dramatically in the final semester. 

All classes taken should be listed on the “self-report” portion of the application, even those that were repeated later.

Report all test scores. Also list any upcoming test dates you have scheduled, even if you don't have a score.  If you are submitting the application online, take the time to go through whatever tutorial or help sessions are offered. Read the “Online Application Do’s & Don’ts” section below.    

Contact all campuses you applied to immediately if:


1. You receive a D or F in your senior year.  

2. There are any changes to the reported classes for your senior year.

3. You have a change of name, address, phone number, or email address


CRITICAL ISSUES


1. Continue to focus on academics! Grades count in the senior year.

2. Pay attention to the application deadlines for all applications (admissions, housing, financial aid, scholarships etc...)


3. If you have not sent your SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject test (if required) and/or ACT scores to the colleges you’re applying to – send them now!


4. The SAT link for sending scores to colleges is: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/scores.html


5. The ACT link for sending scores to colleges is: www.act.org/aap/scores/index.html
 


APPLICATION PROCESS AT PRIVATE, INDEPENDENT & OUT-OF-STATE COLLEGES

Private & Independent colleges differ from the UC & CSU’s significantly in their admissions application processes. Generally speaking, they will have the same subject requirements as the UC/CSU’s “a-g” subject pattern. However, students should check the home website of the college in question to be certain. Please note, for most private, independent and out-of-state colleges:

Students must download all application materials from either the home website of the school they are applying to, or from one of the online application services listed below.    Most Private/Independent & Out-of-State colleges will require essays.   Most Private/Independent & Out-of-State colleges will require transcripts at the time of application. Most will also want “mid-year” transcript updates after the fall semester senior grades have posted!  

Most Private/Independent & Out-of-State colleges will require a form to be completed by your Supervising Teacher and the Registrar Office. These forms are called a variety of names (i.e. Secondary School Reports, School Reports, Counselor Reports, Counselor Evaluation, etc...) Student must download these forms and give them to their Supervising Teacher/Counselor with the Request for Letter of Recommendation form and stamped envelopes no less than 3 weeks prior to their deadlines!

As with the UC’s & CSU’s students must arrange to have their SAT and/or ACT scores sent to them directly from the College Board or American College Testing Inc.

Early Action/Decision. Application deadlines vary from as early as October 1st (for Early Action/Decision programs) to as late as February for some schools. However, most “Regular Admission” deadlines, will be somewhere between December 1st and January 15th. Click here for more information about the Early Action/Decision Application process. For more info, go to www.collegeboard.com/parents/apply/college-applications/21342.html

Financial Aid. Many Private Schools require financial aid information in the form of a "CSS/Financial Aid Profile." Go to the "Financial Aid" page to get more information on this profile. Click here for more information about the CSS/Financial Aid Profile

Recommendations. Most Private/Independent & Out-of-State colleges will require letters of recommendations.

Transcripts. As mentioned above most Private/Independent & Out-of-State colleges will require transcripts. 


DO’S & DON'TS FOR ONLINE APPLICANTS


Do… take the online tour.
Before you start your application, walk through each step of the application on our virtual tour. 


Do… create a user name and password that you’ll remember easily.
Record it and keep it in a safe place. If you forget your user name, you’ll have to start a new application. 


Do... disable pop-up blockers in order to view the part of the application that display in pop-up windows.


Do... use the correct browser.        Most online applications functions with Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 5.0 or 6.0 (Windows SP1), Internet Explorer 7.0 (Windows XP SP2), Safari (Mac OS X) or Netscape 7.1 (Mac OS 9). You can download the latest versions of these browsers from from the application site itself. The online application are highly secure; so older browsers are not usually equipped to handle the necessary level of encryption.


Do... check your e-mail service's spam or junk mail settings.
Make sure that you have set your e-mail service so that it will not block e-mail from the colleges you are applying to! 


Don't... use an overly cute or suggestive e-mail name.
You want them to think of you as being intelligent and mature! 


Do… follow directions and complete all steps.
On each page and in every pop-up, scroll to the bottom to avoid missing any information. 


Don’t… forget to save your work.
You usually have no more than 40 minutes per Web page before you’ll be timed out. Whenever you save an entry or move to a new page, your work is automatically stored, but if you plan to leave your application for any length of time — to go grab a snack or answer the phone — use the save/logout feature to store your application, then log back in.


Don’t… compose your personal statement online.
Take time to compose it in a word-processing application, such as Microsoft Word, save it as a text file, and then copy and paste it into the appropriate boxes in the online application. 


Do... print out copies of your personal statement to cross-check your work and request feedback from your counselor and/or an instructor. 


Do... carefully review the summary page.
Look for any instance where it says, “no information added,” and if you didn’t intend to leave that area blank, click “modify” to return to the step where you can fill it in. 


Don’t... be afraid to ask for help.
If you have technical difficulties, don’t be afraid to ask the “Help Desk,” “Technical Support,” or “Contact” links.


Do... click “Submit Application” when you’ve finished. Your application won’t be sent to the University until you do.


Do... print out your receipt and keep it so you will have a record of your application ID number and a complete summary of your application. 


ONLINE COLLEGE APPLICATION LINKS


AICCU (Association of Independent CA Colleges and Universities) offers total access to information and admissions applications for degree granting independent colleges and universities within California. The student is responsible for the standard fee charged by a college or university upon submitting an application for admission, but otherwise, Mentor™ systems are provided free of charge.  http://www.aiccu.org


CCC Online Application Center gives students one place to begin the application process to any California Community College. It can be accessed at: http://www.cccapply.org/AdmissionApp/


Apply to College is an online application service through the College Board. Just Point,. click, your done! It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3:

Online applications make applying to college easy. You can complete almost every part of an application (even the essay) on your computer — no pencils, typewriters, or white-out! Use College Search to add a college to your College List. Follow the “Apply” link next to a school to start an application. Return to your list any time to manage your applications. More than 300 well-known colleges and universities participate. If you see the Apply link, an application is available.

There is no charge for this College Board service, but you will be responsible for any application fees from the respective institutions. It can be accessed at: http://www.collegeboard.com/apply/


CollegeNET, Inc. is the world’s leading ‘virtual plumber’ for higher education internet transactions. For your convenience they provide over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program you save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form. http://www.collegenet.com


Common Application is accepted by 255 independent colleges and universities. Many schools accept it as the sole application document, while others may still require a supplemental form of their own to complete the application process. The concept is simple: Students complete one Common Application form, photocopy it, and send the form to any of the participating colleges. To order a Common Application you may call 1-(866)647-7253. or download and print it directly from the internet at: http://www.commonapp.org


The (CSU) California State University system has established a system wide homepage that provides hotlinks to all CSU campus home pages. School comparisons by region, SAT/ACT scores, major, and GPA are available. CSU applications are also be submitted through this site! You must disable your “pop-up” blocker to use the application feature. It can be accessed at: http://www.csumentor.edu


The (UC) University of California system has established the following  web site for all electronic application/admission information for        the UC system on the Internet. Contains hotlinks to all UC campus websites, High School “a-g” lists as well as Junior College Transfer Agreements.

You must disable your “pop-up” blocker to use the application feature. It can be accessed at:

 http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/

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