College of the Week
Tips for College Searching
Keep track of usernames, colleges you are interested in, and more in a Google Sheet Tracker. Select File -> Make a Copy to create your own copy.
Store it in your Google Drive folder where you will also store any other college related material. It is recommended to have a separate Google account just for college and job related communication and files, separate from your personal account. Be sure you are using a non-school Gmail so that you have access after graduation!
College Search websites:
Creating Your College List
Virtual Tours & Resources
How to Explore College Virutally: https://www.raise.me/blog/applying-to-college/how-to-explore-colleges-virtually/
Webinars to help you on your college journey: http://go.collegewise.com/covidadmissions
How to get to know a college online: https://admissions.tufts.edu/blogs/inside-admissions/post/when-you-can-t-visit-campus-how-to-get-to-know-a-college-online/
Take college prep courses to meet admission standards.
Attend tutoring available after school for academic support. Please see your counselor for more information.
Take elective courses that will help you explore your interests.
Join clubs, do extra-curricular activities to help you meet new friends and get you involved with CVHS.
Start communicating with your high school counselor about your options after high school.
Sign up for summer school to make up classes needed for graduation or college.
Continue taking the required courses to meet 4-year university admissions standards.
Take part in community service/volunteer programs.
Continue to communicate with your high school counselor about your college plans.
Consider taking ROP (Regional Occupational Program) classes the following year to meet vocational
graduation requirement and to explore vocational career option.
Visit the College & Career Center.
Start visiting college campuses.
Sign up for summer school if any classes need to be made up for graduation or college.
Review with your counselor the classes you need to take for graduation and university/college admissions. Continue taking the required courses to meet 4-year university requirement.
In October, take the PSAT/NMSQT to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions for recognition and scholarships.
Register for the ACT and SAT early. Take the ACTs and SATs more than once to get the best possible score to send to colleges. Most juniors take the SAT/ACT in the spring (and again in the fall of their senior year).**
Research majors and colleges/universities that provide programs of a specific major. Visit campuses, school websites to learn more about programs, school campus, and specific admissions requirements.
Continue with extra-curricular activities, community/volunteer work.
Take summer school to make up classes for graduation and college.
Make college list
Start Senior Brag sheet
Review progress towards graduation (check classes, units and grades)
Meet with your counselor to discuss graduation and college/career options.
Continue taking challenging classes for an easier transition into college.
Last chance to take the ACT or SAT. In the fall, register for the ACT or SAT as soon as possible. December is the last month for Seniors to take the SAT for UCs/CSUs (some campus deadlines vary!).**
October – November: Apply to the UCs/CSUs. Some community college applications are open at this time.
October - February: Apply to private colleges or technical schools. Check with specific schools for application deadlines.
After submitting FAFSA/CA Dream App: Check Cal Grant status at webgrants4students.org
February: Attend CVEF Scholarship workshop.
March: Deadline for CVEF Scholarship applications.
Throughout the year:
Check email and college portals regularly for updates and requests
Visit the College/Career Center for college and scholarship information
DO NOT GET SENIORITIS !!!!!! Colleges and universities admit conditionally and expect students to maintain grades throughout senior year. Admission can be rescinded based on senior year grades.
**Class of 2021 and Class of 2022: UCs and CSUs will NOT be using SAT or ACT for admissions. Most private colleges are test optional. You may need the SAT or ACT for military academies or other.**
Glossary of Terms
First-Time Freshman: A freshman applicant is classified as any student who has not completed any college credit after graduating from high school.
Transfer Student: A transfer applicant is any student who has completed at least one hour of college credit after graduating high school. (A student who attends a college summer program immediately after graduating from high school or who has completed college work while in high school is still considered a freshman applicant.)
Lower division transfer applicant: If you have completed 59 or fewer transferable semester units by the time you plan to enter the college, you are considered a lower-division transfer (LDT) applicant. Note that most UCs and CSUs do not accept lower division transfer applicants.
Upper division transfer applicant: If you will have at least 60 semester transferable units completed by the time you enter the college, you are considered an upper-division transfer applicant. You will start at the college as Junior status.
How to Ace Your College Applications and Essays - From Sallie Mae
Compare the Cost of your Colleges with this Worksheet - From College Greenlight
Use this worksheet after you receive financial aid packages
Check out the Resources page for more resources!
How to Build your College List - Starting at 59:20 in this recording (by Occidental College admissions)
Writing the College Essay - Starting at 1:22:00 in this recording (by Occidental College admissions and alumni) - including tips, what admissions officers are looking for, supplemental essays, etc.
Snapshot of information from about 120 schools from outside California: RACC Directory