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College or University?
• Very distinct difference in terminology between the USA
and the rest of the world
• In the US, there is very little difference academically
between a "college" and a "university".
• Universities are usually larger and often contain multiple
"colleges" within them. However, some of the top-ranked
schools in the United States have a name including
"college" (ex. Dartmouth College, Occidental College).
• University maintains research requirements for its
instructors /more research focused institution.
• Doctorate programs are more prone to be offered at
universities.
College vs University continued
• Community Colleges.
• In this usage a college is very different than a
University
• A community college can't offer a 4 year degree
(ie a B.A. or a B.S.).
• Offer trade and technical certifications and
training as well as the first 2 years of a four year
program but they are unable to grant bachelors
degrees.
Recommended Route
• From High School to:
– California State University
– University of California
– California Independent Colleges and
Universities
– Out of State Colleges and Universities
Public and Private
Alternate Route
“High School”
A-G SUBJECTS:
Years Required for 4 Year College
Admissions
2
Social
Science
2
Language other
Than English
English
4
Visual/Performing 1
Arts
Mathematics 3
College Prep.
1
Laboratory
Sciences
2
Paths to the
University of California
1. Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)
2. Statewide Context
Eligibility in the Local Context
• School sends top 15 % of 11th grade class
• UC will identify the top 9 percent of students based on GPA
in UC-approved coursework completed in the 10th and
11th grades. To be considered for ELC, you must have a
minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete the following "ag"courses prior to your senior year:
-History/social science 1 year
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English 2 years
Mathematics 2 years
Laboratory science 1 years
Language other than English 1 years
College-preparatory elective
(chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the
university) 4 yearlong courses
Statewide Context
UC Eligibility Requirements
• A-G Subject
– Complete with at least a
3.0GPA
• Scholarship (GPA)
• Examinations
SAT Reasoning Test OR Act
with Writing,
SAT Subject Tests are
recommended but not
required
• Apply November1-30
PATH TO UC
GPA/COURSES that prepare
Hig School Students for COLLEGE!
• GPA is determined by grades earned in the “a-g”
subjects taken in the sophomore through junior
years of high school
• Complete all A-G courses with a C or better
• Honors (H)/Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:
UC assigns extra points to UC certified (H) and
AP courses taken in the last three years of high
school that are passed with a grade of C or better
California State University
Overview/Admission Requirements
• 23 campuses
• A-G requirements
• Examinations
• GPA is determined by the grades earned in “a-g” courses
taken in the sophomore through junior years in high school
• Eligibility Index (Handout)
• Local Admission
• Impacted Campuses and Majors
• csumentor.edu
• Apply October-November 30
CSHM CSU Eligibility Report
• CSU Eligibility Index
– If a CSHM student meets the minimum eligibility for
CSU admission they can be admitted to CSULA. To be
admitted to other CSU campuses they must meet a
higher eligibility
• Impacted Programs/Campus
– Example CSU Long Beach
• # of eligible applications received is greater than #
that campus can accommodate
• Set a higher minimum eligibility index than that
required for CSU admission
Courses that prepare High
School Students for College
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam: a score of 3 or
higher grants credit towards subject credit, graduation
credit,or college credit.
Concurrent Enrollment refers to college courses
that are transferable to the University that students
can take while in high school. Grades of “C” or better
earned at the community college earn an extra grade
point like H/AP courses.
Exams 2014-2015
• PSAT
(Preliminary Exam- Shorter Version of SAT)
- Critical Reasoning
- Math
- Writing
• ACT
- Reading
Comprehension
- Math
- Social Science
- Science Reasoning
PLUS
- Writing
• SAT I
- Critical Reasoning
- Math
- Writing
• SAT II
Subjects of students choice
(Math II, Literature, History,
Science, Language Other than
English, etc.)
SAT vs ACT
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SAT is a ten section exam
ACT is a five section exam
Content is different
There is a penalty for wrong answers on the SAT but not
on the ACT
• Students must take either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
to be admitted to a four year university or college. SAT
Subject Test are required by the University of California
and some Private Colleges.
• Fee Waivers are available for students who meet
family income guidelines
• 052020 CSHM High School or CEEB Code
Minimum vs. Competitive
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GPA
Exams
Total # of Semesters (UC approved courses)
Total # of H/AP
Strength of Senior Year
Personal Elements
• Personal Statement/Essays
• Extracurricular Activities
Extra-Curricular Activities
**Sustained, active participation is
critical
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Volunteering in community programs
Participation in athletics
Writing for school newspaper
Internships
Participation in research projects
Tutoring
Participation in activities which develop student’s
academic or intellectual abilities
Musical performance or composition
Creative writing projects
Theatrical or artistic performances
Participation in summer programs
Honors/Awards
Types of Awards include:
Publication of Work
Essay or Speech Contest
Community Service
Church Related Activities
Eagle Scout
Varsity Letter
Science Fair
AP Scholar
Recipient of Scholarship
Volunteer Work
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Hospital
Library
Elementary School
Animal Shelter
Church
Special Organizations
Tutor
WORK
If a student works they may:
• Save money for college or help their family
• Having a job shows independence &
responsibility
• Students can get a job at:
– A store at the mall
– An Office
– Family Business
Cost of a College Education
CSU ESTIMATED AVERAGE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC
YEAR EXPENSES
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Commuting from home @ $15,000
– Living on campus housing @ $22,000
UC Estimated Average 2013-2014 Academic Year
Expenses
Commuting from home @ $15,000
Living in on campus housing @ $32,000
Private/Independent Colleges and Universities
Example USC
Commuting from home @ $ 50, 000
Living in on campus housing @ $63, 000
Financial Aid
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Grants
Scholarships
Loans
Free Application for
Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA)
• Websites (cshm.org)
What do highly selective universities, like UCLA,
USC, Stanford, New York University, Harvard,
MIT, look for in an applicant?
• What selective schools
value first is a strong
academic record.
– Students must take the
most challenging
classes offered.
– Students must have
very strong grades and
really strong
standardized test
scores.
• Well Rounded
– A student’s
extracurricular profile
can tell a story about
who they are in terms
of their interests.
– Students should pursue
extracurricular
activities that they are
passionate about
Not all students fit the mold of
being eligible for highly selective
colleges and universities.
However, there are lots of
opportunities for almost all
students.
Questions
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