COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER BULLETIN
Welcome to 2020-2021 School Year
Weekly College & Career eNewsletterseNews September 11, 2020
Upcoming Training and Events
Friday, September 25th - 11:00am-12:00pm - Learn at Lunch - Common App Questions - Do you have Common Application questions or need help getting started on your personal statement? Join Mrs. Prince in the virtual College & Career Center f Common Application Q&A. Ask any questions you may have about the Common App process or personal statement. CLICK HERE TO JOIN
Wednesday, September 30th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - College Financial Aid Presentation: The College & Career Center will host a live, virtual Financial Aid Presentation for senior parents conducted by California Lutheran University's Office of Financial Aid. Learn how to apply for financial aid and the different types of aid available. A link to join will be sent closer to the event.
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*In light of the pandemic, many colleges have gone test-optional including UCs and CSUs. Visit https://fairtest.org/ to view the lastest colleges added to the list. Confirm on each college website and verify merit/scholarship or specialized programs/majors are test-optional as well.
University of California
- The University of California application opened on August 1st. Submission of completed applications is November 1-30. Seniors should start working on their responses to 4 of the 8 “Personal Insight Questions” (PIQs) that are part of the UC Application for 2020-21. For more information about the UC PIQs, visit: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/files/uc-personal-questions-guide-freshman.pdf
- UC applications: Recommendation letters are not needed (unless specifically requested by a particular campus).
- Send your SAT/ACT scores to one campus and all of the campuses will receive your score report.
- Application fee is $70/campus. For more information, visit http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu
California State University (CSU)
- The California State University (CSU) application for 2020/21 opens on October 1st.
- Submission of your completed application is November 1-30 and the application fee is $55 per CSU campus.
- The application can be accessed at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply You will be asked to list the courses you have taken during your high school career and/or are scheduled to take during your senior year, grades you received in those courses, as well as the scores received on your ACT and/or SAT if applicable.
- Recommendation letters are not needed. In general, no essays or summary of your extracurricular activities are submitted for these CSU applications, but some campuses may require short answers.
The Common Application
The Common Application for 2020/21 opened August 1st and the essay prompts have not changed. Seniors should start working on their CommonApp essay and begin to complete the CommonApp application now. More than 900 colleges and universities will accept the CommonApp. For more information, go to: http://www.commonapp.org
The Coalition Application
The Coalition Application: A different application platform similar to the CommonApp, with over 140 college/university members. Students can open an account now by visiting: http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org
If you are considering playing your sport in college--and, if you have not registered already--you must register ASAP with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). Information is available at: https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/High_School_IE_Standards.pdf To register, go directly to www.eligibilitycenter.org