Senior Year Counseling Information


Common Questions asked of Counselors: 2 yr and 4 yr College Information

  • What do I need to do for entering into a Junior College?

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    Most CA Community Colleges have an application open in late February or early March for fall term of the next school year; October for spring admissions.  Visit their websites for more information.

    You do not need to take the SAT or ACT for admissions, however some community colleges will waive assessment tests based off of SAT or ACT scores.

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  • When do I apply to 4-year colleges?

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    CSU October 1-November 30 www.csumentor.edu

    UC November 1-30 www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions

    Private universities have differing deadlines – check their websites and Naviance for information.
    Schools that use the “Common Application” can be accessed by going to www.commonapp.org

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  • Do I need to send a transcript with my UC and CSU application?

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    No, the UC and CSU applications DO NOT require a transcript with your application. However make sure to check the requirements of private schools regarding transcripts and letters of recommendation.

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  • Do I need to send letters of recommendation for college?

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    Not for UC or CSU schools. Private university and scholarship applications will typically require one or more letters of recommendation (check specifics). Ask people who know you well, and give them at least three weeks notice. Provide a resume or informational facts sheet to help secure a better recommendation.

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  • When do I find out if I am accepted?

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    For CSUs, the earlier you apply, the sooner you will hear back. UC acceptance letters are typically received in mid-March to early April. Private universities will vary.

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  • When do I have to make a final decision regarding acceptance?

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    By May 1, in most cases.  Read and respond to requests for information carefully when you receive your acceptance letters!

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  • How can I find out about scholarships?

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    Scholarships are posted on the Oakmont College & Career Center website.  Apply to the financial aid departments at the colleges you are seriously considering. Go to websites such as www.fastweb.com for more information.

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  • Can you tell me more about financial aid?

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    Get your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) PIN in the fall of your senior year. Apply for the FAFSA no later than March.

     

    All students should apply for financial aid regardless of GPA or family income level. Much of financial aid goes unawarded because students do not apply. Financial aid is given for different reasons and can be used at all different types of colleges: 4-year, community and career technical. Students should apply for financial aid in January of their senior year of high school.

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  • What if I want to play sports at a Division I or Division II college?

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    Register with the NCAA by the end of your junior year – http://eligibilitycenter.org. Meet with your counselor to verify that you are on track to meet the NCAA requirements.

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