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4-year college bound seniors - College Applications Open!

Looking at applying to a 4-year university? Applications are now open for the UCs and Private & Out-of-State Universities


  • Common Application(for Private universities/colleges) opened August 1. Deadlines varies due to colleges.


  • CSU Application opens October 1. Deadline November 30.

    • Apply by launching through Californiacolleges.edu (best way to launch app)

      • OR -Apply by launching through Calstate.edu/apply


For questions or to help you with your college apps, email Mrs. Fukuda for ?s or to make an appointment (zoom or google hangouts). More details, visit the UC, CSU or CommonApp websites

4-year college bound seniors - Applying to a Private University? Apply Through COMMON App!

On August 1, the Common Application went live. Seniors: Now is the time to start filling out your college applications. The Common Application can be used to apply to more than 900 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

Keeping organized is the best way to complete the Application. Here are some tips from the college advisors at International College Counselors. And remember, if you need any help with completing your applications from a results-driven approach, contact us.

YOU CAN NOT LAUNCH YOUR APPLICATION THROUGH CALIFORNIA COLLEGES!

1. Keep track of your account information

For your Common App account, you must create an account using an email address and a password. The password includes an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number, and a special character. Write down the password and the email address you use to register. Be sure to register with an email that you can access as colleges will use that email to contact you.

2. Make your Common App essay and supplemental essays great

Most colleges require students to write at least one essay (the Common App essay, also known as the Personal Statement) as part of the application process. The 2020-21 Common App offers a choice of seven essay prompts, which can be found here. In addition to the Common App essay, we strongly recommend that students write all supplemental essays even if the college says that they are optional. Optional essays are not really optional; not answering them sends a negative message about work ethic and interest in the college.


3. Track your progress on the Common App

Students can preview each part of their Common App, screen by screen, to make sure they've completed each of the sections. By checking the Dashboard, students can keep track of their entire progress. When you have completed and submitted all the college's requirements, you will see a green checkmark and the word "Complete" next to the college on the Common App. When the ENTIRE Common App is complete, the last step is to click "Review and Submit." There is an application fee for each campus, however if students are eligible for a fee waiver, that section is embedded in the application.

4. Use a calendar for all dates and deadlines.

Deadlines are not flexible. You must complete your entire application by the college's deadline. Consider using an old-fashioned wall or desk calendar in a "can't miss" location. Alternatively, program deadlines into your phone, and set up alerts as the deadlines approach.

5. Start a folder for each college of interest.

A virtual or physical folder will keep all the printed materials, notes, correspondence, passwords, and photos together.

6. Print records and take screenshots

Whenever you send an email to a school or interviewer, or receive a response, print it out and add it to the folder. Take screenshots of completed applications and confirmations.


7. Set manageable goals.

Do not plan to complete the application in one night or even one weekend. It's going to feel overwhelming, and chances of making mistakes will increase exponentially. Set dates for contacting teachers, counselors, and coaches who are writing recommendations. Start now, if you haven't already, and set time aside to really work on your essays. Proofread the application multiple times before you send it, and have someone else proofread it as well.



Excerpt from International College Counselors.

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10 Tips to Ace Your UC Application

Frequently Asked Questions

College systems

California Community Colleges

Want to apply to a community college?

There are 115 community colleges in California.

The most popular 2-year colleges for our graduates are: Fresno City College, Reedley College, and West Hills College Lemoore.

Community Colleges , also called 2-year colleges or junior colleges, are open to anyone with a high school diploma/GED or be at least 18 years of age to enter.

You can apply to these colleges for FREE! No application fee.

Applications are on a rolling basis and students can apply at any time, but the priority window to apply is between September and December of senior year.

California State University

www.calstate.edu/apply

Want to apply to a CSU campus?

There are 23 CSU campuses in California.

The most popular CSUs our graduates attend are: Fresno State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Bakersfield, CSU East Bay, San Jose State, San Diego State.

CSU applicants must meet eligibility criteria to apply to the CSU system. Meeting eligibility requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Criteria to apply can be found here.

Each campus fee is $70, however there is a fee waiver opportunity included in the application for applicants who meet fee waiver eligibility. Students who are eligible for a fee waiver can apply to up to 4 campuses for free.

Application for first-time freshman opens each year on October 1st. Deadline to apply is November 30th.

University of California

https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/

Want to apply to a UC campus?

There are 9 UC campuses in California (the 10th UC Campus, UC San Francisco, is for graduate students only).

The most popular UCs our graduates attend are: Merced, Davis, Berkeley, and UCLA.

UC applicants must meet eligibility criteria to apply to the UC system. Meeting eligibility requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Criteria to apply can be found here.

Each campus fee is $70, however there is a fee waiver opportunity included in the application for applicants who meet fee waiver eligibility. Students who are eligible for a fee waiver can apply to up to 4 campuses for free.

Application for first-time freshman opens each year on August 1st. Deadline to apply is November 30th.

Common App

The Common Application, or Common App, is the most widely filled out college application. It is also the most extensive college application, as it covers 774 colleges and universities in both the U.S. and abroad.

The Common App allows students to apply to up to 20 colleges, but they cannot simply submit the same application for each school – most colleges do require students to submit supplemental materials along with the mandatory materials of the common app.

The Common App is free to use, but some schools do require you to submit an additional fee to apply to them, ranging from $25 - $90.

Coalition Application

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a relatively new application option for college candidates. Launched in 2016, the Coalition App is a free platform, similar to the Common App, that schools can join to offer their applications on.

The Coalition App covers many top college and universities, but not as many schools as the Common App covers. Only 132 schools are Coalition members, as opposed to the almost 800 schools that are covered by the Common App. All eight of the Ivy League colleges – Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University – are included in this application. Other prominent universities, including Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins University, are also included in the Coalition Application, and more schools join the Coalition each year.