College bound students often have the same list of questions.
- Do I have to take an ACT or SAT if I am going to community college?
Test scores are also often factored into scholarship applications.
It’s better to have a score and not need it, than to be disqualified because you don’t have one.
Test scores can sometimes waive the placement testing requirement for community colleges.
- Am I more likely to be admitted at a highly selective college if I transfer from a California Community College?
- When should I apply to a California Community College?
- What can I do to guarantee I’ll be admitted to a “good college?”
If you are defining a “good college” as a highly selective, top tier college you will want to educate yourself on the application process, what the college is basing the admission on and then decide how to showcase your profile on the application.
You’ll need to determine deadlines, have all official documents sent by the deadlines (SAT scores, ACT scores, AP scores, official transcripts, etc.) You can increase your chances of admission by taking care of every detail of the application process within your control. This means meeting all deadlines and following through with any “to do” tasks the college requests after you’ve submitted the application.
Once you have applied, you must wait for the college admissions office to reply and there are no guarantees at highly selective colleges.
- What looks good to a top tier school?
Leadership. Highly selective colleges are looking for the leaders of tomorrow. Students who have stepped into leadership roles during high school add strength to a top tier school application.
Sometimes creating your own opportunity can be more impressive than stepping into an already established role. Leadership opportunities can be anywhere a student chooses to lead. Students who have created their own opportunities for leadership have significant evidence of making a positive difference on their future campuses as well.
- When do I apply to a four year college?
The CSU application window is October 1 – November 30 each year.
The UC application window is August 1 - November 30.
- When do I find out if I’ve been admitted?
UC and CSU acceptance letters are typically received in March.
Community College is immediate.
- When do I have to decide where I want to attend?
Most U.S. colleges use this date as the final deciding day for students to accept offers of admission. However, colleges can use whatever date they prefer and they can change it during the process.
Read the admissions letter carefully to confirm your intent to enroll deadline. Follow the instructions regarding how to reply and if a deposit is required.
Once you have decided on a college, it’s advisable to reply prior to the May 1st deadline. This might give you better housing options and will secure your enrollment.
- Should I live in the dorms or off campus?
Some schools require on-campus housing for freshmen.
For most seniors, freshman year of college is their first opportunity to live without parents. A dorm life usually makes that an easier transition. It also puts you into a social network with plenty of dorm activities to help you make new friends. Most parents prefer a dorm situation over an apartment for first time freshmen because it offers more security, and fewer deposits and responsibilities for students.
- Do I need letters of recommendation for college?
Scholarships nearly always require letters of recommendation. Ask for them early and make copies. You may use the same letter for multiple applications.
- How many colleges should I apply to?
- Should I make campus visits?
Then go back a second time on your own. Learn to navigate your own travel arrangements and become familiar with the neighborhood of potential schools. Always keep evaluating to see if the college is a good fit for you.
- How do I find colleges that will best fit my major and areas of interest?
Visit the College & Career Center, see your counselor, attend local college fairs or college preview days. Attend the college rep presentations at school. Even if it’s a college you don’t think you have an interest in, you can learn something by attending a presentation.
Use your Naviance account. The link is on our website, along with several other college search websites that can help you find exactly what you want to study.
Visit websites and campuses.
- How do I find scholarships?
Naviance - scholarships sent to our school are also loaded on Naviance.
Apply to the financial aid departments at the colleges where you apply and look for scholarships within the department of a college as well.
- When should I apply for financial aid?
Be sure you are on the “.gov” website. File at www.fafsa.gov
- Will I receive college credit for my AP test scores?
For CSU, maybe, but not necessarily subject credit. You might be awarded elective units for your AP scores.
At the UC maybe, depending on the score, the major and the college.
Private and out-of-state colleges, maybe.
To view AP credit policy by university, go to: www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy.
- If I apply to college and I have passed AP exams with a 3 or higher, do I apply as a “Freshman with some college credit?”
No. Unless you have actually earned credits at a college, you are a “First time freshman with no college credit.” Listing yourself as a freshman with college credit does not bolster your application.
- How many SAT or ACTs should I take?
If you are applying to a highly selective school, you should also take at least two (preferably three) SAT Subject Exams at the end of sophomore or junior year. Usually in AP or high level subjects such as pre-calculus or AP/honors levels of science or social studies.
Technically, seniors can test through the December SAT or ACT dates of senior year. However, those should be dates to improve scores, not the first time students take the exam. Note - not all schools accept December scores from senior year. Verify with individual schools.
- What is the CEEB code for Western Sierra Collegiate Academy? What is a CEEB code?
The CEEB code (College Entrance Examination Board) code is an identification number assigned to WSCA by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It’s a six digit code that identifies WSCA to educational institutions and testing agencies such as the College Board and ACT.
- Will WSCA automatically send my final transcript to my college?
- What should I do if I want to play sports in college?
Get a copy of your transcript and compare it to the NCAA approved course list. You will need to meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Please note the NCAA course list is NOT the same list as the UC and CSU approved course list. Verify that you meet the NCAA requirements, prior to the beginning of senior year.
Become familiar with NCAA regulations specific to your sport. Follow them! Be very careful about hiring someone to market your talent to a college. You can lose your NCAA eligibility for recruiting violations. Be careful of agents who claim to represent colleges and want a fee to help you connect with coaches. A legitimate NCAA recruiter is already being paid by the university, not the student.
Register with the NAIA at the end of junior year - http://www.playnaia.org/
NAIA represents smaller athletic programs and has a less stringent eligibility process. But if you hope to play college sports at an NAIA school, you will need to register with them, just the same. Visit the NAIA website and become familiar with their regulations and follow their guidelines.
Order SAT and/or ACT official score reports for both NCAA and NAIA. Order transcripts sent to both NCAA and NAIA at the end of junior year.
NCAA Code is 9999
NAIA Code is 9876