College Systems

  • College & University Information

     

    Community College
    Cañada, College of San Mateo, Skyline, Foothill, DeAnza;
    107 in California (C.A.)

    California State University (C.S.U.)
    San Jose State, San Francisco State, Hayward State, plus 23 others from Humboldt to San Diego

    University of California (U.C.)
    Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Diego

    Private Colleges
    More than 70 in C.A.
    More than 2,000 in U.S.

    Program/
    Curriculum

    Two-year schools
    • Career/job entry majors
    • Preparation for transfer to four-year schools
    • Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees
    • Vocational certificates

    Four-year schools
    • Variety of majors towards Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees
    • Pre-professional training
    • Graduate degrees

    Four-year schools
    • Variety of majors towards B.A./B.S. degrees
    • Pre-professional training
    • Graduate degrees

    Varies

    Selectivity

    Open enrollment (any student may enroll, regardless of Grade Point Average - G.P.A.)

    Basic eligibility based on courses taken, G.P.A., and Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.) I scores
    (see Guidance Alert)
    Impacted (selective) campuses: Many for 2010-11 —check C.S.U. Mentor or campus web sites

    Basic eligibility based on courses taken, G.P.A., S.A.T. and Subject Test scores (no Subject Test scores required for Class of 2012 on)
    Admission based on holistic review of 14 selection factors
    Most selective campuses: Berkeley, U.C.L.A., and U.C. San Diego

    Range from highly selective to not very selective, based on transcript (courses chosen and grades in those courses), test scores, teacher and counselor recommendations, essays, extracurricular activities, and other criteria; requirements vary

    Testing Required

    No testing required for admission; placement testing required before registration

    S.A.T. (or American College Testing - A.C.T.) for admission;
    placement testing required before registration

    S.A.T. (or A.C.T.)
    S.A.T. Subject Tests: two required for class of 2011; none required for class of 2012 on, but some majors may request Subject Tests
    All testing must be completed by December of senior year

    Depends on campus

    Letters of Recommendation

    None required

    None required

    None required

    Depends on campus
    many schools require one or two teacher recommendations plus a school counselor recommendation

    Application Essays

    None required

    None required

    1,000 words (personal statement, two prompts) required

    Depends on campus

    Application Deadlines

    Usually several weeks before beginning of each new quarter or semester

    October 1 - November 30 priority filing period; Early Decision Program at Cal Poly, October 31

    November 1-30

    Depends on campus

    Financial Aid

    File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
    Federal, state, and institutional aid available

    File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
    Federal, state, and institutional aid available

    File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
    Federal, state, and institutional aid available

    File FAFSA between January 1 and March 2
    Federal, state, and institutional aid available
    File College Scholarship Service (C.S.S.) profile if college requires it

     

Contact Us

  • Steven Hanson................................650.558.2318
    College and Financial Aid Advisor 
    7:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
    shanson@smuhsd.org

    Nancy Kane................................650.558.2314
    Career Center Assistant & Career Coordinator
    8 A.M. - 4 P.M.
    nkane@smuhsd.org