Class of 2022 College Application Landing Page

  • Key College Application Deadlines

    UC applications – Nov. 30th (One deadline for all applications in the system) 

    CSU applications – Nov. 30th (One deadline for all applications in the system)

    Early Decision & Early Action – Most ED and EA deadlines fall between 10/15 – 11/15, but check with each individual college to be sure you don’t miss any deadlines.

    Regular Decision – Most colleges will have their regular decision deadline somewhere between 12/15 – 2/1, with the majority falling in January.  Again, be sure to check each individual school you’re looking at. 

    Theater & Other Performance Majors – Often your application type is considered regular decision, but can have a deadline that matches up with the ED or EA timetable due to auditions.  If you’re applying to a theater or other audition based major, be prepared to have applications due on the earlier end of the application cycle. 

    Counselor Letter of Rec. Process

    1. Match your Common App to Naviance. You can watch a presentation with Mr. Hanson & Ms. Zimmerman here, or by following the slides here. 

    2. After that if you feel that you have completed the steps successfully, you can fill out a quick Google form indicating that you believe everything is done correctly. Mr. Hanson will then review your Naviance to make sure that everything is set up correctly. You can fill out that form here.  If you don’t feel that you have set things up right you can schedule a one on one meeting with Mr. Hanson to go over the process together or if you just want him to help guide you through the steps, which you can do so here.

    3. Complete your senior survey in Naviance.

    4. Mr. Hanson will review your Naviance to make sure that everything is all set up and that you have completed the senior survey.  If everything is done correctly, he will inform Ms. Zimmerman so that she can get started on your letter of rec.  If there are any updates or corrections you need to make to Naviance, he will let you know what needs to be done.  These steps will be completed together in a meeting if a student requests one with Mr. Hanson for doing the matching together.

    5. Ms. Zimmerman may reach out to you for a meeting in certain cases to discuss your letter of rec.  Be sure to respond to her if she contacts you.

    6. Request your transcripts for college through this form.

    Letter of Rec. Deadlines

    9/24 – Last day to request a letter of recommendation if your first college deadline requiring a letter is on or before 11/27

    11/12 – Last day to request a letter of recommendation if your first college deadline requiring a letter is after 11/27.

    Teacher Letter of Rec. Process

    1. Reach out to your teachers to ask them for a letter of recommendation.

    2. Submit your letter of recommendation request through Naviance.

    3. Complete the teacher letter of recommendation contract and send a copy to each teacher writing a letter for you.

    4. Keep in mind that students are limited to asking two teachers for a letter of rec.


    Starting with the 2021-22 school year, San Mateo High School will partner with other schools in the district to make a district scholarship list, which can be found here.

    Lines that are highlighted in yellow mean that the scholarship is currently open.  If it’s not highlighted yet than it either hasn’t opened for this year, or has already passed its expiration date for this year.  At the bottom on the tab called “San Mateo” is where you will find scholarships that are open just to students from our school, district, or county.  Most of these scholarships are not open until the spring. For a quick video tour of how to navigate this scholarship list, click here.

    Grade Entry Information

    For a quick explanation on how to enter your grades on your college applications, especially with the Spring 2020 semester being Credit/No Credit, please view this Google Doc.

    Recorded Videos of Presentations

    Demystifying Standardized Testing (Must be logged in to school email to access the video)
    UC Application Workshop (Must be logged in to school email to access the video)

    Virtual College Visits

    Virtual College Visit Schedule – College visits will be held virtually for the time being.  Visits only occur during lunch time and tutorial.  While students are welcome to bring their Chromebooks to the Career Center to attend the meeting, indoor eating will not be permitted as per current school rules.  So if you plan to eat during a lunchtime visit, you will need to sit outside while entering the meeting.  If you wish to attend a visit during tutorial, a pass will be available in the Career Center the day before that you can pick up to show your teacher, and then you’ll be able to come down to the Career Center to attend the meeting.

    Other College Events – Colleges will often send me upcoming presentations and events that they might be hosting or participating in.  These events will often require pre-registration.  Rather than advertise each individual event with its own announcement or email, you can visit the link in this section for a Google sheet that will be updated through the year as these events are sent my way.

    SAT’s & ACT’s

    At this time testing options are very limited throughout the Bay Area for the remainder of this calendar year. 

    List of Test Optional Schools 

    When researching schools test optional means that a student can submit a test score if they have one and wish to submit it.  The score can only work in a student’s favor, but a lack of a score will not cost you status in the application. 

    A test blind school will not look at your score at all, even if you have a perfect score and send it in.  So no positive points can be added to your application with a score.

    Transcript Requests

    Seniors can request transcripts for college only through this link.

    Outside Transcripts

    If you have taken a course at a local community college, BYU Independent Study, or some other outside institution, don’t forget to send those transcripts to the college you’re applying to. Our local community colleges and BYU Independent Study are the most common outside institutions that our students will take classes from, so here are links on how to order those transcripts:

    CSM/Skyline/Cañada College -
    BYU Ind. Study -

    If you took a course through another outside institution, their individual policy for ordering a transcript will vary. You’ll need to check in with that institution, and make sure that when you order a transcript that you’re having it directly shipped to the colleges you’re applying to. If you have it shipped to you first, it is no longer considered an official transcript the moment you open the envelope that contains the transcript.

    Financial Aid Basics

    Financial aid applications will open up on Oct. 1st.  You MUST submit your financial aid application by March 2nd to qualify for the full amount of potential state aid.  However, you may have a school on your list that wants it earlier, so please be mindful of individual school deadlines. 

    How to create your FSA ID (for FAFSA filers) 

    Filling out FAFSA

    Completing CA Dream Act (for undocumented seniors)

    School Profile

    2021-22 Profile