College & Career Planning
Getting into a college is like approaching any other goal in life that’s important: it takes hard work, commitment and attention to dates and details. The resources on this page are designed to help students navigate their post high school options, with information on college admissions testing, the college application process, choosing a college and possible major, career research, alternative post high school options and more.
- College & University Systems Admissions Information
- College Admissions Testing
- Additional College Information
- Additional Post High School Options
University of California
California State University
- Admission Handbook
- CSUMentor: How to plan for and apply to the California State University
- CSU Mentor: How to get to College
Independent California Colleges and Universities (Private)
California Community Colleges
Resources for undocumented students
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program
COLLEGE ESSAY PREPARATION
SAT REASONING & SAT SUBJECT(S) TESTS
The SAT is one of the Standardized tests required by colleges. It measures three skill categories: critical reading, mathematics and writing. Each section is worth 800 points, with a total of 1600 points. The SAT test has 4 sections, and writing is optional.
The SAT Subject(s) Test is required by several private colleges. Check their websites. It is not required by the UCs, but it is recommended if you are an engineering major. The test measures a student's knowledge in a particular subject area. Each test is worth 800 points. A student can take up to three subject tests in one sitting. The subject areas include languages, history, science, english and mathematics.
List of "Test Optional" Colleges
The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. Juniors who take the test can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT has three sections: critical reading, math and writing skills. It is offered once a year in October.
- About PSAT/NMSQT
- Test dates for October 2017 is Saturday, October 14. Juniors and Sophomores can sign up in the ASB office during brunch or lunch beginning September 5. Cost is $28. You will be assigned a testing room the day of the test. Assignments will be posted. Bring your student ID.
Advanced-Placement (AP) are considered to be college-level courses students can take while in high school. Students usually take the AP test in their course's subject matter. AP tests are administered in May
Advanced-Placement (AP) are considered to be college-level courses students can take while in high school. Students usually take the AP test in their course's subject matter. AP tests are administered in May and the score ranges from 0 to 5, with 5 as the highest. Three is considered the minimum passing score.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is occassionally required by colleges for students who are (or have been) enrolled in an English Learner course in high school. In some cases this test is dependent on a student's residency. We recommend that students check out the testing requirements of the colleges that they are interested in.
FREE ONLINE TEST PREPARATION
- Khan Academy
- University of California College Prep
- Max The Test!
The ACT is one of the standardized tests required by colleges. It has five categories: english, mathematics, reading, science and an optional writing section. Each section is scored separately and combined together for a composite score. The highest score a student can receive is 36.
General College Information
- College Board - SAT information and registration, CSS Profile information (see Financial Aid), a variety of other college resources
- ACT - ACT online registration and information
- The Education Conservancy - site dedicated to the return of sanity in the college admission process; a must-read for students and parents
- Athletic Aid - information for student athletes about the recruiting process
- NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association site; information about registration for students who are capable of playing NCAA sports in college
- College Navigator - college search site sponsored by National Center for Educational Statistics
- The Princeton Review - tips, advice, college search
- College Quest - the Peterson's site, with tips, advice, college search
- CollegeSource Onoline - more than 14,000 online college catalogs
- Best Colleges by Career - BestCollege.com has rankings of best school by career
- The Common Application - online and downloadable Common Application site
- GreekPages.com - info about fraternities and sororities on college campuses.
- Khan Academy SAT prep - free online SAT preparation
- Colleges That Change Lives - information about the colleges featured in the book Colleges That Change Live
- Common Lounge - A community to help navigate the college application process.
College Information - Specific Colleges
To find specific college websites, try www. (type in the name of the college).edu; in some cases, the name of the college may be abbreviated, but your computer's search engine will find it for you.
- University of California
- ASSIST - statewide student transfer information for California students
- CSUMentor - California State University information (links to individual campuses)
- CaliforniaCollege.edu - information about all types of colleges within California, plus financial aid and more
- UC Berkeley
- UC Davis
- UC Irvine
- UC Merced
- UC Riverside
- UC San Diego
- UC Santa Barbara
- UC Santa Cruz
- Foothill - De Anza
- San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada, College of San Mateo, Skyline)
- National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
- UTours - information of Canadian Universities
Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Fastweb - a free scholarship search site
- College Board - information about the CSS Profile student financial aid application for many private colleges; online calculator to determine Expected Family Contribution
- CollegeData - a great deal of info about what it will actually cost to go to college; provided by a bank, so you will find offers for credit cards, etc., but you can ignore them!
- FinAid! - comprehensive financial aid information
- CalGrants.org - information about Cal Grants
- EdFund - information about student loans
- FAFSA.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- MALDEF - Mexican American Legal Defense Fund site; includes information about scholarships for undocumented students
- ParentPLUSLoans.com - information about the federal PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) program
- Ron Brown Scholar Program - minority scholarship information
- Sallie Mae - information about student loans and financial services for education, link to scholarship search
- StaffordLoan.com - information about the federal Stafford Loan program
- StudentsScholarshipSearch.com - free scholarship search program sponsored by student loan program
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund - scholarship information for Hispanic students
Careers & Jobs
- Bridges Transitions Inc. - planning for your future; check in the Career Center for info about how M-A users can get more out of this Web site
- Education Online Search - information about career programs and online classes
- Resume and Cover Letters - for students who have limited work experience
Summer Programs & Time Off
- AmeriCorps - sponsored by the Corp. for National and Community Service
- City Year - sponsored by the National Youth Corps
- Dynamy - information about an internship program
- gapyear.com - creative ways to take time off
- Global Service Corps - adventures and volunteer projects abroad to make a better world
- NOLS - sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School, an organization that develops outdoor and leadership skills
- Outward Bound - expeditions as learning and adventure education
- SCA - Student Conservation Association - service and internship opportunities in conservation
- Seamester - academic voyages for high school grads and college students
- Semester at Sea - voyage opportunities for undergrads
- Study Abroad - country, college, and course advice for students who wish to study abroad
- takingtimeoff.com - a companion Web site to the book of the same title
- Landmark Volunteers - a summer service organization for high school students
- Where There Be Dragons - learning opportunities through "rugged, creative, and engaging" expeditions off the beaten path
- YFU - Youth for Understanding International Exchange (opportunities abroad for high school students)
- Apex Learning - links with information about online courses
- California Conservation Corps: Work hard protecting and restoring California's environment and responding to disasters
- CITY YEAR: Unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world
- Corporation for National and Community Service: Federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
- LEAPNOW: Offers GAP Year-for-Credit alternative college programs
- U.S. Department of Defense
- San Jose Water
- APPRENTICESHIP Programs