WELCOME TO COLLEGE AND CAREER HOME PAGE
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm (closed after student's lunch)
Mary Lund - College and Career Center Advisor
Seniors who will attend Community College next year are invited to our Community College Night on Thursday, February 25th at 7:00pm in the Library. Several local Community Colleges will be in attendance. They will present about admissions process, UC/CSU transfer, Career/Vocational Programs, Special Programs. Parents may come, too!
Juniors and their parents are welcome to attend this event.
Be sure to sign up with School Loop and Naviance - Family Connection where you will receive the most up-to-date information, such as special events, college representative visits and special programs relating to college and careers, internships, scholarships, summer programs and part-time job opportunities.
If you are apply to Common Application Schools, create your College Pack, "Brag Sheet", "MustangRésumé", and “Parent Questionnaire”, under About Me, Surveys to Take.
HHS Deadlines for Requesting Letters/Transcripts to Private Colleges to the College & Career Center:
Wednesday, September 16
Wednesday, October 7
Wednesday, October 21
Wednesday, January 6
Early Decision/Early Action
February 1st or Later
* IMPORTANT: If you have any changes to your college list after you submit your folder, notify Ms. Lund in person at once. Remember to change your college list in Naviance as well.
Financing Your College Education - Presented by Katy Fitzgerald, Mission College Financial Aid
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
For questions regarding the financial aid application, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or go to www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm
CSS Profile -- College Board
Private and out-of-state colleges and universities have different deadlines. Go to each individual college’s financial aid website for their requirements and deadlines.
Apply for scholarships. This is FREE money that you don’t have to pay back.
Many require an essay. Log onto Naviance, go to College, then click on Scholarships List.
College Placement Tests
First-time Freshmen who have not proven an exemption to the Entry Level Math and English Placement Test) through ACT/SAT scores or college level coursework must take placement tests prior to registering for any classes next fall.
University of California: http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html
California State University: http://www.ets.org/csu/test_administration/dates
De Anza College- Go to http://www.deanza.edu/admissions/placement/index.html
Foothill College - Go to http://www.foothill.edu/placement
Mission College – Go to http://www.missioncollege.org/student_services/assess/faqs.html#faq1
West Valley College – Go to http://www.westvalley.edu/assess
Sophomores and Juniors
The 2015 PSAT is Wednesday, October 28th. This will be the new, redesigned SAT. College Board created a table with the major changes. Click Here.
Sales and Registration begin Monday, September 14th. Go to the ASB office during lunch.
Room assignments will be posted on campus the day of the test.
Flyers for ACT dates, SAT dates, Prep Courses are always in the CCC.
Guidance Information Night for Grades 10 and 11 is February 3, 2016
Plan to take ACT with Writing/SAT Reasoning Tests and/or SAT Subject Tests in the spring. Sign up to take FREE practice tests available on the PTSA website. Most colleges and universities accept both the ACT and SAT Reasoning scores. The new SAT will become similar to the ACT test. Yet, students are recommended to take both ACT and SAT Practice Test to find out which test they feel more comfortable with and perform best. There are about sixty colleges and universities that are test optional. Go to http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional. If you are in our school’s Free or Reduced Lunch program, you might be eligible for fee waiver, please see Mrs. Lund or Ms. Deatherage in the Guidance Office.
Plan to work on “Brag Sheet” and “Mustang Resume”. You will find this under the About Me tab on Naviance
Plan ahead for summer activities. Summer internship information is available on “School Loop”. Application deadlines are coming up soon.
Plan to visit college campuses in winter, spring and summer breaks. Try to visit when school is in session to get the feel of the campus. Call ahead to schedule tours or visits with admissions officers. Arrange to stay overnight if possible. UC Irvine, and UC Riverside, Wellesley, MIT, and many others colleges and universities are offering such programs. Before you go, explore the college website. Plan to visit six to seven college campuses. Select UC and CSU as well as private independent colleges. Each school has its own “personality”. You might want to consider local colleges first, so you know what to ask and what to look for before you make a long-distance visit.
Independent – Santa Clara U, Sanford U, Menlo College, Notre Dame de Namur U, Mills (Women), St. Mary’s College, Dominican U, and University of the Pacific
UC – Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced
CSU – San Jose State, San Francisco State, Cal State East Bay, and Cal Poly SLO
Community Colleges – DeAnza, Foothill, West Valley, Mission, San Jose City, Canada and San Mateo City College