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Oakland Technical High School

Education is the foundation upon which we

build our future”

Christine Gregoire




Staci Ross-Morrison, Principal

Oakland Technical High School 4351 Broadway Street`

Oakland, CA 94611 (510) 450-5400

SCHOOL CEEB CODE: 052240 Website: www.oaklandtech.com



This handbook is designed to help you through the college application process. It’s important that you stay organized and keep track of college application deadlines, passwords, and application fees. Moreover, even more planning is required, if you are applying Early Action or Early Decision. Consider using a tool like “Google Docs” to help you stay organized. Also, take into account your senior classes and extracurricular activities. Make a plan and manage your time! You don’t want to get overwhelmed by having to do a big school assignment, test, or sports activity at the same time that you are trying to meet college application deadlines. Remember, start your applications early, set a goal, and plan to get your applications submitted for California State Universities (CSU) and University of California (UC) before Thanksgiving break.

Your personal statement/essay is a big part of the application process for UCs and private colleges. Stay engaged in the process. If they give you additional space to comment, use all the “real estate” offered. Allow yourself time for writing and editing your paper. Write your paper over a period of time. You want your paper to be a reflection of your high school experience and your journey in life that tells a story about your academic achievements, leadership abilities, personal characteristics, volunteer work, concern for others, and other non-academic involvement.

Lastly, research done by College Board indicates that “applying to more colleges increase enrollment rates.” So, apply to at least four colleges. But, keep in mind, when you choose your final college, you are more likely to have higher grades and graduate college when you match your personality with your college major.

In the end, we want you to choose a college that meets your needs and passion.

Jacqueline Johnson College Advisor

Counseling Assignments

Claire Mayer

Case Load: Student Last Names: A-G……… Claire.Mayer@ousd.k12.ca.us

Ross Yokomura

Case Load: Student Last Names: H-O………. Ross.Yokomura@ousd.k12.ca.us

Jacqueline Johnson



Table of Contents

College Counseling Programs………..……….……….………5

College Planning Calendar……….………..………..…….……….7

Section One: Admission Process………..………..12



CSU Eligibility Index Score…….…….……….……….…….……..14


2013-2014 SAT and ACT Test Dates………..16

A-G Required Courses………..17

Admission Requirement Comparison………..18

Section Two: Choosing the Right Fit College……….…19

Section Three: Narrowing Down Your List of Schools…...………20

Section Four: Take an On-Line Assessment……….………..21

Kuder Navigator……….……….21

Section Five: Explore On-Line College & Career Tools………..23

MeetMyCollege ………23


California Colleges……… 25

Section Six: Check Your Early Assessment Program Results (EAP)……… 26

Section Seven: Know The Four Major Systems of Higher Education………28



CCC with Dorms Highlights………..……….………29

CCC Certificate of Completion & Certificate of Skills Programs………….29

California State Universities………31

CSU Mentor………..32

CSU Campus Highlights………….………..32

University of California………..…35

Frequently Asked Questions About CSU & UC………….………..39

Private Colleges.……….……….40

Colleges List…….……….……….42

Section Eight: Recommendation Letters………..……….…….43

Teacher Recommendation Letter…... 43

Counselor Recommendation Letter………..44

Section Nine: Students with Disabilities………..……….…….45

Section Ten: Gap Year.….………..……….…………..………….……….45

Section Eleven: Appeal Process……….……….……..…...46

Section Twelve: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).………....……….46

Section Thirteen: Financial Aid..…..….……….………..……….….49

Eight Steps to College Scholarship Success………..51 References and Websites



College Counseling Programs

Additional college counseling programs are available in the College and Career Center located in the back of the library. Also, we have college access partners off-site. Please, stop by the College and Career Office with any and all of your college-related questions.

Build North/West Oakland

Build is an innovative, college preparatory program, whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged low-income high school students to college and career success. Build’s office is located at 1212 Broadway Street, Suite 630, Oakland, CA. Contact: Lynsie Falco, College Access Program Manager, (510) 271-6090 ext. 1045, lfalco@build.org.

College Summit

College Summit builds the capacity of schools to dramatically increase college-going school and district-wide culture. Peer Leaders support peers in writing personal statement, create a college-list, and complete college application. For more information, contact: Damien Basey at


Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC).

DCAC provides comprehensive college awareness, preparation and advising to make college a viable option for all students. DCAC assists students with preparing for college, college applications, and applying for financial aid (FAFSA) and scholarships. The DCAC college advisor will also provide intensive individual advising and follow-up activities to a cohort of students (application required) in grades 9-12. No application required for drop-in advising. Hours: Mondays 1:00-4:30pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; Thursdays, 8:30 AM – 12:45 PM; 3:40 PM – 4:00 PM. Contact: Andrew Wilson, andrew.wilson@berkeley.edu.

Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) – UC Berkeley

EAOP prepares students from under-resourced communities for admission to colleges and universities. Students who maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher in their college preparatory coursework are eligible to apply to the program. Priority is given to students from low-income families and/or students who will be the first in their family to go to college. Contact Elizabeth Chavez,

echavez@berkeley.edu or Nikko Roxas, nikko_roxas@berkeley.edu Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00-3:30pm. Location: College and Career Center (Library).

East Bay College Fund (EBCF)

EBCF is a college access program that works with all students to provide college guidance, college application and financial aid support, college and financial literacy workshops, and a 4-year, $16,000 scholarship to qualified graduating seniors. Students in the EBCF program also receive support throughout college. No application required, must sign-up with Program Manager or Destination College Advisor in the College & Career Center in the back of the Library. Location on campus: College and Career Center (Library), Tuesdays and Thursdays, also by appointment. Contact: Yancie Davis, College Access & Success Manager,



Mills College Educational Talent Search (METS) Trio Program

METS provides college preparation services to first-generation, low-income students in Oakland. Location on campus: College and Career Center (Library), Thursdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm, and at FADA main office advising students, holding workshops, and doing college related activities. Contact: Paula Fonacier, Coordinator at pfonacier@mills.edu.

Mills College Upward Bound (MCUB)

Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded college preparatory program that offers assistance to low-income and first-generation college-bound students. The focus of Upward Bound is to develop skills needed for a college education. UB is dedicated to helping participating students graduate from high school with a solid foundation (i.e., completion of required coursework and a strong GPA) necessary for entering college. Upward Bound continues to support participants to ensure continued college enrollment and, ultimately, graduation. Our ultimate goal is to equip students with the skills and motivation necessary for college graduation." Students must be in 9th or 10th grade, and must be low-income and first generation eligible. Location: College and Career Center (Library). Mills College Upward Bound Program Contact: (Tuesdays & Thursdays), Nhung Lai, nlai@mills.edu.

Trio Talent Search – UC Berkeley

Trio Talent Search College Advisors work with individuals and groups of students at high school campuses assisting them in their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Transcript evaluations, course planning and referrals assist high schools students to remain in school, graduate and matriculate into some form of postsecondary education after graduation. Trio Talent Search offers college application workshops and field trips to colleges. Application required. Contact: Mario Garcia, College Advisor, mario_garcia@berkeley.edu. Location on campus: College and Career Center (Library), Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 9:30-3:00PM..

UC Berkeley, Upward Bound Program

Contact: Hazel Amina, College Advisor, puanani@berkeley.edu. Location on campus: College and Career Center (Library). Mondays, 10:00am -2:00pm.



College Planning Calendar 2013-2014


September 6: Registration deadline for October 5 SAT/Subject Tests

September 18: Road to College: Part I, “General College Application Process” with Jim

Walker, Retired College Counselor, from 7:00pm-8:30 pm, held in the Oakland Tech Library, sponsored by College Mentor Committee, School Counseling Department & College & Career Center.

September 27: Registration deadline for October 26 ACT Test

September 24: PTPS will offer SAT Prep Classes at Oakland Tech from 3:30pm-5:30pm on

Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room S-1.

September 24: PTPS will offer ACT Prep Classes at Oakland Tech from 3:30pm-5:30pm on

Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room S-13.

September 28: People’s Test Prep Services (PTPS) will offer “The Basics of the SAT & ACT”

(11am-12pm). Class will be held at the YMCA Teen Center in Berkeley, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. FREE.

September 28: PTPS will offer a Free Workshop on the PSAT, 1:00PM – 3:00 PM. Class will

be held on the UC Berkeley Campus, 101 Morgan Hall.

September 29: PTPS will offer a Free Workshop on the PSAT, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Class will

be held on the UC Berkeley Campus, 101 Morgan Hall.

Research and finalize Early Action or Early Decision Plan (apply in October) Continue working on drafts of UC and private college personal statement/essays

Read the monthly College Admission Representative Visits bulletin for upcoming visits from college representatives.


October 1: Begin work on CSU applications. CSU application period is from October 1 through

November 30th. Create an account on the CSU Mentor website: www.csumentor.org.

October 1: Contact teachers and counselors to ask them to write a recommendation letter

(Remember: UCs and CSUs DO NOT NEED A RECOMMENDATION LETTER). Pickup a Recommendation Form from your counselor.

October 3: Registration deadline for November 2 SAT

October 5: PTPS will offer a PSAT Workshop (1:00 – 3:00 PM). Class will be held on the UC

Berkeley Campus, 101 Morgan Hall.

October 6: PTPS will offer a PSAT Workshop (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM). Class will be held on the

UC Berkeley Campus, 101 Morgan Hall.

October 8: Incentive Awards Program (IAP) meeting, from 1:30-2:30pm, held in the

Oakland Tech Library. IAP provides up to $32,000 in scholarship funds over eight semesters to support low-income, first generation college students. Seniors 3.8 GPA (unweighted) should attend. See Ms. Johnson, Room 114 for more information.

October 8: Road to College: Part II, “Financial Aid Planning,” with Mr. Brian O’Rouke, Vice

President of Enrollment, Mills College, from 7:00-8:30 PM, held in the Oakland Tech Library. This presentation will provide strategies, FAFSA information, important deadlines, and resources.

October 10: Spring 2013 Annual HBCU College Tour kick-off – Vision for Success College Tour. Sign-up with Ms. Hopson, Room 235. Cost per student: $395.00. $100.00 Deposit Due



October (continued)

October 12: The 36th Annual College Information Day @ UC Berkeley on October 15th, UC Berkeley Wheeler Hall, 8:30am – 1:00pm. Over 60 public and private colleges and universities representative will be present. There will be workshops on admission requirements, financial aid, and scholarships, college presentations, and much more. Pre-register online at


October 12: PTPS will offer a Math Workshop (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM). Class will be held at

the YMCA Teen Center in Berkeley, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.

October 14: Princeton University, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Hilton Oakland Airport, 1

Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621. This program will highlight admission and financial aid, academic programs, residential life and extracurricular opportunities.

October 15: PTPS offers Mock SAT, from 9:00am-1pm at YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, located at

2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Free of Charge.

October 16: GEORGETOWN University, starts at 7:00 PM. Mr. Bruce Chamberlin, Senior

Associate will discuss student life, academics, admissions & financial aid opportunities. RSVP to http://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/visiting/yourarea/uscitites/.

October 16: Yale Information Session, from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, held in the Oakland Tech

Library, Dara Norwood, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions will be presenting on academic programs, financial aid, and extracurricular activities.

October 16: PSAT All sophomores take test (Free). Juniors should take test to qualify for the

National Merit Qualifier Test (NMSQT). The cost is $14.00.

October 19: PTPS will offer a MOCK SAT (8:00AM – 1:00 PM). Class will be held at the YMCA

Teen Center in Berkeley, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.

October 22: PTPS offers Mock ACT, from 9:00am-1pm at YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, located at

2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Free of Charge.

October 26: Free College Readiness workshop (11:00am-1:30pm). Located at Love Center

Ministries, 10440 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94603. This is a FREE workshop about Freshman Admission & Community College Transfer Preparation.

October 26: PTPS will offer a Critical Reading Workshop (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM). Class will

be held at the YMCA Teen Center in Berkeley, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.

October 28 - 29: College Crunch Days. Seniors get help with college application submission.

Bring your transcript, personal statement draft, test scores, and parent income information. Workshop will be held in the library – all day.

October 28: Rashad Muse, Assistant Director of Admission & Recruitment, Morehouse College will be at Tech to speak at the African American Student Action Planner (AASAP)

meeting at 6:00pm in the Tech Library.

October 28: Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College (HBCU) will be at Tech, 8:30

AM, Library.

October 29: PTPS offers College Gateway Workshop, from 10:00am-12:00pm at

YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, located at 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Free of Charge. This workshop will cover the college application process.

Finalize drafts of essays for UCs and any private colleges

Work on scholarship applications (check-out: oaklandtech.com/scholarship, fastweb.com, finaid.org, and scholarship drawer, etc)

If you will be a recruited athlete, complete process for NCAA Eligibility Center. See Mr. Yokomura about NCAA Eligibility requirements.




November 1: UC application period opens for Fall. Begin work on UC applications website: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply.

November 2: PTPS will offer a Mock SAT (8:00AM – 12:00 PM). Class will be held at the

YMCA Teen Center in Berkeley, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.

November 2: Bay Area Air Quality Management District, hosting a teen summit,

(10:00-4:00pm) at Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland (near Lake Merritt Bart Station). Breakfast and lunch, with prizes. The program is FREE. Shuttle bus will be provided. To register, go to: http://www.sparetheairyouth.com/summit2013/.

November 5: GATES Scholarship Workshop (12:43-1:26pm). Tech alumni will be here to

provide valuable information to help you as you’re filing out the GATES scholarship application. Lunch will be provided. See Ms. Johnson to sign-up for this workshop.

November 8: Registration deadline for December 7 SAT Test November 8: Registration deadline for December 14 ACT Test

November 9: PTPS offers a Writing Workshop (10:00 AM- 12:00 PM). Class will be held at

the YMCA Teen Center, located at 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Free of Charge.

November 14: College Presentation: “How to Make Yourself Irresistible to a Good College and Get Plenty of $$$ to Go,” presented by Ms. Barbara Austin, College Quest, from

6:00pm – 7:30pm. Library.

November 16: PTPS offers Essay Workshop (10:00 AM-12:00 PM). Class will be held at the

YMCA Teen Center, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Free of Charge.

November 19 & 20: College Crunch Days. Work on College Applications. Seniors get help

with college application submission. Bring your transcript, personal statement draft, test scores, and parent income information. Workshop will be held in the library – all day.

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Recess (School Closed).

November 25 & 26 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Drop-in – Oakland Tech. Get help with college

application during Thanksgiving Break, Oakland Tech, library.

November 30: UC and CSU application deadlines!

SAT Practice Test (10:00 AM-1:00PM), Saturday. (Date to be announced). See Ms. Johnson,

Room 114 to sign-up.

SAT Practice Test Scores Back Session. (6:00-7:00pm). Parents are encouraged to attend.

(Date to be announced). See Ms. Johnson

COLLEGE VISIT-CSUSF. Date to be announced. Please see Ms. Johnson if you would like to


Send official test scores to your colleges if you have completed tests


December 23 – 1-3: Winter Recess (School Closed)

December 27: Registration deadline for January 25 SAT Test

Complete all private colleges and universities applications Make sure you send official test scores

Remember Fall Semester grades count towards your overall high school GPA! Apply for pin # for FAFSA (www.pin.ed.gov)

COLLEGE VISIT-Berkeley City College. Date to be announced. Please see Ms. Johnson if you




January 1: Priority application period opens to submit FAFSA. You do not have to submit Cal

Grant GPA Verification Form. The Cal Grant GPA will be automatically uploaded to the Cal Grant office by the College & Career Readiness Office. Make sure your AERIES information (name, date of birth, address) is correct so that you will have a match with FAFSA and Cal Grant. Filling period for completing the FAFSA is Jan 1 through March 2. Visit:


January 10: Registration deadline for February 8 ACT Test

Senior Financial Aid Workshops (Cash for College). Date to be announced. Will be held in

the Oakland Tech Library. Complete FAFSA with parents

Continue applying for scholarships via Fast Web, Oaklandtech.com/scholarship, check the scholarship drawer located in the counseling department, and other sources

College Alumni Reunion, (Date to be announced).

COLLEGE VISIT-Holy Names College. Date to be announced. Please see Ms. Johnson if you

would like to sign-up


February 7: Registration deadline for March 8 SAT Test February 22: CSU East Bay Education Summit (Saturday).

February: PTPS will offer SAT Prep Classes at Oakland Tech from 3:30pm-5:30pm on

Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room S-1.

February: PTPS will offer ACT Prep Classes at Oakland Tech from 3:30pm-5:30pm on

Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room S-13.

Keep your grades up! Schools will not accept Ds and Fs! Applications may be rescinded!


March 2: Deadline for submitting FAFSA and Dream Act for Cal Grant. March 7: Registration deadline for April 12 ACT Test

March 24-28: COLLEGE TOUR: HBCU College Tour (Mississippi State, Jackson State,

Tougaloo State, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Kentucky State, Spellman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, and Tuskegee). Ms. Hopson & Ms. Johnson, Chaperones.

ELM &EPT placement tests for CSU admission. Students should sign up early. These tests may

be waived if you have the following scores or are EAP exempt: SAT 1 (Math 550, Verbal/CR 550) or ACT (Math 23, English 22). Cost: $18.00 per test.

Register at: www.testing.csueastbay.edu

Admission letters from UCs, CSUs and private colleges arrive. Review financial aid options.

Once admitted, keep updated on housing applications/reservations, placement testing and any form deadlines.




April 4: Registration deadline for May 3 SAT Test

April 12: CAL Day/Open House at UC Berkeley (Saturday)

April 4: COLLEGE Field Trip -Free One Day Charter Bus Trip to Visit University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. Carmen Coleman, Sr. Coordinator, Regional Admissions and Recruitment

will host/chaperone this day trip. The bus will be departing from Southland mall in Hayward at 5:00 am. The second pick-up location is Concord Bart Station at 6:00 AM. The students will be back to Hayward and Concord the same day. Note: This is not a school affiliated trip. Please make sure that your parent/guardian have approved that you attend. If you are interested, contact Ms. Coleman at carmenc@unr.edu or (510) 393-4411 to reserve your seat. See Ms. Johnson, Room 114 for more details.

College Visit: The 13th Annual Shadow Day at UC Berkeley. Shadow Day will give students the opportunity to learn first-hand, from UC Berkeley students, what college is really like. See Ms. Johnson if you are interested in attending.

Make sure all paperwork is submitted and on time to your chosen campus! Senior Community College Workshops, date TBA


May 1: National Candidate’s Reply Date – deadline to notify colleges of your decisions. You must accept one offer, even if waitlisted at other schools

May 9: Registration deadline for June 7 SAT Test May 9: Registration deadline for June 14 ACT Test.

May 9: COLLEGE VISIT- WACAC College Fair at CSU East Bay. Please see Ms. Johnson if you

would like to sign-up

May 10: WACAC College Fair at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA. Scholarship Ceremony, date TBA.

Contact all other colleges where you were admitted and withdraw your admission Remember to keep your final semester grades up! If your grades fall, admission may be rescinded!

COLLEGE VISIT-Laney College. Assessment Day. Date to be announced. Please see Ms.

Johnson if you would like to sign-up


June 12: Graduation

Send final transcript to the college you have chosen. Please check with Ms. Conocono, recorder, room 120 to see if it will be your responsibility to send transcripts to the college/university you plan to attend.



Section One: Admission Process

Your transcript is the number one indicator of college success. You should know how to read your transcript and understand the grading system used to calculate your grade point



Transcript –

The transcript is a snap shot picture of your academic achievement from grades nine through twelve. At the top of the transcript, you will find your personal information, name, student number, grade, date of birth, and permanent identification. You should make sure that all information is accurate before sending to a college. The body of the transcript is divided into semesters. There are two

semesters for each school year. Some of your courses are tagged with a * which apply to non academic courses and + for honors and advanced placement courses. The bottom of the transcript has the summary information for credit, grade point average, and test data.


Grade Point Average (GPA) -

There are two grade point averages (GPAs) shown on the transcript.

Unweighted GPA: The unweighted GPA includes all grades received in all courses. For

example, the GPA will include grades from P.E., and other courses that are not college preparatory courses. A 4.0 is the highest GPA possible in an unweighted calculation.

Unweighted GPA A = 4 points B = 3 points C = 2 points D = 1 points F = 0 points

Weighted GPA: The weighted GPA gives an extra grade point for UC-certified Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.

Weighted GPA A = 5 points B = 4 points C = 3 points D = 1 points F = 0 points



Notes: Weighted Academic GPA

Remember that the weighted academic GPA has only grades from college preparatory courses (a -g courses). For example, do not use PE, culinary arts, IWE, and other classes that do not have a “P” shown next to course on transcript.

Calculate only grades earned in the 10th through 12th.

You must have Cs or better in all classes used to calculate your GPA.

If you earned a D in an AP (Advanced Placement) course, only give yourself 1 point.

Notes: CSU Requirement

Minimum of 2.0 required

Oakland Tech students are eligible for admission to CSUEB and CSUSF, if they meet the minimum GPA, test scores, and A-G Requirements.

If you do not live in the service area of the CSU you apply to, and it is impacted, a higher admission standard may be used.

At UCs and CSUs, as well as many private colleges, the GPA is considered in

combination with the student’s SAT or ACT scores: the lower the GPA, the higher the test scores(s) required. For the CSU system, only the GPA and SAT or ACT is used to determine eligibility.

Notes: UC Requirement

Minimum of 3.0 required

Most UC campuses use your grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, and level of courses to determine eligibility.

Most UC’s go through a Holistic Review of your transcript before they notify you that you have been accepted. Check your email account often for correspondence, deadline dates, and additional information needed from colleges.

It is important to earn good grades in the 12th grade because you are accepted on a

conditional basis and your final transcript will be reviewed.

Know your SAT/ACT Eligibility Index Score

California residence must have eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. Calculate your eligibility index by multiplying your High School GPA by 800 and adding your combined critical reading and math scores on the SAT Reasoning Test. Or, if you took the ACT, multiply your GPA by 200 and add 10 times the composite score from the ACT.


(________________x 800) + ___________ + ___________= ___________________

High School GPA SAT Reasoning Math Score Eligibility Index ACT

(________________X 200) + (10 x _______________) = _________________ High School GPA ACT Score Eligibility Index




CSU Eligibility Index – California Residents

For admission purposes, the CSU uses only the SAT scores for mathematics and critical reading

Eligibility Index Table for Residents of California or Graduates of California High School

GPA ACT SCORES SAT SCORES GPA ACT SCORES SAT SCORES GPA ACT SCORES SAT SCORES 2.99 10 510 2.66 17 780 2.33 23 1040 2.98 10 520 2.65 17 780 2.32 23 1050 2.97 10 530 2.64 17 790 2.31 24 1060 2.96 11 540 2.63 17 800 2.30 24 1060 2.95 11 540 2.62 17 810 2.29 24 1070 2.94 11 550 2.61 18 820 2.28 24 1080 2.93 11 560 2.60 18 820 2.27 24 1090 2.92 11 570 2.59 18 830 2.26 25 1100 2.91 12 580 2.58 18 840 2.25 25 1100 2.90 12 580 2.57 18 850 2.24 25 1110 2.89 12 590 2.56 18 860 2.23 25 1120 2.88 12 600 2.55 19 860 2.22 25 1130 2.87 12 610 2.54 19 870 2.21 26 1140 2.86 13 620 2.53 19 880 2.20 26 1140 2.85 13 620 2.52 19 890 2.19 26 1150 2.84 13 630 2.51 20 900 2.18 26 1160 2.83 13 640 2.50 20 900 2.17 26 1170 2.82 13 650 2.49 20 910 2.16 27 1180 2.81 14 660 2.48 20 920 2.15 27 1180 2.80 14 660 2.47 20 930 2.14 27 1190 2.79 14 670 2.46 21 940 2.13 27 1200 2.78 14 680 2.45 21 940 2.12 27 1210 2.77 14 690 2.44 21 950 2.11 28 1220 2.76 15 700 2.43 21 960 2.10 28 1220 2.75 15 700 2.42 21 970 2.09 28 1230 2.74 15 710 2.41 22 980 2.08 28 1240 2.73 15 720 2.40 22 980 2.07 28 1250 2.72 15 730 2.39 22 990 2.06 29 1260 2.71 16 740 2.38 22 1000 2.05 29 1260 2.70 16 740 2.37 22 1010 2.04 29 1270 2.69 16 750 2.36 23 1020 2.03 29 1280 2.68 16 760 2.35 23 1020 2.02 29 1290 2.67 16 770 2.34 23 1030 2.01 30 1300 2.00 30 1300




SAT AND ACT Comparison Chart

SAT & ACT Score Comparison

ACT If you scored…


Critical Reading & Math

SAT Critical Reading Math & Written Test 36 1600 2400 35 1560-1590 2340 34 1510-1550 2260 33 1460-1500 2190 32 1410-1450 2130 31 1360-1400 2040 30 1320-1350 1980 29 1280-1310 1920 28 1240-1270 1860 27 1210-1230 1820 26 1170-1200 1760 25 1130-1160 1700 24 1090-1120 1650 23 1060-1080 1590 22 1020-1050 1530 21 980-1010 1500 20 940-970 1410 19 900-930 1350 18 860-890 1290 17 810-850 1210 16 760-800 1140 15 710-750 1060 14 660-700 1000 13 590-650 900 12 520-580 780 11 500-510 750



5. 2013-2014 SAT and ACT Test Dates

Oakland Technical High School Code 052240 SAT TEST DATES

Test Date Test Registration

Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines

October 5, 2013 SAT and Subject

Tests September 6, 2013 September 20, 2013

November 2, 2013 SAT and Subject

Tests October 3, 2013 October 18, 2013

December 7, 2013 SAT and Subject

Tests November 8, 2013 November 22, 2013

January 25, 2014 SAT and Subject

Tests December 27, 2013 January 10, 2014

March 8, 2014 SAT and Subject Tests

February 7, 2014 February 21, 2014

May 3, 2014 SAT and Subject

Tests April 4, 2014 April 18, 2014

June 7, 2014 SAT and Subject

Tests May 9, 2014 May 23, 2014


Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines

September 21, 2013 August 23, 2013 September 6, 2013

October 26, 2013 September 27, 2013 October 11, 2013

December 4, 2013 November 8, 2013 November 22, 2013

February 8, 2014 January 10, 2014 January 24, 2014

April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014 March 21, 2014

June 14, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 23, 2014

Notes: SAT/ACT Tests

Remember – the December 7, 2013 SAT and December 4, 2013 ACT tests are the last test accepted by CSUs!!!



6. A-G Required Courses

All students planning to apply to colleges and universities must fulfill the “a-g” requirements. The “a-g” requirements are a specific pattern of courses (outlined below) which are required for admittance to the UC and CSU systems.

Subject Years Description

(A) History/Social Science 2 World History, U.S. History,

American Government

(B) English 4 English (you may include up to 1 yr

of higher level ESL/ELD 5)

(C) Mathematics 3 Three years required, 4 yrs

recommended of college preparatory math including algebra, geometry and advanced algebra. (Courses taken in the 7th

and 8th grades may be used to fulfill

part of this requirement if your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.)

(D) Laboratory Science 2 Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three

disciplines: biology, chemistry, and physics.

(E) Language Other than English 2 Two years of the same language other than English.

(F) Visual & Performing Arts 1 One full year including dance, drama/theatre, music, or visual arts

(G) College Preparatory Elective 1 One year(two semesters) chosen from additional A-F courses beyond those used to satisfy the

requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely for use as “G” electives.

The UC approved course list for the a-g requirements can be found on UC Doorways at

http://doorways.ucop.edu/list. Type in school: Type in

Institution Name: Oakland Technical High School High school ATP code: 052240

City: Oakland



7. Admission Requirement Comparison

UC CSU Private Community


A-G Courses

(A)History/Social Science

2 yrs. req. Same as

UC Similar to UC 18 years of age or high school graduate

(B) English 4 yrs. Req.

(C) Math 3 yrs. Req.

(D) Lab Sciences 2 yrs. Req/3

yrs. Req. (E) Foreign Language 2 yrs. Req./3 yrs. Req. (F) Visual & Performing Arts 1 yr. (G) College Prep Electives 1 yr. Exam Entrance

SAT Reasoning Test or ACT w/writing SAT 1 Reasoning Test or ACT SAT 1 Reasoning Test or ACT (Subject tests depending) N/A

GPA Minimum GPA 3.0 Minimum

GPA is 2.0 GPA varies – 2.0 – 4.0 N/A Personal Info

2 Personal Statements No Essay Varies N/A

Extra Activities

Community Service, Volunteer Work, Clubs, Organizations, Sports, etc.

N/A Similar to




Section Two: Choosing the Right Fit College

Colleges. Do you want to attend:

 A. University of California (UC) _____  B. California State University (CSU)____

 C. Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)_____  D. Out of State College______

 E. Private College/University____

 F. California Community College (CCC)______  G. Technical School_____

 H. Trade/Vocational School_____

Academics. Does the school offer the majors, minors that I am interested in? Do they

offer study abroad programs?

Cost to Attend. Can I afford this school? What is my Expected Family Contribution

(EFC)? How do I apply for financial aid? Where can I get scholarships?

Extracurricular Options. What clubs or organizations are available? How hard is it to

join a sports club? Do they have voluntary opportunities? Are there opportunities to get involved in community activities?

Housing. Will I be guaranteed housing? Are there apartments available on campus?

Can I afford to live on campus? Are dorms coed? What is the housing like?

Learning Environment? How large are the classes? Will I be able to get to know my

instructor? What do other students say about the instructors?

Location. Do you want to go to a college that is close to home? Do you want to go to

college in California? Do you want to go to a college in a large city? Do you want to go to a college with diversity?

School Spirit. Is it important to attend a school with a NCAA sports team? Do you

want to go to a college that has lots of sports?

Setting of Campus. What type of college setting would you prefer: urban, rural, or




Section Three: Narrowing Down Your List of Schools

A safety school is a college that you are certain you will be admitted into, that your family can afford even if you do not get significant financial aid, and that you are willing to attend.

A target school is a school you really want to attend and matches your admission profile. A reach school is one that you strongly desire to attend but realize the chances of getting accepted are slim.

List at least three SAFETY schools: Application Deadline Date

1.________________________________________________ _______________________________________ 2.________________________________________________ _______________________________________ 3.________________________________________________ _______________________________________

List at least three TARGET schools: Application Deadline Date

1.________________________________________________ _______________________________________ 2.________________________________________________ _______________________________________ 3.________________________________________________ _______________________________________

List at least three REACH schools: Application Deadline Date

1.________________________________________________ _______________________________________ 2.________________________________________________ _______________________________________ 3.________________________________________________ _______________________________________

Additional Tasks:

Teacher Recommendation Letter Counselor Recommendation Letter Secondary School Report

Mid-year Report Transcript sent Essay Completed

Financial Aid form completed CSS Profile completed

Letters of acceptance/denial/waitlist received College Notified of Student Intent to Register (SIR) Housing applied for

Deposit given if requested Placement tests scheduled Orientation scheduled



Section Four: Take an On-Line Assessment

You may already know the colleges that you want to apply to. You may have taken into account the location, programs, and environment. If you are not sure how to search for a college, do a college search assessment which will ask questions that will help you narrow down your search. Keep in mind the following when searching for the right fit college:

1. Kuder Navigator

The Kuder Navigator assessment can help you locate colleges and careers that are right for you. Kuder Navigator is a user-friendly, internet-based, education and career planning tool for Oakland Tech high school students. It can be accessed from home and school. It is free to you. Once you have registered, it is yours to use from now on.

Getting Started

1. Go to www.kudernavigator.com.

2. In the top right of the web page, click on New Users Register Here 3. On the next page, select “Student” and enter grade level.

Creating an Account

1. Personal Information: name, address, date of birth, graduation year, and expected level of education. You do not have to enter your student ID number.

2. Create an Account: Enter your home address, phone number and cell number. An email address is required.

3. Username and Password: Create a username and password. 4. See your counselor for the Activation Code

Take an Assessment

1. Go to Learn About Myself tab at the top of the page 2. Click on Take an Assessment.

3. Take the Kuder Career Search with Person Match Assessment. This assessment will ask you to rank activities that you like best from 1-3.

Plan for Education

1. Once you have completed an assessment, you can click on Plan for Education tab at the top of the page.

2. Click on “National Schools”

3. View schools that meet your criteria using the filter options. 4. See list of schools meeting your criteria.

5. Click on gold start to save to your portfolio.



Explore Occupations

1. Click on Explore Occupations tab at the top of the page. 2. Click on “Explore Careers by Assessment Results.” 3. Click on the career title and learn more about it.


You may want to search a career that you already have in mind. Click on the Explore Occupations” tab at the top of the page, then select “Explore Careers by Title or



Meet My College

“A New Way to Outreach “

Website: www.meetmycollege.com

Goal of website: To provide “free online platform for high school students, counselors and

parents to participate in ONLINE College fairs and talk to college admission reps directly.”

How does it work for students: First, students create a free account. This is how students

will log on and participate in the online college visit. Since MeetMyCollege is entirely web-based, all that is required is a computer with internet access, and an updated internet

browser. Lastly, the students are in the driver seat. They control their settings in regards to which schools can contact them directly. Furthermore, students can “favorite” their top choice college and share their academic profiles giving the colleges an opportunity to reach out to students.

Suggested times to use the site:

While researching colleges

To attend an online virtual college fair While developing your college list

Before making your final decision for a college


 No fee to use site’s services

 Allows counselors to setup college fairs

 Students can create their own profile and colleges find them  Has over 1,400 participating colleges and 10,000+ active students

 Students can “favorite” a college and get information from colleges of their choose  Video profiles on different student’s experiences locating right fit colleges

 Allows colleges to find students based on their academic interests and profile  Colleges can chat directly with students through online webinars

 Colleges can share information with students such as powerpoint presentations and have it uploaded to the system and students can down load information

 Students get connected to their dream colleges

 Students to get their academic information to thousands of colleges





Website: www.collegeboard.org/bigfuture

Goal of website: BigFuture is free. It is a College Board planning tool and resource for

students and families. It was designed to help “level the playing field for all students” so all students can plan their path to college.

How does it work for students: Students create a username and sign-in. On the site, there

are a wide-range of college-related topics. Lots of good information offered in an engaging format. The activities to “How to Pay for College” and “Making a Plan” are especially helpful. Loads of videos ranging from college administrators talking about college planning to students talking about how they got started and chose a college.

Suggested times to use the site:

Developing a 4-year high school plan While researching colleges

Looking at sticker price of colleges Building a college list


Includes college search tools Customizable action plan

More than 100 videos

A slide show

Ability to compare colleges side by side Research how to pay for college

Scholarship search


A profit organization

Must have access to a computer and internet

 Has a step-by-step process that makes it challenging if you are looking for the answer to one question when you log-on



California Colleges

“The Official Source for College and Career Planning in California” Website: www.californiacolleges.edu

Goal of website: To provides information about public and private colleges in California and

about colleges nationwide.

Population: Individuals who are looking for higher education opportunities will benefit from

this site.

How does it work for students: This site is a one-stop location for getting information and

resources for colleges and universities in California. Log-on and create an account. Connecting to a school’s website is easy and convenient. In addition, there are tools in “Exploring Colleges,” “Comparison View” and “Campus Facts” that make it easy to find the right college that meets your needs. Also, you can “Apply for Admission” to California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and University of California all from one site.


 No fee to use site’s services

Get information about colleges nationwide Prepare for the SAT and ACT using free tool Explore career options

Student Career Matching -Assessment

Create a financial aid plan

Suggestions for effective use:

While looking for the best fit college

Researching financial aid and cost of colleges

Looking for admissions requirements for colleges

Estimating for housing costs, room and board, and books and fees

Before making the final college decision



Section Six: Check Your Early Assessment Program Results (EAP)

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) measures your math and English skills at the end of your junior year to let you know in advance if you are ready for college level work. You will receive an EAP status at the beginning of your senior year informing you whether or not you are ready to enroll in for-credit math and English college courses at a California State University (CSU) and California Community College (CCC). If you are not ready, you can take advantage of your senior year to prepare for the CSU. You can find your EAP Test Results Online http://www.csuenglishsuccess.org/eap_results beginning in August of your senior year. Additionally, your high school will send you a letter with a STAR Student Report that details your EAP status.

The Three (3) EAP Designations

 Ready for CSU College Level English and/or math courses  Ready Conditional for CSU

English and/or math courses

 Not yet demonstrating College Readiness English and/or math courses

If your EAP status is “Ready Conditional,” this means that you must demonstrate college readiness in your senior year by taking certain courses in math and English. You may receive an exemption if your SAT scores, ACT scores, AP scores, or completion of a college

transferable course meets CSU requirements. The chart below shows how you can demonstrate college readiness in math and English.


provided successful completion in senior year of either:

Entry Level Math (ELM) English Placement Test (EPT)

Completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade

math course that has a prerequisite of Algebra II or higher and earning a C (not a C-) or higher for both semesters.


A score of 550 or above on the SAT Subject

Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2). Honors English A score of 23 or above on the ACT

Mathematics Test.

A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section on the SAT

A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination.

A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test.

Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning.

A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program. Students not enrolled in a math class can

complete an E-Learning course through CSU:

www.csumathsuccess.org/elearning. (Cost $45, fee waiver available)

Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better.



Not Yet Demonstrated Readiness

“It’s Your Future Take Charge.” If you have been conditionally accepted into a CSU and not demonstrated readiness to take college-level English and mathematic courses, you will have to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM). You

should begin to prepare now! You can go online at www.csusuccess.org to prepare for these tests.

EPT and ELM Examination

Most students will have to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM) before they can enroll in the California State University (CSU).

English Placement Test (EPT) - The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the

level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University.  Students who score 147 or above on the EPT will be placed in college-level English

composition classes.

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination - The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)

Examination is designed to assess and measure the level of mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (algebra I and II, Geometry) of students entering the California State University (CSU).

 Students who score 50 or above on the ELM will be placed in college-level mathematics classes.

EPT/ELM Costs- $18.00 per test or $36.00 for both tests.

Test Dates - Students may take the EPT, ELM or both at a CSU East Bay or a campus near

where you plan to enroll. Please sign-up to take the EPT, ELM on later than March 2014 if you are planning on enrolling for classes in the Fall.

The CSU Early Start Program requires students who do not perform well on the tests, or are

not exempt by other means, to strengthen their English and/or math skills the summer before enrolling in the freshman year. Students who score below 138 on the EPT and below 50 on the ELM will be required to participate in Early Start Program. For further information regarding Early Start, contact the CSU campus that you plan on attending or visit



Section Seven: Know The Four Major Systems of Higher Education


California Community Colleges California State University (CSUs) University of California (UCs) California Private Colleges (based on median costs) Registration Fees and Tuition $1,114 - $1,448 $5,963 - $8,742 $13,398 - $15,666 $27,010-$56,814 Books and Supplies $1,788 $1,788 $1,788 $1,788

Room and Board* $4,400-$11,268 $8,902-$12,816 $11,978-$14,718


Transportation $1,496 $1,496 $1,496 $1,496

Personal Expenses $3,288 $3,288 $3,288 $3,288

Total Expenses $12,086 -

$19,288 $21,437 - $28,130 $31,948 - $36,956 $42,357 - $79,336 Reference: SFSU Office of Student Financial Aid. *Room and Board cost varies depending on-campus or off-campus housing.

1. California Community Colleges (CCC) - There are 112 CCC’s in California of which 10

are in the Bay Area: Merritt, Laney, City College of Berkeley, Contra Costa College, Los Medanos, Diablo Valley, San Francisco City College, and Ohlone College. Online information can be found at www.cccco.edu. Click the “Community Colleges” tab to get general information and find links to individual colleges.

California Community Colleges need:

The student must be 18 years of age, or be a high school graduate. A GED or California High School Proficiency Exam is acceptable.

No Application fee

Students must take a placement test a Math Assessment Test and an English Assessment Test. These tests are given at the Community College.

Programs and Curriculum

Fulfill transfer courses requirements for first two years of bachelor’s degree Vocational programs leading to certificates and licenses.

Basic Skills and English as a Second Language. Enrichment and job skills classes.



How to Apply to the California Community Colleges

1) You need to apply to the community college of your choice. Go to www.cccco.edu. Click on “Find a College” to get a list of all 112 community colleges.

2) Download the California community college application for the school you are interested in. You can apply online with each school’s website or go to

www.cccapply.org. There is no application fee.

California Community Colleges with Dorms Highlights

There are several California Community Colleges with dorms. California Community college bound students can also enjoy the college experience of living in a dorm, sharing a room, having a common laundry space, television area, game room, and all the amenities of university level living. Dorm cost varies depending on campus location and fees. Visit website: www.californiacolleges.edu for easy access to college websites.

Feather River College, Quincy, CA – www.frc.edu

Lassen College, Susanville, CA – www.lasencollege.edu

College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA-www.redwoods.edu

Reedley College, Reedley, CA- www.reedleycolleges.edu

Shasta College, Redding, CA – www.shastacollege.edu

Sierra College, Rocklin, CA-www.sierracollege.edu

College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA- www.siskiyous.edu/lodges

Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Skills Programs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 80% of occupations require some sort of post-secondary education. But, the pathway for some students may not lead directly to a four year college to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or higher. That is ok. There are many occupations that will allow you to go into the job market with an Associate Degree, Certificate of Completion, or Certificate of Skills for certain occupations. The Peralta Community Colleges or other community colleges offer a wide-range of skills-based programs and/or a two year Associates Degree that will allow you to go directly into the job market. Take for example, if you want a career in the health care field, consider taking classes at Merritt College. People with health care skills tend to work in hospitals, but there are positions available in doctor’s offices and nursing homes. The

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare support occupations are projected to

be the fastest growing occupational group from 2010 to 2020, growing by 34.5 percent and creating 1.4 million more new jobs. Another in demand occupation is in the field of construction. Laney College offers a construction management program where students can earn a certificate of completion in trades, such as carpenters, building code inspectors, and electricians. Again, the Bureau of Labor Statistics report that construction occupations are projected to add 1.4 million new jobs over the 2010-2020 periods as employment grows by 22.2 percent. The medium annual wage for construction occupations is $39,080. Most important, students need to know that everyone has the opportunity to gain postsecondary education and thinking about the right program and school is key to their success!



Listing of Certificate of Completion and Certificate of Skills Programs

Laney College Merritt College Berkeley City College College of Alameda Architectural & Engineering

Technology Banking & Finance Biomanufacturing Business:

Accounting Banking & Finance Business Admin. Business Info. Sys. Entrepreneurship Management & Supervision Marketing & Sales Retail Management Carpentry

Computer Information System

Game Development Internet Dev & Programming Construction Management Cosmetology Culinary Arts Environmental Control Technology

Residential & Light Commercial HVAC & R Refrigeration Technology Graphic Arts Labor Studies Machine Technology Management & Supervision Media Communication Photography Welding Technology/Wood Technology Admin. Of Justice: Corrections Police Science Business: Accounting Administrative Assist. Admin. Office Sys. Business Info. Processing General Business Legal Office Assist. Office Administrator Retail Clerk Child Development Assist. Teacher Associate Teacher Early Intervention Violence Intervention & Counseling

Community Social Services Computer Information Systems

Emergency Medical Technical I

Fire Science

Health Professions & Occupations Human Services Landscape Horticulture Medical Assisting Nurse Aid Certified Nurse Assist/Home Health Aide

Nutrition & Dietetics Paralegal Studies Radiologic Science Real Estate

Recreation & Leisure Service

Vocational Nursing

American Sign Language Biotechnology


Business Administration Business-Office Tech. Computer Info. System Social Services Paraprofessional Travel/Tourism Industry Cruise Industry

Apparel Design & Merchandising Auto Body and Paint:

Auto Body Auto Paint

Automotive Technology: Engine Performance Chassis and Drive train Chassis Specialist Engine Repair Specialist

Automotive Electronics Specialist

Drive train Specialist Light-Duty Auto Repair Aviation Maintenance: Airframe Power plant Business: Accounting Business Admin. General Office Legal Secretary Office Admin. Small Business Adm. Word Processor Computer Info. System

Cisco Networking Academy Desktop Support Programming Dental Assistant Diesel Mechanics Human Development Svc. _________________________________________________________________________



California State University (CSU) – There are 23 CSUs in California all over the State of

California. CSU’s provide a liberal arts education. They teach students how to read, write, think critically, and solve problems. CSU’s prepare students to go into the job market directly with a Bachelor’s Degree. Students can go direly into a job with a Bachelor’s of Business, Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice, and Bachelor’s of Social Work, etc. Also, CSU’s prepare students for public administration, life science & agriculture. In addition, CSU’s prepares students for professional schools. CSU’s get students ready to move onto a pre-law degree, pre-medical degree, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, and pre-dentistry. CSU’s has prepared teachers for the State of California every sense San Jose State opened its doors in 1867. CSU’s provides programs at the master’s level at all campuses. There are 16 joint satellite programs offered at various locations. CSU’s provide a lot of internships, fieldwork, community service opportunities, for students so that when they graduate from CSU campuses they will have hands-on experience, so they have a diploma in one hand and resume started in the other. CSU’s have a lot of student support services to help with academic endeavors. Non-traditional students find CSU’s to be very convenient because you can be a part-time student, full-time student, and take classes in the evening. All campuses have a diverse student body. This information is based on a presentation and handout by Dr. Lee, SFSU, CSU Counselor Conference 2013

CSU Check List:

Completion of the “A-G” requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.00. (Most campuses need higher GPA. Look at the admission requirements for the campus you are interested in if the major is impacted.

Many CSUs will request 7th semester grades (1st semester of senior year).

CSUs are looking for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades GPA. Students will not have their

12th grade GPA when they first apply. CSU’s will only be looking at the 10th and 11th

grades GPA. Students will be conditionally admitted with their 10th and 11th grade

GPA’s. But, they will look at 12th grade GPA with the final transcript is submitted.

Know your social security number Credit card information for payment Know you Statewide Student ID

CSUs do not count D’s or F’s if they are repeated with the exact same class with a better grade. They will give honor points up to eight semesters for honors and advanced 11th or 12th grade content.

You should take the SAT and/or ACT multiple times. Most campuses take the December test date. San Jose and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo would like the

November test. For everyone else, December is the last test date. When you take the SAT or ACT and depending on the score you receive, they may be able to waive your ELM and EPT. If you end up with a high enough score on your critical reading or the math. CSU’s do not look at the writing. CSU’s will take the highest partial score. They will mix and match your test physically send scores unless they are requested. So, report your test scores on the application and they will be uploaded electronically to the CSUs.

Save money and tell the testing agency to send your SAT scores to all the CSU campuses by using the code 3594. To send your ACT score, go to Scores Manager on the www.csumentor website which allows you to release ACT scores to



additional campuses for free. Before you can use the ACT Scores Manager, you must first arrange to have scores sent to the CSU campuses.

Small Campuses Medium Size Campuses Large Campuses

Bakersfield Chico Fullerton

Channel Islands Dominquez Hills Long Beach

Humboldt East Bay Northridge

Maritime Fresno Sacramento

Monterey Bay Los Angeles San Diego

San Marcos Pomona San Francisco

Sonoma San Bernardino San Jose

Stanislaus San Luis Obispo

This information is based on a presentation and handout by Dr. Lee, SFSU, CSU Counselor Conference 2013


Fill out the application online at (http://www.csumentor.edu).

1) CSU Mentor is the CSU’s on-line website. It is full of information about the 23 CSU campuses. When you go on the website, you will see six (6) red and white tabs across the top of the page: What is CSU Mentor, Explore Campuses, and Plan for College, Apply Online, Financial Aid, and Ask an Expert. This website is updated every year. CSU Mentor is FREE and available 24/7.

2) You only have to send your SAT scores to one location, and these will be “shared” by all the campuses. Send your SAT scores to code 3594. Check CSU Mentor for instructions on sharing your ACT scores.

Where else can you get information about each of the CSU campuses? www.CalState.edu

website. On the menu to the left there is an entry call campuses. Click on that and the 23 campuses come up. Find the campus you want to explore and click that and it will take you to their website.

CSU Campus Highlights

California State University, Bakersfield consists of 8,500 students who are all offered a highly

personalized learning atmosphere in which they can receive an extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction. CSUB is located in the heart of California’s Central Valley where the sun seems to always be shining. It is a perfect place for getaways to Los Angeles beaches or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We are a small, affordable campus that is very student oriented. One of the many things our campus is very proud of is we strive to be the cleanest CSU campus. Popular majors and/or impacted majors:

nursing (Only impacted major), Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology, Liberal Studies,

Psychology. Eligibility Index: 2900. Type of student that would be a good fit is a student who would like to be recognized for their accomplishments; someone who would like to be involved in Student Affairs; a student who wants to accomplish a major goal in life. By: Steven Watkin, Admissions,


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