College

UPCOMING EVENTS 

What?: "Wake Up Wednesday" Workshops with CSU
Get help with your CSU CalStateApply application. 
Workshops held every Wednesday morning at 8:00am. Bring your Chromebook to the Career Center.
Our Sacramento State Admissions officer will be online to answer your questions and assist with the application. 
When?: 
October 27th
November 3rd
November 10th
November 17th* - Last workshop for campuses with Nov 30 Application Deadline
December 1st
December 8th
December 15th - LAST CHANCE! Final Workshop.  
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
Meeting ID : 839 2542 4453
Passcode: 124794
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY APPLICATION DEADLINES BY CAMPUS:

NOVEMBER 30  DECEMBER 15  Later Deadlines 
Fresno State CSU Bakersfield Cal State East Bay (2/15/22)
Cal State Fullerton CSU Channel Islands Humboldt State (2/28/22)
Cal State Long Beach Chico State Cal Maritime (7/1/22)
Cal State LA CSU Dominguez Hills San Francisco State (12/30/21)
Cal Poly Pomona CSU Monterey Bay  
San Diego State CSUN (Northridge)  
San Jose State Sacramento State  
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo CSU San Bernardino  
  CSU San Marcos  
  Sonoma State  
  CSU Stanislaus  


EGUSD Family College Chat Series

APPLY TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Seniors, Get Assistance with your Los Rios Community College Application :
Cosumnes River College  (Register for Application Workshop)
Sacramento City College (Register for Application Workshop
Folsom Lake College      (How to Apply to FLC Video Tutorial)
American River College  (View the American River College Application Workshop Video)
Students are asked to review the "Application Checklist" Prior to and in preparation for completing the application

NEXT STEP: ORIENTATION
AFTER COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION and receiving your Los Rios ID # 
Register for ONLINE ORIENTATION with your selected Los Rios College Campus :
Cosumnes River College   "FYE - First Year Experience"
Sacramento City College  "City Jam"
Folsom Lake College         "Start Soaring"
American River College    "Achieve at ARC"

ADVANCED EDUCATION

High School students may be eligible to take community college courses and earn college credit as an EGUSD student before they graduate.  Please not the following reasons why you may wish to take courses at the community college level.

  • Save money in college by taking transferable/eligible college courses (advanced education tuition is free.  However, students are responsible books and materials and small campus fee
  • Understand the expectations of college-level courses earlier
  • Test drive a career or interests before choosing  a college major
  • Begin or obtain a certification (ex. Aeronautics, Health Information Technology, Radio Production, etc.)
  • Advance in a subject matter
  • Learn how to read, write and speak in a native or new language
  • Take a Human Career Development course to learn how to increase job skills

In addition, research shows that student entering college with college credit are generally more likely to complete a bachelor's degree faster and are as likely to earn a B or higher in subsequent courses taken in college
Who is eligible for the Advanced Education Program:

1.   Students that complete the 10th grade OR are 16years old by the first day of college
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Students who have at least a 2.7 unweighted, cumulative high school GPA
        
3.   Students wishing to take courses that are not remedial (College course #1-99)

Additional thoughts: 
Make sure the classes you're taking can be transferred to the college you want to attend after you graduate high school.
Remember that these classes are on your permanent record, so make sure you are prepared to dedicate adequate time to studying and learning the material. If you're already overwhelmed with other obligations (sports, clubs, work, etc.), it might not be a good time to pursue college classes.

Are you Ready to Apply for Advanced Education?

Visit the EGUSD Advanced Education Website for more details on how to apply and links to the application and forms.

US Department of Education College Ranking Website
Start your college exploration and compare schools here!

College Scorecard is designed to help students and parents identify which schools provide the biggest bang for your buck. Designed with input from those who will use it most, the Scorecard offers reliable data on factors important to prospective students.

In an economy where some higher education is still the surest ticket to the middle class, the choices that Americans make when searching for and selecting a college have never been more important. That’s why College Scorecard provides reliable information that helps students find the college that best fits their needs so that they can succeed

https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Get information about:

  • Average Annual Cost - The Average Annual net price for federal financial aid recipients after aid from the school, state or federal government. For public schools, this is only calculated for In-State students.
  • Graduation Rate - The graduation rate after six years for schools that award predominantly four-year degrees and after four years for all other schools. These rates are based on full-time students enrolled for the first time.
  • Salary After Attending - The median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid at 10 years after entering the school.

 And More!

More Recommended Websites for College Exploration

University HQ - Provides resources to prepare and plan career path in chosen field
Collegestats.org
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information about public and private institutions in the US 
www.californiacolleges.edu - Official source for college and career planning in California
BigFuture.Collegeboard.org - "Big Future" Collegeboard College Exploration
https://www2.calstate.edu/apply - California State University website
www.cccco.edu - California Community Colleges Information
www.universityofcalifornia.edu - University of California website
www.aiccu.edu - Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
www.educationplanner.org - One-stop Career and College Planning Website
www.collegemajors101.com - The #1 Resource for College Majors Information
http://collegerealitycheck.com - get comparisons of net price, graduation rates, average college debt,
                                                         loan-default rates, and graduate earnings
MyMajors.com Take the Free quiz to create your customized pathway to college and career readiness
DiscoverBuisiness.us - Accredited Business Schools

6 STEPS TO GETTING INTO COLLEGE

Sure, high school is supposed to be fun, but putting some effort into your schoolwork and extracurricular experiences can make applying to your choice colleges a lot less stressful. Though it might sound like boring advice, the following steps are extremely important!

  1. Work hard for good grades.
  2. Enroll in challenging courses.
  3. Spend time preparing for the SAT or the ACT and SAT Subject Tests.
  4. Polish your writing skills.
  5. Establish relationships with teachers and advisors who can write strong letters of recommendation for you.
  6. Get involved in some activities, community service, or work experiences that will enable you to show your values, talents, and skills.

( Princeton Review's The Best 376 Colleges, 2012 Edition)

FIND YOUR COLLEGE MATCH

Feeling overwhelmed with the process of choosing a college? Take a look at some suggested tips from the CollegeBoard website -

Identify Your Priorities

Think about who you are and what you're looking for in a college. Make a list of what's most important to you - here's some things to consider

  • Affiliation - Public or Private? Independent or Religion Affiliated?
  • Size of the Student Body - Size will affect many of your opportunities and experiences, including: Range of academic majors offered, Extracurricular activities, Amount of personal attention you'll receive, When considering size, look beyond the raw number of students attending; a large school may offers some smaller departments or learning communities. Investigate not just the ratio of faculty to students, but how accessible faculty are.
  • Location - Do you want to visit home frequently, or do you want to experience a new part of the country? Perhaps you want a city or urban location with access to museums, major league sports, or ethnic foods. Or maybe you prefer easy access to the outdoors or the culture of a small college town?
  • Campus Life - Consider what life will be like beyond the classroom. Aim for a balance between academics, activities, and social life. Consider what extracurricular activities, athletics, and special interest groups are available? Does the community around the college offer interesting outlets for students and are students welcomed by the community? Think about the geographic, ethnic, racial and religious diversity of the students. How do fraternities and sororities influence campus life? How are dorms assigned? Is Housing guaranteed - and for how many years? 

Research Colleges

  • Academic Programs - If you know what you want to study, research reputations of academic departments by talking to people in the fields that interest you. If you are undecided, relax and pick an academically balanced institution that offers a range of majors and programs.
  • Athletic Programs - If you are an Athlete, which sports are offered and what Division?
  • Accreditation - Accreditation is a voluntary process of review and self-regulation by members of an accrediting agency. Accreditation ensures that the instutution meets the basic standards of that particular Agency in their administrative procedures, physical facilities and the quality of their academic programs. There are many regional and national accrediting agencies with varying standards. Colleges accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education meet the basic standards for college-level study, their students can apply for Federal Financial Aid and/or federal education tax breaks, and the degree you will earn at the end of your studies will be recognized by future employers.
  • Admission Requirements - Required Course work, Tests, GPA?
  • Selectivity - How many students apply each year and how many are accepted? What are the average GPA and Test Scores for those accepted? 
  • Retention and Graduation Rates - Learn the percent of students who return after the first year and the percent of entering students who remain to graduate. Comparatively good retention and graduation rates are indicators that responsible academic, social, and financial support systems exist for most students. 
  • If the Campus or Major is impacted due to overcrowding, what is the likelihood of getting the courses I need and what is the projected time required to complete the degree program?
  • What is the school's policy regarding Advanced Placement high school courses?
  • As a freshman, will I be taught by Professors or Teaching Assistants?
  • Is the surrounding community safe?
  • Can I Afford this College? Today's college price tags make cost an important consideration for most students. Most colleges work to ensure that academically qualified students from every economic circumstance can find financial aid. 

Attend College Fairs - Pick up catalogs and brochures, talk to representatives and other students, and feel like you're officially starting the search process.

Attend "College Preview Days" or "Open House" Events and Information Nights - Generally held in the Fall (for seniors) and Spring (for Juniors), these events provide prospective students and parents the opportunity to obtain information and get answers to questions about institutions, their admissions process, financial aid, programs and much more. Preview Days and Open House Events are held at the individual campuses. Information Nights are generally held at a location (such as a Hotels, Public Libraries and Selected High School Campuses) and typically are given by Colleges and Universities located outside of our region or state. Many of the Information Nights are held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

View College Websites and Guidebooks - These resources provide a wealth of information about majors and programs offered, activites, campus life and often Virtual Campus Tours.

Attend Presentations by visiting Admissions Representatives in the Sheldon Career Center - See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center for a calendar of which campuses will be visiting Sheldon. Presentations begin in late September and continue through early November.

Schedule Campus Visits - You've heard the old saying,"A picture is worth a thousand words." Well, a campus visit is worth a thousand brochures. Nothing beats walking around a campus to get a feel for it. Campus visits are a chance to see the campus and its dorms, libraries, and other facilities in person, talk to admissions officers, observe classes and talk to students, and much more. Visiting may even make you think of needs you didn't know you had.

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