• Posted on: June 24, 2011

Pathway To College Handbook

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The following is an accurate representation of the content found in our handbook.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why go to College?
Why not go to College?
The Top 10 Reasons to Go to a 2-Year College

About Colleges
What is a community college (CCC)?
Is a community college right for me?
About the California State University (CSU)
About the University of California (UC)

Admission Requirements
CCC: admission requirements
CSU: admission requirements
CSU: academic performance requirements
CSU: high school subject requirements
UC : freshmen admission basics
UC: eligibility in a state-wide context
UC: subject requirement
UC: scholarship requirement
UC: examination requirements
UC: eligibility in local context
UC: eligibility by examination alone
Independents: admission requirements

The Application Process
Making the application process easier
When to Apply
Don’t delay filing your application
How to apply
How to help the application process
When will I hear from the college?
Rejected – now what do I do?
CCC: how to apply
CCC: when to apply
CSU: how to apply
CSU: when to apply
UC: how to apply
UC: when to apply
Independent College or University: how to apply
Independent College or University: when to apply

SAT and ACT Assessment Tests
Why should I take the SAT and ACT?
What is the SAT?
What is the PSAT?
What is the ACT?
If I am not happy with my scores…

College Admissions Essay
Guidelines for writing a successful admissions essay
Getting started
Follow directions
Keeping the reader engaged
Avoiding pitfalls

Appealing Admission Decisions
Appeal process
Appeal letter
Letters of recommendation
Update and re-send Academic History

Financial Aid
What is financial aid?
Types of aid: financial aid programs
Applying for financial aid
Who is eligible for financial aid?
How much financial aid can I receive?
College Transfer Students
CCC: transfer admissions requirements
CSU: transfer admissions requirements
CSU: upper-division transfer requirements
CSU: lower-division transfer requirements
UC: transfer admissions basics
UC: transfer admissions guidelines
UC: transfer GPA
UC: intersegmental general education transfer curriculum
Types of Degrees
Associate Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
Master’s and PhD

Why Go to College?

Knowledge, Skills, and More Opportunities

If you go to college, you’ll gain information and skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life, no matter what career you chose.

College will enable you to:
· Expand your knowledge and skills
· Express your thoughts clearly in speech and in writing
· Grasp abstract concepts and theories
· Increase your understanding of the world and your community

What This Means for You
The benefits above may sound great on their own, but college also has some very practical benefits.

More Job Opportunities
The world is changing rapidly. More and more jobs require education beyond high school. College graduates have more jobs to choose from than those who don’t pursue education beyond high school.

Earn More Money
A person who goes to college usually earns more than a person who doesn’t. On average, over a lifetime, someone who spends two years in college earns $250,000 more than someone who doesn’t.

Why Not Go to College?
Many students are unsure about going to college, for many reasons. Below are five we’ve heard before, and why they don’t hold water.

1. “I Can’t Afford It.”
Most students get financial aid to help pay for college, and most aid is based on need. This means that the less money you have, the more aid you might get.

2. “Nobody in My Family Has Ever Gone.”
Being first can be hard. For instance, you may have to explain to the family why college is important to you. On the other hand, being first is likely to be a source of pride, for you and for your family.

3. ” I Don’t Know What I Want to Do with My Life.”
Join the crowd. Thousands of college freshmen haven’t decided on a major or on a career. College gives you the opportunity to learn more about what’s out there. You’ll be exposed to a variety of academic subjects, people, and new perspectives.

4. “College Is Too Hard for Me.”
Most students think college will be too hard for them. Keep in mind, all colleges offer tutoring and student support. As confident as some students seem, no one goes to college knowing everything — if they did, why would they go?

5. “I Just Won’t Fit In.”
Most colleges have students from many backgrounds. To get an idea of what to expect, visit in person. Be sure to ask about the make-up of the student body, and if they have clubs and activities that you’re interested in joining.

It Doesn’t Have to Be a Four-Year College
If you’re not sure about college, or which college, consider attending a community college. Community colleges are public, two-year schools that provide an excellent education, whether you’re considering an associate degree, a certificate program, technical training, or plan to continue your studies at a four-year college.

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