FAQs for Seniors

FAQs for Seniors

Senior FAQs

 

  • Do I have to take an ACT or SAT if I am going directly to the community college? If you transfer as a junior, you will not be required to have SAT or ACT scores. If you are not 100% sure, take one or more of these tests anyway. What can it hurt?
     
  • Will I have a better chance of getting into a prestigious college if I transfer as a junior? You may, depending on how strongly you performed in high school. If you transfer as a junior, the university will consider your college performance.
     
  • If I don’t need algebra 2 (or pre-calculus) to graduate, why should I take it? Entering freshmen (community college and many universities) take a math and English exam for placement purposes. If you do not score proficient at the intermediate (algebra 2) level, you will be placed in one or more remedial math classes which cost $$$, time and = no credit! So, prepare while you are still in high school.
     
  • When should I apply to the community college? In late February or early March for fall; October for spring admissions.
     
  • When do I apply to 4-year colleges? Apply ONLINE October 1-November 30 for CSU (www.csumentor.edu). November 1-30 for UC (www.ucop.edu/pathways) ; private universities have differing deadlines – check their websites or call the admissions office for information.
     
  • When do I find out if I am accepted? For CSUs, the earlier you apply, the sooner you will hear back. UC acceptance letters are typically received in early March. Private universities will vary.
     
  • When do I have to make a final decision regarding acceptance? By May 1, in most cases. Read and respond to requests for information carefully when you receive your acceptance letters!
     
  • Should I live in the dorms or off campus? When should I look for housing? Typically, freshman will seek on-campus housing, if available (some schools require freshmen to live on campus). Living on campus gives you the opportunity to network with more students and have your meals provided for you!  Apply for housing when you apply for admission (if allowed).
     
  • Do I need letters of recommendation for college? Not for UC or CSU schools. Private university and scholarship applications will typically require one or more letters of recommendation (check specifics). Ask people who know you well, and give them at least two weeks notice. Provide a resume or informational facts sheet to help secure a better recommendation.
     
  • How many colleges should I apply to? Probably 3-4, unless you are planning to stay local: a ‘Dream” school, a couple of “probable admittance” and one “no problem”.
     
  • Should I make campus visits? Absolutely! It’s chancy to buy something without checking it out first (and you don’t want a four year ‘blind’ date). Try to schedule visits periodically throughout your high school career.
     
  • How do I find colleges that will best fit my major and areas of interest? Visit the career center, see your counselor and check out websites listed on the colleges link of the career center.
     
  • How can I find out about scholarships? Our Career Center posts scholarships on the BCHS website http://bearcreek.lodiusd.net/ and maintains a scholarship binder in the Career Center. Check weekly. Apply to the financial aid departments at the colleges you are seriously considering. Go to websites such as www.fastweb.com, and www.TuitionFundingSources.com.
  • When should I apply for financial aid? Get your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) PIN https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp in the fall of your senior year. Apply for the FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 2. Make sure your social security number is filed with the College & Career Center for Cal-Grant purposes.
  • How many SAT or ACTs should I take? There is no magic number. Look at the ‘Freshman Profile’ for the colleges you want to attend to see what the average scores are – this will give some guidance. If feasible, take both.
     
  • Will my AP test scores earn me college credit at every university? For the state universities, most probably. Private colleges may handle these in different ways. To view AP credit policy by university, go to:www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy.
     
  • What if I want to play sports at a Division I or Division II school? Register with the NCAA at the end of your junior year – http://eligibilitycenter.org. Meet with your counselor to verify that you are on track to meet the NCAA requirements!
     
  • Will BCHS send my final transcript to my college? Not unless you fill out a ‘REQUEST FOR FINAL TRANSCRIPT’ with the registrar! You need to see Ms. Abel, in the Registrar's Office, and provide the information to the admissions office of the college you plan to attend.