UC Fall 2011 Preview Day

Each of the UC’s will most likely have an preview day this fall. These events are extremely informative for students and parents. All ages of students are welcome, but the events are targeted for Seniors who are thinking about applying for fall 2012 admission.

UC Davis – 10/15
http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/previewday/
UC Santa Cruz – 10/15
http://admissions.ucsc.edu/visit/preview-day/index.html
UC Merced – 10/15
http://admissions.ucmerced.edu/preview-day
UC Riverside – 10/15
http://my.ucr.edu/visit/Pages/default.aspx
UC Irvine – 10/28
http://www.campustours.uci.edu

http://transfers.ucmerced.edu/docs/ImportantdatesanddeadlinesfortransfersFinal%202012-2013.pdf

‘What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors’ (Georgetown Univ. Study)

When considering your choice of major, students might want to consider this study as one of their many resources regarding income potential.  This (first of its kind)  study concluded that college graduates overall make 84% more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.  Further analysis of 171 majors discovered that various undergraduate majors can lead to significantly different median wages within certain fields.

Keep in mind that median salary level of particular majors/careers is only one piece of a very large and intricate puzzle when determining an appropriate (personal=right fit) college pathway.  Other considerations could include:  knowing what they would be doing everyday in that job, the job responsibilities, values of the occupation, the advancement potential, etc. Statistics show that an average worker changes careers 3-5 times in a lifetime.

To access a copy of the study, click here.

Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student | InLikeMe

Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student | InLikeMe
So, who gets in to the most selective colleges and universities? For the most part, admitted students fall into one or more of these three categories:

(1) students who can bring something “special” that the school desires;

(2) those with exceptional promise; and

(3) academically-qualified legacy applicants.

Focus on quality over quantity. We look for the opportunity to pursue (with gusto) one or two interesting projects, activities, and/or areas of research where the student can showcase some combination of leadership, character, determination, intellectual curiosity, talent, heartfelt interest, creativity, problem-solving and/or communication skills, maturity and ability. The “hook” should be genuine and be a good fit with the student’s interests and abilities. A hook can also be developed to either offset an area of perceived weakness or to create positive differentiation.

As an example, one of my clients was dismayed by the lack of intercultural harmony at her public high school. She endeavored to improve the situation by bringing together students to share her love for gardening. She founded a community garden project and encouraged diverse participation. She described her experiences (positive and negative) in various college application essays and was thrilled to gain admission to a number of the most selective colleges and universities.

Colleges that are still taking applications for Fall 2011

Locally:

Univ. of the Pacific, Univ. of San Francisco, Menlo College, and Dominican Univ.  are still accepting applications.

Down in Southern CA:

Marymount, Chapman Univ., Concordia Univ., Azusa Pacific Univ., Biola, and Univ. of Redlands will also consider them.

Looking a little farther away from home:

Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Nevada, Reno, Colorado State Univ. at Fort Collins, Lewis & Clark, Linfield College, Hofstra Univ., Michigan State, Utah State University, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, Seattle Pacific Univ., College of Charleston, Montana State Univ., Oregon State Univ., Saint Edwards Univ. (Austin) all will consider an application

If interest, sent your application ASAP!  As always, go to the college website and contact an admissions officer to make sure that you have sufficient time to pull a great application together.

Red Cross Leadership Camp hosted at Santa Clara University!

The Red Cross Leadership Development Center is a 4-day summer camp August 8-11 at Santa Clara University. It’s for high school students, and teaches leadership and Red Cross initiatives, while promoting community service and diversity. Program cost is $215. Applications are due May 27.   For more information and to apply, go to: http://www.LDCbayarea.org/

Evaluate and Compare Finanical Aid Award

Financial aid award letters provide information about grants, scholarships, loans and student employment. But there is no standard format so it is hard to compare.

FinAid

Award Letter Comparison Tool

Quick Reference Guide to Evaluating Financial Aid Award Letters

Advanced Award Letter Comparison Tool – comparison to include issues other than money