The New York Times has a weekly column about college admissions. It is called The Choice and you may find it helpful to read!
How to Suport your Child in Being College Ready
- Be involved as a parent – ask questions, talk/meet with your child’s teachers & counselors – let them know that you are interested in your child going to college. Set CLEAR, REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.
o Focus on challenging coursework, leadership, community service
- Visit college campuses (Preview Days, vacation, Cal Day) & Attend College Info sessions (at EHS or in the Bay Area)
- Talk to your kids about what THEY are looking for in a school – big or small, rural vs. urban setting? Extracurricular “must haves?” Greek life? Major of study?
o Remember – this is about them not you!
- Be realistic - CSUs are underappreciated and are a great option
o 23 CSU campuses throughout CA, often cheaper than UCs, easier admission requirements
o Don’t limit your options based on “reputations” of UCs or CSUs
- Transcripts matter – “C” or better in all A-G coursework! Any grade below a “C” in an academic class is a PROBLEM, but if caught in advance, can be fixed. (Summer class, Cyber High, BYU online)
- All college-bound students must take an SAT or ACT standardized test by December of their senior year (at the latest!)
- The Community College Transfer Option – maturity (academic & social/emotional) Clean Slate, save $$
o Often easier to get into a UC as a transfer student
- Helpful Websites