Thursday, July 18, 2013

Helping Your Student Gain Admissions to a University of California School


In my role as a high school counselor, my goal is to best prepare my students for 4-year university admissions and success. With proper course placement and intervention programs, my team of counselors provide the support students need to be competitive in the admissions process. 

As early as the 9th grade year, parents have lots of questions of how to best prepare their children for college admissions. It is never to early to prepare. The admissions process begins the first day of 9th grade. 

The admissions process is not only grades, courses, and SAT/ACT scores. Most University of California campuses use a holistic review process: applicants are assessed in terms of the full range of their academic and personal achievements, viewed in the context of the opportunities and challenges each has encountered.

As a high school counselor, I encourage my students to not only excel academically, but also take into consideration the 14 points below to be competitive for admissions to any University of California campus:

  1. Academic grade point average in all completed "a-g" courses, including additional points for completed UC-certified honors courses.
  1. Scores on the following tests: ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test.
Here is a visual representation of the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores for students who apply to UCSD.
More can be found at www.cappex.com
  1. Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum "a-g" requirements.
A-G Course Listing
  1. Number of and performance in UC-approved honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Higher Level and transferable college courses.
  1. Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of your high school class at the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC). 
  1. Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned. 
  1. Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in your high school.
  1. Outstanding performance in one or more specific subject areas.
  1. Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
  1. Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.
  1. Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate the student's promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.
  1. Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.
  1. Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances, including but not limited to: disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations or circumstances, refugee status or veteran status.
  1. Location of your secondary school and residence.
As a parent, this list may be overwhelming. Multiple questions of being able to best prepare your child for admissions to a UC school maybe filling your mind. I encourage you to build a relationship with your child's high school counselor. They are the best resource for you and your child to best navigate your child's high school decisions to increase their chances of getting into the university of their choice!

This article is a reblog from www.SUHICounseling.com

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