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12th Grade College Planning

Fall Semester:
  • Keep a strong schedule of classes!!
Make an appointment with Mrs. Valverde if you have not already done so.
Take your SAT, ACT and/or Subject Tests early, especially if you did not take them junior year. Students applying to the University of California or the California State University System should not take their exams beyond December. If you are applying out of state or to private colleges exams may need to be planned early. Check with individual colleges for details. Visit College Board and ACT for registration dates and deadline.
Determine if SAT/ACT/Subject Tests are required by the university you hope to apply to this fall. Please keep in mind, that some universities require the Subject test for admissions to certain majors.  Always review these requirements at each individual college. The University of California still highly recommends that you take two subject exams and may require specific ones for certain majors.

 Keep in mind, that some highly selective colleges may require specific subjects or more then two subjects to meet their specific requirements. Always read the application requirements before it is too late to register for your exams.
The University of California will release their application online starting August 1st.  However,  the New UC Personal Insight Questions are now available at 
You will have 8 questions to choose from but must respond to 4 of the 8 questions.  A maxium of 350 words per response.

The California State Universities application site will open starting on October 1st.  Applications are submitted October 1 – November 30th.
Your California Statewide Student ID number is located on your transcript in the lower left hand corner.
If you are applying to multiple private and out of state universities you may want to use the Common Application. The Common Application is Now available. Visit the following website for details:
Create a dates and deadlines timeline so that you are prepared to tackle all applications in a timely manner. You may want to use the College App Organizer.
Colleges use email to contact students regarding any information they need or that may be missing.  Remember to create an email address that is professional and that is not offensive to admission representatives.
Remember to check your email frequently.
Sign up at the College Career Center for all college representative visits
Many colleges have their applications available online and it is very important that you begin to familiarize yourself with the information required to complete the applications. I recommend that you print out a copy and begin to complete these forms. If you find that you need assistance make an appointment with Mrs. Valverde the College Counselor or your Academic Counselor.
Pay close attention to the school bulletin or read the bulletin because announcements are made regarding information nights offered by out of state and private colleges. You may to create an account with College Week Live at This is a very innovative way for you to discover new university and interact online with college representatives.

The NCAA was formed in 1906 and is a larger association representing bigger schools and universities. NCAA schools are organised into three divisions, D1, D2, and D3.

Division 1 schools are typically the largest universities, and compete in a minimum of 14 sports for both males and females. These schools often have world-class facilities, attract the top athletes in the country, and receive the most media attention.

Division 2 schools are smaller than D1 schools, and student athletes usually finance their education with a combination of athletic and educational scholarships.

Division 3 schools are the smallest of the NCAA institutions. D3 schools are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships.


Student athletes who plan to play sports at Division I or II must begin to complete their NCAA forms. For information visit

The NAIA was established in 1937 and is a smaller association. It is made up of smaller 4-year colleges throughout the United States, and competitive levels are comparable to NCAA D2 schools.

There are equally talented players in the NAIA and NCAA D2 schools, and both have excellent opportunities for education and athletic achievement.


College Night/College Fair will take place Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5- 8:00 p.m.
Date to be announced for Financial Aid Workshop. 
An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.  Both the student and one parent must each have an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA online.  Visit
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
New! -   Two major changes to the FAFSA will take effect for the 2017–18 school year. (The 2017–18 school year runs from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.)

1. The FAFSA will be available earlier (October 1, 2017 of the previous year instead of January 1,2018 of the upcoming school year).
2. The FAFSA will collect income information from an earlier tax year.
Cal Grant GPA Verification Forms should be submitted to the Guidance Office no later than September to Ms. Oviedo. This will enable students to be eligible for California Grants that cover full tuition cost at UC, CSU and partial assistance for Private California Universities.
Keep in mind, that some private colleges require the CSS Profile which you may begin to submit as early as October 1st. You may go to  or visit the CCC for a registration form.
If letters of recommendation are required by your university complete your Brag Sheet on the high school website under College and Career Center.  It is a courtesy to provide teachers and counselors with a minimum of 3 weeks to write letters. You must provide envelopes and stamps for all letters to be mailed.
If you have not done so yet, plan to visit colleges over Winter Break to help finalize your decisions. All universities have information days or open houses for more information visit individual campus websites.
Study for your finals! Colleges reserve the right to recalculate your GPA to determine whether or not you still meet their minimum eligibility index.
Spring Semester:
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 2nd (California deadline). You may submit it at   Please keep in mind, that individual campuses may want your financial aid completed sooner. So check individual deadlines!
Be sure to keep up with all requested documents asked for by universities. All information is sent to you so it is your responsibility to meet these deadlines. Down load a copy of College App Organizer to help you organize all your dates and deadlines.
Sign up to take your English and Math assessment tests early.  Some universities require assessment for final admissions or to begin the registration process. 
Complete the Community Scholarship application to be considered for a scholarship. Listen to school bulletin for dates and deadlines.
Check housing deadlines and submit proper forms/deposit fees.
Over Spring Break you may want to visit universities to help finalize your admissions decision. Double check websites for any preview days.
Award letters will begin to arrive during the spring. You should compare award offers to help you make the best decision in terms of which college to attend. You may visit this website to help you compare offers:
Regular decision acceptance letters begin to arrive in March, but most admissions and financial aid award letters arrive in April. Keep in mind, that May 1st is National Acceptance Day and you must submit your Intent to Register to the university of your Choice and pay the deposit if required. The Intent to Register form is a very crucial form to submit because it will result in a void of your admissions offer. 
Prepare for final exams!!! All campuses reserve the right to review your final grades.   
See the Guidance Office to order your final transcript. All universities will want an official final transcript from Culver High and they will have a very strict deadline.