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Important Reminders

  • Check this page regularly for important updates!
  • All seniors should check their transcripts immediately to be sure all college and/or graduation requirements will be completed by June.
  • Remember, all UC and Cal State schools require one year of a visual or performing art.
  • If you are applying to a private university, please remember to fill out and turn in a Letter of Rec packet ASAP for your Academic Advisor to write a quality letter.
  • Give yourself plenty of time when applying to colleges.  We understand this is a busy time, but the sooner you finish college applications the less stress you will feel going into senior year.
  • When choosing a college, think of what is most important to YOU!  Consider location, student body size, surrounding towns, cultural opportunities, athletics, etc.
  • Athletes who plan on participating in a college sport should be registered with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.
  • Check the scholarship page regularly for updates.
  • If you are not happy with your SAT/ACT scores, you can always test again!

Seniors applying to Cal State University campuses:

Please note that the Fall 2019 application filing period for First-Time Freshmen and Transfers is being extended by the CSU Chancellor’s Office until December 15 at 11:59 p.m. Students applying during this period will be eligible for consideration for admission to all California State University campuses.

Need Help Paying For College? There's An App For That! At midnight, Oct. 1, students can get their first look at the 2019-'20 FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This year, in an effort to make the notoriously complicated form easier, the U.S. Department of Education has given the FAFSA a new look: a smartphone application.


College Bulletins

University of Minnesota 

Although application deadlines have passed, the University of Minnesota is still accepting applications and will review them on a space-available basis for the academic program a student is interested in.

Please click HERE to complete an application. 

UCLA- Project Welcome

Parents and students, join UCLA’s Project Welcome. Project Welcome is an SMS text-based campaign which aims to inform, educate, guide, and motivate students & parents on the importance of planning for college.

UCLA Admission will send up tp 4 SMS text messages of college tips monthly, along with emails to students and parents who sign up.

To sign up for this FREE program text “LEARN” to 82521 or sign up online

Duke University Summer Session

Information for Duke Summer Session for High School Students’ 2019 programs is now available!  Choose from three transformative programs next summer:
Summer College – A four-week, credit-bearing program for students currently in 10th – 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses.
Summer Academy – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.
Accelerated STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of hands-on labs, tours of Duke’s research facilities, faculty lectures, and workshops.

Guaranteed Accounting Program 4+1 

This joint program between Cal State Fullerton and Irvine Valley College addresses the fact that many students who enter a 4-year university do not graduate in 4-years. This program was designed to help students graduate and find meaningful jobs once they graduate.  The “GAP"4+1 stands for Guaranteed Accounting Program.  The 4 represents the number of years to achieve a Bachelor’s degree and the +1 is for the Master’s degree.

Students wishing to have a career in Accounting, Accounting Finance, Tax, Accounting and Data Analytics and more are welcome to apply.  

For more information, go to the Guaranteed Accounting Program page.

Colorado Mesa University

The best way for students to learn more about CMU is to see it for themselves! Daily tours are offered Monday-Saturday. Students can sign up for a Mesa Experience or a tour at

Oklahoma State University

OSU has a unique opportunity for students in the McKnight Scholars Leadership Program at OSU. They can apply today to be part of an elite group of approximately 50 incoming OSU students who demonstrate a commitment to service and have a proven record of leadership.

Students who exhibit these characteristics have been successful in the program. Out-of-state students who apply will be considered for a scholarship that waives the out-of-state portion of tuition for four years, plus $5,000 during each of their first two years! Selected scholars will take part in the McKnight Scholars Leadership Program, which includes a leadership course.

Students should apply to OSU, if they haven't already. Students who have already been admitted to OSU should complete the application for the scholarship, submit their essays and have one or more mentor(s) submit recommendation letters on their behalf.

The first round application deadline is Nov. 1. Students who apply will be notified in December. The second round application deadline is Feb. 1. Students who meet this deadline will be notified of the decision in March.

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College extends an invitation for an interview either on-campus or off-campus. The Admissions staff is offering Off-Campus Interviews throughout the fall.

Fall Open Houses will be held: Saturday, October 13 and Friday, November 9th. Students may register online.

Rice UniversityRice University has unveiled a new initiative to make higher education more affordable by dramatically expanding financial aid provided to students from low-income families to those with incomes up to $200,000.

Starting in fall 2019, Rice undergraduates will be eligible for The Rice Investment, one of the nation’s most generous financial aid initiatives that increases access to an affordable, quality education for low- and middle-income students. The Rice Investment will provide extraordinary opportunity for extraordinary students to seek a top-tier college education at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.
*Some families may qualify for additional need-based aid beyond The Rice Investment.

The Rice Investment will also reduce the burden of student debt. Beginning in fall 2019, degree-seeking undergraduate students from families with incomes up to $200,000 who qualify for The Rice Investment will no longer be required to take out loans as part of their need-based financial aid packages.

Please visit the Rice University website for more information.

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara offers these tools if you need help with any section in the UC application.

A helpful 9-part UC Application Tutorial webinar series.

Register now to chat live with UCSB Admissions on October 17 from 11am - 6pm PST if you have questions about applying.

Visit UCSB's Webinars and Online Events page for the full list of upcoming live chats.

Letters of Recommendation

The Common Application (as well as many other private and out of state schools) as well as some scholarships will require you to obtain letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers and other professionals who know you well.  Be sure to give your recommender plenty of time to write your letter.  Please adhere to the deadlines when submitting your letter of recommendation packet to your academic advisor.  Make sure the packet is neat and that you have answered all of the questions thoughtfully and completely.

Saddleback Counseling 100

This course is offered on the DHHS campus during the spring semester.  It meets once weekly and must be taken as a 6th class.  Students must be on track to graduate and not need these credits.  It is designed to introduce students to college and life success skills.  It focuses on the attitudes, habits and behaviors of successful college students.

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Updates from Futureology

For some schools, it will be required to fill out the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE alongside the FAFSA

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Saddleback College visits

A representative from Saddleback College is available at DHHS in the library at lunch every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to answer any questions you may have regarding concurrent enrollment, Freshman Advantage Program, Counseling 100,  the application process, etc.  You may also sign up for an appointment in the Guidance Office on the orange folder under the college map.