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C/O 2017 GLC News & Notes Issue #7

C/O 2017 GLC NEWS AND NOTES ISSUE #7

 

November 18, 2016

 

Class of 2017 Students and Parents,

 

Here are a few items of interest for you to review.   PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

 

1.      PAST WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE VIA POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS-CLASS OF 2017 Webpage.  The power point presentations from the past presentations listed below are available online on the Class of 2017 Webpage.  Look for “PRESENTATION” in the Files as you scroll down our webpage.  Great information to revisit or to view if you were not available to attend one of the presentations.

a.       Financial Aid Workshop Presentation from September 15

b.      UC Presentations from September 21

c.       CSU Presentation from September 21

 

2.      University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) Application

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT (CSU and UC) APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

 

Please do not delay!  We strongly encourage students to submit online their UC and CSU Applications early!  We say submit before Thanksgiving day to avoid the inevitable “Server Slow Down” dilemma.  So many students will wait until the last few days and they will confront slow servers due to the number of users online.  Best Bet:  Submit early!

 

REMINDER:  University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses DO NOT REQUIRE A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION OR ANY DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY YOUR GLC.  Both the UC and CSU application can be completed and submitted without any documents from your GLC. 

 

3.      College Application Process-Class of 2017-DBHS…

Misc. Helpful Topics/Solutions regarding College Applications.  See past GLC News & Notes for the website addresses for both UC and CSU applications.

 

·         MISC. Application Process Items: 

o   UC APPLICATION:  Use the Additional Comments Section for any special situations you may have had with your academics during your high school career.  They are providing you with an opportunity to explain any special situations which may have impacted your academic performance during high school

o   California State ID Number:  Students may be asked to provide a California State ID number for a college application.  This number can be found at the bottom left corner of the student’s DBHS transcript.

o   Repeat Courses:  Please report all grades earned.  If you took a course and then repeated the course-you must put the grades for both attempts at the course!!

o   UC/CSU Letters of Recommendations:  UC/CSU campuses do not want letters of recommendations.  Do not send them with your application.  Now that being said, UC Berkeley may request a Letter of Recommendation from certain students.                  UC Berkeley will notify the student via email with the “specific” request for the letter so only send it if asked to do so.

o   All Applications:  Changes in your application:  Once you submit an application, if anything changes in regards to your academics, you must notify the universities to which you applied and inform them of the change.  This includes if you placed a course on your application for both 1st and 2nd semester and you end up not taking the 2nd semester of the course-You MUST tell the universities this and keep a record of how and when you sent the notification.  In addition, if you earn a (semester) grade lower than a C- in any senior course you place on your application, you must notify the universities.  This would be shortly after first semester grades are finalized in early January.  This only applies to final semester grades.  THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS.  ANY CHANGE IN YOUR APPLICATION AFTER SUBMISSION MUST BE COMMUNICATED WITH THE UNIVERSITIES!

o   All Applications:  Read your emails:  Once you submit your application to a university, it is the student’s responsibility to check emails daily for any correspondence from the universities.  This will be the way universities request additional information etc.  This is CRITICAL.  Students must be diligent and check emails/accounts daily the next few months.  In addition, reacting and following through with university requests is vital. They are only going to ask you to do something if it is important in the admission decision’s process.

o   SAT/ACT Scores-Part I:  Please make sure you request the testing agencies to electronically send your SAT and/or ACT scores directly to the universities to which you will apply.  When you request SAT scores to be sent, a transcript of all of your SAT scores will be sent to your requested destinations.  If you send your scores to (1) UC campus all UC campuses will have access to the scores.  If you are applying to multiple Cal State campuses use the code (3594) when requesting scores and your SAT scores will be available to all Cal State campuses to which you apply.  This will save you money.  ACT scores have to be requested and sent directly from ACT to your universities as well.  ACT requires students to request each test date individually, so if you took the ACT on two different dates, you will need to request the results for each test date to be sent to the appropriate universities.

o   SAT/ACT Scores-Part II:  Do not delay!  Get your scores sent!  If you are taking the December test for SAT or ACT, make sure you have directed the SAT and ACT folks to send your scores to the universities immediately upon scores of the December test being available.  You DO NOT want to view your December scores and wait several days before sending them to the universities.  This could result in your scores not reaching the schools on time.

o   All Applications:  Honesty:  Be 100% honest on your application.  Use your transcript to ensure you are reporting grades accurately and report extracurricular activities accurately as well.  Schools will check up on applications and ensure honesty/accuracy!

o   TRANSCRIPTS:  For UC and CSU campuses, students DO NOT need to send transcripts to the university.  The UC and CSU will use your self-reported courses and grades (from your application) for making admission decisions.  This is why your accuracy and honesty is so critical.  Once you decide what UC or CSU you will be attending (this will be in the spring) you will need to officially request for your “FINAL” high school transcript to be sent to the university you have chosen.  You will request this “FINAL” transcript via the PARCHMENT electronic process using our DBHS website.  The request will be received and upon graduation, your final transcript with ALL grades posted will be sent to the requested university.  THE EXCEPTION TO THIS….IF A UC OR CSU EMAILS YOU AND SPECIFICALLY REQUESTS FOR YOU TO SEND A COPY OF YOUR

TRANSCRIPT INCLUDING YOUR FIRST SEMESTER SENIOR GRADES THEN YOU MUST REQUEST AND SEND THEM A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPT VIA PARCHMENT.

 

For Common Application Universities, your GLC sends an electronic copy of your transcript with the School Report and Counselor Report.  So there is no need to send a transcript to your Common Application universities.

 

o   Advanced Placement (AP) Scores:  Students do not need to send their AP scores to the universities at this time.  Students, when asked, should report their AP scores on the university application.  In the spring, after you have chosen your university, then you will send your official AP scores via Collegeboard to your chosen university.  You will need to pay for these scores to be sent.  Save you money and only send your AP scores in the spring to the one university you will attend.

 

4.      Community College:  Students looking to start their college career at the two-year Community College will start hearing more announcements etc. regarding this process.  Don’t panic, this process happens later in the year than the university process.  Mrs. Romero, Career Technician, will lead this process for our students.  You may stop by and visit with her for more details anytime in the Career Center (upstairs near the LINC and the elevator/middle bridge).

 

5.      Financial Aid-FAFSA-October 1 was the first date you could submit your FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The FAFSA is a CRITICAL step for our students in the process of receiving any “need-based” financial support through our federal and state governments.  In addition, the FAFSA may assist students with financial aid based on “merit” or good grades in the form of CAL GRANTS.  If a student is a resident of California and attends a university in California, CAL GRANTS may be awarded.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Diamond Bar High School has submitted the appropriate GPA information to the FAFSA folks for all DBHS Senior students.  Students do not need to “verify their GPA” with FAFSA.  DBHS has already completed this process for all of our senior students.

 

6.      Financial Aid-CSS PROFILE-Provided by Collegboard-Required by many private universities.  Students should research and verify if any of the schools being applied to require the CSS Profile Application.  Available October 1st.

https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile

 

 

 

Kevin Patterson    Stephanie Duenas    Julie Salas/Nicole Cabase

Grade Level Coordinators-Class of 2017