Diamond Bar High School
SENIOR BULLETIN #3
APPLYING TO THE UC’S AND CSU
UC San Diego Colleges UC San Diego is unique in that it has six different Colleges and you must choose one. Each college has different philosophies, different dorms and even different graduation requirements. Once you have chosen one, it is very difficult to change. It is not like changing your major. They have published a very good booklet that describes the differences between the colleges. See Mr. Ozaki or the Career Center for a copy.
On-line Applications -All private schools prefer to have you apply on-line and
Official Transcripts You DO NOT NEED to send official transcripts with your UC and CSU applications. You only need to send it to the one school you will be attending and then only after graduation.
• Make sure that you provide them with an accurate e-mail address and don’t change that address. They will be using e-mail for any communication they have with you. In fact, they will be sending acceptance notices by e-mail this year.
• It is a misconception that any kind of “hardship” will help you get in to the UC. It is true that there may be some extenuating circumstances in someone’s life that they may consider, but students have been really reaching in trying to find some kind of hardship they have overcome. Divorce, death of a grandparent, coming from another country, etc. These are certainly adversities, but they are also a normal part of life. If you are not sure about what to include in your essay, see your GLC.
• Remember, it is not quantity that they are looking for in your extracurricular and community service, but sustained involvement that shows commitment.
• They are now requiring verification of the extracurricular and community activities from 10% of the applications. Those students are picked at random. There were students last year whose acceptances were denied because they could not verify their activities. Go with what you accomplished, do not pad or exaggerate. It may come back to bite you.
APPLYING TO PRIVATE COLLEGES
Letters of Recommendation -Get those Letters of Recommendation/ School Report forms in to your GLC and teachers as soon as possible. If you have not turned them in already you are far behind many of your fellow classmates! October 29th is the absolute, final deadline. After being informed of this many, many times, please don’t ask your GLC for an extension. This just may push them over the edge. You don’t want to see Mr. Goode go over the edge. It isn’t pretty.
Private School Transcripts -Private schools require you to send official transcripts, but these are usually sent in by the GLC when they submit your School Report and Letter of Recommendation. Check before you start requesting the transcripts from the Registrar.
Why sign the Waiver? On private school applications they ask you to sign a waiver stating that you will not request to see your file. The schools strongly advise students to sign the waiver. When it is not signed they say it puts a doubt into their minds about why you feel you might need to look at your file. It becomes a negative when you do not sign it. The final decision is up to you.
Common Application to Historically Black Colleges -There is a Common Application that a number of Historically Black Colleges will all accept rather than filling out a number of applications individually. You can request this application at www.eduinconline.com.
If you have received any awards, honors or scholarships, please let Mr. Ozaki or your GLC know. Don’t be modest. Let us all share in these honors
Miss Teen California
This program stresses education and encourages personal development, leadership and scholastic achievement. Candidates are judege on Academic Achievement, activities, personality and poise and presence. There is no swimsuit or talent competition. One $10,000 scholarship to the state winner. Also scholarships from $1,000 to $4,000 also awarded. See Mr. Ozaki By October 29th.
National Security Agency Scholarship
The NSA is an Intelligence Agency of the United States government. They are looking form people in the fields of Computer Science, foreign Language and Electrical/Computer Engineering. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and SAT of 1600+. Scholarship includes tuition and fee, textbooks, housing, a salary while in college and guaranteed employment after graduation. Apply at www.NSA.gov/Careers