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Work Permits and Jobs: please click on the "Jobs & Careers" link above!

Employers, if you are currently hiring high school-aged students, please email Brad, and I will advertise your opening to our kids!


Volunteering opportunities: please click on the "Volunteering" link above!

College & Career Center

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All ACT and SAT administrations at Terra Linda High School for August, September, and October, and for the foreseeable future, are canceled, due to the pandemic, in order to protect the health and safety of student test-takers coming from a multi-county area throughout the state, proctors and other school employees, and their family and friends.  We will post information here when we are able to resume safely.  We thank you for your understanding.  TLHS students, your counselors and the CCC/College and Career Center staff are here to help you with your college list and applications; you will still have plenty of excellent choices!

TL's CCC/College and Career Center is staffed by Brad Ward.

Brad handles the various aspects of TL students’ college search and application process, such as building college lists, reading applications and essays, conducting workshops, meeting with students and parents, assisting with financial aid and scholarships, composing a resumé, and preparing for interviews.  She is also responsible for outreach to colleges, coordinating the annual college admissions rep visits for September & October, data analytics, CCC newsletters, and managing the CCC website.  Additionally, she coordinates work permits, fee waivers for the ACT/SAT, and CTE/Career and Technical Education.  

Students and parents, please email Brad ( for assistance!

The Common Application for the Class of 2021 is available! Deadlines vary, but November 1 is common for Early Decision and Early Action, while some colleges are on a Rolling basis and will accept applications as soon as September!

The UC application for the Class of 2021 opened August 1, 2020. It is due November 30!

The CSU/Cal State application for the Class of 2021 will open on or about October 1, 2020. It is due November 30!

Community college applications (College of Marin, Santa Rosa JC, and others) for the Class of 2021 are accepted through summer 2021 (but please submit by May!).

College admissions rep visits will resume for the Class of 2021 and 2022 in September and October, largely online!

Here is the UC announcement regarding COVID-19's effect upon college admissions, both for seniors/Class of 2021 with regards to pass/fail for A-G requirements; and also dropping their requirement for ACT/SAT scores for applicants from the Class of 2021 and beyond.

Also, here is the CSU's announcement regarding their dropping their ACT/SAT requirement for the Class of 2021.

The FAFSA, CSS Profile, and CADAA/California Dream Act open October 1!  

College programs and online fairs!

Aug. 30 - Dec. 6 (10 dates & times), joint informational sessions by Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford  (online, free, register here!)

Sept. 2 - Oct. 27 (5 dates & times), joint informational sessions by Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Vassar, and Williams  (online, free, register here!)

Sept. 13, 9:00am-5:00pm, NACAC national college fair  (online, free, register here!)

Sept. 15-18, national college fair hosted by Cialfo (online, free, registration link will be posted here when announced!)

Sept. 29-30, time TBA, national college fair hosted by NOVVA, including Pepperdine, Cal State-Fullerton, Santa Barbara City College, University of Arizona, Arizona State, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Denver, University of Idaho, Central Washington, TCU, Texas Tech, William & Mary, University of Delaware, and more!  (online, free, registration link will be posted here when announced!)

Oct. 12, 10:00am-6:00pm, NACAC national fair (online, free, register here!)

Oct. 18, 9:00am-5:00pm, NACAC national fair (online, free, register here!)

Nov. 8, 11:00am-7:00pm, NACAC national fair (online, free, register here!)

Fall 2020, TBA - STEM college fair, usually Santa Clara, CA (online, free, details TBA)

Fall 2020, TBA - Visual and Performing Arts college fair, usually Santa Clara, CA (online, free, details TBA)

April, 2021 - NACAC college fair, Santa Clara Convention Center, 1:30-4:30 PM 

April, 2021 - WACAC college fair, Sonoma State U., ~6:30-8:30 PM

April, 2021 - WACAC college fair, Dominican University, ~6:30-8:30 PM

May, 2021 - WACAC college fair, St. Mary's College, ~1:00-4:00 PM

February, 2021 (TBA) - Black Colleges Expo, Oakland (details TBA)

February, 2021 (TBA) - Gap Year FairDrake HS (details TBA)


* The Secrets of Elite College Admissions (August 28, Wall Street Journal)

Court Bars U. of California From Using ACT and SAT for Fall-2021 Admissions (Sept. 1, Chronicle of Higher Education)

Fewer colleges are relying on standardized testing for admissions decisions during coronavirus, but that change should be permanent (August 27, Hartford Courant, by the President of NACAC)

How Applying to College Will Be Different This Year, Thanks to the Coronavirus Pandemic (~August 26, Money)

* How Colleges Are Responding to COVID Should Inform Prospective Students (August 26, Teen Vogue)

How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions (August 12, NPR)

Kill the SAT, Ignore the Rankings, Stop Obsessing Over Elite Colleges (August 10, Inside Higher Ed)

Making Test-Optional Admissions Real (August 10, Inside Higher Ed)

* The Return of the Campus Tour (August 3, Inside Higher Ed)

* A Year of Chaos and Flexibility (July 20, Inside Higher Ed)

UC admission of California students at all-time record high (July 16, University of California)

* What Rising High School Seniors Think (July 6, Inside Higher Ed)

* A College Degree Is No Guarantee Of A Good Life (July 2, The Atlantic)

More than 300 college deans explain what they want — and don’t want — to see from applicants in the covid-19 era (June 29, Washington Post)

* What Students Didn't Do (June 15, Inside Higher Ed)

How to Normalize the College Search Process for Juniors (June 3, New York Times)


College Acceptances