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ATHLETES:

If you are interested in playing a varsity sport in college - there is Division 1, 2, 3, and the NAIA - check out the NCAA Clearinghouse site

Also, know that for the 2020-21 academic year, and perhaps beyond, due to COVID-19 college athletic opportunities might be more limited, as many colleges cut various sports programs in order to save money.  Two related articles are here and here.  

Moreover, here is what Dr. Fauci says is needed for sports to resume in the United States.

Lastly, here's an article about the end of the high school sports season in March.

GAP YEARS

Seniors, if you are interested in taking a gap year after TL, here is the link for gap year fairs, and here is the link for the Gap Year Association.

College Information

College of Marin / Concurrent Enrollment

CURRENT TL STUDENTS, GRADES 9-12: Follow the steps below to register for a course at COM. 110 level (Introductory courses without prerequisites) courses are the best place to start. Contact your counselor if you have any questions. 

  1. Identify a COM course that you'd like to take.  Review the schedule of courses, and speak with your counselor to ensure that the course you'd like to take is a good fit.
  2. Follow the registration steps listed here under "JUMPSTART (CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT)".                       

 Minimum 2.0 GPA required to take a COM class as a high school student                                                               Minimum 3.0 GPA to take more than one COM class at a time

 

SENIORS: Apply for College of Marin here (Apply for Credit Classes), and review this video for an explanation of the enrollment process. Make sure to submit your FAFSA / CA Dream Act application by March 2nd at the latest, and register for the Summer Bridge program described here. See your Counselor or Ms. Morales in the CCC for more information!

 

 

College Information, Search, & APPLICATIONS

Contact your counselor for assistance identifying potential colleges, and review these notes on building your college list In addition to working with our staff, all students are encouraged to use TL's new college search platform California Colleges (more information below), and College Scorecard  (federal resource for searching and comparing colleges and universities) to research potential colleges/universities. 

COLLEGE SEARCH & EXPLORATION: California Colleges

TL is now utilizing California Colleges as a primary college and career search platform. Students: Register your account using these instructions

SEE OUR NOTES ON BUILDING YOUR COLLEGE LIST, BELOW. 


BUILDING YOUR COLLEGE LIST

When building your college list, take into account both balance and strategy: 

 

BALANCE is a mixture of:

  • reach (colleges whose admitted student profile, such as average admitted GPA, is higher than yours; minimize these so that you do not have too many)
  • target (colleges whose admitted student profile is close to yours, sort of a 50-50 chance, could go either way; make target colleges the majority of your list)
  • likely  (colleges whose admitted student profile, such as average admitted GPA, is lower than yours; just 2 or 3 of these should be OK)

 

STRATEGY is basically the college's type of application plan:

  • EA/Early Action (apply by about November 1-15; often receive a decision by mid-December; non-binding)  ED/Early Decision (apply by about November 1-15; often receive a decision by mid-December; but binding, so you must attend that college if they admit you)
  • Rolling (no deadline, but you can apply as early as September or October; often receive a decision by mid-December; non-binding)
  • Regular Decision (apply by about January 1-15; receive a decision by April 1 at latest; non-binding). 

Note that the UC's and CSU's/Cal States only offer Regular Decision. 

There is generally no downside to Early Action or Rolling, and statistically your chances of admission might be better than if you applied to that college Regular Decision, so it is recommended that you consider applying to some colleges with Early Action or Rolling plans. Just be sure that your transcript represents you strongly for a November application; if you feel that a strong fall semester of senior year would help you even further, then it might be best to wait to apply Regular Decision, in January. Discuss with Brad or your counselor!


Some additional factors to consider in building your college list

Size: small, medium, or large; 1,100 - 30,000+ undergrads...the size of a college can affect its class size, ranging from small seminars of 8-10 students, up to large lecture halls with 400-500 students

Setting: urban, suburban, rural

Geography: Bay Area, southern California, Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Midwest, South, or Northeast

Weather: do you prefer palm trees & beaches, or winter snows...or in-between sweater weather?

Major/Minor: even the smallest colleges have 40-50 programs of study; it's OK to be undecided, too!

Politics: liberal, moderate, conservative

Religion: many colleges CatholicJesuit, or other religions, such as:

Diversity: ethnicity, geography, LGBTQIA+, nationality, political, race, religion, socio-economic, etc

 


Factors considered by colleges when evaluating your application include (varies by college)

* Transcript (always the most important factor): course rigor, cumulative GPA, trend in GPA

* Soft skills such as intellectual vitality, how engaged you are with your classes, how you demonstrate your critical thinking skills, creativity/originality/innovation, risk-taking, perseverance through challenges, teamwork, seeking help when you need it, going above and beyond minimum requirements, and how you respond to setbacks.

* ACT/SAT (though in 2020, colleges will not penalize students who did not take an ACT/SAT!  Plus, even in a non-pandemic year, plenty of colleges are test-optional.)

* Extracurriculars & leadership: arts, athletics, home responsibilities, internships, jobs, volunteering, etc.

* Letters of recommendation: 2 teachers (preferably junior year, and core subjects) and counselor

  • Give your teachers & counselor at least 1 month notice before your first application deadline!
  • Waive your right to see your letters of recommendation.  This is in the "FERPA" portion of your applications.  

* Essays: see bottom of this page (this can be the most time-consuming part of your application process, for colleges that require them, so begin to brainstorm and write during the summer before senior year, and send Brad a link to your GoogleDoc during the summer!)

* Demonstrated interest (some, but not all, colleges consider this): have you visited their college campus (if possible), their website (everyone can do this), attended a presentation (everyone can do this), emailed the admissions rep to introduce yourself (everyone can do this), interviewed (if they offer them), etc.


College tours

During college closures, many are offering virtual/online tours!  Here is a great article about them from the New York Times.  You can also just Google the name of the college you are interested in, and then "virtual admissions tour," which should get you there.  For example, "UC Davis virtual admissions tour" gets you here!


Rankings

There are many sources of rankings out there, but use them cautiously, compare multiple sources (Forbes, KiplingerMoney, NichePrinceton Review, QS World RankingsTimes Higher Ed/Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Ed/UN Sustainable Development GoalsUS News), and also consider aspects that are not always ranked such as campus safety, diversity, student mental health, student competitiveness with each other versus collaboration, availability and quality of counselors and advising, quantity of student activities, freedom of speech, school spirit, town-gown relationship, % of students living on campus, and other factors that might be important to you.


Common Application

The Common App is for 900+ out-of-state publicCalifornia private, and out-of-state private 4-year colleges; the Common App is not used for the UC's or CSU/Cal States.  


UC/University of California (9 campuses)

UC Admissions Profiles  |  Applying to UC  |  A-G Course List  |  UC Admissions Requirements 

TAG/Transfer Admission Guarantee:  if you attend a community college first, and satisfy the recommended UC admissions requirements for certain coursework (60 credits, or about 2 years) and GPA's, you are guaranteed admission to either UC Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, or Santa Cruz!  


CSU/Cal State (23 campuses):  

Cal State ApplyExplore Campuses | CSU Admissions Requirements 

EOP/Educational Opportunity Program: Provides admissions, financial, and academic support for low income and first generation to college students. 

CSU application note: DACA, undocumented, or AB540 students should enter “None” as their citizenship status.  Under “Residency,” they should select “California” as their state of residency, if they consider California their home.


California private 4-year colleges

California Independent Private Colleges/Universities 

* northern California: Stanford, Santa Clara, USF, Dominican, St. Mary's, Mills, UOP

* southern California: Westmont, CalArts, Cal Lutheran, Pepperdine, LMU/Loyola Marymount, Otis College of Arts & Design, USC, Occidental, CalTech, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps, Redlands, Whittier, Chapman, USD


Community Colleges (114 in California):     

California Community Colleges 

COM / College of Marin: COM Enrollment Steps     

SRJC / Santa Rosa JC: Steps for New Students

TAG/Transfer Admission Guarantee:  if you attend a community college first, and satisfy the recommended UC admissions requirements for certain coursework (60 credits, or about 2 years) and GPA's, you are guaranteed admission to either UC Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, or Santa Cruz!