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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.


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 & COM

College of Marin - Concurrent Enrollment


PLEASE NOTE: The registration process for COM courses has changed due to the shelter in place order. Please review the COM High School Programs page (Concurrent Enrollment) for the most up-to-date information.  


CURRENT TL STUDENTS, GRADES 9-12: Follow the steps below to register for a course at COM. Please reach out to your counselor for more information.  

  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 is a good fit.
  2. Follow the registration steps listed here under "JUMPSTART (CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT).                       Here are some great "how to" videos:                                                                                                                           How to Set Up MyCOM Portal                                                                             How to Add and Drop Classes                                                                               How to Pay for Classes Online                                                                             Tour of MyCOM Portal                                                                                       How to Use the Class Schedule Online

 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



View this link for more information about applying to COM; click here to apply!  Be sure to complete your application as soon as you can, and do the online orientation.

College Information, Search, & APPLICATIONS

Contact your counselor or TL's College and Career Center for assistance identifying potential colleges, and review these notes on building your college list In addition to working with our staff in the CCC, all students are encouraged to use the College Board's search function, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Niche, or California Colleges to research potential colleges as well.  Students can log in to their Naviance accounts using their TLHS computer login and password. 

College Scorecard  Federal resource for searching and comparing colleges and universities

Test-Optional Colleges/Universities in the U.S. (also, check the "College Testing) link at upper left, for more details)

AJCU/Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

CTCL/Colleges that Change Lives

HACU/Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (also known as HSI/Hispanic-Serving Institutions)

HBCU/Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Immigrants Rising provides excellent resources for undocumented students!

UCSSB/US Conference of Catholic Bishops (Catholic colleges in the US)

Women's Colleges Coalition

$$$ Work Colleges (8 colleges where students have on-campus jobs, which help pay for part or even all of their tuition!)


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 JournalUS 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 (accepted by 900+ colleges) & its essay questions (listed in full, at bottom of this page!)  


University of California (9 campuses):   

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

UC 14 criteria for admission

UC PIQ's/essay questions) (also listed in full at bottom of this page!)

map of the UC's 9 campuses, and general UC statistics (Fall 2020 admissions stats here)

Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz

EOP (Educational Opportunity Program, providing admissions, financial, and academic support for historically underserved students)


CSU / Cal State (23 campuses):  

California State University  |  Explore Campuses  |  CSU Admissions Requirements 

EOP (Educational Opportunity Program, providing admissions, financial, and academic support for historically underserved students) 

Sonoma State, SF St, San Jose St, Sacramento St, Chico St, Humboldt St, Cal Maritime, East BayMonterey Bay


California private 4-year colleges: California Independent Private Colleges/Universities


Coalition Application: required only if you are applying to the University of Washington (Seattle)


Community Colleges (114 in California): California Community Colleges     

COM / College of Marin: COM Enrollment Steps     

SRJC / Santa Rosa JC: Steps for New Students

Oregon's community colleges (17)

Washington's community colleges (34)

Nevada's community colleges = Truckee Meadows, Western Nevada, Southern Nevada, Great Basin

ESSAY QUESTIONS, Class of 2021
- copy and paste into a GoogleDoc, and share with Brad! 


A) Common Application: 

- choose 1 of the 7, and write up to 650 words; in your draft, aim for 500, not 700, 800, or 1000!)

1) Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent ​that is so meaningful, they believe their application would be incomplete without it.  If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2) The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter ​can be fundamental to later success.  Recount an incident or time when you experienced challenge, setback, or failure.  How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3) Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea​.  What prompted your thinking?  What was the outcome?

4) Describe a problem​ you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve.  It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you, and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5) Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself and others.

6) Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you?  What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7) Share an essay on any topic of your choice.  It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Plus, optional question (250 word maximum) for the Class of 2021: Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts.  If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts.  Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.


B) UC/University of California PIQ/Personal Insight Questions: 

- choose 4 of the 8, and write up to 350 words for each; in your draft, aim for 300, not 400, 500, or 650!

1) Describe an example of your leadership​ experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.

2) Every person has a creative​ side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.

3) What would you say is your greatest talent​ or skill​?  How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?

4) Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational​ opportunity​ or worked to overcome an educational barrier​ you have faced.

5) Describe the most significant challenge​ you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge.  How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

6) Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom. 

7) What have you done to make your school​ or your community​ a better place?

8) Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?


C) Supplemental essay questions: 

Note that many colleges will also require supplemental essays.  These can consist of topics like:

1) “why do you want to attend our college?” 

2) "why do you want to major in the subject you want to major in?"

3) one or more that are sometimes completely unpredictable questions


D) resources for essays:

1) The College Essay Guy publishes an excellent guide, College Essay Essentials

2) Real College Essays That Work is also a fantastic source.  

And, a recent article: Pictures of Themselves: The 2020 College Essays on Money (August 28, New York Times)

Financial Aid