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Scholarships & College Visits are available in Naviance!


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!

CCC/College & Career Center, college fairs, essay/app workshops, admissions rep visits

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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 is in her 21st year in college counseling (14 years) and college admissions (7 years), has visited over 300 colleges, and does so regularly.  She recently served on the Executive Board and as a committee chair for the WACAC professional association for college counselors and college admissions reps, and has been a volunteer and presenter/speaker for both WACAC and NACAC (the national professional association) for nearly 15 years. 

Brad handles the various aspects of TL students’ college search and application process, such as:

* building college lists

* reading applications and essays

* assisting with financial aid and scholarships

* composing a resumé

* preparing for interviews

She is also responsible for outreach to and other communications with colleges, data analytics of TL student college applications via Scoir, CCC newsletters, and managing the CCC website.

Additionally, Brad coordinates CTE/Career and Technical Education (including the annual Career and Technical Education college fair), work permits, volunteering opportunities, and works with students who are not planning on attending college (such as entering the military, or going directly from TL into work).

Students and parents should feel free to email Brad ( for assistance!

College admissions reps, you can schedule visits through Scoir!


CCC newsletters / Boletines informativo

November/Noviembre 2020, English/Español

December/Diciembre 2020, English/Español, coming December 1!


TL has now partnered with Scoir! (pronounced "score")

Scoir will allow you to:

* search for colleges, based on factors important to you (size, setting, geography, majors and minors, etc), which I and your counselor can view too, as well as their admission rates, financial aid information, and a link to GoogleMaps!

* look at scattergrams, to help determine Reach, Target, and Likely based on prior TL applicants to your colleges, based on your TL GPA, and potentially ACT/SAT if you take one

* keep a record of your prospective college list

* maintain your list of active applications, as well as their type of application plan (Early Action, Early Decision, Rolling, Regular Decision) and deadlines

* track your application results, which will greatly help us, as well as students in future TL classes!  (seniors' application results will generate scattergrams; your results are anonymous, so no one will know your individual results, and only when there are 10+ application decisions, will a college's application history for TL be displayed)

* watch official Admissions videos produced by colleges (including virtual tours!), as well as view colleges' official Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook posts!

* easily compare up to 4 of your final colleges you've been admitted to, side-by-side, as you make your final decision by May 1

* make appointments with me, and view my schedule

* view the schedule of, be notified of your favorites, and register for college admissions rep visits to TL next September and October

* view the name and email address of our admissions reps at each college

* apply directly to the UC's, CSU's, and community colleges via their websites

* know where TL alums have gone in the most recent 4 years, in case you want to reach out to them to see what their experience has been (TL grads who give us approval to share where they went)

* complete helpful surveys and questionnaires from the counseling and CCC

* take a free assessment to receive a detailed report on your talents, link them to potential careers, and save related majors and colleges

We may also be using Scoir next fall to send your application materials to colleges - counselor rec, transcript, teacher recs and TL school profile - from one place, instead of your having to request all of these from so many separate websites, like all of the Common App colleges, and then non-Common App's like MIT, Georgetown, Washington, Texas, Boise St., Hawai’i, Northern Arizona, Western Washington, Southern Oregon, Utah State, and so forth. Big time-saver!

Scoir also has a free app!  This way, you can do everything from your phone, if you do not have a laptop or other device handy. Download from the App Store at any time!

Register your Scoir account today! (please email Brad if you need your login info!)


College application information (much more information via link at top left!)

The Common Application for the Class of 2021 is available!  You can open up your application here.  

The UC application for the Class of 2021 opened August 1, 2020, and the deadline to submit it is November 30!

The CSU application opened on October 1, 2020, and the deadline to submit it is December 4!

The California community college application (College of Marin, Santa Rosa JC, City College of San Francisco, Skyline, etc) will open soon, and the deadline is the summer of 2021, though please do so by May.

Financial aid: the FAFSACalifornia Dream Act, and CSS Profile opened on October 1! 

Create your required FSA ID here.  Gather your tax information together, so that you are ready!  And be sure to check out our Financial Aid webpage for much more detail!  (link at upper left of this page)

TL college application & essay workshops, all Mondays, 12:00-1:00pm:


--->note: Monday, November 30 = UC final deadline!

* November 30: CSU

--->note: Friday, December 4 = CSU final deadline!

* December 7: Common App

* December 14: Common App

* December 21: Common App

--->January 1-15, 2021 = general Common App deadlines

College programs and online fairs! (all online and free!)

January 31, 2021, 10am-4pm - NACAC national college fair, (registration information TBA!)

February 19-20, 2021, 12-4pm (TBA) - Black Colleges Expo

February 28, 2021, 10am-4pm - NACAC national college fair, (registration information TBA!)

March 21, 10am-4pm - NACAC national college fair, (registration information TBA!)

May 2, 2021, 10am-4pm - NACAC national college fair, (registration information TBA!)

Spring or Fall 2021, TBA - STEM college fair (details TBA)

Spring or Fall 2021, TBA - Visual and Performing Arts college fair (details TBA)


* Applications Are Decreasing (November 16, Inside Higher Ed)

* "They Are Americans Now" (November 10, Inside Higher Ed)

* What Biden Presidency Could Bring for Higher Education   (November 9, Inside Higher Ed)

* Joe Biden Won. Here's What Higher Ed Can Expect (November 7, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* 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