[BHS Etree] COLLEGE/CAREER: Bulletin for Week of Nov. 4
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Mon Nov 4 22:15:12 PST 2013
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College and Career Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
College Advisor: Angela Price <mailto:angelaprice at berkeley.net>
angelaprice at berkeley.net
College Advisor (subbing for A. Price): Rory Bled rorybled at berkeley.net
College Advisor: Skyler Barton <mailto:skylerbarton at berkeley.net>
skylerbarton at berkeley.net
*New or updated information.
SAT Word of the Week: Embellish - To decorate or add untrue but interesting
*Angela Price, college advisor for BIHS and AC (L-Z), will be back in the
office on Monday, Nov. 4th. If you would like to establish an appointment
with Ms. Price, please drop by the College and Career Center during drop-in
hours (before school, lunch, or 3:30-4:00 p.m.)
*Special thanks to Rory Bled for filling in for Ms. Price for the past six
*1. Financial Aid Overview - Save the Date: November 14, 2013, 6:30 pm in
the BHS Library: Financial Aid Overview for parents/guardians of BHS
Cynthia Gonzalez, East Bay Consortium Program Coordinator, will offer a
financial aid overview. This presentation will include the following:
a. Information to help prepare for the 2014-2015 FAFSA and DREAM Application
b. Information regarding the new "Middle Class Scholarship" for UCs and CSUs
c. Grant and Scholarship Information
2. CSU Application Workshops: College Advisors are conducting CSU
application workshops after school from 3:40 - 5:00 pm in the Library
Computer Lab. Students do not need to sign up ahead of time. Application
workshops will continue throughout the month of November.
*3. Humboldt State on-the-spot Application Review: CONGRATULATIONS to the
seniors who received on-the-spot conditional acceptance certificates to
Humboldt State University last Friday, November 1st!!
*4. Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): What is Educational Opportunity
Program (EOP)? The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to
improve access for and retention of historically low-income and
educationally disadvantaged students. An EOP student has the potential and
demonstrated motivation to perform satisfactorily at a CSU, but has not been
able to realize this potential because of economic or educational
background. The program provides admission and academic assistance to
EOP-eligible undergraduate students. In many cases, the program offers
financial assistance to eligible students. Campuses tailor their programs to
accommodate the needs of their student population (CSUMentor.edu)
Who May Apply?
Only historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate
students who need admission assistance and support services to succeed in
college are admitted to EOP. They must demonstrate academic potential and
motivation, be California residents or otherwise eligible, and meet the
For additional information about EOP, please visit:
How to apply to EOP: In your CSU application, answer "yes" to the question
asking if you would like to be considered for the EOP. After submitting a
CSU application, you will receive a confirmation page. On the confirmation
page, click on the EOP link.
If you are planning on applying to EOP and would like to receive assistance
with your application, please visit your College Advisor (Ms. Price or Mr.
Barton) for support.
*5. SET UP YOUR COLLEGE ACCOUNTS AND PORTALS: After applying to
colleges/universities, check your e-mail accounts frequently. You will
likely receive contact from the colleges you have applied to, traditionally
providing instructions and information to set up your account with the
particular school you have applied to. These accounts, often referred to as
portals, will be your main line of communication with each particular
college/university. We recommend checking for updates frequently!
6. Common App - The new CA4 Version: The new version of the Common App has
experienced some glitches throughout the first month or so. Some issues
have been fixed and other glitches are currently being addressed. Here are
some basic tips and recommendations:
a. Save your work constantly!
b. Don't wait until the last minute to submit your application.
c. Compose your essay in Word and save it. Do not type your essay
directly into the application. Copy your essay from Word into Notepad.
Then, copy it form Notepad and paste it into your application. This seems
to be the best method thus far. This is a lot of steps, but the formatting
and word count has been off on many applications where students copied
directly from Word.
d. Use the Print Preview before submitting the application. Review
every section and be sure to answer EVERY question. Be sure to proofread
e. Invite your recommenders early in the process. *After inviting your
recommender, confirm their receipt of the Common App Recommender invitation.
7. College Essay Readers are now available Monday through Thursday from
8:00-9:00 AM, during the lunch period, and after 6th period (3:40 PM).
Essay Readers will also be available on Friday mornings at 8:00 AM and
during the lunch period (not after school).
8. Advising Appointments for Seniors: Sign-up sheets are available in the
College & Career Center. Seniors may also drop in any day at lunch or after
6th period without an appointment to have shorter questions answered.
Please note that college advisors will be conducting application workshops
in the Library Computer Lab after school on Tuesday and Thursday.
College Advisor assignments: Ms. Price - BIHS and AC students with last
Mr. Barton - AHA, AMPS, CAS, GRN and AC students with last names A-K.
9. Seniors who are applying to colleges that are not on the Common
Application: please review this message for document submission
a. If the college does not use the Common Application:
- Download the required form (Secondary School Report) from the college
- Complete a "Transcript Request Form" (available from the BHS Registrar's
Office in D173) and sign it. If you are under 18, the parent or guardian
- Paper-clip the Transcript Request Form and the college's form to a large
manila envelope addressed to the college, with the Berkeley High School
address as the return address. Put on $1.38 in postage (that is the large
envelope 3 oz. rate).
- Turn in all the large manila envelopes to the College and Career Center
ASAP for those applying Early Decision/Early Action (the original deadline
to turn these in was Oct. 1) and by November 1 for those applying regular
admission. Attach the College Application Checklist (available at the
College and Career Center or in your senior folder) to the front of the
b. Completing forms for schools that only require an official transcript and
not a Counselor Recommendation:
Submit the following forms to the Registrar in room D173:
- A signed transcript request form for each college. If you are under 18,
your parent or guardian must sign it.
- Clip each transcript request from to a stamped business-size envelope
addressed to the college with Berkeley High School as the return address.
Clip all forms and envelopes together.
Remember, CSU's and UC's do not require letters of recommendation for
admission purposes. CSU's usually request transcripts, but they do so
individually and they do not all have the same deadlines. UC's will
traditionally request official transcripts in the spring, from students who
are accepted to their university. It is important to check your email
For colleges using the Common App, the counselor submitting the letter of
recommendation (also known as the Secondary School Report) will also
electronically upload and submit the mid-year report and final transcript.
*10. Sending Test Scores:
Sending Test Scores to UC's: Remember, when sending test scores to UC's,
you only need to send them to ONE UC, and all other campuses will then have
access to your scores.
Sending Test Scores to CSU's: SAT - List the CSUMentor institution code so
that CSUMentor can store your scores for any CSU campus to retrieve. The
CSUMentor institution code for the SAT is 3594.
ACT - If you have listed a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you
can use the ACT Scores Manager to release your score to additional campuses.
Before you can use the ACT Scores Manager, you must first have arranged for
your scores to be sent to a CSU campus. If you have not yet arranged for
your ACT scores to be sent to a CSU campus, you can learn how to request
this at www.actstudent.org/scores/send/index.html.
*If you are registered for the December ACT or SAT, you can arrange for your
scores to be sent to the schools you are applying to prior to taking the
test. You can avoid delays by following this process.
Private Colleges: You must send the test scores to each individual campus.
*11. GET EDUcated! EDU, Inc. - COMMON BLACK COLLEGE APPLICATION: Apply to
32 member institutions for a one-time fee of $35. For information and to
view the online application, please visit - www.eduinconline.com
Many college representatives visit Berkeley High's College and Career Center
every year. Seniors may attend up to 10 of these meetings, with the
permission of the teacher whose class you are missing. Sign up in advance in
the College and Career Center and pick up a permission slip for obtaining
The November calendar is available at
http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/resources/college-career-center/, and this
calendar will be updated regularly. Presentations are added on a daily
basis, so we recommend viewing this calendar once per week.
TUESDAY, NOV. 5
Period 1: University of Montana
Period 4: Sarah Lawrence College
Period 5: Mills College
SAT and ACT registration procedures - Photos required during registration!
ACT (Register at <http://www.ACT.org/> www.ACT.org) - Check website for
complete listing of test dates.
ACT Test Dates:
December 14. Reg Deadline Nov. 8. Late fee deadline Nov. 22.
SAT (Register at <http://www.collegeboard.org/> www.collegeboard.org) -
Check website for complete listing of test dates.
SAT Test Dates:
Dec. 7. Registration deadline Nov. 8. Late fee deadline Nov. 22.
FREE SAT AND ACT PREP CLASSES (SENIORS ONLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER):
SAT Prep Class - Began on Tuesday, September 17 in D220. The class will meet
on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:40 - 5:40 pm. Students must register in
advance in the College/Career Center (D221). Students can register before
school, during lunch or after school.
*This class is now full.
SAT Prep Class (2) - New Section: We have opened a second section for this
class, meeting on M/W from 3:30-5:40pm. Limited space is still available.
Students may sign up with Mr. Barton in the College and Career Center.
Class meets in D218.
ACT Prep Class - Began on Monday, September 16 in D220. The class will meet
on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:40 - 5:40 pm. Students must register in
advance in the College/Career Center (D221). Students can register before
school, during lunch or after school. Limited space is available.
*1. Cash for College Financial Aid Night - Save the date: January 30, 2014,
6:30 pm in the BHS Library and College and Career Center:
*2. Google Redesign - Having trouble locating your Google Drive or Calendar?
Try clicking on the grid near your username on the upper right corner of
your Gmail page.
*SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Where: Berkeley High School
What: BHS 3rd Annual COLLEGE FAIR and 2nd Annual CASE STUDIES Event
Who: Exclusive to BHS Juniors and Parents/Guardians
COLLEGE FAIR - Enjoy an opportunity to meet and chat with college admissions
officers and representatives from over 60 colleges/universities. More
details coming soon (including time of day).
CASE STUDIES - The Case Studies Workshop will group students and parents
with college admissions officers to discuss what colleges look for when
admitting students. Learn how college admissions representatives analyze
mock applications and make their decisions. RSVP guidelines coming soon.
JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES
*SAT/ACT PRACTICE COMBO TEST: Saturday, December 7th, 9:00-1:30 p.m.
Berkeley High College and Career Center is partnering with Princeton Review
to host this practice combo test opportunity for BHS juniors and sophomores.
Practice Test - The ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test will contain questions from
all subjects tested on the ACT and SAT.
Registration for juniors will begin on Nov. 13th, and registration for
sophomores will begin on Nov. 18th. Students may submit a check payable to
the BHS College/Career Center, before school, during lunch, or after school
(3:30-4:00pm), in the College and Career Center. Regular price is $20 and
fee reductions are available for students who qualify for Free Lunch.
Thursday, December 12th (6:00pm - 7:00pm):
Results and Strategies Seminar - Students who take the practice test will
receive a detailed analysis of their performance, helping them determine
which test is right for them. Location - BHS College/Career Center (D-221)
*BHS Alumni College Panel, Thursday, December 19, Periods 1 - 6: Each year
the College and Career Center and BHS Counselors organize college panel
discussions for BHS sophomores. BHS graduates representing all of our
communities are looking forward to attending this college panel. Every 10th
grade English class at BHS will attend this experience over the course of
the day. Teachers prepare their students in advance with questions about
college life, college admissions, college preparation, etc. This is a very
informative and motivating event for our BHS sophomores.
COLLEGE INFORMATION & INTERVIEW SESSIONS
1. George Washington University will be hosting an Interview Weekend at the
Bay School of San Francisco on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November
17, beginning at 9:00 AM. 35 Keyes Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129
2. Black College Awareness Workshop - Saturday, Nov. 16: Hosted by the Rho
Delta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this event is
intended for college bound seniors and will be held at Stanford University's
Tresidder Memorial Union in the Cypress Lounge located in Palo Alto, CA from
9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Registration can be completed at www.bcafair.org
<http://www.bcafair.org/> . The workshop will consist of two sessions -
applying for college and paying for college.
*THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM: The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS)
Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was
established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American
Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American
students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education
in any discipline area of interest. For more information, please visit
http://www.gmsp.org/ Applications must be submitted online by January 15,
*RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM: To be eligible, applicants must be U.S.
citizens or permanent residents, Black or African American and current high
school seniors at the time of application. Applicants should demonstrate
academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community
service activities and demonstrate financial need. Applications are
available in the College and Career Center. Applications are due January
9th in order to be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program. For
further information, please visit www.ronbrown.org
*CALIFORNIA STATE PTA: The California State PTA offers graduating high
school senior scholarships in the amount of $500 to acknowledge the
achievements of high school seniors for outstanding volunteer service in
their school and community. www.capta.org <http://www.capta.org/> .
Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.
E4FC - Educators for Fair Consideration - www.e4fc.org
<http://www.e4fc.org/> : Visit this site for a listing of local, regional,
and national scholarships available for Bay Area immigrant students.
AnimationCareerReview.com is offering the 3rd annual "Aspiring Animation
Professional" Scholarship Program, offering high school seniors the
opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. This will be awarded to students
that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited
post-secondary school or college. Please visit
tion-professional-scholarship-program to find eligibility information along
with the online application.
Saint Mary's College of California Performing Arts Scholarship and Brother
Dominic Barry Mathematics Scholarship: Each of these awards equals $13,000
per year for four years of full-time study at Saint Mary's, and they can be
combined with other merit scholarships. To be considered, students must
apply for admission by the Early Action deadline of November 15th, submit
additional scholarship materials to the admissions office by December 6th,
and interview during the scholarship program Saturday, January 25th. For
more information, visit
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations: This scholarship recognizes students
who are helping improve race relations in their schools or communities.
Winners are awarded up to $1,000 and invited to Princeton University for an
expense-paid weekend symposium on race. For information, please visit
AXA Achievement Community Scholarship - Awards $2,000 scholarships for up to
375 winners nationwide. Application deadline is February 1, 2014 - Only the
first 10,000 applications will be accepted. For more information, please
visit www.axa-achievement.com <http://www.axa-achievement.com/>
*Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles - Music Scholarship Auditions in
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Organ, and Orchestral Instruments: To complete an
online application, visit
SUMMER 2014 OPPORTUNITIES
*Colorado College Summer Session Pre-College Program: Earn college credit
and find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you. For
more information and application materials, visit the website at
Oxford Royale Academy: Summer course offerings for July and August 2014.
Please visit www.oxford-royale.co.uk
University of Notre Dame Pre-College Programs: The office of Pre-College
Programs offers students the opportunity to experience the life of Notre
Dame college students. To view the list of opportunities offered for the
2014 Summer Scholars Program, 2014 Leadership Seminars, and the 2014 Study
Abroad (Rome, Italy), please visit precollege.nd.edu
Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Summer Pre-College Programs: Are you passionate about art or architecture?
Have you considered a career as an architect, artist, or designer? These
Pre-College Programs - Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus
Program - give high school students the opportunity to develop skills that
are fundamental to these fields while producing work in a real studio under
the guidance of WUSTL faculty. Samfoxschool.wustl.edu/precollege
*High School Summer Scholars Program - Washington University in St. Louis:
Explore Careers and majors in medicine, writing, engineering, leadership,
and more. For more information and application materials, visit:
*The 2014 Summer Academy at St. John's College - The Summer Academy at St.
John's College offers rising high school juniors and seniors the experience
of a lifetime - self-discovery, friendship, and intellectual growth. One
week sessions are held at east and west campuses in Annapolis, Maryland and
Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, please visit:
*ADEVENTURES OF THE MIND - Astronomical Opportunities for 200 Talented
Teens: Blasting off from Occidental College, June 15, 2014. Meet with
talented faculty, take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of NASA's Jet
Propulsion Lab and The Autry, tour the campuses of Los Angeles' stellar
universities, and explore your future during sessions on leadership,
creativity, goal-setting, entrepreneurship, money matters, and
college/career paths. For applications, please visit
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