Thursday, December 5, 2013


Mrs.Dirkes and Mr.Blanco will be holding a financial aid workshop on Wedsnesday January 15, so if you are interested pick up a pre-arrange form in the career center. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

UC Deadlines!


Application opens for applicants for fall 2014.

Application submission period for applicants for fall 2014.


Filing period for FAFSA and Cal Grant Verification Form opens for applicants to all terms (filing period open through March 2).

Early January – Online application update opens for transfer applicants to report final fall grades and in-progress or planned coursework (open through January 31).

Notification of fall 2014 admission decisions begins.
Deadline for applicants for all terms to submit FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Notification of fall 2014 admission decisions for freshman applicants is complete.

Deadline for admitted freshmen to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Notification of fall 2014 admission decisions for transfer applicants is complete.

Deadline for admitted transfer students to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Final official transcripts due at campus admissions office for students admitted for fall 2014.
For more information check out this link.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


The link posted below has some helpful tips for applying to UC'a before Thanksgiving! It's extremely helpful, so check it out! 

(Thanks Melissa for the link!)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Extra Help :)

As a TA for Mrs. Dirkes, I spend a lot of time in the Career Center, so I wanted to see if anyone wanted some help researching a certain school they were looking to send an application to. I would be more than happy to help, so please comment below the school you are interested in and I will make a blog post about it.

Quick Reminder

Don't forget that UCSB will be visiting RHS tomorrow during 4th period! Pre-arrange forms are in the Career Center! :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A few facts about Stanford

Stanford Facts:

  • Undergraduates: 6,999
  • Graduates: 8,871


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 96% of undergraduates live on campus


  • $18.7 billion (as of August 2013)


  • 5,100 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.35 billion total budget


  • President John Hennessy, since 2000
  • Provost John Etchemendy, since 2000

The dream college poll showed that there are a good amount of people, who want to go to Stanford, so I thought it would be a good idea to post a few facts about Stanford to the blog.  For more information check their website,, or the Forbes Top 100 list ,



  • 1,995 faculty members
  • 22 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio


  • Business
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities and Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine

Sunday, October 13, 2013

College Application Tips

1. Allow enough time for you to plan. 

2. Know what the application requirements are for each school.
-Check for application requirements on each school's website.

3. Look for ways to share the same information among multiple schools.
Once you know what each college on your list requires, you can determine what opportunities you have to "do it once" and "use it twice or more." The Common Application allows students to share some information just once while applying to multiple schools.

4. Take one application at a time. 
-Don't stress yourself out! Remember quality not quantity, so take it one at a time in order to create your best application.

5. Beat the submission deadlines by one to two weeks.
-Colleges have very STRICT deadlines and often times will not accept any applications after the deadline, so give yourself some time just in case something unexpected happens such as a computer malfunction or an illness.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Good Morning!

As a TA for Mrs. Dirkes, I spend a lot of time in the Career Center, so I wanted to see if anyone wanted some help researching a certain school they were looking to send an application to. I would be more than happy to help, so please comment below the school you are interested in and I will make a blog post about it.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Mia- Elks Lodge Scholarship.
Javi- Guaranteed admission to UCR.
Lisa- Semifinalist on NMSQT.
Rebecca- Daughters of the American Revolution.
Melissa- Guaranteed admission to Purdue University.

Great Job :)!

October: Senior Year 2013-2014

-10/1: CSU application opens ($55 per campus).

-10/1: UC application opens ($70 per campus).

-10/1: Cal Poly Early Decision begins.

-10/1: Santa Barbara Foundation Scholarahip opens.

-10/2: "College Boot Camp"- Scholarships & Finacial Aid.

-10/3: Deadline to apply for Nov. SAT.

-10/5: SAT.

-10/9: "College Boot Camp"- College Applicatuins.

-10/10: Elks and Chamber scholarship applications due to Career Center.

-10/10: Senior Parent College Night: English & Spanish @ 6:00 p.m.

-10/26: ACT.

-10/31: Deadline to apply to Early Decision to Cal Poly, SLO.

Releasing Your SAT and ACT Scores


- release to:
California State University Mentor, Long Beach (code 3594).
Make sure it says MENTOR, and they will be released to all of the CSU's!

UC's- if you release your scores to one U.C they will be shared will all of the UC's.


CSU's- after you release your scores to one CSU and they have received them (wait about a month), create your account on CSUMentor, search ACT SCORE MANAGER and have your scores shared with the other CSU's.

UC's- if you release your scores to one UC they will be shared with all of the UC's.


Monday, October 7, 2013

College Admit Sheet 2013

These are the SAT and ACT score averages for admissions in 2013.

NOTE: Some of these are only the math and critical reading scores combined.


The SAT or Act exams are very significant when applying to universities, but which test is best for you? Most colleges accept either exams although some colleges may prefer one over the other, which entirely depends on where you are applying to. The chart above compares both exams and will hopefully help you decide which exam is the best fit for you. 

In addition, there is a tab at the top of the website that lists the dates of the exams and registration deadlines, so you can figure out which date to take either exam on. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013


First of all I would like to say welcome! My name is Maddie and I wanted to create a resource in which we as, students, can use to figure out college since the whole idea of college can be quite overwhelming at times.  This website is for anyone, who is interested in college and is looking for some help in trying to figure out where they may want to go next fall. In addition, there will be scholarship information along with various other tips to help you with applications, financial aid, and just college in general!