College Resources

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In the Academy of Business, we emphasize the importance of higher learning as stepping stone of future success in a professional career. Going to college is becoming more and more of a necessity in order for students to pursue a career of their choice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, “generally, speaking, jobs that require high levels of education and skill also pay higher wages than jobs that require few skills and little education.” This means that to get ahead, students should all consider college an option. Here are some helpful resources about college:

Frequently Asked Questions About College:

Click on a question to get some answers!

» Why should I go to college?

» What is the difference between a community college and a university?

» How do I apply to a university?

» What are the SAT and ACT tests about? (you will need PowerPoint to view this interactive file)

» How can I pay for college?

Researching Colleges & Universities:

» Colleges & Universities in San Diego
A list of community colleges, public universities, private universities, and vocational schools with their websites. (PDF)

» CollegeResults.org
Visit this very helpful website which allows you to choose any colleges in the United States to compare! Once you select them, you will see tons of data comparing school size, location, ethnicity, majors, professor-to-student ratio, average GPA, admission requirements, graduation rate, and much more!

» CollegeBoard.com
Visit this comprehensive website and click on “college planning” or “college search” to get lots of useful information about college prep timelines and individual school information.

» CSUMentor.edu
Visit this website in order to find info about any California State University (CSU), fill out CSU college applications online, view admission status, and sign up for placement tests. You will need to create a login and password for this site.

» UniversityofCalifornia.edu
Visit this website in order to find info about any University of California school (UC), fill out UC college applications online, view admission status, and sign up for placement tests. You will need to create a login and password for this site.

» SanDiegoCommunityCollegeDistrict.edu
Visit this website in order to get information about the three San Diego Community Colleges: Mesa, City, or Miramar College. On this site you can explore each campus, and enroll for classes.

» GrossmontCommunityCollegeDistrict.edu
Visit this website in order to get information about the two Grossmont District Community Colleges: Grossmont  or Cuyamaca College. On this site you can explore each campus, and enroll for classes.

Coursework and Eligibility for a University:

» UC a-g Requirements
The list of high school courses that must be completed in order for a student to be eligible for a university. (PDF)

» a-g Requirements Fill in the Blank Sheet
Looking at the list of UC a-g requirements, use this helpful worksheet to fill out which classes you’ve taken, the grades you’ve received, and see what you have left to complete. Download and print or save to your computer! (Word Document)

» CSU Eligibility Index
A formula used by California State Universities (your GPA + SAT/ACT score) to see if you are eligible to apply (PDF)

College Entrance & Placement Exams:

» CollegeBoard.com
Visit this comprehensive website to sign up for the SAT test, take practice SAT’s, view SAT results, send SAT scores to colleges, search for info on universities, and more.

» ACTStudent.org
Visit this website in order to sign up for the ACT test, look at practice ACT questions, view ACT results, and send ACT scores.

» The Day Before the SAT
A handout of a list of helpful hints to read and follow the day before taking an SAT or ACT Test. Download and print! (PDF)

Applying for College:

» Personal Info Reference Sheet For College Applications
An extensive worksheet that helps you record all the info usually requested in college applications. Fill this form out (in hard copy or on the computer) before you apply to colleges, save it, and then refer to it when filling out your applications! (Word Document)

» My College Applications Record Sheet
A handout that helps you keep track of all the universities to which you are applying. Helps keep you on top of deadlines, forms, transcripts, and more. Download and print or save to your computer! (Word Document)

» Request for Letter of Recommendation Sheet
A handout that you can fill out and give to a teacher or mentor to help him or her write you a formal recommendation letter. Download to print or fill out in MS Word and print. (Word Document)

Financial Aid for College:

» Fastweb.com
Visit this FREE website in order to get great scholarship opportunities. Take their online questionnaire (takes 15-20 minutes) and then Fastweb will continually send you email notifications regarding current scholarships that you qualify for.

» FAFSA PIN
Before you can fill out the FAFSA (which contains very sensitive information like social security number and tax return information), you must apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Visit this site to create your PIN and be sure to write it down somewhere. You can not change it later! Once you have it, you can successfully begin filling out your FAFSA.

» FAFSA Questions Answered
Here is a great website by Ban Tracker that explains answers to the most common questions and problems when filling out the FAFSA application

» FAFSA Application Worksheet
A financial aid worksheet from FAFSA (Free Applications for Federal Student Aid) which helps you fill out most of the information required on the online application before you do the real one. Download, print, and fill out. (PDF)

» FAFSA.ed.gov
This is the most important website for college financial aid. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a single federal application that qualifies students for grants, scholarships, loans, work study, and more. ALL 12th grade students should fill out this application in February of their senior year. This website is federally funded and protected.