Preparing for the College Application

The first place to start is to have a basic understanding of the roles of the Student, Parents/Guardians and the SI College Counselor. Maintaining regular communication so that information is shared effectively is the primary key to success.

Stay positive.

Throughout this process you will continue to change and your opinions will evolve. Some of the factors you thought were essential to have in a college may be different than what you want from a college now. Take each discovery in stride, listen to the advice offered to you – write it down to reflect on it later if that helps, keep peer pressure at bay, and remember: remain open to schools that meet your criteria for ‘the right fit’. In other words, be yourself.

Parents and other adults in your life can provide a significant source of encouragement and support. In this exciting time, having someone to offer perspective and general assistance can make all the difference for a successful experience. The SI College Counselor is uniquely qualified to offer guidelines (factual information/contacts), listen to concerns, answer questions and ensure that there is a good mix of colleges representing a variety of realistic options on your college list.

Note to parents:

Please be mindful of your specific role in this process: listening, reflecting on your child’s thoughts, and encouraging independent problem solving whenever possible. Offering support and encouragement throughout the college process is another step toward independence for your child. The key is to be consistent about expressing your confidence in your child’s ability to research options and make important
decisions. Remember that we are here to help you too! Please contact us in the Counseling Department if you have any specific questions or concerns.

College Eligibility:

UC system eligibility:

3.0 or higher UC GPA, A-G course requirement, SAT with Writing or ACT plus Wring and/or Subject Tests (varies by campus and interested major for the subject test requirement), essay and activities. 

CSU system eligibility:

A-G course requirement, must meet the eligibility index for local area campus or non impacted campus (CSU GPA and SAT or ACT).  Impacted campuses and majors will have higher selectivity standards based on the variables mentioned.  

Private Colleges:

More holistic review of academics, cumulative GPA, testing (ACT/ SAT & Subject Tests), activities, recommendations, essay, supplements and other documents and demographic information.  

Out of State Public Colleges: 

Determined by each individual college. Similar to UC/CSU subject requirements.