College Admissions

The Fall semester is typically an exciting time for students as they return from summer break. It's also the period of time where our Senior students in particular are focused on finalizing their list of colleges to apply to, working on their college applications, possibly taking the SAT/ACT (more info coming from the school soon!), .... on top of all of the other activities that they've focused on throughout their time in high school. If you're a 12th grader who is starting to feel overwhelmed, you are not alone. Below are some resources to help you get started and this will continue to be updated throughout the year. 

If the information provided here isn't answering your questions, please reach out to Ms. Haines and Ms. Cotter at smhs_ccc@sbunified.org.

Students of all grade levels should make themselves familiar with college admissions requirements, specifically which classes colleges require prior to graduating from high school. These are different from college to college and our SB Unified Graduation Requirements prepare students to be college eligible, however many colleges have requirements beyond our graduation requirements. You can see the requirements for both the Cal State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems here. 

There are many ways to research colleges that might be a good fit for your interests and skills. We utilize Scoir which allows students to take virtual tours of college campuses. There is also a portion of the Scoir website called CampusReel which has interviews with current University students to provide a student-view of the college. 

California Colleges is  a great resource for looking at college and career planning within California. In addition to searching through CA colleges, students can explore financial aid options. 

When you're ready to apply to college, there are many ways to do so. Some schools ask you to apply directly through their website, while others allow you to use one application for many different schools. These would include the Common App and the Coalition Application

This page is still in development, but will be updated throughout Fall 2020.