College Counseling: Junior Year
Cathedral High School
Department of Guidance and Counseling
Getting ready to apply to college in the fall of senior year may seem overwhelming. However, there are a few things to keep in mind and/or do Junior year to make the process easier. Review the items below and contact your college counselor if you have questions: Use the following link to leave Questions for my College Counselor
All students were given a checklist of items to be completed during
the Junior year in preparation for applying to college in the fall of senior year. Many items are awareness items (Student should know the A-G requirements of college admissions…) Some are more concrete (Student should register for and take the SAT…). Please review this checklist with your son (copies posted on the Counseling website and on Google classroom) and contact Mr. Ryan (Junior Class Academic Counselor) or Mr. Catlin (College Counselor). You can submit a question to the counselors through email or a special Questions for my College Counselor form on the school website.
- A-G Requirements
The A-G requirements were created by the University of California to
determine college admissions eligibility. The Cal State system adopted the A-G requirements as well and nearly every four year college has similar requirements for admissions. As a college preparatory school, the Cathedral High School curriculum follows these requirements. Students need to earn a C or higher in all of the A-G classes in order to be minimally eligible. You can find the excact A-G requirements on the Cathedral Website.
- College Entrance Exams
The most important task for the junior getting ready for college
admissions is to study for, register, and take college entrance exams. Students need to take EITHER the SAT I or the ACT. Students can, and are encouraged to take both exams. Links to the registration process can be found on the Cathedral website. Since the exams are taken in the Spring, students should spend time throughout the fall and winter studying for these very important exams. Opportunities to prepare for these tests can be found on the Cathedral website.
- College Research
Juniors should begin to explore different colleges and college majors
in preparation for applying in the fall of senior year. Students should use Naviance, an on-line college resource to help identify and learn about the right school for them. Using Super-Match by Naviance will help to narrow down their choices and find the right fit. In addition, students can use College Board’s Big Future to help research colleges. Students should identify between 6-8 colleges including some Cal States, UC’s, and private colleges before August of their senior year.
- Financial Aid
Students and families need to be aware that there are a variety of ways
that college is financed. Although nearly all families will need to make a financial contribution, much of the cost of college can be covered by grants (Federal, State, and University) loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and scholarships.
Students and families will begin by filling out the FASFA (Free
Application For Student Aid). This federal form helps to determine a family’s expected contribution and most financial aid. This is completed in the fall of senior year. Visit the Cathedral website for more information
Grants are awards given, typically to students due to financial need,
and do not need to be repaid. Pell Grants and Cal Grants are two examples provided by the government.
Subsidized loans are given to students and do not have to be paid
back until AFTER graduation. Interest does not begin to accrue until the loans is started to be repaid. Unsubsidized loans are given to families and interest begins to accrue from the beginning of the loan. Try to avoid these types of loans.
Scholarships are the best way to finance a college education. Juniors should begin searching for scholarships. Links to scholarships and scholarship search engines are available on the Cathedral website.