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Senior Information

Senior Career Units

Four Year Colleges:
University of California (UC)
• Application filing period is November 1- November 30, 2020
• Students can access the application starting August 1st and can save all work
• November 30, 2020 is the deadline for submission
• Application consists of transcript/grade, SAT/ACT Test Scores, and Responses to Personal Insight Questions 
• Needed in order to apply:
1. A-G eligible (with at least a 3.0 GPA)
2. Responses to Personal Insight Questions (Answer 4 out of 8)
3. SAT with Essay or ACT with WritingTest requirement has been waived for this application cycle ( 
4. SAT Subject Tests are not required but recommended for certain selective majors. Check with the campus(es) to which you are applying.
California State University (CalState)
• Applications available at
• Application filing period is October 1- December 4, 2020
• December 4, 2020 is the deadline for submission
• Application consists of transcript/grade information and SAT/ACT Test Scores only-no personal statement
• Needed in order to apply:
1. A-G eligible (with at least a 2.0 GPA)
2. The California State University (CSU) has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021.  (

Private Schools/Out of State Schools
• Most applications will be available on the school’s website
• Deadlines will vary
• Most schools will have some type of essay or personal statement question
• It is recommended you contact the school you are interested in to make sure you have met all academic requirements
• Most schools will have a College Entrance Exam requirement (ACT or SAT).
• Many schools will require letters of recommendation from your teachers, counselors, etc. Make sure you provide your personal resume and a completed brag sheet to your recommenders and give them at least 4 weeks notice before your first deadline to compose a letter. You want the letter to be well written and well thought out. The more time you can give your teachers and counselors, the better the recommendation will be.
• The Common App (used by many private schools) requires a Secondary School Report (SSR). In addition to academic and school information, this form requires a letter of recommendation from the counselor. Please be sure to give your counselor at least 4 weeks notice, so that they may craft a quality letter.
ACT registration-
SAT registration-

Two Year (Community) Colleges:
• Launch application via
• If approved by your parents, Senior Preview Days are available for each campus
• APPLY EARLY to the college of your choice as there are various steps you must complete prior to registering for classes
Trade School/Tech School:
• Contact the school you are considering in order to obtain application/deadline information
Financial Aid:
• All students attending higher education should be applying for financial aid
• The country’s universal financial aid application is called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• The FAFSA is available at
• The filing period for the FAFSA is October 1, 2020- March 2, 2021
• March 2, 2020 is the deadline for submission.  Many colleges also have priority deadlines for financial aid, which are earlier than the FAFSA March 2 deadline.
• APPLY AS EARLY AS YOU CAN (Starting October 1, 2020)
• AB540 students will fill out the Dream Act application in lieu of the FAFSA at
• In addition to the FAFSA, make sure you fill out a CalGrant GPA Release Form- this form gives permission to PHS to submit your GPA to the state of California in order to be considered for CalGrant money.

Reminders from your Counselors

Deadlines for UC and CSU applications are due November 30th.  DO NOT wait until the last minute!!!

Majority of the UC and CSU campuses will take December SAT and ACT scores to determine eligibility.
  • SAT-December 7th. Last date to register will be November 8th.
  • ACT-December 14th.  Last date to register will be November 8th.

Students requesting letters of recommendations for private universities, counselors require a brag sheet to be completed and turned in at least four weeks prior to deadline.  Brag sheets can be found on the College Page.

Senioritis....DON'T GET IT!!! It is very important to keep up your grades and scores for graduation and final transcripts for college.