• Application
  • Requirements:
    • California community colleges are required to admit any California resident possessing a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • California community colleges may admit any …more




Common Application:

SENIOR 2013 Handout:

* SFUSD College Fair Permission Slip (10.12.12) SFUSD COLLEGE FAIR Download

* Senior Handout [PDF] : Senior year guide 2013 Download

* Senior Fact Sheet [Word] Senior Fact Sheet Download

* FISKE Guide Survey Detail [Answers]: Fiske-Sizing-Yourself-Up-Survey Download

 SFUSD college fair LIST:


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

CSU Sacramento

CSU Chico

San Jose State University

CSU Channel Islands

Sonoma State University

CSU Fresno

Cal Poly Pomona

Humboldt State University

CSU East Bay

San Francisco State University – EOP

San Francisco State University — Fin Aid

San Francisco State University, Metro Academies

San Francisco State University, Testing Center



UC Davis

UC San Diego

UC Berkeley

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Cruz

UC Riverside

UC Merced


Community Colleges:

City College San Francisco

College of San Mateo

Skyline College


Columbia Community College



University of San Francisco

University of the Pacific

Chapman University
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Whittier College

University of Nevada Reno

Dominican University of California

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

National Holistic Institute

National University

California Lutheran University
Laureate Hospitality Education

International Culinary Center
Mount St. Mary’s College

Cinta Aveda Institute in San Francisco

Columbia College Chicago

Academy of Art University

Notre Dame de Namur University

California College of the Arts
University of Washington – Tacoma

NewSchool of Architecture + Design

Saint Mary’s College of California

Holy Names University

Point Loma Nazarene University

Ex’pressions College for Digital Arts
Marymount College

Arcadia University
University of Massachusetts – Lowell

University of Arkansas

San Francisco Art Institute

Sierra Nevada College
University of La Verne

Portland State University

Mills College
Johnson & Wales University

Geneva Business School In Switzerland

Woodbury University

826 Valencia

Oregon State University 

Determine what questions you want to ask representatives at the fair

  1. Tell me about the LOCATION
  2. Is it in a rural, suburban, or urban setting?
  3. Are there restaurants and shops in walking distance?
  4. Are students allowed to have cars? Is campus parking available?
  5. How safe is the campus?
  1. Tell me about the ACADEMICS
  2. What are the most popular majors?
  3. What is the average class size?
  4. Do graduate students teach classes
  5. How accessible are professors?
  6. Are there learning support services such as tutoring?
  7. Are there opportunities for undergraduates to do research?
  8. Do you offer/require internships, co-ops, or abroad programs?
  1. Tell me about HOUSING
  2. What % of students reside on campus?
  3. What types of housing do you offer? (traditional dorms, apartments, suites,
  4. special interest housing)
  5. HOUSING cont’d
  6. Is housing guaranteed for all four years?
  7. How do people access dorms?
  8. Can I live off campus?
  1. Tell me about ACTIVITIES and STUDENT LIFE
  2. What % of students remain on campus on weekends?
  3. What levels of athletics are offered: varsity, intramural, club
  4. What % of students participate in athletics?
  5. What % of students are involved in Greek Life?
  6. What are some popular clubs or annual events?
  7. What cultural opportunities exist on campus?
  8. What are the campus crime statistics?
  9. How are the sports facilities, arts facilities, student center?
  10. May I keep a car on campus?
  1. Tell me about the ADMISSION process
  2. Describe the profile of admitted students.
  3. When is the best time to visit campus?
  4. How can I arrange a campus visit and what will happen on a visit?
  5. Do you offer alumni interviews?
  6. Will I increase my chances for admission if I visit the campus and
  7. “demonstrate my interest in the college? Will I hurt my chances if I do not?
  8. What are the deadlines for applications and financial aid?
  9. Do you require standardized testing? If so, what scores do you want to see?

6.   Tell me about COST

  1. What is the cost of attendance (Tuition, Room, Board)?
  2. What is the financial aid deadline?
  3. What % of students receive financial aid?
  4. Do you offer merit aid as well as need based aid?
  5. What % of students work?
  6. Do international students receive aid?
  1. Tell me about RETENTION and FUTURE PLANS
  2. What % of freshman return for their sophomore year?
  3. What % of students graduate in four years?
  4. What % of students pursue graduate or professional school
  5. What % of graduates find jobs in their chosen field?

After the Fair

  • Review your notes and look through the brochures you collected
  • Identify colleges that you would like to visit and/or research further
  • Email admission representatives with questions or to thank them for their time
  • (email addresses are on the business cards)


Four Systems of Higher Education in California

Community Colleges

  • 112 different community colleges in California
  • 100% acceptance rate
  • Very affordable at $36/unit
  • Many technical and vocational programs
  • Associate Degrees in some fields
  • Have transfer agreements and guarantees with some CSUs, UCs, and private schools
  • Total Expenses: $8,000-$10,000

California State University (CSU)

  • Total of 23 campuses
  • Impacted campuses (varies by year): Chico, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Diego, Pomona, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Sonoma, Maritime
  • Typically smaller class sizes than UC
  • Focus on hands-on experience
  • Most faculty are focused on teaching, not research
  • Many are commuter campuses (limited housing)
  • Total Expenses: $13,000-$20,000

University of California (UC)

  • 9 undergraduate campus (Irvine, Merced, Berkeley, Davis, San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara)
  • Typically large class sizes
  • Focus on research
  • Top research university
  • Residential campus (guaranteed housing for freshmen)
  • Total Expenses: $22,000-$25,000

Private Colleges and Universities

  • More than 75 private schools in California alone
  • Small teacher to student ratio
  • Most professors teach classes, not TAs
  • High graduation rate and can finish in four years
  • Housing can be available all 4 years
  • Admission requirements vary
  • Total Expenses: $39,000-$47,000 (but can be very affordable with financial aid)


Nor-Cal Leadership Conference 2011 Application (part 1)

Norcal Letter to Parents Application (part 2)

Please fill-out the above two forms, and write a short-essay: “Why you want to attend this event?” Bring it back to me asap. Remember we only have 1 week of school left before Spring Break, so I’ll need the applications ready by next Thursday. Thanks. ~Bai, 3/17/2011

DOWNLOAD: College, Financial-Aid Presentation (Updated 9/2012)

SENIOR Presentation powerpoint: 

DOWNLOAD: 2011-12 Senior College Presentation Powerpoint:

POWERPOINT: 2011-12 Senior College Updated 


GUIDE for CSU: click on the help tutorial on left column:


GUIDE for Private (Common App): click on Video:


City College Step by Step Guide:Download Here: CCSF Step by Step Guide

Note: The above format and information is adapted from Lowell HS’s college website