Welcome Seniors!

This page was designed especially for you to provide resources and information to support you through the college application process.  Counselors will be meeting individually with all seniors in the fall to discuss post-high school plans and review the college application process.  Seniors applying to four-year colleges will be given an envelope with various resources that are shared below.  Students applying ONLY to University of California (UC) and California State Universities (CSU) will NOT need to return envelopes to their counselor unless they decide to apply to a private or out-of-state colleges at a later date.  Students on track for graduation and/or two-year colleges will also NOT require an envelope but many resources will still be shared during their senior meeting.  We look forward to helping all students prepare and successfully reach their post-high school goals!  

Senior Meeting Breakdown

All seniors will be meeting with their counselor to discuss their post-high school plans.  All seniors will also be updating Naviance with the college(s), both 2-year and 4-year colleges, that they will be applying to on the "Colleges I'm Applying to" tab.  This both helps counselors track the colleges that students are planning to apply to as well as link students by email with events related to their college(s) of choice in the Career Center.  Although seniors will receive the following resources when they meet with their counselor, we recommend seniors reviews the materials below before their senior meeting to make sure all their questions are answered.

Private and Out-of-State Colleges 

Students applying to private or out-of-state colleges must return the manila envelope to your counselor at least TWO WEEKS before the first application deadline, not including holidays.  A few other reminders to note:
  • On the front of the manila envelope, only list private and out-of-state colleges applying (do not list UC's or CSU's).  Also, include the following on the envelope
  1. Your name and an e-mail that you check regularly.
  2. Due dates for each application.
  3. Indicate by checking the box provided if the school is NOT on the Common App.
  • Inside the manila envelope include the following:
  1. Completed Student Information sheet, also known as the yellow brag sheet.
  2. For private or out-of-state colleges NOT on Common App, also include: 
    1. Completed FHS Secondary School Report in best handwriting in black or blue ink.  Colleges will see this so please be neat!
    2. Provide envelopes addressed to the college (best handwriting in black or blue ink) with two stamps.  Leave the return address blank.
    3. Order official transcripts from the Registrar in the Counseling Office by completing the Senior Transcript Request form. 
  • REMEMBER to ask teachers for letters of recommendation well in advance of deadlines (two weeks or more) to ensure there is plenty of time to complete and to make sure they are able to write a letter since many teachers have a limit to how many letters of recommendations they write each year.  
  • Make sure the manila envelope is returned to your counselor at least TWO WEEKS in advance of first application deadline, not including holidays.  Download "Private and out-of-state instructions" above for checklist and additional tips.
  • Counselors DO NOT work over holiday breaks so plan accordingly.  Keep track of deadlines to give private and out-of-state envelopes to counselors in a timely manner as listed below.  
      Oct 15th deadline - envelopes due Oct 1st
      Nov 1st deadline - envelopes due Oct 18th
      Nov 15th deadline - envelopes due Nov 1st
      Dec 1st deadline - envelopes due Nov 9th
      Dec 15th deadline - envelopes due Dec 1st
      Jan 1st deadline - envelopes due Dec 7th
      Jan 15th deadline - envelopes due Dec 17th
      Feb 1st deadline - envelopes due Jan 17th

Community College

Attention all seniors applying to community college!  January/February is the season to start applying to community college.  Some colleges have an early admission window so students can apply early, get requirements completed ahead of time (like taking placement tests for math and English), meet with a counselor for course guidance, and register earlier.  Las Positas's early admission opens Jan 2nd and will continue through Feb 28th.  Also, there are over 100 community colleges throughout the state of California.  Attached is a resource for more information about benefits of community college, how to search for community colleges throughout the state, financial aid, majors, and transfer programs to UC, CSU, as well as private and out-of-state colleges

Free College Admission and Financial Aid Guide

Download this FREE college admission and financial aid guide from the Fair Opportunity Project.  See below.