College and Career Center
College & Career Center
Contact: Mr. Martinez
(661) 324-9841 or 71082
*Check the Canvas Counseling Classroom for the most recent announcements, files, links and details.
Jayda Ramey & Sayria Rivera
You may also contact the above College Success Coach
for Questions Concerning:
Any College Advisement
Systems of Higher Education: UC/CSU/CC/CTE
Financial Aid: FAFSA/Dream Act/Cal-Grant/Scholarships
Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here for you!
Dates to remember!
FAFSA application opens October 1st
Cal Grant Deadline for 2022-2023 FAFSA app is March 2, 2023
UC and CSU applications: October 1st, 2022- November 30th, 2022
Bakersfield College Admissions Workshops TBA
CASH FOR COLLEGE WORKSHOPS DATES
OCTOBER 6TH 4pm to 8pm -Super Lab
November 16th 4pm to 8pm - Super Lab
February 16th 4pm to 8pm - Super Lab
CSUB and UC Apply workshop Dates:
22nd Thursday: 6th and 7th period – Super Lab
30th Friday: 6th and 7th period – Super Lab
Counselors and Cal SOAP College Success Coaches will be available in the Super Lab right after school on Mondays starting in October to help students work on university applications.
October 21st Friday: 6th & 7th Period – Super Lab
October 25th Tuesday: 6th & 7th Period – Super Lab
HBCU Workshops Wednesdays during 5th lunch and October 22 (a Saturday) 9:00-1:00 - Super Lab
Counselors and Cal SOAP College Success Coaches will continue to be available in the Super Lab right after school on Mondays through November to help students work on university applications.
November 15th Tuesday: 6th & 7th Period – Super Lab
Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshops Dates :
Financial Aid Parent Info Night
September 28th Wednesday- 6:30 to 7:30 - Little Harvey
Financial Aid Workshop for Students
October 3rd -4th: 1st-7th, Super Lab
November 8th: 1st-7th Super Lab
University Representative Visits to BHS:
Oregon State University
September 16th Friday: 1st period -8:30am-9:30 -Super Lab
September 29th Thursday: 11:am – Super Lab
Check your Class of 2023 Counseling Classroom on Canvas regularly for all sorts of announcements for future visits, scholarships, etc.
College and Career Center
The Bakersfield High School College and Career Center provides a variety of resources for college and career planning. The College and Career Center is a place where students can come to obtain information on two and four-year colleges and universities, career technical education schools, Armed Services information, financial aid and scholarships, career possibilities, information on jobs, official and unofficial transcripts, work permits and SAT/ACT fee waivers.
College Advisors provide all students with college and career planning, including:
- The college admission process
- Financial aid information and application assistance
- College information nights for students and parents
- College admissions test preparation and registration
- Campus visits from college admissions and financial aid professionals
- Career planning
BC Information (*Workshops coming in November 2022 for priority registration.
Parents, please do not fill out the BC Application at home.)
HS seniors who completed the New Student Workshop at your high school will still be able to register on April 2, 2020! However, we will be cancelling all registration workshops scheduled for that day due to the high school district closure. But don’t worry, your students will still receive or have access to plenty of resources to assist them through enrollment.
Students who attended the NSW will be eligible to register with priority registration. Between now and then, students will receive the following resources:
- How to register instructions
- How to access their Education plan in Starfish
- Information about additional registration resources that will be available
Please share with these students to check their BC email often, at least twice a week. Changes are happening fast and we want to make sure they stay up to date.
For those students who missed the New Student Workshop at your high school, but are BC bound, they can do the following:
- Complete the online orientation: https://launch.comevo.com/bakersfieldcollege/568.
- Schedule a virtual counseling appointment: Contact the Office of Outreach & Schools Relations at (661) 395-4276
If students have any questions at all, please refer them to contact the Office of Outreach & School Relations at (661) 395-4276.
Our campus has created a COVID-19 briefing webpage which is the hub of information, resources, and an archive for our campus communication efforts. Check it out at www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/covid-19-update
CSU applications: Oct 1- Nov 30
UC applications: Application opens August 1
Submit between Oct 1 and Nov 30
Private and out-of-state schools: Deadlines vary. Also depends on if you have applied for early action/decision. Check with the school directly for deadlines
Oct/Nov: BC application workshops begin at BHS. Attend all three throughout the year for priority registration access (the goose’s golden egg!).
December: last possible month to take your SATs/ACTs for universities- but please take them sooner (if possible- because COVID…..)
FAFSA: Application opens Oct 1 and deadline to submit is March 2 (to be considered for Cal Grants)
March: The month when you’ll hear back from most schools (some may be sooner)
May 1: College Decision Day! Must commit by this date (unless told otherwise by the university)
May 1 or shortly thereafter: Finalize your Webgrants by designating which university/college you will be attending
Side note about SATs- Some higher end universities require not only SATs and ACTs but also Subject SATs. Check with your schools to see their requirements and plan accordingly.
- Apply to UC, CSU, Private, or Community College
- If you are planning to apply to a 4-year university make sure to visit your counselor or College Center to ensure you meet the A-G eligibility criteria.
- Take the SAT/ACT (Fee waivers are available for eligible students, check in College Center)
- Colleges will not accept any test dates after December of your senior year.
- It is recommended that Juniors wait until their spring semester to take the test.
- Colleges will not accept any test dates after December of your senior year.
- Make sure you complete the Financial Aid Applications.
- FAFSA and Cal Grant deadline March 2nd, 2023,
- Dream Act
- Send transcripts to college (Only if they are requesting)
- Complete Scholarships (pay attention to deadlines, plan accordingly for copies of transcripts / recommendation letters)
- Create you college portals and check them often for "to do" items
- College Admission's Essays: Short video of good advice from the CollegeBoard for writing your admission's essays.
- Tips on College Essays: Top 10 do's and don'ts for college admission essays
- Peer feedback on Essays: Use these guidelines to read over and give feedback on your classmates' essays.
- UC Essay Prompts: Click here for the updated personal statement prompts for this year.
- UC Application Essay: An hour long video of advice on how to write your UC admission essay. It's up to you...
- College Admissions Essay: Tips from the College Board for writing your essay.
- Essays that Worked: An interesting collection of college essays that were very successful for various reasons. Nice to see examples. Make sure to choose drop-down list at the bottom of the page.
- Common App:https://www.commonapp.org/ A place to fill out one college application for multiple colleges.
- FAFSA: This is a required application process that you and your parents do in order to report to the federal government their income and to determine your eligibility for college financial aid.
- Cover Letter / Letter of Introduction:
Writing Your UC Personal Statement
The UC Personal Statement This year the UC Personal Statement requires you to respond to two prompts for a total of 1000 words. Neither response can be less than 250 words.
Prompt #1 – Describe the world you come from – for example, your family, community or school – and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
Suggestions for Prompt #1 • The majority of your response should be the description of your world. • While describing your world, don’t forget to add how the world has influenced your development as a student, or as a person.
Prompt #2 – Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are?
Suggestions for Prompt #2 • Think about answering this prompt first, as it may help set the context you will wish to describe in Prompt #1 • Choose a topic that has not been addressed in detail in another section of the application. • Keep the information relevant to your personal experiences.
Suggestions for Writing the Personal Statement
1. Answer the question – Take time and think about each prompt before you start writing. Use details and examples. Write to add context and depth, not to fill space.
2. Give yourself time to edit – Start writing to answer each prompt, then go back and consider word count, content, and overall message.
3. Be you – Remember to talk about yourself so that they can get to know you and your potential to succeed at their school. Use plenty of “I” statements.
4. Stick to one topic per response – Making a list of accomplishments will lessen the impact of your words. Expand on a topic by using examples and facts.
5. Think outside the box – Consider including: personal triumphs or challenges (do not forget to explain what you learned from the experience), leadership opportunities, experiences outside the classroom, disabilities, and culture.
6. Stay focused – Avoid common mistakes such as: inappropriate use of humor, creative writing (poems, clichés, scene setting), quotations (they want to know your thoughts and words, not someone else’s), repetition, lists of accomplishments or activities, philosophy (don’t ask questions without answers).
*** The Personal Statement is meant to compliment your application and is your one opportunity to add clarity, richness, and meaning to the information you present in other parts of your application. Use it to help the Admissions Office get to know the real you. ***
SAT Test Taking Tips
SAT Test Taking Tips
The SAT is the most popular standardized test used for admission into colleges and universities in the United States. It includes three sections: math, critical reading, and writing.
- In each section of the SAT, the questions start out easy and become increasingly difficult. Answer the questions that are easiest for you first.
- Be careful about guessing. For most questions, you don’t lose a point for omitting an answer, but you do lose a fractional point for a wrong answer.
- Don’t spend more than one or two minutes on any one question. .
- Mark the test book in any way that will help you.
- Keep track of time.
- Bring water and healthy snacks to renew your mental and physical energy during breaks.
Math Section Tips Most of the items in the math section are multiple-choice questions.
- Use a calculator as needed. (Be sure to bring a calculator.)
- Use the test booklet for scratch work.
- If stuck, try substituting the numbers given as answer choices for the variables in the question.
Other questions require that you come up with your own answers and fit them into a grid.
- Since there is no penalty for wrong answers here, take your best guess if you can’t figure out the answer.
- The answer cannot be a negative number. Do the problem again if you come up with a negative number.
- The answer cannot be a mixed number. If your answer is a mixed number, convert it to an improper fraction or a decimal.
Critical Reading Section Tips Some of the questions require you to read a sentence containing one or two blanks. You are required to select the answer choice that correctly completes the sentence.
- Read the sentence and try to complete it before looking at the answer choices. If what you come up is one of the answer choices, select it as your answer.
- Read all the answer choices before selecting one. Don’t just select the first one you come to that you think might be correct.
- Be especially careful when sentences include negative words (e.g., not) or prefixes (e.g., un). These change the meaning of a sentence.
- When a sentence contains two blanks, do not select an answer choice unless you are certain that both words in the answer choice are correct.
Other questions require you to read a passage and select the correct answers to questions about the passage.
- Read the passage before reading the questions.
- As you read a passage look for the main ideas. You can always go back to look for details.
- Pay the most attention to the first and last sentence in a paragraph.
- Some passages are presented in pairs. In this case, read the introduction first to see how the passages are related.