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START HERE: We find these links to be accurate and most helpful as you work toward completing your college applicationsName of College
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Additional Links related to the school, major, scholarship site, etc.Application Submitted to: UC, CSU, Common App, Coalition AppApplication Due DateApplication Cost# Letters of Rec Needed Recs Requested from?Program/Major
Applying to
Key Words about Major that I need to know when applying (HINT: Look specifically at the home page for this major, then carefully read for hints at what the program is looking for in an applicant.)

Also look through their About Us, Letter from the President, In the News, etc. This will help you know whether the program is a good fit for you. If the program screams "Giving back to the local community" and that's not in your nature, you shouldn't apply...but if it is, your application should obviously speak to how this is a fit for you
What specifically do you like about this school and the program you are interested inFind a specific professor, a club, an outreach program, etc. What is it and why do you connect with this? It doesn't need to be related to your major. Do your research and demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in the school, the culture, the surrounding community and being an active member.

You can use this when answering the "Why this college" question or any other question that might come up on the application. Make them see you at their campus.
Look through your transcipt and your extracurriculars/volunteer hours, etc. Pick one aspect to highlight and discuss further.

Remember, you are not speaking to experts. They don't know for example, what 1st chair is in band or orchestra, so give them facts. speak in data points. Hours, commitment, purpose. Don't say we, say I. What did you do?
How likely are you to attend this school, if admitted? (1st choice, highly likely, likely, safety, not likely)
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College Application Links1
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TOHS Naviance2
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The Common App Link3
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CSU Application Link4
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UC application website is changing Aug. 1 to apply.universityofcalifornia.edu 5
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The Coalition App6
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How to link Common App and Naviance7
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Research Campuses and Majors9
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Explore UC Campus Majors10
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CSU/Cal Poly Campus Research11
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Cal Poly's Freshmen Selection Criteria12
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TOHS Naviance - Go to Colleges Tab13
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Explore Common App Colleges14
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Specifics about the "best" college search sites15
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Financial Aid18
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Financial Aid Checklist - Scroll Down to Senior Year19
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Understanding Financial Aid (FAFSA)20
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Net Price Calculator - specific for each school21
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CSS Profile Info Guide22
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CSS Profile - Check to see if your school requires23
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Scholarships26
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Naviance for local scholarships-check often27
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Ventura County Community Foundation - Local to VC 28
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Recommended list of Scholarship Websites29
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Writing the Personal Statement32
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The UC Application Essay Tips33
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