Helping Hand College Guidance
The College Advisory Newsletter
Increased Competition in Admission
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times highlighted a drop in the acceptance rate of California students to many of the UC campuses as compared to the previous year. The same can also be said about admission to many of the highly selective private colleges as this article also indicates. This is primarily due to a rise in international applications, particularly Asia, and also caused by students applying to more schools with the ease of the Common Application. The most competitive UC campuses were UCLA with an admit rate of 16.3% and UC Berkeley with an admit rate of 18.8% for California residents. Stanford University only admitted 5%.
The UC system has increased the number of out of state students it accepts. In addition, the UC system has offered more places to international students than in past years. This brings in more tuition dollars.
What can you do as an applicant to avoid disappointment and increase your chances of admission?
- Start the college application process early to complete flawless applications and quality essays.
- Consult with your high school counselor or independent college counselor early in high school to select curricular and extracurricular activities to strengthen your application.
- Apply to a wide variety of schools including reach, 50/50, and safeties. Try to keep an open mind.
- Visit and research colleges.
Helping Hand College Guidance is here to help you maximize your chances of admission and present the strongest application possible. Pam Ohriner, as a college advisor is here to guide you every step of the way. Please contact us if you would like to arrange for a free consultation.
New Opening Date for the UC Application
The 2015-2016 UC undergraduate admission application will now be available on August 1st, 2014. This will allow students more time to complete their application. The application essay prompts will remain the same. However, the application can only be submitted from November 1st to November 30th, the same as last year.
A partial list of colleges that Helping Hand College Guidance students have recently been accepted to include:
|California Lutheran University|
New York University
University of Michigan
Loyola Marymount University
University of Massachusetts
University of Arizona
University of Miami
University of Southern California
University of Delaware
University of Oregon
George Mason University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Alabama
University of Mississippi
Washington University in St. Louis
University of San Francisco
University of Colorado – Boulder
Sierra Nevada College
|University of Washington|
University of Utah
Portland State University
University of Nevada, Reno
Utah State University
University of California – Los Angeles
University of California – Berkeley
University of California – San Diego
University of California – Santa Barbara
University of California – Irvine
University of California – Santa Cruz
University of California – Merced
University of California – Riverside
University of California – Davis
Cal State Long Beach
Cal State San Diego
Cal State Northridge
Cal State Humboldt
Cal State Los Angeles
Cal State San Luis Obispo
The Catholic University of America
Notre Dame de Namur
Cal State Chico
May 6th, 2014 – Big Ten Counselor Program at the Hyatt Regency. I’m looking forward to sharing the latest admission news with students.
May 31st, 2014 – Presentation at the Pio Pico Koreatown Public Library from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“Understanding the College Application Process” with Ketterman College Funding.
Presentation of “Understanding the College Application Process” at the Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library – Date to be determined in June.
Summer Essay Workshop
The summer is the perfect time to write and edit your UC and Common Application essays. If you are looking for a low cost option to private counseling sessions, consider organizing a small group (3-4 students) as an alternative. We can meet at the home of one of the students in the group or at a mutually agreed upon place.
Please contact Pam at Helping Hand College Guidance to discuss further details.