Here is what the Rabbit told me this time!
She said that Colleges are very interested in the rigor or difficulty of classes students take. They would much rather see a student get a B in an Honors class or an A.P. class then an A+ in a college prep class. When you say you want to get into a good U.C. University that convinces the rabbit and myself that you need to take as many Honors and A.P. classes as you can handle and do well in.
As long as you can earn at least a B in an Honors or A.P. class you want to stay in that program because you getting an excellent educational experience that hopefully is challenging you to be your best. The UC schools are definitely looking to see that you challenge yourself as much as possible. UC schools look right away to see if a student has taken English 3 A.P. and English 4 A.P. and you usually get into those classes by taking English 1 Honors and English 2 Honors in the 9th and 10th grades. They also like to see the 4th year of college math which is Probability and Statistics A.P. or Math Analysis and they give you a big plus for taking Calculus A.P.
The rabbit has more to say but she is busy eating right now!
The admissions committees at top Universities are looking for specific FACTORS to decide which students they will give accept.
What are these IMPORTANT FACTORS?
2. Strength of Schedule: How demanding was your schedule in High School at La Serna compared
with the possible challenging classes that we offer.
For instance in English we offer. 9th grade Honors, 10th grade Honors, English 3 A.P.
English 4 A.P.
In Math we offer Geometry Honors, Algebra 2 Honors, Math Analysis Honors,
Probability and Statistics A.P. and Calculus A.P.
(Even taking college prep Math Analysis is very important if you do
NOT take Honors Math Analysis) They love to see the 4th year
of College Math
In Science: Minimally they want Biology and Chemistry but they like to see
a third year of Science ( like Physics). If you takes Honors
Science classes and A.P. Science Classes you are taking the most
demanding classes that the Science department offers and this is
what is necessary to get into some competitive colleges like
U.C.L.A. , Stanford, etc.
In Foreign Language: They recommend you take at least 3 years of the same language
and of course you get extra points for taking a fourth year which
sometimes is an A.P. class.
Social Studies: If you take Ancient Civilization Honors in the 9th grade they see
that on your transcript even though you wont get an extra point
but improve your overall strength of schedule which is
important. We have European History A.P. in the 10th grade
and/or World Civilization Honors,
and government A.P. and Economic Honors in the 12th grade.
(we have social science electives also) Sociology and Psychology
Philosophy but they are not Honors classes.
Fine Arts: At least one college prep fine arts class is required and advanced
fine arts classes count a lot if you are strong in this area. A
student taking Art 2, and/or Art 3 or Choir or Advanced
Ceramics get extra points and of course Art, Ceramic, or Theatre
Workshop or other advanced classes count extra.
**You can also take classes at community colleges or 4 year colleges while you are a student in high school and this too improves your strength of schedule.
These Colleges and Universities absolutely will ask your teachers/counselors to differentiate
you from other students. They are looking for students who are very self-disciplined, take intitative, demonstrate leadership potential, have integrity, care about other students, handle setbacks well.
Most importantly they will ask your teachers/counselors to recommend those students who stand out amongst their students when it comes to:
Curiosity, academic achievement (more then just getting an A+ in their class), papers that demonstrate deep thinking and analysis. The Top Universities have many students who apply with high G.P.A.s and difficult schedules. Now they must choose from among these students and they are looking for the best of the best
Remember that there are many fine colleges and universities other than the ones you are most familiar with like Stanford, Yale, and Harvard.
Even though La Serna is a public school we have alumni who went straight on to Universities such as: Stanford, U.C.L.A. Brown, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Cal Tech and so it is very possible to attend any of the top Universities in America if you do an outstanding job while at La Serna.
There are about 77 Private colleges in
If we offer 11 A.P. Classes at La Serna and Sunny Hills offer 16 A.P. and two students from both schools take all these A.P. Classes the admissions office at these schools tell us they both have an equal chance of getting in their schools all OTHER FACTORS being equal.
You need to get on the Internet and look up schools like Notre Dame,
Thank goodness the answer is YES!
UCLA received 50,000 applications this year and accepted only 10,000. I think that means that for every 5 applications they rejected 4. The average student that applied to UCLA had well over a 4.00 Weighted Grade Point Average and had taken approximately 21 A thru G classes including advanced classes. Did you know that 50% of the students that applied to UCLA earned ALL As and this begins to tell you how difficult it is to get into SOME of our more competitive colleges such as: UCLA, Berkeley, University of San Diego, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, M.I.T. Princeton, Notre Dame, Duke,
Of course you would have to define or tell me what you think a decent college is but I feel there are many good Colleges and Universities that accept students with a variety of grade point averages.
In the category of
Azusa Pacific University, Biola, Chapman, Loyola Marymount, Loma Linda, Occidental, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, La Verne, Redlands, University of San Diego (different than U.C. San Diego), University of the Pacific, Whittier Collage. There are many colleges that have a fine arts emphasis or religious perspective.
Some Fine arts colleges: Art Center of College of Design,
California Institute of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
In addition to Azusa Pacific and Biola, there are many colleges that have a religious orientations such as: the American Jewish University, California Babtist University, Concordia, Point Loma Nazarene, Saint Marys
up and down the state of
When it comes to public colleges and universities I think of: Cal State San Luis Obispo and many other state colleges and universities. We have 23 of them in
We also have about 110 Community Colleges which are very inexpensive and you can take the necessary coursework in your Freshmen and Sophomore years that will be equivalent to what students are taking at 4 year colleges and then you can transfer to just about any college you want if your grades are good and you take the proper classes.