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College Counseling

For college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed.

The Common
The self-proclaimed “holistic” application used by 488 schools, mostly private but some public schools included.

Educators for Fair
Supporting undocumented students in their pursuit of college, career and contribution.

Financial Aid


CSUs and UCs

Comprehensive information on CSUs, UCs, and independent schools, as well as community colleges in California.

For basic CSU Admissions info, this is a great resource — particularly the GPA calculator!

For basic UC Admissions info, this site can help answer some of your questions about campuses, eligibility and financial aid.

Ms. Sun’s UC Admissions
Though unaffiliated and not endorsed by the University of California, Ms. Sun holds two degrees and one certification from UCs and considers herself an expert in UC admissions.

Needs-Considerate Schools

568 Presidents’ Group Member
A list of private schools, mostly very competitive, that are totally need-blind.

Chart: Generous Colleges That Claim to Admit Only on
A list of colleges that claim to be need-blind according to US News.

Colleges Where Need for Aid Can Hurt Admission
A list of colleges that DO consider need in admissions decisions according to US News.

SAT/ACT Optional 4-Year
Schools that claim the SAT/ACT tests are optional (some of the better schools on this list are Smith, American, Wake Forest, NYU, Bowdoin, Bryn Mawr, Bates).

A+ Schools for B
A list of colleges that are more accessible for students with lower GPAs/test scores according to US News.

Useful Documents

College Search Inventory
SAT vs ACT Comparison Chart
Brag Sheet Draft
Writing an Effective College Essay
Working with AB 540 Students
Financial Planning for College
Understanding Your Financial Aid Award