September 23, 2015: University of California (UC)

posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:15 PM by
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
September 23, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Bulldogs, Snow Leopards, Huskies, and Thunderbirds,

This week I got the opportunity to attend a University of California conference. I met and talked to admissions representatives from all 9 UC undergraduate campuses-- Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, LA, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. This experience got me really excited about how many of you will be applying to these UCs this fall!

This week’s focus is the University of California.


The University of California is a public research university known around the world for being a strong educational institution. There are many reasons to consider attending a UC school, including academics, research opportunities, diversity, campus life, and affordability.

If you have UC schools on your college list, here are some things you should consider:

  • Identify whether the UCs on your list are target, reach, or safety schools for you
    • UCs are very selective, and some campuses and majors are more selective than others. You can check out the profiles of admitted students here.

  • Attend UC Preview Days and Open Houses
    • Events like this one happen on different UC campuses throughout the fall. You can attend tours and information sessions to learn about admissions, academics, campus life, and more.

  • Know important dates and deadlines
    • The UC Application is open now, but you can’t submit it until November 1st. Your Summit school will have a UC application night in mid-November to help you complete the application. November 30th is the deadline.

  • Work on your UC personal statements
    • Personal statements are your opportunity to help the admissions counselor see you as more than just a number. Strong personal statements take time, effort, and lots of revisions. The prompts and some tips can be found here.

  • Talk to UC admissions counselors
    • If you have questions, you can call the admissions office to contact your local admissions representative or go online and chat with them on College Week Live.

Finally and most important, keep your mentor informed about your college application process and whether it includes the University of California!



Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


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Scholarship Opportunities

Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship
Who can apply: High school seniors graduating from a California Charter Schools Association member school (like Summit!) and demonstrating financial need.
Amount of the award: $2,000
Deadline: October 9, 2015

Jack Kent Cook Scholarship
Who can apply: Low-income and high-achieving high school students
Amount of the award: up to $40,000 per year
Deadline: November 3, 2015

CAP Bay Area Scholarship
Who can apply: Low-income high school seniors in the Bay Area
Amount of the award: $5,000 per year + 1:1 college coaching
Information/Application: CAP Bay Area
Deadline: December, 2015

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: Asian American and Pacific Islander high school seniors
Amount of the award: varies
Deadline: January 8, 2016

Gates Millennium Scholars
Who can apply: African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American high school seniors with minimum 3.3 GPA
Amount of the award: full cost of college education! 
Information/Application: Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 13, 2016

CSU College Fair

This FREE college fair gives you access to representatives from all 23 California State University campuses. You can ask questions as well as participate in admissions and financial aid workshops. 
Thursday, September 24th, 6:00-8:00pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

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