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College Planning Guidance: Workshops

College Planning Guidance: Workshops
3/7/2023, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
MPR and Various Locations on Campus






KEYNOTE 6:00pm–6:45pm: Ffiona Rees, Deputy Director Admissions, UCLA

Past-Chair of the Board, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)


The college admissions landscape is ever-changing, no more so than in these past few years. Please join us as we host Ffiona Rees, Deputy Director Admissions at the most applied to university in America (UCLA), as we kick-off our College Planning Guidance workshops.


Breakout WORKSHOPS follow Keynote Speaker. The four workshops detailed below will be presented in two sessions, back to back, at the times/ locations noted:


Session 1: 6:50pm – 7:25pm

Session 2: 7:30pm – 8:05pm


Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges: Are you a great fit?   (CCC/Room 318)                                                                                 

Presented by David Mills, Lafayette College

Are you a student thinking about an intimate and intellectually rigorous college experience where you engage in deep classroom discussions around a single table with your professor and classmates? The liberal arts model offered at colleges like Harvard is all about small class size, critical thinking, inspiring classroom discussion, interdisciplinary learning and intellectual curiosity. Are you the kind of student who might find a good fit at a highly selective liberal arts college and if so, what is the experience you can expect and how best can you prepare to apply?

How To Choose a College Major  (OAR/Drama Room)                                                                                                                                  

Presented by Camille Crites, Syracuse University


For many high school students it’s way too much pressure to make a decision about what they will major in once they get to college.  College majors are changing just as employment forecasts are changing and there are a variety of career paths that are not married to a select few majors as in the past. Although students don’t always have to know their major when applying to college, students will gain insight in how to choose a major when applying and/or once they are an undeclared undergraduate in college.


Out of State does not mean Out of the Budget- Opportunities for Merit Scholarship & Financial Aid outside of CA!  (MPR)  

Presented by Kat Everard, Texas Christian University


Investigating colleges outside of California presents a whole new set of options for students that do not have to break the bank! Many out-of-state colleges and universities have excess capacity and will guarantee that students are able to finish a Bachelors degree in four years which is sometimes difficult to do here in California. Learn about out-of-state universities that freeze tuition rates for undergraduates for the full four years of attendance or offer generous merit scholarship to our CA students.


STEM Careers and Preparing to Apply to a STEM Major   (Library)                                                                        

Presented by James Gilbey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


-Why studying STEM is important and how STEM in college is different from High School

-Why don’t more people go into STEM and what kind of careers are available in STEM fields?

-How to prepare for STEM & the application process for STEM majors at most universities






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