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Virtual College Knowledge Series 2020

The College Career Centers of Palos Verdes Peninsula High and Palos Verdes High School are proud to team together this year with the shared mission to provide safe, up to date and extensive resources to our PVPUSD community of students and their families. By collaborating on a platform to share our events, we are pleased to free up time and resources that institutions can now share with other public schools in and around the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles region.


All presentations will require pre-registration through the student Naviance account. Students may access Naviance via their Single Sign On (SSO) Portal. Because Naviance is not quite updated and easily accessible for all students at this time, Registration for the September 2nd Keynote Presentation is available in the details of the event below.


Please make note of the calendar of events for the next few weeks to SAVE THE DATES! Many events are confirmed, with many others currently being scheduled on a daily basis. Check this site often for updates and newly added events. Considering the fact that we are working together with colleges and universities from around the nation, as well as abroad, some grace & flexibility are requested in accommodating any change in schedule. 

Keynote Address: Tim Brunold

Dean of Admissions, University of Southern California


Wednesday, September 2nd @ 6:30pm / Registration required!



As Dean of Admissions, Timothy Brunold serves as USC’s chief admission officer and oversees the university’s annual student recruitment and selection efforts, as well as all new student orientation activities. We are fortunate that Mr. Brunold will be joining us to discuss the new realities and changing landscape of college admissions in the time of COVID.  He will also provide insight into the overall college application process for the Class of 2021 and beyond, as well as continue to stress the importance of students identifying great match colleges and finding their right fit.


This virtual event is limited to Seniors and Juniors and their parents/guardians.

Students MUST be currently enrolled in PVPUSD, attend one of our high schools and have a valid Student ID # to register.  Entrance will be first come, first served, with priority given to Seniors, then Juniors.  Registration open through September 1 at 5PM. Please be certain all registration information is correct.  The link to this event will be emailed to the student email address provided by noon on September 2nd.  


Overview of University of California System is presented by Cuca Acosta, Associate Director School Services at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ms. Acosta will present details of the UC admissions and application process, including Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC), entrance exam changes due to COVID-19, deadlines, and UC application updates. This important virtual event is available to all PVPUSD High School students/parents/guardians; all grades are welcome.  Registration will be accepted through September 9 at 5P.  

The hyperlink to the presentation will be made available to the student email address by 5pm on September 10th.  REGISTER HERE  Looking forward to seeing you on the 10th!



September 16th at 6:30P

Students and their parents are invited to participate in a virtual mock admissions event, known as a Case Study on September 16th at 6:30P. This case study has been adapted to reflect current COVID-19 changes to the admissions process. Participants will need to prepare in advance by reading a university profile and three sample college admissions applications.       A link to these resources will be sent to you upon completion of your registration. 


During the Case Study event, students and parents will meet in small groups with an experienced admissions officer who leads a discussion on what colleges looks for in an applicant, as well as what a college values especially with the effects of COVID-19 on students resumes and college testing. Students learn first-hand how they will be evaluated, which helps them begin thinking of the qualities and strengths they bring to the process and what they will need to do to prepare for the application process.


This virtual event, hosted by the College Career Centers of Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, is available to all PVPUSD High School parents/guardians and students. However, even as a virtual event, there are space limitations and each participant (parent and student) will need to register separately in order to participate in the discussion.


Students MUST be currently enrolled in PVPUSD, attend one of our high schools and a have a valid Student ID # which is required. 


Entrance will be based on first come, first served with priority given to Seniors, then Juniors, etc.  Registration will be accepted through September 15th at 5PM. Please make sure all information you include is correct, we will not be following up on any incorrect information. Link to the 9/16 event, will be emailed to the email address provided below by 9/16 at noon.



Financial Aid Overview presented by Jessica Medina, Associate Director, Outreach of Financial Aid at University of Southern California.


Ms. Medina will present a thorough overview of Understanding the Financial Aid process. Ms. Medina will review what needs to be submitted to schools, the different & main types of aid available, how institutions determine eligibility, how to apply for aid, how to find merit scholarships and tips about the process


This virtual event, hosted by the College Career Centers of Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. 


Tonight's event is a Zoom event, so you may want to make sure you download Zoom on your device prior to logging in.  


The link for tonight's event is:  

Class of 2021 – Common Application Crash Course!

Understanding & Getting Ahead on the Common Application

September 25, 2020 - 1pm – 5pm

Every college uses some form of a college evaluation sheet or matrix to assess/grade the application you submit.  Now more than ever, you’ll need to use your ENTIRE college application to share every compelling window into your life.   This is a four-hour crash course led by David Reynaldo, founder of College Zoom, a top-rated full- service college application consultancy, whose clients are generally admitted to one of their top 3 hoped-for colleges. This crash course teaches you some great strategies in four jam packed hours on a Minimum Day at the high schools!  You’ll learn how best to approach and flesh out every section of your application in order to bring YOU to life for the admission officer. 

The course is open to all PVPHS & PVHS Class of 2021 students and will be presented online via Zoom.    

Sample topics include:

Topic 1: College Evaluation Sheets:  How what you write affects how you’re rated.

Topic 2: Activity sheet: Most people undersell themselves because the activity sheet prints out differently for admissions officers than it looks when you complete it.

Topic 3: Main Essay and Supplemental Essays: Sharing the right windows into your life maximizes your chances of success.

Topic 4: College Matching (with a twist): Learn how to change your odds of acceptance, don’t simply accept them.


Registration is open from September 18th – September 24th at 5pm… no late registration will be possible. To register, students will commit to attend the entire course with camera on and be ready to work!

Register for the Common Application Crash Course

Attending Out of State Public Colleges is presented by James Gilbey, Regional Representative of Southern California at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Gilbey will discuss the benefits of going to an out of state public college, the myths and the realities of going out of state and the cost opportunities.


This virtual event, hosted by the College Career Centers of Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, is available to all PVPUSD High School parents/guardians and students!


Students MUST be currently enrolled in PVPUSD, attend one of our high schools and a have a valid Student ID # which is required.   

Register here: 


The FAFSA Workshop will be held on Thursday, October 1, at 6:00pm (please note the time change). 


Seniors need to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to the colleges to which they are applying in order to determine if they are eligible for any financial aid awards.  Jessica Medina, Associate Director of Outreach, Financial Aid Office at University of Southern California, will be going through this form line by line to answer any questions that you may have!  This program is targeted for parents of seniors. However, it may also be helpful for parents of juniors to attend in order to gain an understanding of the information needed to fill out this form next year.  

Register here:

​The CSU​:
  • is the nation’s largest four-year public university, ​​with 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers.
  • educates the most ethnically, economically and ​academically diverse student body in the nation.
  • is renowned for the quality of its teaching and preparing job-ready graduates.
  • educates approximately 482,000 students.
  • employs more than 53,000 faculty and staff.
  • ​stretches 800 miles from Humboldt in the north to San Diego in the south.
  • has conferred degrees on more than 3.8 million alumni.
  • ​turns 60 years old in 2020, celebrating six decades of readying graduates to fuel California’s economy.
Please join us on Oct. 14th @ 6:30pm as Cailin White, Outreach and School Relations Counselor from Cal State Dominguez Hills, presents an overview of the CSU SYSTEM. Cal State colleges are public universities that share the same governing board, however they differ due to their locations, sizes, majors and percentage of commuter students. You should gain a better understanding of what makes certain campuses unique among the other campuses, most popular majors, freshmen retention rates, impaction and much more.  

An exceptionally important information session regarding opportunities/advantages of a 2 year community college/ priority transfer college option!  This session is not to be missed by ANY student thinking of applying to ANY Public College in California as the priority and guaranteed transfer opportunities are what approximately at least 20% of every graduating class within the PVPUSD take advantage of every year. 


Seniors through freshmen and their parents, are all encouraged to attend!!  Learn about the South Bay Promise which can cover enrollment fees and additional services and counseling for up to two years! The presentation will cover how a student can qualify for the South Bay Promise, what the enrollment steps are and all the benefits of the two year community college experience. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – 6:30 PM – Information Session for Students and Parents Link:

There will be a Q & A at the end of the session, so come prepared with questions. 

Cal State Apply is a Centralized Application Service (CAS) that simplifies the process of applying to California State University (CSU) programs. Students start by selecting the programs they wish to apply to, then submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by Cal State Apply,  an application and materials are transmitted to all of the selected programs/campuses. 
It seems straightforward, however we will have the expertise of Cailin White, Cal State Dominguez Hills, to go line by line through the Cal State Application.  Be certain to have started the application, but come with your questions which can be addressed that night! 
First-generation students are invited to join the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission for our virtual I’m the FIRST! First-Generation College Application Workshop on Thursday, November 5 from 5:00-7:00 P.M., Central Standard Time.
It is a very significant accomplishment of being the first in a family to attend college. The Admission Team wants to provide students with support and guidance as they plan for their educational future.

Please see the program schedule listed below. The Zoom links will be emailed to students before the event.

5:00 p.m.
Welcome from Dr. Monique Eguavoen
Associate Dean of Admission and First-Generation College Student
5:10 p.m. Staying Organized During the College Process
5:30 p.m. College Essay Workshop
Receive assistance and feedback on your college essay from an admission counselor. Already completed your essay? Participate in a Student Academic Success Info Session to learn tips on being successful in college!
5:55 p.m. Quick Break
6:00 p.m. Understanding Financial Aid
6:30 p.m. Student Breakout Session | First Generation College Student Panel or Parent Breakout Session | How to Support Your Student During the College Application Process
7:00 p.m. Closing Words with Dr. Monique Eguavoen

Students can register for the event here.



Thursday, December 3rd at 3:30P

Register HERE