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College Career Center » THE COLLEGE ESSENTIALS TOOLKIT - Spring Semester 2021(COVID VERSION!)


The College Career Centers of Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula 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.  

Thank you for participating in this wonderful series of presentations... we look forward to seeing you soon!


Keynote Speaker: Arun Ponnusamy
Arun Ponnusamy, Collegewise's Chief Academic Officer and host of the Get Wise: College Admissions Explained podcast,will share the latest on what we know to be fundamentally true about admissions—many things have changed, but many things have stayed the same. We’ll also discuss an education landscape that does remain in flux and examine how that impacts high school students. He'll separate fact from fiction as he gives parents and students the information they need to make critical upcoming decisions. There will also be a Q&A segment.We hope you’ll join us as we begin moving forward together!
Presented by: Torsten Sannar - Compass Education Group

Please join other families for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing that will be useful to students & parents alike. 

Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

  • COVID-19’s sweeping impact on college admission testing
  • Test-date disruption and alternatives to traditional test-sites
  • How colleges are responding now and what is unresolved
  • Making the best choice between the SAT and ACT
  • The role of test scores in different admissions contexts
  • Making sense of the subtlety and variety of testing policies
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing
  • Finding the optimal timeline for your testing and test prep
  • Scope of test prep and expectations for improvement
  • PSAT – what it is and how best to interpret/consider the score report 
The recording of the event is now accessible here:                                                                      

Show me the Money: Tips, Secrets & Strategies to Get More Money for College!


Presented by Stephanie Hancock, College Financial Aid Advisor


College is expensive, and paying for it is no small feat. Families from all sorts of economic backgrounds hope to get some help with college costs, but are often disappointed with the aid they receive or the lack thereof.


The truth is that almost any family can get financial aid regardless of income and assets when you know where to look! If you need or want money for college, you will want to attend this College Essentials Toolkit Presentation by Stephanie Hancock CFP(R), CCPS, an experienced financial aid consultant, who will review how to identify where students might have the best chances of getting financial aid, how financial aid works, ways to manage the aid application process and more.


Also expect to learn how to calculate your EFC (Expected Family Contribution), how to locate and work with Net Price Calculatorson university web sites, and learn about the most important factors that affect the college bill. This presentation will be very interesting to freshmen families, very important for sophomores and their families, but this presentation is of absolute importance for juniors and their families.  We do hope to see you on Tuesday, February 9th @ 6:30pm.   

California Public Colleges:
Everything you must know about the UC’s, Cal States & Community Colleges
Join us for an informative discussion with UCLA representing the UC’s, CAL POLY SLO representing the Cal States and Santa Monica College representing California Community Colleges.
Learn about the current trends in admissions as well as opportunities at the various campuses within the California Public College Systems.
Understand the different admissions criteria between these systems, as well as Financial Aid and Scholarship information. The discussion will be followed by a Q & A.



A Panel Discussion with different TYPES of Private Colleges right here in our wonderful State of California!  Learn about the various KINDS OF COLLEGES that are out there, important considerations regarding location and what’s best for you!  Our exceptional panel includes 7 different types of colleges from various parts of our State:


University of Southern California – Large (> 20,000), top-tier research institution with many different colleges of specialization. PAC 12 -Big sports/spirit, LA urban location


Santa Clara University – Mid-size (>5,000), religiously affiliated (Jesuit/Catholic) university located in the heart of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


Saint Mary’s College of California – Small/Mid-size (<4,000), considered a College That Changes Lives (CTCL)… the only one in California!  Saint Mary's is a stunningly beautiful campus located just 23 miles east of San Francisco.


Occidental College – Small (2,000), quintessential liberal arts college that provides an urban vibe due to Los Angeles location, and one of the most beautiful campuses.  


Scripps College – Small (1,100), all female college that is part of the Claremont Consortium of colleges that include Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer… total undergrads combined make it more a mid-size college experience (8,500 undergrads).


CalArts – Small (1,000), California Institute of the Arts is a private art university in Santa Clarita, California that focuses on and educates artists. CalArts was the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the US created specifically for students of both the visual and performing arts… it is about 30 miles north of LA.


Marymount University California – Small (1,000) Local; right in our backyard! Earn a 2yr or 4yr degree with guarantee to graduate in 4yrs, plus add 1 year for MBA. Possible alternative to community college.         


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March 16: Out of State Colleges… they may be less expensive than you think!

Briefly learn the opportunities and benefits of attending an out of state college which can also include cost benefits. Additionally, 38 College Admissions Representatives from out of state schools, will provide a brief overview of their school and provide contact information for additional follow up. This is a great opportunity to learn about out of state schools and opportunities. List of colleges attending:


Arizona State University

Baylor University

Boise State University

Bucknell University

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins

DePaul University

Dickinson College

Elon University

Emerson College

George Washington University

Indiana University - Bloomington

Louisiana State University

Marist College

Miami University

Michigan State University

Northern Arizona University

Oregon State University

Purdue University

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Seton Hall University

Southern Methodist University

The Ohio State University

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Delaware

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Iowa

University of Maryland

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri

University of New Mexico

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Rochester

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Washington State University  


This is highly recommended for the CLASS OF 2022 and other students who are ready to get started on  their college search and begin thinking more critically about the application process! Utilizing brainstorming and reflection exercises, you’ll learn how to identify what college characteristics are most important for you and develop an application that best demonstrates your strengths and match with an institution. Admissions officers will cover how to research different schools and tips and insights into how to finalize your list of schools to apply to.


This session is ideal for students who are in the beginning stages of their college search process.