November 10, 2020
Dear students and parents,
This is a reminder that our Live Q-A Occidental College Webinar will be this Thursday, Nov 12 at 4pm. Julius DiLorenzo, Northern California's admission counselor, will present highlights, majors, and admission information. Hope to see you there! Thursday, Nov 12, 2020, 4pm Register here. Did you know that Occidental College:
*is, according to Fiske, Peterson's, and other major college guides, one of the country's best small colleges, with nearly 1,850 students, an average class size of 21, and a low 10.5:1 student-faculty ratio
*is among the top 10 percent of liberal arts institutions whose graduates go on to gain Ph.D's
*has an acceptance rate of 37% and a 91% freshman retention rate
*is known for easy access to professors, research opportunities and the high level of diversity on campus, in the faculty and in the student body
*is 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, less than an hour from the beaches and within two hours of local mountain resorts and ski areas - here's a map
*has been used as a film locations for Clueless, Arrested Development, Rebel Without a Cause, Reservoir Dogs and more
UC Admission Updates, November 2020
SAT and ACT Tests
UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding Regents and Chancellor’s scholarships. If students choose to submit test scores as part of their application, they may be used to determine eligibility for the California statewide admissions guarantee, as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after they enroll.
Apply to multiple UC's
Remember that the fee waiver allows students to apply to up to four UC's for free.
at the different campuses, as programs vary, and consider selecting an alternate major. Transfer students who submitted a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) must apply to the same major at the TAG campus on the UC Application.
Work from unofficial transcripts
when completing the Academic History to ensure accuracy of courses, credits, and grades. If a student has a repeated course, both the original grade and the repeated grade must be included in the application.
Use the Additional Information section
in Academic History to explain any key academic changes, including gaps in education or unique changes in grading systems. UC understands that students have experienced changes in course delivery and grading options during the pandemic. Students can use the Additional Comments section to explain these academic changes.
Start working on the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) early
and make sure it’s their own, original work. If students would like to share how they or their family have been impacted directly by the COVID-19 pandemic, UC recommends that they use the “Additional Information” sections on the application rather than the PIQs.
Consider activities and awards from a broad perspective
since a lot has changed in 2020. Work experience, family responsibilities, online activities, and individual activities will help readers get to know the student. Students should focus on their role, time commitment, and responsibility for activities, and should include information about the selection process for all awards and honors. While students can enter up to 20 items, quality is more important than quantity!
Apply for all scholarships
for which they meet the criteria. There is no limit to the number of scholarships students may select.
Carefully review their entire application
before submitting. There are very few things they can update or change once they submit. Submit the application before November 30!
Verify the information
they report in the Academic History, Activities and Awards, and Personal Insight Questions sections of the UC Application. Students subject to verification will be contacted via the email they used when submitting their application.
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