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General Information on College Planning

Things to Think About in the Process


Getting into a college is like approaching any other goal in life that’s important: it takes hard work, commitment, and attention to dates and details. While the process doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking, it does require effort above and beyond the usual day-to-day routine of your normal home and school life.

An admission decision, test score, or GPA is not a measure of your self-worth. Most students are admitted to colleges they want to attend. You are encouraged to:

  • Know that what you do in college is a better predictor of future success and happiness than where you go to college.
  • Be confident. Take responsibility for your college admission process.
  • Be deliberate. Applying to college involves thoughtful research to determine distinctions among colleges, as well as careful self-examination to identify your interests, learning style and other criteria.
  • Be realistic. Choosing a college is an important process, but not a life or death decision.
  • Since there are limits to what you can know about colleges and about yourself, you should allow yourself to do educated guesswork.
  • Trust your instincts in choosing a college. Make the best choice of where to apply and which college to attend based on information you gather and college visits.
  • Be open-minded. Resist the notion that there is one perfect college. Great education happens in many places.
  • Use a variety of resources for gathering information. Seek advice from those people who know you, care about you, and are willing to help.
  • Be honest; be yourself.
  • Limit your applications to a well-researched and reasonable number

Interesting FUHSD Facts

  1. To graduate from any of the FUHSD high schools, a student must earn 220 credits, pass all required subjects and the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE).

  2. A semester class is worth 5 credits; a year class (two semesters) is worth 10 credits. Most students earn 30-35 credits each semester (60-70 credits each year).
  3. Failed classes (including W/F’s) earn no credits. Required classes that are failed must be repeated until they are passed.
  4. Course titles and grades are never removed from the transcript. Grades are never removed, even if a course is repeated and a higher grade is earned.
  5. College prep courses are designated by a (P); honors courses by an (H); advanced placement courses by an (AP) on the transcript.
  6. Progress Reports are available every 6 weeks. The end of the semesters in December and June are final semester grades and are recorded on the transcript.
  7. Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to compete in sports and participate in extracurricular activities, students must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA.
  8. FUHSD schools utilize Naviance, a leading provider of web based planning and advising systems for secondary schools and their students. Each student is assigned a unique account to assist them as they begin their college search and application process.