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
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).
- 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).
- Failed classes (including W/F’s) earn no credits. Required classes that are failed must be repeated until they are passed.
- 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.
- College prep courses are designated by a (P); honors courses by an (H); advanced placement courses by an (AP) on the transcript.
- 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.
- Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to compete in sports and participate in extracurricular activities, students must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA.
- 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.