SENIOR, CLASS OF 2016: Information about the photo of you receiving your diploma on stage will be mailed home late June. Families can also contact the company at 1-800-453-0335.

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College & Career Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What's up with sending scores?
All SAT and ACT scores should be reported on your application and officially sent through CollegeBoard and/or ACTstudent.
If you send SAT or ACT scores to one UC, they go to all UCs.If you send SAT scores to CSU Mentor--Long Beach (code 3594), they go to every CSU.ACT scores need to be sent individually to CSUs with the proper code. You can Google the name of the school and the phrase "ACT code" and they will pop up. Here are a few to get you started.

San Diego State--0398

Cal Poly SLO--0188

San Jose State--0410

San Francisco State--0404

2. Do UCs and CSUs need transcripts?
Not at first. However, they many ask for them sometime after submission (sooner and later). Check your email. Open your portal at each school where you applied, and check there often too.

3. EOP has a second application. What do I need to know about that?
If you said "yes" to EOP in section 11 of the CSU application, a second application is required. To complete the application---a. Fill out your section.b. Be sure to write a teacher's name and email in the proper place. They will then be sent a recommendation form online.c. Submit on time. That's different for different colleges. The deadline will likely be January but December is possible. Look it up!! Helpful link:

4. Gov't and Econ classes are not a full year. What should I put on the applications?
The class you are in right now should be marked progress in Semester 1.The class you will be in starting in January should be marked planned in Semester 2.
For both, the semester when they're not happening for you should not be marked at all.

5. When is help available?
Please stop by the guidance office and College&Career Center (D9) before or after school and at brunch or lunch.
There will also be two application workshops after school in the College&Career center on November 19 and 23. There will be pizza, Ms Matavulj, and counselors.Please come to finish up your apps and get answers to last-minute questions.

5 1/2. CSU has a phone number for technical problems? What is it?


6. Is this this college thing going to work out? Can I do this?
Hard work and your best effort---that's what makes it happen!!!





College: Applications and Information
  • University of California (UC)
    This website has information about all nine UCs as well as the application.
  • CSU Mentor
    CSU Mentor has great information about the 23 CSUs. The best tab for research is the Explore Campuses tab. The CSU application is also on this website.
  • Common App
    Common App is the application for over 600 schools, about 90% private and 10% public.
  • California Community Colleges
    Information about community colleges and the application.
  • BIG Future: Collegeboard
    BIG Future is part of Collegeboard, and it's a great place to do college research. BIG Future is not a substitute for Naviance; it's just a good second source.

Login: Student ID #

Password: Initials 6 digit birth-date

  • Naviance
    9th-11th grade use Naviance for college research, helpful surveys, and more. 12th grade uses Naviance to create a college list, complete letter of recommendation requirements, and order transcripts
Applying to colleges: Naviance (video)
Seniors applying to 4 year colleges: Naviance requirements
College Events @ Woodside

Thursday, November 19: College Application workshop (12th grade) in D9

Monday, November 23: College Application workshop (12th grade) in D9

Wednesday, January 13: PSAT Score Report workshop (10th and 11th grade families) in MUR

Thursday, January 12: Financial Aid workshop (12th grade families) in MUR

Wednesdays in March: March Into College workshops (11th grade families) in MUR

Wednesday, April 13: California College Night (9th, 10th, 11th grade families) in MUR


SAT and ACT Test Dates

(Both tests cost MORE during late registration. Also, fee waivers do NOT work during late registration.)


October 3, 2015 (Register by September 3) (Late registration ends September 18)

November 7, 2015 (Register by October 9) (Late registration ends October 23)

December 5, 2015 (Register by November 6) (Late registration ends November 20)

SENIORS--The December test date is your final chance! JUNIORS--The recommendation is that 11th graders take the SAT during the 2nd semester.

January 23, 2016 (Register by December 28 2015) (Late registration ends January 8. 2016)

March 5, 2016 (Register by February 5) (Late regisration ends February 19)

May 7, 2016 (Register by April 8) (Late registration ends April 22)

June 4, 2016 (Register by May 5) (Late registration ends May 20)


September 12, 2015 (Register by August 7) (Late registration ends August 21)

October 24, 2015 (Register by September 18) (Late registration ends October 2)

December 12, 2015 (Register by November 6) (Late registration ends November 20)

February 6, 2016 (Register by January 8) (Late registration ends January 15)

April 9, 2016 (Register by March 4) (Late registration ends March 18)

June 11, 2016 (Register by May 6) (Late registration ends May 20)




SENIORS & FAMILIES--Financial Aid Info

Financial Aid is a complex process but worth the efoort. Please the necessary links below.

Woodside's Financial Aid workshop is Thursday, January 21.


  • FAFSA--financial aid form for seniors
    All (documented) seniors should submit the FAFSA. It opens January 1, 2016 and is due March 2, 2016 (at the latest). It is very wise for every eligible senior to complete the FAFSA.
  • California Dream Act
    All (undocumented) seniors should complete the California Dream Act application. It is required if you'd like to received state aid for community colleges or four year colleges. For maximum results, submit by March 2, 2016.
  • CSS Profile
    The CSS Profile is a required form for some private colleges. If you are applying to private colleges, please research them to see if they need this form completed.
  • GREAT Financial Aid website
    FinAid can help answer many of your financial aid questions. Once you have selected your college of attendance, please also contact their financial aid office as often as needed.

Scholarlarships are MOST CURRENT on your Naviance page. Click the COLLEGES tab and then click SCHOLARSHIPS.

If the scholarship is followed by a link, students can either apply online or download an application. If a link is not provided, paper applications are available in the C&C Center.

Elks Club

Each year, the Elks Club awards many scholarships. There is a locak Elks Club in Redwood City, so Woodside students are often winners. The deadline is Dece,ber 4. Web address is below.

Peninsula College Fund

The Pensula College Fund is a local scholarship organization. It focuses on students who plan to attend a 4 year college but have significant financial concerns. At least two Woodside students have won the PCF scholarship over the last 7 years. Website is below. Application link is on the top right.


This scholarship is provided by the California Association of Collectors. It requires an 750-1000 word essay titled "The Establishing and Maintaing Good Credit During the College Years." It is not popular with seniors which means that it is not very difficult to win. MONEY IS MONEY.

Paper applications are in the C&C Center (D9).

Nursing Schools Almanac

This scholarship is for future nurses.

Go to and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. There is detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


This is a $1000 scholarship that is offered once a month. The only requirement is to provide a short answer to the prompt. This month it's What are you grateful for?


This scholarship is for any senior who has provided community service for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community.

Sons of Italy

This scholarship is for seniors of (at least partial) Italian descent.

Go to or pick up a paper application in the C&C Center (D9).

Gates Millennium Scholars

For outstanding senior students who have significant financial need. This is Bill Gates money, so it's not just small change.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Many excellent scholarship possibilities for seniors. Qualifications: US citizen or legal resident, 3.0 GPA, plans to complete the FAFSA, and full-time enrollment in a college or university for the 2009-2010 school year.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

For seniors.






College Representative Visits

College Representative visits are a great opportunity for students to learn more about different schools around the country. Many visits occur during class time. Students are permitted to be excused from class if they complete a pass in advance and if that pass is signed by their teacher. Passes can be picked up in D9.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Wednesday, September 16 at 12:05pm

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY Wednesday, September 16 at 12:05pm

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES Tuesday, September 22 at 10:15am (pass needed!)

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY Wednesday, September 23 at 10:20am

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO Thursday, September 24 at 10:35am

WHITTIER COLLEGE Friday, October 2 at 12:35pm

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER Monday, October 12 at 12:35pm

UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS Friday, October 16 at 12:35pm

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Tuesday, October 20 at 12:35pm

BOSTON UNIVERSITY Wednesday, October 21 at 2:05pm

POMONA COLLEGE Wednesday, October 21 at 12:05pm


UNIVERSITY OF OREGON Thursday, October 29 at 8:30am

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY Friday, October 30 at 10:35am










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