Frequently Asked Questions
Below are many of the questions we receive from parents and students prior to and during the college search process. See if we have answered your question, and if not, feel free to contact Leslie Schaffer at 415 593 9519 or via email.
- I have questions about college-related standardized testing.
- What is Urban’s school code?
- What should I do to prepare for applying for college?
- When should I plan to meet with my College Counselor at Urban?
- How does a UC GPA differ from my Urban GPA?
- What is Naviance/Family Connection?
- What is Early Admission / Early Action?
- When are college applications due?
- Where can I find information about Financial Aid for college?
Doing well in your classes and activities, being involved with the community, and enjoying your high school years is the best preparation for college. We have put together a Planning for College by Grade timeline that might help you as you look at specifics about the college application process.
The College Counselors begin meeting individually with students and parents/guardians in January of the Junior year. Of course the College Counselors, teachers and advisors will be providing information related to college admissions whenever it is pertinent to a student. And the College Counselors are always available for questions and concerns!
In the winter of Junior year, each student and parent/guardian will receive an individual account for Naviance Family Connection. Naviance is a web-based program that assists families in searching, researching, organizing and applying to college. Naviance Family Connection provides statistics on applications, decisions and matriculation of Urban students.
Some colleges have an admissions process under which a student applies by an early deadline and is notified of the decision early.
Under an Early Decision program, a student makes a binding commitment to a first choice institution where, if admitted, the student is bound to enroll and must withdraw all other applications.
Early Action is an early application/notification program that is not binding; an accepted student is not committed to make a decision until the Candidates Reply Date of May 1.
Many early applications are due by November 1 and students are notified by mid December. The advantages/disadvantages of applying under an Early Admissions program vary by college and by student. Your College Counselor will discuss these options with you throughout the process.
Application deadlines vary. Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are often November 1. November 30 is the deadline for the University of California and California State University applications. The most common deadline for private colleges is January 1. No matter what the deadline is, we strongly advise students to complete all applications by the end of Winter Break.
Please go to Urban's College Counseling Financial Aid web page for specific information on the college financial aid application process.
In addition, College Counseling hosts Financial Aid workshops in the spring of Junior year and fall of Senior year for families that plan to apply for Financial Aid.