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The Urban School
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1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 626 2919

College Counseling - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the school code?

The Urban School Code is 053048.

What should I do to prepare for applying to 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 timeline that might help you as you look at specifics about the college application process.

When should I plan to meet with the College Counselor at Urban?

The College Counselors begin meeting individually with students and parents 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, Susan Lee and Lauren Gersick , are always available for questions and concerns.

How does a UC GPA differ from my Urban GPA?

The Urban GPA is a cumulative GPA of all of the classes that a student takes at Urban. The UC GPA includes only sophomore and junior year grades and gives extra weight to honors classes. The UC GPA includes all Urban classes except Service Learning/Project.

What is Naviance/Family Connection?

In the spring of junior year, each student will receive an individual account for Family Connection. This is a web-based program that assists students in searching, researching, organizing and applying to college. Family Connection provides statistics on applications, decisions and matriculation of Urban students.

What is Early Admission?

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 will definitely enroll and must withdraw all other applications. A student can make only one Early Decision application. 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. The advantages/disadvantages of applying under an Early Admissions program vary by college and by student.

Many early applications are due by November 1 and students are notified by mid December.

When are applications due?

Application deadlines vary. November 30 is the deadline for the UC and CSU applications. The most common deadline for private colleges is January 1. Some colleges have two-part applications in which Part I with basic information is due before a more detailed Part II; some have an earlier deadline for a student seeking a scholarship. No matter what the deadline is, we strongly advise students to complete all applications by the end of Winter Break.

What forms are required to apply for Financial Aid and when should they be submitted?

All colleges will require the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This should be filed not earlier than, but soon after January 1. Some private colleges will also require the CSS Profile. This is a two-step process that should be started early in the school year and completed about a week before the college’s deadline. The website will list the colleges that require the Profile. Some colleges require their own institutional financial aid form. In addition to the FAFSA, students applying for aid for schools in California are required to fill out the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. This is a quick form that needs to be sent before March 2. 

Be sure to read the information from each individual college carefully to understand the college’s requirements and deadlines.

What standardized tests should I take and when?

Students should take a set of tests in the spring of the junior year and should usually retest in the fall of their senior year. We recommend that each student take the SAT Reasoning Test once in the spring, then repeat the test in the fall of senior year.  In addition students should take at least two SAT Subject tests in the spring of junior year and, if necessary, in the fall of the senior year.

The ACT test is another test accepted by many colleges and universities. The ACT test timeline mirrors that of the SAT Reasoning Test.

Are there colleges that do not require SAT or ACT scores for admission?

Yes.  The following are a few colleges that do not require SAT’s: Bard, Bates, Bowdoin, Hamilton, Lawrence, Lewis and Clark, Middlebury, Mt. Holyoke, Pitzer, Sarah Lawrence, Wheaton.  For a more complete list, go to  Although schools do not require SAT’s, they might ask applicants to submit additional information with the application (portfolio, essay, etc). At some schools, you may need to submit testing scores to qualify for needs-based or merit scholarships.

How do I send SAT or ACT scores to colleges? Does Urban do that?

Official scores must be sent directly to colleges from the College Board ( or the ACT (

Urban cannot send an official copy.

What are the SAT and ACT test dates this year?

SAT dates and deadlines may be reviewed here.
ACT dates and deadlines may be reviewed here

What do I need to know about the AP test in college admission?

All major AP questions are addressed here.

I have a few more questions about testing. Where might I find answers?

More in depth answers are available on the Urban College Testing FAQ. For anything not covered in the FAQ please be in touch with the college counseling office.


Susan Lee
Co-Director of College Counseling
415 593 9511

Lauren Gersick
Co-Director of College Counseling
415 593 9512

Leslie Schaffer
College Counseling Assistant
415 593 9519

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