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All ACT and SAT administrations at Terra Linda High School for the foreseeable future are canceled, due to the pandemic, in order to protect the health and safety of student test-takers coming from a multi-county area throughout the state, proctors and other school employees, and their family and friends.  We will post information here when we are able to resume safely.  We thank you for your understanding.  TLHS students, your counselors and the CCC/College and Career Center staff are here to help you with your college list and applications; you will still have plenty of excellent choices!

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CCC newsletters archive/ Archivo de CCC/Boletines informativo

January/enero 2021, 


December/diciembre 2020, English/Español

November/noviembre 2020, English/Español

CCC/College & Career Center, college fairs, essay/app workshops, admissions rep visits

Latest news, updates, & TL CCC programs: 

January 20, 6:00-7:30pm =

11th grade College Night

February 10, 6:00-7:30pm =

10th/9th grade College Night

Application deadlines extended!

CSU/Cal States: 

January 18 - Sonoma

January 19 - LA

January 31 - San Francisco, San Marcos

February 1 - San Bernardino, Stanislaus

February 28 - Humboldt St. 

March 2 - East Bay

students with work permits: they expire January 1, please renew via link at left!

latest CCC newsletter: January/enero 2020, English/Español


January 16-18 = Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend

NOTE NEW DATE-January 20, 6:00-7:30pm = 11th grade College Night

NOTE NEW DATE-Feb. 10,6:00-7:30pm = 10th/9th grade College Night

February 13-21 = Winter Break (good for college visits?)

February, TBA = college admissions guest panel

March 2 = FAFSA/Dream Act deadline for seniors!

March 13-15 = 3-day weekend

March, TBA = TLC/Terra Linda College lunchtime topic series #1

March 29 = Common Application workshop #1, for Class of 2022

April 1 = seniors have received all college application decisions

April 3-11 = Spring Break (good for college visits!)

April 19 = UC PIQ workshop #1, for Class of 2022

April 26 = Common Application workshop #2, for Class of 2022

May 1 = College Decision Day, for seniors attending 4-year colleges

May 3-7, May 10-14 = AP exam weeks

May 17 = UC PIQ workshop #2, for Class of 2022

May, TBA = Class of 2021 college results presentation

May, TBA = TLC/Terra Linda College lunchtime topic series #2

May 24 = Common Application workshop #3, for Class of 2022

May 29-31 = Memorial Day weekend

June 10 = last day of classes

June 15-17 = general college application & essay bootcamp

August 1 = UC application opens, Class of 2022

August, 3 days, TBA = general college application & essay bootcamp

early- to mid-September, TBA = 12th grade College Night

August-December = college application & essay workshops, weekly

Free financial aid seminars by CSAC/California Student Aid Commission!

     * Tuesday, Jan. 26, 8:30-11:30am, register here!

     * Saturday, Jan. 30, 10am-12:30pm, register here!

     * Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8:30-11:30am, register here!

     * Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:30pm-8pm, register here!

     * Wednesday, Feb. 17, 8:30-11:30am, register here!

     * Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8:30-11:30am, register here!

     * Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30pm-8pm, register here!

College of Marin combined Sr. info session/application workshops

* Jan. 25, 12:30-1:30 Zoom

* Feb. 22, 12:30-1:30 Zoom

* March 22, 12:30-1:30 Zoom

* April 26, 12:30-1:30 Zoom:

* May 17, 12:30-1:30 Zoom:

TL's CCC/College and Career Center is staffed by Brad Ward (pronouns she/her/hers).

Brad is in her 21st year in college counseling (14 years at high schools) and college admissions (7 years in college-based admissions), has visited over 300 colleges, and does so regularly.  She recently served on the Executive Board and as a committee chair for the WACAC professional association for college counselors and college admissions reps, and has been a volunteer and presenter/speaker for both WACAC and NACAC (the national professional association) for nearly 15 years. 

Brad handles the various aspects of TL students’ college search and application process, such as:

* building college lists

* reading applications and essays

* assisting with financial aid and scholarships

* composing a resumé

* preparing for interviews

She is also responsible for outreach to and other communications with colleges, data analytics of TL student college applications via Scoir, CCC newsletters, and managing the CCC website.

Additionally, Brad coordinates CTE/Career and Technical Education (including the annual Career and Technical Education college fair), work permits, volunteering opportunities, and works with students who are not planning on attending college (such as entering the military, or going directly from TL into work).

Students and parents should feel free to email Brad ( for assistance!

College admissions reps, you can schedule visits through Scoir!



TL has now partnered with Scoir! (pronounced "score")

Scoir will allow you to:

* search for colleges, based on factors important to you (size, setting, geography, majors and minors, etc), which I and your counselor can view too, as well as their admission rates, financial aid information, and a link to GoogleMaps!

* look at scattergrams, to help determine Reach, Target, and Likely based on prior TL applicants to your colleges, based on your TL GPA, and potentially ACT/SAT if you take one

* keep a record of your prospective college list

* maintain your list of active applications, as well as their type of application plan (Early Action, Early Decision, Rolling, Regular Decision) and deadlines

* track your application results, which will greatly help us, as well as students in future TL classes!  (seniors' application results will generate scattergrams; your results are anonymous, so no one will know your individual results, and only when there are 10+ application decisions, will a college's application history for TL be displayed)

* watch official Admissions videos produced by colleges (including virtual tours!), as well as view colleges' official Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook posts!

* easily compare up to 4 of your final colleges you've been admitted to, side-by-side, as you make your final decision by May 1

* make appointments with me, and view my schedule

* view the schedule of, be notified of your favorites, and register for college admissions rep visits to TL next September and October

* view the name and email address of our admissions reps at each college

* apply directly to the UC's, CSU's, and community colleges via their websites

* know where TL alums have attended in the most recent 4 years, in case you want to reach out to them to see what their experience has been (TL grads who give us approval to share where they went)

complete helpful surveys and questionnaires from the counseling and CCC

* take a free assessment to receive a detailed report on your talents, link them to potential careers, and save related majors and colleges

We may also be using Scoir next fall to send your application materials to colleges - counselor rec, transcript, teacher recs and TL school profile - from one place, instead of your having to request all of these from so many separate websites, like all of the Common App colleges, and then non-Common App's like MIT, Georgetown, Washington, Texas, Boise St., Hawai’i, Northern Arizona, Western Washington, Southern Oregon, Utah State, and so forth. Big time-saver!

Scoir also has a free app!  This way, you can do everything from your phone, if you do not have a laptop or other device handy. Download from the App Store at any time!

Parents, you also have your own account, linked to your child's!

Seniors, juniors, and sophomores, register your Scoir account today!  (please email Brad if you need your login info!)

The California community college application (College of Marin, Santa Rosa JC, City College of San Francisco, Skyline, etc) will open soon, and the deadline is the summer of 2021, though please do so by May.

Financial aid: the FAFSACalifornia Dream Act, and CSS Profile opened on October 1, and are due March 2! 

Create your required FSA ID here.  Gather your tax information together, so that you are ready!  And be sure to check out our Financial Aid webpage for much more detail!  (link at upper left of this page)

College programs & online fairs! (all online & free!)

January 31, 2021, 10am-4pm = NACAC college fair (register here!)

February 19, 2021, 3-7 pm; Feb. 20, 12-4pm = Black Colleges Expo

February 28, 2021, 10am-4pm = NACAC college fair (register here!)

March 3, 4pm-8pm = WACAC college fair (registration info TBA)

March 7, 10am-2pm = NACAC STEM college fair (register here!)

March 14, 12pm-4pm = WACAC college fair (registration info TBA)

March 16, 1pm-5pm = NACAC Visual & Performing Arts college fair (register here!)

March 21, 10am-4pm = NACAC college fair (register here!)

April 10, 12-4pm = NACAC national college fair (register here!)

April 19, 4pm-8pm = WACAC college fair (registration info TBA)

May 2, 2021, 10am-4pm = NACAC college fair (register here!)

(NACAC = National Association for College Admissions Counseling; WACAC = Western Association for College Admissions Counseling.  Both organizations' fairs are excellent, with colleges from California, all around the country, and even some other countries!)


College admissions in the news: 

Covid is making it harder to get into a top college (Dec. 29, CNBC)

More information is available about which college majors pay off, but students aren’t using it (Dec. 25, Washington Post)

The Flight To Quality In Colleges Grows: Harvard Applications Up 57% (Dec. 21, Forbes)

* UC numbers soar, CSU's tumble as pandemic upends college admissions process (Dec. 18, LA Times)

* Few Positives in Final Fall Enrollment Numbers (Dec. 17, Inside Higher Ed)

'Losing A Generation': Fall College Enrollment Plummets For 1st-Year Students (Dec. 17, NPR)

Report: Fewer High School Students Went Straight to College (Dec. 10, Inside Higher Ed)

* COVID causes a huge decrease in college enrollments (Dec. 11, Newsweek)

Amid Fears of Student Loss, UC Enrollment Remains Flat (Nov. 30 EdSource)

* Applications Are Decreasing (Nov. 16, Inside Higher Ed)

* "They Are Americans Now" (Nov. 10, Inside Higher Ed)

* Cal State Enrollments Surge During Pandemic (Nov. 10, LA Times)

* What Biden Presidency Could Bring for Higher Education   (Nov. 9, Inside Higher Ed)

* Joe Biden Won. Here's What Higher Ed Can Expect (Nov. 7, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* The Secrets of Elite College Admissions (August 28, Wall Street Journal)

Court Bars U. of California From Using ACT and SAT for Fall-2021 Admissions (Sept. 1, Chronicle of Higher Education)

Fewer colleges are relying on standardized testing for admissions decisions during coronavirus, but that change should be permanent (August 27, Hartford Courant, by the President of NACAC)

How Applying to College Will Be Different This Year, Thanks to the Coronavirus Pandemic (~August 26, Money)

* How Colleges Are Responding to COVID Should Inform Prospective Students (August 26, Teen Vogue)

How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions (August 12, NPR)

Kill the SAT, Ignore the Rankings, Stop Obsessing Over Elite Colleges (August 10, Inside Higher Ed)

Making Test-Optional Admissions Real (August 10, Inside Higher Ed)

* The Return of the Campus Tour (August 3, Inside Higher Ed)

* A Year of Chaos and Flexibility (July 20, Inside Higher Ed)

UC admission of California students at all-time record high (July 16, University of California)

* What Rising High School Seniors Think (July 6, Inside Higher Ed)

* A College Degree Is No Guarantee Of A Good Life (July 2, The Atlantic)

More than 300 college deans explain what they want — and don’t want — to see from applicants in the covid-19 era (June 29, Washington Post)

* What Students Didn't Do (June 15, Inside Higher Ed)

How to Normalize the College Search Process for Juniors (June 3, New York Times)


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