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College Exploration, Planning and Application Resources



Venture is using Naviance this year for 4-year applications and Community College Applications.

Watch the videos above to make sure you are able to log into Naviance.  




For seniors who are planning or may be planning on attending DVC in the fall.  You will need to register for Orientation to College: Coun 095 for this spring semester (prior to graduation).  This is typically a one-two day course helping students transition to college.  It is required to complete prior to registering for classes in the fall.  Be sure to check the DVC website regularly as the spring catalog will be posted online soon.  This course tends to fill quickly, so we recommend that you register in advance. On the front page of their website, you can also find the application for DVC.


You might also find this link useful. This will help you with the English/Math Assessment tests and other material essential for getting started at DVC.


DVC offers many programs: enrichment courses, certificate programs, transfer programs.  If you are interested in attending DVC in the fall and transferring to a four year college, you will want to be aware of IGETC, Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG), and ADegreeWithAGuarantee (see below). 


If you are interested in or planning on attending ANY Community College in the fall….


For those interested in Transferring to a 4 year college from a Community College here are two links you need to become familiar with:

·       New Opportunity for you:“Early priority admission to the CSU’s with junior standing once you earn an Associates Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) at a California Community College.  The new joint transfer program is the best path for student like you to transfer between two college systems.  Complete 60 units at a California community college to receive your AA-T or AS-T, then complete 60 units* at a CSU to receive your bachelor’s degree.”  For more information, go to ADegreeWithAGuarantee

*90 units at a quarter campus

·       ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California College or University can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.


Information For Students Applying To Any/All Four Year College/University


E-MAIL:  Please use a “professional” email prefix or username when applying to college.  Hipchick@***.com is not an appropriate username. 


  • Colleges may contact you via email for additional information or updates on their admission procedures.
  • Student Portal (once you have applied) – It is the students responsibility to check the student portal with each college campus.  This is the primary means of communication between you and the colleges you are applying to.


CHANGING YOUR SENIOR SCHEDULE:Occasionally students would like to change their senior schedule at the semester point (or other times during the year)…. Please be aware that you have reported your senior courses on your application.  This means that your application status (or conditional acceptance – depending on when you would like to drop a course) may be affected by this.  Dropping a course as a senior is complicated.  It involves the student contacting all of the College Admissions Offices (that the student applied to) and asking “Will dropping X, impact my application status/conditional acceptance.”  Their office will be able to answer this question.




Application window: CSU: October 1st – December 4.  UC: November 1st – 30th.

For the application, click on the appropriate link:       CS                             UC

CSU and UC schools are not part of the Common Application.


Here’s the “unwritten rule” – Both the UC/CSU applications need to be submitted prior to eating your turkey on Thanksgiving.  Both UC/CSU website have a tendency of taking a long time to submit your application waiting until the last few days of the month, due to a heightened level of website use.


Rules regarding repeated/remediated grades (for grades of D/F):

  • For CSU: The CSU schools only want the repeated grade on the application; they do not want you type in the original grade. You will need to use the CSU GPA Calculator to calculate your GPA w/o the original grades.
  • For UC: The UC schools want to see both the original grade and the repeated grade.  However, will only calculate the repeated grade in their GPA.


The CSU/UC’s do not ask for letters of recommendation or transcripts during the application time.  They will require only a “final” transcript in June – upon graduation, and only to the college you have selected to attend.  Occasionally, colleges audit applications and will request a transcript at a later time, in order to check validity of grades on application.


You do need to submit your official test scores to the colleges during the application window, or at least state the scores are in progress if you are taking a Nov./Dec. exam.  SAT scores are ordered on-line through Collegeboard and ACT scores are ordered through ACT

  • FOR CSU’s ONLY: When ordering SAT scores, send the scores to code: 3594 (the CSU Mentor code) and the scores will go to all CSU’s.  The UC’s and ACT does not have this feature.


Only the UC’s require student personal statement (essay).


Only Cal Poly requires supplemental information (extra curricular, etc.) and calculates your GPA using 9-11th A-G grades.


If you are applying under a performing major (e.g., Music, Dance, Recording Arts), you may need to submit a portfolio and/or audition as well.  Please check the college website (and the department website) for specific admission information.



The FASFA application will need to be completed in order to be eligible for need based money from various colleges.  This application window opens in January of each year.


You must apply by March 2 to be eligible for a Cal Grant. 


*The earlier you apply for FASFA/Cal Grant may provide you a greater opportunity for financial support*


Use these helpful links to navigate your way through the often complicated process of choosing, researching and applying to a college. Some of the sites are helpful for career exploration. 

Family Connection from Naviance Inc. is designed to help students make decisions about courses, colleges, and careers.  All high school Venture students should be registered and introduced to this program when they enroll at Venture.  Please see Lucy, if you are not yet registered.
Naviance - Venture

CA Career Zone site Assess yourself, explore families of jobs and find out if you will make enough money to support yourself.

Career Exploration: The search for a lifelong, fulfilling career can be a fun-filled activity in which you devote time to learn more about yourself. Most experts suggest that you should review your interests, skills, values, and personality.

Bay Area Apprenticeship Programs at a Glance is an on-line directory of apprenticeship programs available throughout the local area. Read about job descriptions, qualifications and requirements, benefits, program, application process and contact information.

California Apprenticeships  lists all construction crafts, apprenticeships and qualifications. You can even find a program nearby.

California Colleges: Discover, Plan, Launch
This is a developing website where one can find information about community colleges, vocational schools, private colleges, California State University campuses and University of California campuses.There is a good explanation of financial aid on this website. Click on the tools link to find the career selector function. Just added are webpages for middle-school students and their parents.

College Data
This very helpful website has a college search for the entire country. The articles have very useful information.

Life Works is a website where one can find information about health and medical science careers. Find careers that match your interests, skills and abilities and other practical and helpful information.

California State University Application
Application to the 23 campuses that make up the California State University system. One can use this website to apply on-line, apply for financial aid, plan courses in high school to make oneself eligible to apply in the senior year of high school, or to plan courses while enrolled at a community college with plans to transfer to a CSU campus as a college junior. Students as young as 6th grade are being encouraged to start an account on this website.

Independent Universities
This excellent website is similar to the one above,
except their database consists of the independent (private) colleges and
universities that belong to the Association of Independent California Colleges

Pathways to the UC
The websites for all 9 university campuses for students that want to see their pathway to the UC. Applications can be downloaded or one can apply on-line from this website.

Diablo Valley College has listed the college catalog, schedule of courses and important dates on this website.
Las Positas College has listed the college catalog, schedule of courses and important dates on this website.

Peralta Colleges
Find college catalogs, schedules of courses and important dates on this website for College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, and Vista College.

This website will allow a student to determine if a course taken at the community colleges will be transferable to the CSU or UC system.

Test Prep Review 
Practice tests for a number of tests (SAT ACT etc.) can be found on this website.


Any Venture School student or parent may contact Alissa Kruse school counselor, at (925) 479-1215 or at for further explanation or support.