The Community College Pathway to the University of California
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation began with Beth posing a few questions about access to the University of California system: what if finances are tight, or if you aren’t a top student and the UCs seem out of reach? To understand how a California community college might be an option, Beth brought back college admissions counselor Becky Leichtling. Becky explained how the UC system has carved out a path for graduates of a community college, sharing the percentage of students graduating from a UC, including the likes of Berkley and UCLA, who began their academic journey at a community college. (Hint: a MUCH larger percentage than I expected!) The two also discussed what the counseling landscape might look like, and what that crazy acronym IGETC means exactly.
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation continued the student perspective series, offering you advice straight from those who know the college search process best: a first-year college student!
The Student Perspective
Beth began the show with current University of Southern California first-year student Noa Braun about her search process. They chatted about Noa’s primary selection criteria, the role rankings played, and what happened the summer after junior year when she went on a big college tour. Noa joked that she was the example of just how many applications is too many. When presented with wonderful opportunities, Noa chose USC. She explained just what her parents had to say about her decision.