College & Career Counseling
- Cal Grant Information
- College Application Support
- College Visits 2020-2021: Click here for calendar
- College Fairs
- Community College Day 2020
- K-12 Form (Taking a Community College Course)
- Financial Aid Info.
- Freshman Parent Night
- Junior Parent Night
- Letters of Recommendation
- Saddleback College Student Programs + Support
- Senior Parent Night
- Sophomore Parent Night
- Virtual College Webinars
College Board is hosting virtual events for high school students to connect directly with college admissions representatives and take action on the most important steps for college.
What to Expect
- Explore colleges in a way that’s not overwhelming, and show them you're interested.
- Take action on key college planning steps like searching for colleges and exploring careers and majors.
- Listen, learn, and participate in live Q&A and online chat with admissions representatives and current students who have been through it all.
- Download college planning resources, and drop in with questions for a college adviser.
How to Attend
You can register for any event and more than one.
You can attend all or parts of the event.
Who: This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome. We also encourage parents/guardians to join along with their students.
When: Click the events below to learn more about the colleges and states included in that region.
BigFuture Days West + Southwest
Saturday, February 6, 4:00-8:00 PM ET/1:00-5:00 PM PT
BigFuture Days Southeast
Tuesday, February 23, 5:00-9:00 PM ET/2:00-6:00 PM PT
BigFuture Days Northeast
Sunday, March 7, 4:00-8:00 PM ET/1:00-5:00 PM PT
BigFuture Days Midwest
Thursday, March 11, 5:00-9:00 PM ET/2:00-6:00 PM PT
AUHSD College Fair: Open to All!
10/29. The AUHSD Virtual College and Career Fair is open to the community. We have over 170 colleges and programs that will be in attendance from 5-8pm. We will have approximately 100 live breakout sessions taking place throughout the day as well. Check out the list of colleges attending here.
How to get Started and Log in:
- Step 1: Go to the Apple Store/ Google Play Store and download the Vital Link OC App, PC link here.
- Step 2: Enter your email address and password and click continue
- Step 3: One you Sign up, create a profile describing who you are!
Step 4: Click the event in which you want to participate and enter code (Provided by Vital Link)
Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses. High School may be eligible to enroll at Saddleback Community College (SCC) and Irvine Valley College (IVC). Please check SCC and IVC for a list of courses. Enrollment fees are waived for concurrently enrolled students in grades 9-12 but students are responsible for payment of the nonresident tuition, student health fee, material fees, and parking fee, if applicable.
Students must complete the following steps to enroll:
- Complete the online application for the community college. (IMPORTANT – write down your username, password, student ID number, and PIN, you will need this information to complete the registration process.
- Complete and submit the K-12 Admission Request form to your Counselor to sign. (You will need your ID to complete this form.)
- Receive completed K-12 Form from your Counselor, and submit electronically to the college (some have different processes).
- Register for the course. (You will need your student ID number and PIN number to register.)
- Purchase the required class materials.
We would be pleased to write a letter of recommendation, but we need your help to complete the process. Please follow these guidelines and allow four weeks lead time prior to the deadline for this process to be completed. Before any letter will be written by the COUNSELOR/ADMINISTRATOR, you will receive an overview of the procedures in your senior Social Science class [Econ/Civics/Gov’t] by the Counseling Department. You will then need to make an appointment with your assigned letter writer to discuss your plans and provide the items indicated. Lack of providing the requested information or proper preparation may result in significant delays.
- College List [Form #1 Cover Sheet]—Complete the list of colleges you will be applying to utilizing the Common Application process, mailed applications or on-line recommendations along with their deadlines to your letter writer. When using the Common Application process, you must use the e-mail addresses provided above. Mailed recommendations require the secondary school report form be given to your letter writer along with an addressed envelope with two stamps.
- Student Questionnaire [Form #2: Personal Input] – Complete this form with as much detailed information as possible.
- Academic Resume [Form #3: Academic Resume]—Create a resume covering your academics, extracurricular activities, honors and recognitions.
- Teacher input Sheets [Form #4 Teacher Input] – Select four to five teachers that know your academic strengths and that can provide anecdotal information to your letter writer. Specifics will be included in this letter so it is imperative that you do not give a Teacher Input Sheet to any instructor you have asked to write you a Teacher Letter of Recommendation directly to a campus. This will cause duplication of information and weaken the value of both letters.
Please a make a copy of the Letters of Recommendation Packet in your google drive. Once you have completed your packet, please share your google document with your assigned counselor/administrator (see chart below).
Student (Last Name)
Ms. Kathy Granite, Counselor
A - Cl
Mrs. Taylor Tsang, Counselor
Mrs. Emily Alvarez, Counselor
Mrs. Shanti Lunsford, Counselor
Ms. Jami Orlowski, Counselor
Ms. Christa Schulz, Counselor
Ms. Janine Salanitro, AP Guidance and Curriculum
Mrs. Jenny Arthur, AP Activities
Letter Request from TEACHERS: Teachers will not complete a letter of recommendation without you first asking them if they would be able to perform this task. Three-four weeks advance notice is required for them as well. Submit to them the following items.
Transcripts: Remember, it is your responsibility to submit your transcript to the universities to which you are applying via parchment.
Schedule an Appt with Your Saddleback Counselor
Saddleback College promises to pay the first two years of college for eligible students. Registration fees, book costs, health fee, and ASB stamp are included! Check out the flyer and presentation below for details and more information about who is eligible.
The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshmen of any age that will be attending Saddleback College in the Fall 2021 Semester. This program offers new freshmen the opportunity to apply early, complete the Matriculation Process early, receive an early Freshman Advantage registration date, and enroll in classes before the majority of new and continuing students. Only students that complete the mandatory steps no later than April 16, 2021 are eligible for these Freshman Advantage benefits.
The deadline for Freshman Advantage is April 16th. From now until April, Saddleback is offering Freshman Advantage workshops for our students. These workshops are open to anyone who is interested in attending Saddleback College as a Freshman Advantage student.
Freshman Advantage Workshops
- Friday, February 19th- 12:00-1:00pm
- Monday, March 8th-3:00-4:00pm
- Friday, March 19th-12:00-1:00pm
- Monday, April 5th-3:00-4:00pm
- Monday, April 12th- 3:00-4:00pm
- Tuesday, April 13th-3:00-4:00pm
Counseling 100: Course Description + Info
Counseling 100 is designed to introduce high school seniors to college and develop essential life skills for adulthood. This course primarily focuses on the attitudes, habits, and behaviors of successful college students. Students will learn proven strategies for achieving academic and personal success. Topics include utilizing college resources, relationship—building with fellow students, and how to communicate with faculty and support staff. This introductory course is the first in a series of additional Counseling courses, all designed to prepare students for academic, career, and personal success.