• College & Career Center 
     
    Welcome and Overview
     
    In the College & Career Center, students can find current material on hundreds of colleges, gap year programs, and summer opportunities.  Additionally, students can access computers to search for information on careers, colleges, scholarships, as well as find community service and job opportunity postings. Please visit early and often!
     
    In the fall, the Center is a flurry of activity with close to 100 college admission representatives visiting our campus. Seniors are encouraged to attend college application workshops on campus (dates/times TBA) and research/apply for scholarships through Naviance.
     
    My hope is that students leave Drake well-prepared and excited to embark on their next journey, no matter where they land. It is also my hope that students embrace the process with confidence and curiosity and enjoy this time rather than succumbing to the pressures that often goes with the college application process. There are thousands of colleges and universities out there, as well as career options and gap year programs to consider.  Keep in mind - what might be good for your best friend may not be what's best for you so keep your interests and wishes alive and strong!
     
    Trust your instincts and take the initiative to ask questions so that you can learn about all of your options. I look forward to hearing about your plans and helping in any way I can.
     
    I have a long history with Drake, one that started years before I began working here. Feel free to learn more by reading my Bio.
     
    Lisa Neumaier, College & Career Specialist
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    Seniors

    • May 1, the National Candidates Reply Date, is the deadline for seniors to formally notify one four-year college/university that you will accept its offer of admission. You often seal the deal by paying a nonrefundable deposit.
    • It is unethical to deposit at more than one college.
    • Seniors attending a two-year college do not need to notify them by May 1st but you should be completing their enrollment steps this semester.
    • If you've been admitted to a UC campus, check out this link for next steps.
    • No need to send your AP exam results to colleges, so just self-report them for now. Since only one college can give you AP credit (the college you ultimately attend), do not waste your money sending official AP scores until you have decided where you will attend next fall.
    • Once you submit college applications, stay on top of your emails as colleges will communicate with you regularly. Many will want you to create a portal account and that's where they will let you know if you are missing anything. They most likely will communicate your admission decision on the portal as well.
    • If you get admitted to a school under an Early Decision program, make sure to notify your other colleges so they can have more space for other applicants.
    • If you get denied at your first choice school, remember that what the college admission committee thinks about your application for admission is not what they think of you as a person. It's not a reflection of your character or potential.
    • Here is the presentation from this year's Financial Aid Night, held on September 12, and some additional information more specific to scholarships. 
    • If you missed Senior Night, click here for the presentation and to read Lisa Neumaier's talking points.

     

     

    Click Here for Upcoming College & Career Center Events, including College Admission Representative Visits, Parent Nights, Practice Tests and more . . .

    (updated weekly)

    College & Career Center:
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    Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm
    Phone: 415-458-3481
    Room: 211 (next door to Counseling)
     
    Drake's School Code for Testing (aka CEEB code): 052770
     
    For information regarding internships, please see Greg Davison.  He is at Drake on Wednesdays and can be reached any day at gdavison@tamdistrict.org.
     
    More than 100 College Reps visit Drake each fall to talk to students about their schools so please attend as many as you can. The information and advice reps provide is priceless!!
     
    Although most visits occur before school, during Tutorial or at lunch, some take place during class time. Regardless of when the visit occurs, students must sign up on Naviance. The email students receive from their counselor after they sign-up is to be used as their pass.
     
    Click here to log in to Naviance. Once logged in, click on the colleges tab then click on research colleges, then college visits.
     
     $$$ Scholarships$$$
     
    A list of active scholarships is  available on Naviance and updated regularly.  The majority of scholarships are for seniors and deadlines vary, but there are also some for younger students.
     
    Juniors
     
    Counseling and College & Career are offering many workshops this spring to help you start the college research process so sign up on Naviance under college visits.
     
    Sophomores/Juniors
     
    If you missed the Gap Year Fair, stop by the College & Career Center and look through the files for brochures/program info.
     
    If you were unable to attend The New World of College Admission Testing: Insights for the Classes of 2020 & 2021, a copy of the Drake presentation can be found here.
     
    If you missed Junior Night, click here to see the presentations.