More Americans Are Attending College

The Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education released its first report.  Check out some of what they learned about today’s two and four-year colleges.

  • Almost 90% percent of students who graduate from high school attend college within eight years.
  • But only 40% of students complete a bachelor’s degree in four years and 60% graduate in six years.
  • At two-year colleges, 29% of students graduate in three years.
  • In 2015, 50% of women aged 25-29 had a bachelor’s degree; 41 percent of men did.
  • 72% of Asian, 54% of white, 31% black and 27% Hispanic students aged 25-29 had earned an associate degree or higher
  • 50% of high school students have to take remedial classes because they are not prepared for college.
  • 28% of two-year college students who took remedial classes earned a degree in 8.5 years.
  • In 2012, about 50% of students took out loans to pay for college.
  • In 2014, 52% of low-income high school graduates immediately enrolled in college; 81% of high-income graduates did the same.
  • 85% of students who graduate from high school have taken some kind of post-high school classes before turning 30.

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Calculating Your GPA

AVID students are constantly asked to calculate their GPA since it is so important as a college entrance requirement.  Use this site if you are in middle school and this site if you are in high school to check your GPA and be sure to do it at least once a week.

Want to Go to A Good School?

Money Magazine rated the top 711 schools in the United States.  That ranking was based on three different criteria.

  1. The quality of education which includes how quickly students graduated, how the students and professors evaluated the school and the financial well-being of the school itself.
  2. Affordability which means the amount of debt students acquire for attending the school, the value of the degree a student earns, and the affordability of the school for low-income students.
  3. The outcome which is to say the amount of money a graduate makes, if the school’s reputation actually helps the student get a job, and if the student’s job helps them move from one socio-economic class to another.

 

Below are all of the colleges in California that were ranked by Money Magazine.

4.  University of California-Berkeley

 

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CSU Fresno

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Seventh on our list was CSU Fresno located in the city of Fresno located in the Central Valley.

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My daughter loved Fresno.  She loved that the campus was close to the city of
Fresno and that there was so much to do in Fresno.  The school was located next to a large shopping center as well.  Furthermore, Fresno has a huge farm.  My daughter was really interested in taking the rodeo class.

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Get An Education First!

Many student athletes hope for glory on a professional field or court.  But statistically the odds of becominScreenshot (100)g a professional athlete are very low.  So what does the NCAA suggest to all athletes?  Get an education first.  There is nothing wrong with dreams of an NFL, NBA, or MLS career.  In fact, those dreams are the stuff of movies and inspire us to do great things.  Just be sure to think about your education first.  Having a great education is an excellent back up plan if your dreams change or don’t work out.  Your education can lead you into a direction you never even imagined.

The numbers are shocking, according to the NCAA, approximately 0.08% of high school seniors already playing football will be drafted by an NFL team. The numbers are a bit better for those who want to play soccer. 0.09% of high school seniors who play soccer will be drafted by a Major League Soccer (MLS) team.  For those who play high school basketball, the NCAA has your numbers too.  0.03% of high school senior boys will get to play for the NBA.  That number stays the same for girls who want to play for the WNBA.    If you want to read all of the statistics created by the NCAA click here.

CSU Sacramento

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Fourth on our list was CSU Sacramento located 400 miles north of Downey just outside the city of Sacramento heading North.

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This was Cat’s favorite campus as far as how beautiful it was.  There were lots of shade trees and the campus was just off the Sacramento River.  Off-campus housing was not too far off, which was nice, but a student would definitely need a car to get around.

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And of course, it is hot in summer.

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The school was not very close to any malls or attractions which means there is not a lot to do around campus when school is not in session.

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Field Trip to CSU Fullerton

7th and 8th-grade AVID attended their first field trip together by going to CSU Fullerton yesterday.  What a grade time we all had!  Here is a picture of me, Mrs. Espeseth and Ms. Angulo on the bus.

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This picture was sent in by Maria, the four girls are taking it easy after a snack.

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Here is another picture sent in by Maria of some more of here classmates hanging out in front of the Titans sign next to the Student center.

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I tried to get all 99 7th and 8th-grade students who attended the field trip in one picture.  Comment below, if you see yourself.

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One of the very nice college building that can be found at Fullerton.

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A memorial to the Sea Bees.

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Some artwork I found in search of some missing money.

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This next picture is so cool.  Ms. Sun and I had a lot of fun looking at the display of the solar system.  The planets are spaced in proportion to their distance in space.  You can’t see it in the picture but Saturn is way at the end of the corridor.

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Artwork located very close to where we started our tour.

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Be sure to share your pictures!  Send them to me so that I can upload them onto this article.  Next field trip is November 6th, we will be heading to UC Irvine.

CSU Chico

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Third on our list was CSU Chico located 100 miles north of the city of Sacramento.  Which is about 500 miles from Downey.  I went to Chico State so I really wanted to take Cat there.  And I really wanted Cat to love it as much as I do.

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Click on the picture to see a slideshow created by me!

 

Anyway, she did not love the school as much as I thought she would.  I liked the fact that the school and city of Chico were right next to each other.  I also like the fact that she could live off campus but walk to school and still be really close to lots of other students.  The school recently built new dorms that were really nice.  Cat could not get over how friendly everyone was.  There is plenty to do if a person does not have a car and the school is close to rivers, mountains, and there is plenty of open space.  If a person were to go to Chico they would not be near any big towns.  I would not like that fact that she would be so far away.

Cat did not like the weather.  It gets to be about 115* in the summer and 20* in the winter.  She promised she would keep it in mind.  I think she just said that to keep me happy.