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District college planning night hits Placer

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Placer Joint Union High School District students can become more college savvy at the district’s College Planning Night, scheduled for Thursday, in the Placer High School auditorium. Beginning at 6 p.m., representatives from a variety of college systems will present information on topics including admissions, financial aid and campus life. Placer High English teacher Katy Chamberlin said the event provides a chance for students to become more informed before filling out applications. “They definitely need to attend so that they have the most information possible to make a decision, especially with the prices of colleges,” Chamberlin said. “They can then be that much more informed about what they can afford and what is required of them.” Chamberlin mentioned that students can also find out school-specific information, like which majors are impacted, from representatives. “For example, if you put nursing on your application you won’t get in, so students should put physiology or pre-nursing,” Chamberlin said. Between each 30-minute session, there will be time for question and answer sessions. Among the schools presenting are UC Davis, Sacramento State, William Jessup University, University of the Pacific, University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra College. Chamberlin said about 30 percent of Placer High graduates attend a university right out of high school, while 20 to 40 percent go on to junior college or vocational schools. To save money, more students in recent years have chosen to complete 60 units of coursework at a junior college before transferring to a university. The higher rate of junior transfers has made it more difficult for high school seniors applying, according to Chamberlin. Application filing periods for the California State University system are Oct. 1-Nov. 1 and Nov. 1-30 for the University of California system. ~Sara Seyydin.