College Center

ERHS CEEB Code: 051580  Ph: 323-340-3546  Room 116

College Center Hours:  8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Ms. Mena, College Counselor




Welcome to the Eagle Rock High School College Center home page. Students and parents are invited to explore college options, ask questions, and seek out financial aid information. Below are several links to sites concerning college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, and college life.  There are also a number of handouts available for download as well to assist you on your journey towards college.


Fly-in Programs

Tufts Diversity Experience: Tufts would like to invite interested high school seniors the opportunity to experience academic and social life by staying with an undergraduate, attending lectures provided by professors, eating in the dining halls, and attending a performance of Tufts musical and dance performance groups.  The Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences are overnight programs sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to expose high school seniors to the diversity that exists on the Tufts campus.  While Voices has traditionally attracted participants from varied backgrounds – including students of color, first generation college-bound students, LGBT students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students from rural communities – any high school senior interested in learning more about diversity at Tufts is welcome to apply.  Students may discover that Tufts is a perfect match for them! 

The Voices Engineering Experience will take place October 19-20, 2017 with an application deadline of 5PM EST on October 3, and the Voices Arts & Sciences Experience will take place October 26-27, 2017 with an application deadline of October 11 at 5PM EST. The priority deadline for prospective Arts & Sciences students seeking travel assistance funding is October 4.

The application consists of a 100-word essay addressing your interest in the program, a high school transcript (including senior year courses), test scores (if available), and a recommendation from your college advisor.  Travel assistance is available for students for whom the trip to campus would present a financial hardship.  Please forward this information to any senior who may be interested in Tufts University or whom you feel is potentially a good match/fit and will benefit from a visit to our campus.  For more information about Voices and the application process, please view our website at   Thank you for your time.  Please call 617-627-3170 with any additional questions.


Case Western Reserve University Fly-In: Cleveland, Ohio

Case Western Reserve University is currently accepting student applications for our Diversity Overnight, Nov. 12 and 13. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 2.
Diversity Overnight is designed for smart and curious high school seniors from diverse backgrounds, to give them an in-depth look at the opportunities available to our students.

Diversity Overnight Application →

Participants accepted to Diversity Overnight stay in a residence hall with a student host, engage with faculty and learn about the many opportunities available to students at CWRU and throughout our campus in Cleveland's University Circle.
On Monday, participants will join hundreds of other prospective CWRU students at our Fall Open House, where they will learn more about how our students contribute to classroom discussions, participate in meaningful extracurricular activities and engage in hands-on learning.
Case Western Reserve will cover the cost of meals and lodging for students accepted to this program. We are also able to assist with travel expenses and arrangements.


Lewis & Clark's Compass Scholars Weekend Fly-in Program- Due: Monday, September 18th.

We are excited to invite your students entering their senior year to apply for Lewis & Clark's Compass Scholars Weekend fly-in program!
We are reaching out to our high school partners so that your students might be informed of this fly-in opportunity.
If you or your colleagues think of any students who would be interested, please forward on the application information to them!
What is the Compass Scholars Weekend?
Formerly 'LEAD', the Compass Scholars Weekend is a college visit program for a select group of academically talented students in their final year of high school. The program runs from Sunday, November 5th to Tuesday, November 7th.
In selection for the program, preference will be given to students of color and/or first generation prospective college students.
We cover the cost of transportation to and from campus, lodging, and meals.
Why the Compass Scholars Program?
This is an opportunity for your students to experience Lewis & Clark College and the city of Portland, Oregon. They will meet current students and professors, sit in on classes, taste the food, sleep in the residence halls, and explore what the city has to offer.
How do they apply?
The application must be submitted by Monday, September 18th.


University of Chicago Fly-In Program: Deadline September 6, 2017

The Discover UChicago Fly-In application is now open. Discover UChicago is an all-expenses-paid opportunity for underrepresented high school seniors (e.g., underrepresented students of color, first-gen, or low-income students). Through this program, participants discover the city of Chicago with current UChicago students, spend a night on our campus, and learn more about the great academic and campus life programs that the University of Chicago offers. Students will fly into Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday, October 8, experience an exciting day of programming, and depart Chicago after attending our Fall Open House on Monday, October 9.

Space for the Discover UChicago Fly-In Program is limited and an application—which includes a short essay, an unofficial transcript, and self-reported SAT/ACT scores—is required. Talented students interested in learning more about UChicago and participating in this program should submit an application by Wednesday, September 6.

Thank you for sharing this great opportunity with your seniors! If your students have any additional questions, they can contact me at


Safiya Johnson
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
The University of Chicago


Brandies University/Massachusetts Fly-in Program: Deadline August 15, 2017

The Office of Admissions and the Intercultural Center invites your students to apply for our annual multicultural fly-in program.
The Intercultural Center (ICC) serves as an umbrella organization for 18 student groups, supporting students who demonstrate social responsibility and diverse leadership. These organizations and student groups host various events that welcome the community to celebrate multiculturalism on our campus.

The ICC is a crowning example of how Brandeis fosters a unique and vibrant campus community among students, faculty, and staff.

"We are so excited to welcome students to Brandeis! The SEED program is a wonderful opportunity to experience the innermost parts of this community—our students and their passion for Brandeis. Our deadline to apply is less than a week away. If you have not yet applied to the program, we encourage you to do so. We look forward to seeing you!"


I urge you to encourage your students to apply. They will be notified of a decision no later than September 5.


Marina Offner
Associate Director


Colorado College Fly-in Program: Deadlines August 15th & September 21st, 2017

As you know, a campus visit is one of the most important steps of the college search process. We highly encourage all students who can to visit campus ahead of making a final decision. Our standard campus visits include an information session, campus tour, and lunch in our dining hall, while we also can host overnight visits with a current student, and a Block Plan class visit. However, access to our regularly offered — Monday-Friday (and Saturday in the fall) visit schedule — can be difficult for many students.

To make the campus visit experience accessible to everyone, we offer two Funded Campus Visit opportunities in the fall. For these programs, we fund travel and lodging for the student and one parent/guardian. To qualify, students must either self-identify as a student of color, qualify for the Pell Grant, and/or receive free/reduced lunch.


Program 1: September 30 - October 2, 2017
Deadline to apply: August 15, 2017
Decision Release: September 1, 2017

Program 2: October 28-30, 2017
Deadline to apply: September 21
Decision Release: September 30, 2017


College Options/Applications

Community College                   

Requirements: Graduate high school or be older than 18

Application deadlines: Register semester before.

California  State University    

Requirements: 2.0 GPA —A-Gs, SAT or ACT

No essays or letters of recommendation

Deadlines:  October 1-November 30         Admissions Decisions: Jan- March

University of California

Requirements: 3.0 GPA — A-Gs, SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing  (SAT subject tests not required, but highly recommended for science and impacted majors)

Personal Insight Questions (select 4 of 8 prompts, 350 words maximum each), no letters of recommendation

1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.  

2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side. 

3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?  

4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

6.  Think about an academic subject that inspires you.  Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.

7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?  

8. Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

For more information about the personal insight questions, go to

Deadline:  November 30           Admissions Decisions: March

Private/Independent/Out of State Colleges

Requirements: Vary by campus similar to UC, must do research for more info.

Personal Essays and letters of recommendations    

Deadline: Varies by campus as early as November as late as February.

Admissions Decisions: February-April

College Search Websites

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WUE: Western Undergraduate Exchange

What Is WUE?

WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in Western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year public

college programs at a reduced tuition level: up to 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. In all cases, WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. For answers to many of the commonly asked questions about

WUE, visit

College Exams


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AP -Advanced Placement   

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