College Center

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

College Center Hours:  8:00 AM - 4:00 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. 


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:  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.  Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.

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

8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying 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

  • Find The - Find and compare thousands of colleges, universities and junior colleges based on location, tuition rates, percentage of students accepted and average SAT scores.
  • - The National Association of College Admissions Counselors: Information and resources: 

College Exams


College Board Online - Association of schools and colleges offering services and programs in the areas of assessment, guidance, admission, placement, financial aid, curriculum, and research:



AP -Advanced Placement   

 Test Preparation - Online video test prep for a variety of subjects. 


College Prep Opportunities

Summer programs and other academic programs are a great way to explore interests and best college applications. They also allow students to meet peers with similar interests while exploring college options. 




Financial Aid

Financial aid is any form of assistance that a student receives to pay for college costs. These include Grants, Scholarships, Work study and Student Loans. The sources of financial aid can be from the State or Federal Government as well as private organization and companies. Generally students will need to complete the FAFSA application to receive state or federal aid. Students applying to private universities may also be required to complete the CSS profile. To receive scholarships students must seek and submit applications to be considered for this type of aid. 


Featured Scholarships : 

  • National College Resource Foundation- Requirements: 11th or 12th grade, submit essay        Award:  Varies  
  • Kenyon College Travel Grant -  Award:  covers travel cost to visit campus See Ms. Lopez 
  • Sullivan Leadership Award- Requirements: Must attend Seattle Univ.         Award: 4 year Scholarship     
  • Stokes Educational NSA Scholarship-  Requirements: Computer Science or computer/ Eletrical Engineering, 1600 SAT or 25 ACT, 3.0 GPA.                    Award: Upto  $30,000 tuition per year.   Deadline: Nov. 15
  • Boston University Trustee Scholarship- Requirements: Attend Boston Univ.     Award: 4 Year tuition   Deadline: Dec. 1st 
  • University of La Verne Performance Scholarship - Requirement: Performance audition, attend La Verne   Award: $20,000   Deadine: Dec. 15  
  • Milken Scholars Program- Requirements: 3.6 GPA, 1850 SAT or 28 ACT  Award: $2,000/yr   Deadline: Dec. 19
  • CSU Long Beach President's Scholarship- Requirements: Attend CSULB, Validictorian or National scholar.  Award: Full 4 year attendance and services   Deadline: Jan. 2
  • California Association of Collectors - Award: 1st place $2,500, 2nd place $2,000, 3rd place $1,500    Deadline: Jan. 5
  • Occidental College Centennial Scholarship - Requirements: from targe HS, attend Oxy.   Award: Full 4 years.     Deadline: Jan. 22
  • Alliance of Asian /Pacific Islander Administrators- Requirement: Asian or Pacific Islander   Award: $2,000   Deadline: Jan 30
  • Diller Jewish Teen Award - Requirement: must be jewish    Award:  $36,000     Deadline: Dec. 14
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities (Various Scholarships)- Requirement: Graduating Senior   Award: Varies   Deadline: Jan. 20
  • Sons of Italy Western Foundation (Scholarship or travel abroad)- Requirement: Whole or part Italian   Deadline Mar. 1 

Scholarship Search Websites

www.finaid.orgThe calculator featured on this site is a great tool for figuring out exactly how much you will need in scholarships. Gates Millennium Undergraduate Scholars Program - Jackie Robinson Foundation, Inc. - A free college scholarship search and financial aid resource. It provides links to contests that offer scholarship awards up to $10,000. - This site offers a free scholarship search along with other resources for college students. - United Negro College Fund - provides resources and scholarships for African American students. Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund - provides resources and scholarships for Asian American students.

www.hsf.netHispanic Scholarship Fund - Provides resources and scholarships for Latino/Hispanic students. and - Bureau of Indian Education and the American Indian College Fund – provides resources and scholarships for Native American students. - California Student Aid Commission: Chafee Grant for Foster Youth and - California Student Aid Commission

Scholarships and Resources for AB-540 Students

 Undocumented students have the same opportunities for college admissions. By law universities and college may not discriminate based on immigration status in regards to admission. However some restrictions apply in regards to financial assistance for college. See following link for more information. Undocumented students and college (AB540) (English | Spanish) 

AB540 Friendly scholarship websites.                                                                                                    

 Students without documentation will not complete the FAFSA application and will complete the Dream Act application for state assistance here: