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San Diego State University

Compact for Success

Step 1: Senior Review (meet with counselor and start planning!)

When: Fall semester of your senior year (August/September)

What to do: At the very beginning of your senior year, meet with your counselor to:

1. Review your transcript and your CSU/UC GPA

Make sure you have completed all “A-G” requirements or surpassed them.

  • Reviewing your transcript: Lisa – see gold text on original. How should this be reworded?
  • Rescind policy: Note that SDSU and UC campuses have a strict rescind policy. This means that your admission will be rescinded if you receive one low grade (D or F) in any A-G course taken during your senior year. The GPA required for admission into the UC system is 3.0 (GPA will be calculated when you complete the UC application.)

2. Colleges and entrance requirements

Review your college selections and the entrance requirements of the colleges of your choice. For information about colleges in California, see Decide wisely about which colleges you will apply to. (Note: SDSU is in the CSU system. UCSD is in the UC system.)

  • From your counselor, get information about deadlines, support services and financial aid.
  • Pin number: Get a financial aid pin number, one for you and another for your parent(s)/guardian(s). You will need to have these pin numbers before January. To get pin numbers, go to
  • Make plans to attend a college application workshop(s) sponsored by your school.
  • Make plans to attend the Sweetwater District’s fall college fair.
  • Review your personal statement for college applications and scholarships, and revise/refine as needed.

3. Scholarship application

With your counselor’s help, review the scholarship application process and develop a scholarship packet.

  • Maintain a calendar of scholarship deadlines and apply early!
  • Create a scholarship folder and review opportunities monthly. Create a resume, biography, and obtain 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Avoid scholarship scams (companies that ask you to pay for their help). Scholarships are free.
  • Visit these free scholarship websites:

4. Community service

Develop an action plan to complete your community service requirement.