College Search Application Information Updates COVID-19

Virtual College Events

RACC Virtual Events
RACC is excited to kick off our virtual college webinar series hosted via Zoom! Each webinar will consist of four to five RACC college representatives. We hope you'll share the dates and registration links with your students and the website will be updated with the information.

Webinar Series Dates & Information

- May 21: Connecting with Colleges - 6:00pm PST REGISTER HERE

- May 26: Understanding Holistic Admissions - 6:00pm PST REGISTER HERE

- May 27: Exploring Out of State Options - 3:30 PST REGISTER HERE

More webinars have been added for June and July. Visit this site for details.

Other Resources

The RACC YouTube Channel is now live! Our channel features RACC institution videos and additional content and presentations will be added continuously. 

Ongoing Virtual Tours for RACC schools (83 different colleges/universities)

Coast to Coast

Admissions officers from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University invite you and your students to learn about our institutions, hear advice about the college search and application process, and get your questions answered.

We appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your students if at all possible. You and your colleagues are certainly welcome to attend. The Coast to Coast group is planning on holding a series of counselor-specific events later this summer.


Sunday, May 31, 2020
3 p.m. Pacific Time

Webinar link sent upon registration.


Thursday, June 11, 2020
5 p.m. Pacific Time

Webinar link sent upon registration.

An RSVP is required.
Can't make it that evening?
Visit the Coast to Coast Tour website for a full list of programs. 


The More Things Change:

Applying to College through COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

6:00p – 7:30p

Register Here

Free Events for High School Students:

Thursday, May 28
4-6 pm - 
SAT Review

Tuesday, June 2
6-8 pm - 
SAT Review

Thursday, June 4
4-6 pm - ACT Review

Tuesday, June 9
6-8 pm - ACT Review

Sunday, June 28
4-6 pm - Advanced Math Topics Super Review

Personal Statement Boot Camp

June 1st - June 5th

Class of 2021: Check your Helix email for a notification from "Ethan Sawyer"

SAT/ACT Testing Information
Message from College Board:
April 15th
To Keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidelines and school closures across 192 countries, we will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020.

For updates visit here

Message from ACT:
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

For FAQ's visit here

Message from the California State University System:
To provide some measure of relief, the CSU will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.
For more information click here

General Information

Hi Helix Junior:

As you may know, junior year is the time for you to begin thinking about college, as you’ll start applying for college as early as November senior year!

So during junior year, I encourage you to do four main things: 

  1. Create a College Accounts Document: It is important to record all your usernames and passwords in a safe and easy to access place. Although your phone may seem easiest, it has proven unreliable when your battery dies, you lose it or get a new one. A document in your google drive is accessible from any computer or phone or tablet. Template to copy if you do not already have one.

  2. College research: Learn about different colleges and which ones might be a good fit. Potentially begin going on campus visits. (Or, given Coronavirus, check out the videos and virtual campus tours.)

  3. Study for standardized tests: If you’re considering a college that requires the SAT or ACT, it’s normally wise to take the test in the Spring. This way, if you’re unhappy with your score, you have time to retake it at the beginning of senior year. However, since standardized tests have now been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, we encourage you to take advantage of the extra time to study for the SAT/ACT and take the test in the fall, and/or consider applying to test-optional colleges.

  4. Learn about financial aid: Once senior year rolls around, you’ll be too busy doing college applications to research the financial aid process. So focus on understanding that (and taking note of deadlines!) now. To start, here’s a good primer on how college financial aid works, and here’s an explanation of the most important financial aid acronym: EFC (Expected Family Contribution). 

  5. Apply for scholarships. High school juniors are eligible for plenty of scholarships, and it’s never too early to begin earning money towards your college tuition! Plus, it’s pretty easy to turn common scholarship essays into college essays, when the time comes. To find and apply for scholarships, log into Naviance, click on “Colleges”, click on “Scholarships & Money”, then click on “National Scholarship Search”.

I know that may seem like a lot to keep track of though, so you might also find this Junior Year Calendar/Checklist to be quite helpful. Print it out, and check things off as you complete them!

College Application Preparation Resources

College Essay Guy’s College Application Hub: If you or your students want to devote some time to working ahead on college apps, these are some of my most favorite and popular college prep resources. Topics are listed by category and you can work through them at your own pace. They’re all free.

Craft a College Essay That Stands Out.

Talk College

Approaching the Table: The Inclusion of Family in a College Conversation on the links below.

Slides: Presentation Slides

Handouts:  Family Discussion Starters

College Searching

Time to start creating a list of colleges to consider for applications:


There are many scholarships out the for you to be applying for NOW.

You can access a National Scholarship database through Naviance. This database has over 3.5 million scholarships worth more than $18 billion.


If you’re a 10th or 11th grader getting a head start on college research, or a 12th grader still trying to decide where you’ll be the next four years, this guide covers four of my favorite resources.

The next few in a series by my screenwriter friends Ed and Whit on things to do, see, watch, read, and listen to during a pandemic. Click on Part 4 then click through for the rest at the bottom.