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About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f... (More)
About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally feature "guest? bloggers and invite other college counselors to join the blog team. We are members of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC).
Lori McCormick: I began my college advising career in 2006 at Notre Dame de Namur in Transfer Admissions. Since then, I have worked at San Jose State in the Career Center, for a local independent college advising firm, and for BUILD a college access program for underrepresented youth. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from UCSB and a MA in Psychology with a concentration in Career Counseling from Antioch University. I am an active volunteer with The Parent?s Club of the Peninsula (PAMP), the Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) and I am a seasonal application reader for the Maisin Scholar Award
. I reside in Palo Alto with my husband and two sons.
John Raftrey: I have been advising students for the last three admission cycles. I regularly attend conferences, tour colleges, and keep up with the changing landscape of college admissions. I'll share what I learn and throw in a few opinions along the way. I moved to Palo Alto in 1991. My three sons are all veterans of PAUSD and graduated from Paly. I graduated from the University of Michigan, earned an MBA at Columbia University and hold a certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. In my past life I worked in TV news and high tech marketing. (Hide)
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(Written by Lori McCormick)
The University of California at Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, established in 1967, is celebrating their 50th anniversary this academic year.
Imagine a small cohort of highly engaged, academically like-minded students within a large UC campus. The College of Creative Studies offers eight areas of academic focus: Art, Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computing, Mathematics, Music Composition, Physics, and Writing & Literature. In 2020 they will add a Marine Science major.
With only about 400 students in their college, students get to know their professors and classmates in addition to hands-on experiential learning. The added beauty is that the College of Creative Studies is on campus at UCSB and students in the CCS program can take classes outside of their program in addition to having the same resources available on campus as other students.
If you are looking for a smaller sized college but the UC system appeals to you, visit UCSB’s College of Creative Studies’ website
for more information.