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Exploring Schools


In today's society, people change careers multiple times in the new gig economy.  For many students, navigating which career industries and majors interest them is a first step in the college going process.  It is important to engage in opportunities at New Tech High to explore what potential career clusters interest you as a student.

Here are a few good resources for students interested in exploring possible career options:


California's Master Plan for Higher Education establishes a three-tiered approach to public institutions: California Community Colleges System, California State Universities, and the Universities of California.  All three tiers are great options for students to explore:

Students must be A-G eligible to be considered for acceptance to the CSU and UC systems.  Most California Community Colleges do not have entrance requirements.


Many New Tech High students qualify to apply for private and out-of-state institutions.  Examples of private schools in California are St. Mary's College, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University.  Each private school or out-of-state institution will have their own application and criteria processes.  We advise you visit the schools website for more info.


All New Tech High students have access to Family Connection, a personalized college and career tool to help students navigate their exploration.  New Tech High also tracks students college applications via Family Connection.  The College Super Match tool is a great starting place to research and compare schools.  Students may select multiple factors (campus size, GPA, athletics, majors) to explore schools that match their interests and compare them to other schools.  Family Connection is a robust tool, but we also suggest you explore:


Books can be valuable in providing a succinct, bird’s-eye view of schools. We would suggest that you look through some or all of the following:

  • The Best 381 Colleges, by Princeton Review
  • The College Finder, by Steven Antonoff
  • Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, by Lauren Pope
  • Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late-Blooming, and Just Plain Different, by Donald Asher
  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers, by Elaina Loveland
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges, by Edward Fiske
  • The Hidden Ivies, by Howard Greene and Mathew W. Greene
  • The Insider's Guide to Colleges, by the Yale Daily News Staff
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League, by Loren Pope

Students can find copies of some of these and other resources in Student Services.