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College Visits

Looking for more information about a particular college or university?  While our campus visits will be limited this year, there are LOTS of online opportunities to learn more!  Below will be info and links to anything that comes across our desk - but remember you can always search a colleges website for opportunities too!

California Polytechnic State University - Cal Poly SLO

California Polytechnic State University is hosting a virtual admissions information session on Friday, September 17th at 3:30 PM (PST). This is your opportunity to meet the admissions staff and discover what Cal Poly's "Learn by Doing" philosophy might look like for you! The session is open to all Hacienda la Puente Unified High School District 9-12th grade students. Register for the virtual session - We hope to see you there!


UC Campus Fall Events for Prospective Students

This fall campuses are offering a variety of events for prospective students. Campuses may offer a range of virtual opportunities, including college fairs, appointments, admissions sessions, tours, and videos on admission, housing, and/or financial aid and scholarships.  Some will be hosted in-person, while others will be offered virtually. 

UC Berkeley: Open House October 9; programming throughout September and October
UC Davis: Open House October 4-29; programming for counselors, families and students offered throughout the fall quarter
UC Irvine: Preview Week October 11-15 (Virtual)
UCLA: Open House September 25-30 (Virtual)
Merced: Programming available throughout September, October, and November
UC Riverside: Discover UCR November 1-4 (Virtual)
UC San Diego: Summer Showcase August 16-19; Fall Showcase October 2; Programming available throughout September, October, and November
UC Santa Barbara: Programming throughout October and November
Santa Cruz: Programming throughout September, October, and November

University of California Los Angeles - UCLA

We are currently offering both Virtual Admission Information Sessions (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and Virtual Campus Tours (Mondays & Wednesdays) and dates are currently open through the end of Fall. All of our brochures continue to be available online through our Publication Library.  We will also be updating our Events Page throughout the Fall, but students can also sign up for our mailing list at any time to receive updates directly. As always, I encourage you and your students to reach out to me directly should you have any questions. 

Nick Eittreim: Assistant Director, Freshman Recruitment,



Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke UniversityGeorgetown UniversityHarvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. During the Exploring College Options event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions.  You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.


Visit dates will be posted for the Spring semester; no Fall dates are posted for the LA/OC area.

What is demonstrated interest?

Demonstrated interest is one of the admissions criteria used by many competitive colleges - usually private.  The term refers to ways that an applicant shows he or she is serious about enrolling at a given college. An applicant who calls with questions about a particular program is more valued than one who doesn't communicate beyond applying. An applicant who visits shows more demonstrated interest than one who doesn't, and so forth. Many colleges factor in demonstrated interest to admissions and aid decisions, wanting to admit applicants who will actually end up enrolling. The idea is to have better planning and to improve the yield, the percentage of admitted applicants who enroll.