College & Career Options

College Choices Video

Are you having trouble figuring out or finalizing your after high school plans, your major, or what colleges you are going to apply to?

If so, check out Mr. Autenrieth's video presentation (19 mins) by clicking here to learn more about College Choices, Tips, and Advice before you even begin your college applications.

College Choices, Tips, and Advice Google Slide Presentation.

Junior College Choices, Tips, and Advice Presentation.

Be sure to also check out our Senior Corner web page for a lot of resources and announcements this year.


California Colleges provides students with an all-inclusive guide for their college/career path and enables educators to track their progress. Go to the website to start exploring:   
Click here for instructions to launch Cal State Apply, FAFSA and CCC Apply through California Colleges.

CA Career Zone allow you to take several free career-related surveys and explore various career pathways using this free website: CA Career Zone

Career Exploration Worksheet and Informational Interviews:
Identifying a possible career path requires a lot of self-reflection and exploration. Click here for a structured career exploration worksheet that you can start working on.

One of the best ways to start learning more about possible career paths is to complete several informational interviews in high school to learn more about various careers that interest you and to help you decide if that might be a good fit for you.

Click here for informational interview worksheet questions that you should ask.



In the Fall of your senior year:

  • Apply for enrollment starting Oct 1st - launch through
  • Complete Online College Orientation.
  • Meet with a community college counselor.
  • Register for classes and pay fees.
EOPS Program

Cosumnes River College extends the opportunity of attending higher education to those from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We not only strive to increase access to college but to commit resources to the retention of these underrepresented groups. Our staff is committed to working with each student so that they can reach their educational, career, and life goals.
Click HERE for more information.


  • Cal State Apply 2020-2021: Launch application through Classes and grades will autofill.  Click here for helpful tips.
  • Check out Senior Central's California State University webpage for more information.
  • Explore the CSU system and its campuses at: Explore the CSU Campuses
  • Check weekly: University Preview Days and College Visitation Schedules.
  • Complete your testing requirement for admission, either the SAT 1 Reasoning Test or the ACT
  • Go to College Entrance Exams for the 2021-2022 testing dates.
  • Register for the OPTIONAL SAT tests at: College Board or the OPTIONAL ACT at ACT
  • Be sure to pick 4 colleges to send your scores to PRIOR to testing for FREE 
  • See Taking the Next Steps interactive virtual presentation for a variety of resources that emphasize what it means to be college and career ready as well as the different educational pathways available at CSU's.

MONEY SAVER:  Send scores to only one CSU from either ACT or College Board and your scores will automatically be sent to all campuses to which you submit an application.

(Note: Some CSU’s require testing be completed by November of your Senior year. Check specific college websites for deadlines)

  • Apply to CSU campuses between October 1 - November 30, 2021.
  • Click here for Cal State Apply Help Center Information. Cal State Applicant Help Center: (857) 304-2087 or [email protected]


The EOP is one of the primary vehicles for the CSUs to increase the access, academic, successs and retention of educationally and economically disadvantaged students. EOP strives to provide the necessary economic and educational resources to help students realize their academic potential.

Click here for specific information on how to apply to EOP, income requirements, and other helpful tips for prospective applicants.

Every CSU campus may have a slightly different admission and program requirements for EOP, so please search for each specific school's EOP website that you are interested in to find out more details.

If you have further questions, you can also talk to your counselor and they can explain the process to you.


  • Launch application through
  • Check out Senior Central's University of California webpage for more information.
  • Explore campuses using the booklet, “Introducing the University” which is available online at Explore UC Campuses
  • Check weekly: University Preview Days and College Visitation Schedules are in the Career Center.
  • Complete your testing requirement for admission. You must take:

1) SAT with Writing or the ACT with Writing.

2) Check with the university for specific subject test recommendations or requirements for that major.

Register for the OPTIONAL SAT tests at: College Board or the OPTIONAL ACT at ACT
Be sure to pick 4 colleges to send your scores to PRIOR to testing for FREE

MONEY SAVER:  Send scores to only one UC from either ACT or College Board and your scores will automatically be sent to all campuses to which you submit an application.

2. Then on the UC application in the “Review and Submit” section check the box that allows the UC to share scores.


The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides assistance through mentorship, academic programs, financial assistance, counseling/advising, and other campus support services to those who are first-generation college students, and/or from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.       Click HERE for more information.


  • Explore private colleges and universities via their web sites. Visit Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities for links to private colleges in California. Make sure to check undergraduate admissions requirements.
  • Check out Senior Central's Private & Out of State Schools webpage for more information.
  • Explore for national and international private colleges.
  • Review application and testing requirements for colleges and universities of interest; many private colleges use the Common Application for admissions. Launch the Common Application through
  • Check the testing requirements for admission.  If needed take either the SAT 1 Reasoning Test or the ACT: Register for the SAT tests at: College Board or the ACT at ACT - Be sure to pick 4 colleges to send your scores to PRIOR to testing for FREE SAT 1 and 2
  • Go to College Entrance Exams for the 2021-2022 testing dates.
  • If you need additional assistance filling out the Common Application click on the following link Common Application Video

Historically Black Colleges (HBC)


The Regional Admissions Counselors of California Directory for out of state educational opportunities for Californians.
Click here RACC Out of State College Directory for more information.



Thinking about joining the military? Click on the link to get more information Military Information

  • Check out Senior Central's   Military webpage for more information.
  • Click HERE for Mr. Autenrieth's Military Career Pathways PowerPoint.


The ASVAB was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. Since its introduction in 1968, the ASVAB has been the subject of extensive research. Numerous validation studies indicate the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations.

Several composite scores are formed from different combinations of ASVAB test scores. Three composites, or Career Exploration Scores, are provided specifically to help students engage in career exploration. These scores help students to get a good sense of their verbal, math, and science and technical skills compared to other students in the same grade. ASVAB results are reported to students and counselors on the ASVAB Summary Results sheet. This report shows grade-specific, gender-specific, and combined standard scores and score bands for all eight tests and three Career Exploration Scores. It also provides students with percentile-based interpretations of those scores. The ASVAB Summary Results sheet provides students with appropriate explanations of the scores, as well as suggestions for their use.

Click on the link for more information about the ASVAB. ASVAB



This website is for the job seekers who wishes to know about the services the One Stop Career Center has.

Any student 16 and older can register on it one time registration) and then be able to access variety of activities pertaining to career development. In this Virtual One Stop, there are job leads, upcoming workshops, access to other One Stops closer to where they live, etc. We encourage students to self register to see what is available. Click on the link below to get started.

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