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College of Marin Student Services, Kentfield Campus

College Success Saturday – May 9, 2015

8:30 am to noon. Check-in tables in front of Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus.

RSVP by May 1. Click here to reserve a spot.

Outreach Office Hours

Kentfield Campus
Student Services Building, Room 232 (Second Floor)

Generally, there will be at least one student ambassador in the office on Monday-Fridays from 9 am - 2 pm. If you have any questions, please call 415.457.8811 x 7860.

About Us

Navigating the college planning and admissions process can seem overwhelming. Where do I start? What should I look for in a college?  2- Year or 4-Year? How can I afford college? Why is college important and valuable in terms of careers and future income? Who can assist me in the process? The Outreach and School Relations Office provides navigational support to prospective students and their families through a network of programs and services so that you can make a fully informed decision equipped with a deeper understanding of your choices and opportunities.

The Outreach and School Relations Office builds and nurtures relationships with public high schools in and outside of Marin County through tours, Information Nights and College Fairs; establishes contacts with community based organizations serving prospective students; networks with elementary and middle schools in Marin County supporting a college-bound message through classroom sessions and a pipeline of information; sustains a Student Ambassador program to build capacity through student leaders; develops and produces events that highlight college programs, services, and opportunities for prospective students, including families and schools; serves as a community relations agent for COM; supports the College’s efforts to identify and support under-served students including Veterans; and provides educational presentations to the community on issues of higher education access and success-building, financial aid/scholarships, advocacy, immigration, cultural sensitivity, college life, careers, and more.

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Campus Tour

Interested in a Campus Tour? Visiting the College of Marin is an important part of the college planning process, and our Student Ambassadors are the best tour guides around. Please call to arrange for a tour of the Kentfield or Indian Valley Campus, and let us know specific areas of interest . In less than an hour, the Student Ambassadors will familiarize you with the campus, our programs, support services, everyday logistics, and the beautiful surrounding area. Tours provide information that you won’t find in a brochure, and meeting an actual student who can share his/her impressions and perspectives will provide invaluable insights.

To arrange for a tour, to ask general or specific questions relating to College of Marin or the college admissions process, please call the Student Ambassador line, 415.457.8811 x7860, or stop by the Outreach Office located in Room 232 in the Student Services Building on the Kentfield Campus.

Our Student Ambassadors

COM has selected a team of talented student leaders to serve in the Student Ambassador Program for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Student ambassadors serve as liaisons between the College and local schools, lead campus tours and assist with on-campus activities such as Saturday Services, International Students Orientation, Job Fair, Transfer Day, Peer Summit, and other events.  Ambassadors also represent COM at local College Fairs, community events, and off-site school visits. The team has developed a hands-on, interactive college bound curriculum which we use in local elementary and middle schools to support their college preparation and awareness initiatives. Our Ambassadors have their own amazing stories of college access and success. They provide an authentic student voice and perspective and are extremely effective communicators.








For Prospective Students

High school students who are interested in a jumpstart on college level courses can enroll at no cost at the College of Marin through our College Credit Program. High school students gain valuable experience in their classes and earn college credit (most courses transfer to 4-year institutions, e.g., UC, CSU and private colleges) and meet Bachelor degree requirements. If you are interested in exploring different areas of study to help determine your college major, you can enroll in college courses to test your interests. A robust sequence of late afternoon classes is conveniently scheduled to provide opportunities for high school students. It is an efficient and strategic approach for college preparation, and can save you time and money in the long run.

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For Parents and Gaurdians

Your role in the college planning process is crucial. We are here to help support you and your student in this important process through Information Nights sponsored at local schools, community-wide college access forums, information posted on our website, campus tours, and direct contact. We can help you understand the financial implications of your student's choice of colleges in terms of your own family's finances. By becoming familiar with the various options available to your student, from concurrent enrollment at no cost while your student is still in high school, to the higher education system in California (consisting of the community colleges, California State Universities, University of California system, and private universities), to the various forms of financial aid and scholarships and other support services, you will be able to lend a helpful and informed voice that will result in a more thoughtful decision for your student and your family.

For Counselors

Please let us know how we can support your students, whether at your site or on our campuses. We will work with you to develop a tailored approach that will supplement your efforts and can provide materials for use in your office. You can contact us either by email,, or by calling our office: 415.485.9663.

Links to Other College of Marin Offices

There are many important services offered at College of Marin to help with student succes:

Valuable Resources

There is no shortage of college planning information, and the volume of websites and guides can be overwhelming. We can help you distinguish between  websites that charge fees for all of their services versus others that offer the same information for FREE! Our Student Ambassadors have reviewed current web sites and college planning programs for their navigational strategies and user-friendly content, and here are some resources that might be helpful to you

California Colleges
California's FREE official source for college and career planning where you can explore colleges (among California Community Colleges, the California State University system, University of California system, and independent colleges and universities) and careers, search for campuses that match any combination of important criteria after using the personality and career self-assessments, plan and pay for college, and track progress to prepare for transfer to a 4-year institution. The web site also includes resources and materials for parents and counselors.

WSJ on Campus from The Wall Street Journal
In a partnership between the Wall Street Journal and Unigo, this web site features the student voice in college choices, careers, financial aid, etc., with real-life stories and strategies from current college students. "Don't just look at colleges from the outside - Learn what they're really like from actual students."

I Can Afford College
Applying for financial aid seems difficult with the various forms and documents involved. But it isn't as bad as it seems; there is plenty of help available.  Just start at the top of the form, read each question or instruction carefully, keep moving down the page, and before you know it, you're done! Remember to use a pencil to mark the questions that require more thought or clarification so that you don't miss anything.

The New York Times – The Choice
Making a college list, filing applications, and marshaling the resources to afford an education can be intimidating. But it need not be. Join Jacques Steinberg, New York Times education writer and author of "The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College,'' as he and his colleagues examine all facets of the college admissions process.

Keep checking this web page for more resources as we'll be updating the list whenever new sites or materials become available. And, don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions!


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Outreach Web Page
Content Responsible: Anna L. Pilloton, Outreach Coordinator, (415) 485-9663
Technical Contact: Anna L. Pilloton, Outreach Coordinator, (415) 485-9663