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College Application Process

 

Applications

Applications are submitted online through the college's website or through an online service like the Common Application or University Application. Go to the college's website to learn about its specific procedure. If you would like a paper copy, you must contact the college or university directly to request an application. Once you have completed all your portions of the application online, bring a transcript request form to Student Services along with a list of any recommendations needing to be attached online to the transcript. 

Letters of Recommendation

Some, but definitely not all, colleges will require one or more letters of recommendation as part of the application. If you are asking a teacher or a coach to write a letter for you, we suggest that you give the names of the schools to which you are applying and a list of your activities, awards, and accomplishments. Allow them ample time - at least 2 weeks - to write your letters since many teachers are writing multiple letters. After the teachers upload your letters to Naviance, bring a transcript request to your counselor. If a counselor recommendation is required, be sure to complete the blue senior questionnaire packet and allow two weeks for the counselor to honor your request.

Transcripts

Transcript request forms are available in Student Services or online through link on the right side of this page. A request form must be completed for each college. Allow ten days for your request to be processed.

Reporting Test Scores to Colleges

It is your responsibility to see that the appropriate ACT and/or SAT scores are sent to colleges. If you did not code your selected colleges at the time you registered for the tests, you must request an additional score report be sent. Most colleges require official test scores that come directly from the testing agency. Visit www.act.org to request ACT scores and www.collegeboard.org to request SAT scores. Allow several weeks for colleges to receive the score reports. Each ACT report will cost $12.00. Each SAT report will cost $11.25. 

Deadlines

You are responsible for knowing your selected colleges' deadlines and bringing your applications and other materials to your counselor in time for us to meet those deadlines. Allow ten days for us to process your transcript request and finalize your application not including weekends and holidays. We try to accommodate you as best as we can. However, our department is serving over 400 seniors and we need adequate time to process hundreds of college applications.