College Application Process
A limited number of applications for a select number of colleges are available in Student Services. However, we strongly recommend that you apply on-line and submit your application electronically. If we are unable to provide you with a paper copy and you do not wish to apply online, you must contact the college or university directly to request an application. Paper applications should be completed in black or blue ink and free of scratch outs and smudges. Be sure to sign all applications and attach application fees. Once your applications are completed or you have applied online and have a signature page, bring them to Student Services. Applications must be complete including writing samples, personal statements, secondary school reports, fees, and letters of recommendations. We cannot hold incomplete applications.
Letters of Recommendation
Some, 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. We recommend that you waive your right to read the letter and that it is in a sealed envelope. Unread letters are more credible to admission committees. Submit all letters with your completed application to your counselor. If a counselor recommendation is required, be sure to complete the blue senior questionnaire packet and allow 2 weeks for the counselor to honor your request.
Transcript request forms are available in Student Services or you can download them from the Student Services webpage. A new request form must be completed for each college. Allow 10 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 meaning they must be received from the testing agency. Visit www.act.org to request ACT scores and www.collegeboard.com to request SAT scores. Allow several weeks for colleges to receive the score reports. Each ACT report will cost $10.00. You may select a single test date report for the ACT exams. Be sure to designate the type of ACT test as state or national. Each SAT report will cost $10.50. College Board will send all SAT reasoning and subject test scores. There are additional fees for rush delivery for both ACT and SAT reports.
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 10 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 300 seniors and we need adequate time to process the hundreds of college applications we will see this year.