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College Application Process



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. For the application, use a personal email, not your RBHS email. 

Letters of Recommendation 

After you have asked a teacher for a letter of recommendation, the next step will be to add the request under a specific college on the "College Applications" link on SchooLinks. When you have done so, the teacher will receive an invitation to upload the letter when completed. You can track submission on SchooLinks. 

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. 


Transcripts for current students are requested through SchooLinks. Once you add colleges to the "College Applications" tab on your SchooLinks account, Student Services will be notified that a transcript needs to be sent. Common Application colleges are automatically added when you link your SchooLinks account with your Common Application.

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 to request ACT scores and to request SAT scores. Allow several weeks for colleges to receive the score reports. Each ACT report will cost $18. Each SAT report will cost $14. 


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.