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College Application Process

Each college and university offer different types of application requirements and deadlines.  It is important to know the application deadlines of the schools where you are applying.  As a basic rule, please submit applications and transcript requests 2 weeks before the deadline.  This will ensure your application is submitted without danger of an unexpected power outage, server crash, and to optimize the scholarship and admission potential.  It is your responsibility to check Naviance to make sure your transcripts have been submitted.

*Before you start make sure you keep yourself organized (click here)!

1. Complete your online application to the university/college. 

  • Make sure you are honest, thorough, concise, and attentive to directions.  Please proofread before submitting.  Application fees range from $20-$60.

 

2. Write an essay, if needed.

  • Some colleges will ask you to write personal essays which they will read for content, organization, ability to answer the question, grammar and spelling.  Colleges want this application to reflect you, your interests, your values, how you write, and how you think. Make sure you proofread your essay before submitting.  

 

3. Letters of Recommendation, if needed.

  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers in person. Then log-in to Naviance, under the Colleges Tab click on "Colleges Home"
  • Under the section "Apply to College" click on "Letters of Recommedation"
    • Click "Add Request" and follow the on-screen instructions. 

 

4. Request your transcript:

    Click Here to view our step-by-step guide for requesting transcripts through Naviance.

    Very Important- Remember to email your counselor once you have made your request in Naviance. 

 

IF APPLYING BY COMMON APP

  • Add the colleges you are applying to via Common Application to the “My Colleges” tab in Common Application.
  • Complete the FERPA waiver in the “Recommenders and FERPA” section (in the “My Colleges” tab).
  • In the “Colleges I’m Applying To” tab in Naviance, type in the email address you use to log in to Common Application and click “Match”.

 

NOTE:  COUNSELORS ARE UNABLE TO SEND TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL ALL OF THESE STEPS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED!  IT IS UP TO YOU TO DOUBLE CHECK AND MAKE SURE TRANSCRIPTS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED!

 

ACT/SAT SCORES:

Some schools require official test scores to be sent.  If you did not indicate the schools you are applying to on your testing documents, you will need to request them through the “Send My Scores” link on the ACT website:   www.actstudent.org or SAT scores throughwww.collegeboard.org.  There is a fee to send official scores through these websites.

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