COLLEGE PLANNING PROCESS

Last Updated: 11/12/2020 2:03 PM

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Steps to Applying to College

Below are the links to all information linked to college planning.  Please read thoroughly and consult with your counselor when necessary.

 

STEP ONE:   Narrow down your college search to 4-5 colleges. (This can begin as early as your freshmen year...begin looking at all your options early.)

COLLEGE VISITS/EXPLORATION

COLLEGE ATHLETICS     

 

STEP TWO:   Apply to the colleges/universities of your choice. (Pay attention to all deadlines.   For Priority Scholarship Deadlines, apply by November 1st).

1.  Via Common App

 

2.  Via College Website

 

STEP THREE:  Request Letters of Recommendations AND Transcripts via NAVIANCE STUDENT (Please request at least 2 WEEKS prior to application deadline.  This gives everyone time to process your request.)

1.  Ask teachers personally to write you a letter of recommendation.   Then log into Naviance Student to request. 

 *  How do request transcripts and letters of recommendations? 

                                       Click Here for Instructions

                                       Click Here to Login to NAVIANCE STUDENT

 

STEP FOUR:   Determine how College/University accepts ACT/SAT scores. Transcript or Directly from Testing site

ACT INFORMATION

Additional test dates and deadlines, registration, costs, scores, etc

  • ACT FEE WAIVERS:  Students on free/reduced lunch qualify for two waivers to cover the cost of the ACT. See Guidance for waivers.

 

SAT INFORMATION

Test dates and deadlines, registration, costs, scores, etc

  • SAT FEE WAIVERS:  Students on free/reduced lunch qualify for two waivers to cover the cost of the SAT. See Guidance for waivers.

*  SAT/ACT Comparison Chart

SAT/ACT Test and Registration Dates  

 

STEP FIVE: Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

FINANCIAL AID/FAFSA 

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

**Please note:  Once all paperwork has been submitted, please allow colleges up to 4 weeks to process your application.  If you have requested transcripts and letters of recommendations via Naviance Student, please disregard notices from colleges/universities.

 

 

 

CHECKLISTS Per Grade Level

9th Grade College Checklist  HERE

10th Grade College Checklist HERE

11th Grade College Checklist HERE

12th Grade College Checklist HERE

 

 

COLLEGE VISITS

Students can gather information on colleges/universities in several different ways.  It is never to early for students as young as 9th grade to begin exploring.  For more information:  CLICK HERE

 

ADDITIONAL COLLEGE COUNSELING LINKS:

  • Common Application - The Common Application is the recommended form of 700 selective colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs.