The College Application Process

Applying to college takes thought, effort, and organization. The guidance department has many tools to help you navigate through the application process successfully. Refer to the checklist below for the step by step process. If you have additional questions, please make an appointment with your school counselor.


Student & Family Responsibilities:

1. Authorize the release of transcript and test score information through Infosnap.

2. Use Naviance to indicate the colleges the student is applying to.

3. Complete Common Application for Common Application institutions. If your school is not a Common Application institution, complete the college’s electronic or paper application.

4. Link Common Application and Naviance see your counselor for assistance if you need it.

5. Use Naviance to request transcripts for each college to which you will apply.

6. Students are encouraged to sign the FERPA waiver in the Common Application.

7. In the “colleges I am applying to” section of Naviance check off the “I have submitted my application” upon submitting it electronically.

8. Complete Letter of Recommendation Brag Sheet in Naviance before asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation.

9. Ask teachers in person for a recommendation letter at least 3 weeks in advance of college application deadline. Follow up with an electronic request in Naviance (Common Application colleges will accept electronically only the exact number of teacher recommendations specified for their institution)

10. Notify your Counselor that you need a letter of recommendation at least 2 weeks in advance of deadline for the college.

11. Student indicates in Naviance colleges’ decisions as they are informed: Accepted, Denied, or Waitlisted.

12. Student states in Naviance the college he or she will attend in  the graduation survey given at the end of the school year.

13. If your college/institution does not accept documents through Naviance, bring an addressed and stamped envelope to room 124 to have transcripts and applications mailed to colleges

Counselor Responsibilities:

1. Write letter of recommendation when required or requested.

2. Complete Common Application School Report.

3. Send the transcript, letters of recommendation, school profile, and school report to schools through Naviance.

4. Send out first quarter grades if requested by student or college.

5. Send out mid-year grades and report if requested or required.

6. Review Naviance to monitor student requests for sending out supplemental materials.



School Counseling Office Responsibilities:

1. Update the School Profile and Upload to Naviance.

2. Upload initial transcripts, mid-year grades and final transcripts.

3. Send out one final transcript to the school the student will attend as indicated in the graduation survey.


Teacher Responsibilities: 

1. In accord with numbers 8 and 9 above, write a letter of recommendation, upload to Naviance and complete common application evaluation (as appropriate).

Click Here for Helpful Resources


The Common Application

New England Association of College Admission Counselors- Find out about College Fairs happening in your area! Just click on the "College Fairs" Tab.

The College Board- Get connected to your college. Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed.

SAT Registration

ACT Registration

Safety on Campus- Learn about campus security, your rights as a parent trying to find out crime statistics and much more. This is a very informative site that all parents and students should use in evaluating the colleges they are considering.

CSO College Center- An initiative of Center for Student Opportunity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote college access and opportunity among first-generation and historically underserved student populations.

Fair Test- Click here for a list of Colleges and Universities that do not emphasize SAT or ACT in their admission process

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