COLLEGE PLANNING PART 7 THE APPLICATION PROCESS. Xavier High School

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1 COLLEGE PLANNING PART 7 THE APPLICATION PROCESS Xavier High School

2 The Application: Making it Count After the student researches and then decides on the colleges to which applications will be made, one important task remains: completing every application with care and thoroughness. It is crucial that the applicant pays sufficient attention to the quality of the materials submitted and devotes sufficient time to the preparation of the application. The application is an OPPORTUNITY. It is the best means the student has of showing the admissions office who he is. A well prepared application should enhance the student s chance for admission.

3 College Check List Register for the SAT Test, SAT Subject Test and ACT s. During the fall of your Senior year, have your scores sent officially to the colleges you are applying to. Due to the score choice policy, Xavier High School will not be sending any SAT score reports to colleges. After opening a Common Application account and selecting at least one college to your list, sign in Family Connection/Naviance, and select Colleges, Colleges I am applying to, to complete the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) This form must be filled out in order for any applications to be sent electronically through Naviance. See counselor with questions. In Family Connection/Naviance, complete a Student Resume for Teacher and a Student Resume for Counselor survey form. In the spring of your Junior year, ask a teacher to write your college recommendation. Teachers will input their recommendation and the common application teacher evaluation form into Naviance for them to be submitted electronically. In addition your guidance counselor will automatically be writing you a letter of recommendation. Once you finalize your college list, please inform the guidance administrative assistant. Decide if you are applying early decision, early action, regular decision, or rolling admission. (Early decision is binding, early action is not binding) Know your deadlines! Find out if the colleges you are applying to accept the Common Application. Visit or see poster in the guidance hallway. Look at your application for choices of essay questions. Write a draft and ask your English teacher or another faculty member to review it. Do not submit your essay online without someone proof reading it.

4 Using the Common Application The Common App. is a single application that can be submitted to a number of colleges. Over 500 Colleges and Universities accept the Common App. This will save considerable time and effort! Click on apply and create a login name and password and save continually. Check for individual college supplements, and follow instructions. Have essay checked by your English teacher before submitting it. Have credit card ready for payment. We will have the teachers use Naviance to fill out the Teacher Evaluation/ Common App Forms. You do not have to print the forms or enter teacher addresses.

5 Tips on Completing the Application: Print a copy of your application for your records. Copy and save all of the supporting materials that have been created: essays, resume, etc. Have these available for inclusion with completed applications. Maintain a file copy in the event that the application and supporting materials are not received by the college. Follow all instructions carefully. Start early! If the application is not completed in advance of the deadline, it may be a sign of procrastination and affect the positive image the student desires to create. Take advantage of the Common Application, a single application that can be submitted to a number of colleges. This will save considerable time and effort.

6 Using a College Application (Non-Common App Schools) Complete application online ~ Have your essay checked by an English teacher and/or your guidance counselor before submitting the application. Have a credit card ready for payment. Print a copy of the confirmation page for your records. Tell Guidance Secretary that you are applying using the College Application instead of the Common or that they are not a Common App School.

7 Your college application will not be considered complete by the college until they receive your official transcript, school profile, and recommendations from the guidance office. Therefore, it is vital that you inform the administrative assistant in the guidance office of where you are applying.

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