If you are applying online, keep in mind the following:
• Some school will have recommendation forms you must print out and submit to the college separate from your online application. Typically schools request a teacher recommendation and/or a counselor recommendation. It is your responsibility to get these forms to your teachers and/or counselor. Remember, a two week notice is strongly recommended when asking someone to write a letter of recommendation for you! It is also your responsibility to make sure those letters reach their final destination.
• Some school may have a form you need to print out and have a counselor sign. This form typically is requesting information regarding your class rank, GPA, and possibly a checklist appraisal. Bring this form to Mrs. Fielitz in the Counseling Office.
• All colleges require transcripts – even if you are applying online. You must fill out a transcript release form (available in the counseling office).
More and more students are attending 2 and 4-year schools, it’s important you get your foot in the door. If you are sure of a college you want to apply to ~ APPLY NOW! If you procrastinate until two or three weeks before the deadline, your procrastination will probably show, perhaps lessening your chances for making the most positive impression possible. Remember the Guidance Office needs two weeks to process your application and you should allow two weeks for any recommendations needed!
Filling out the application:
Many schools encourage applications to be completed online. It is your responsibility to fill out college applications and follow the guidelines set forth by the college in their application forms. Meeting deadline is essential. Here are some tips to help make your application more appealing to college admissions officers:
Make it neat ~ spend time and make it look nice; easy to read
- Type it, or print with black ink
- Copy it first, then fill out the copy. Once you have all the information in place, fill out the original. Remember NEATNESS!
- Fill out all necessary and needed information before you start working on the application
- There is often a space on the recommendation where you may waive your legal right to see references that are written on your behalf. We suggest that you waive this right. If you have chosen your “recommenders” wisely, there should be no reason for you to see what they have actually written. By waiving your rights, you show an admissions officer that you have confidence in what is being written on your behalf.
- Specify school within the university you will be attending, i.e.; College of Liberal Arts, Institute of Technology, School of Arts & Science, etc.
- Try to avoid “undecided” for major unless you have absolutely no idea. Having a tentative major does not commit you forever. You will have a right to change your mind.