How to Apply to a College or Tech School

How to Apply to a College or Tech School  

 

  1. Decide on the schools to which you want to apply, and check their application deadlines.  At most schools, you need to have an application on file to be considered for financial aid.
  2. Apply.  Most colleges prefer you to apply on-line, and some will even waive application fees.  Colleges no longer routinely send us paper applications for our students.
  3. If applying on paper or sending anything through the mail:  Complete the paper- work, making sure it is neat and accurate.  Remember to sign it.
  4. DO NOT SEND IT YOURSELF if using regular mail..  Take the application, a check or money order for the fee and any supporting documents (essay, extra-curricular list, etc.) to the counseling office.  We will attach a school profile, an official transcript, and any counselor information required.  We will mail it to the college for you.
  5. If you applied online:  Please let your counselor know if a counselor recommendation is necessary.  Fill out a recommendation request sheet, available in the CO.
  6. What about my test scores?  Although we will include ACT/SAT scores with your transcript, this is considered unofficial.  If you listed the college on your ACT/SAT application, the scores were already sent.  If you did not, you can pick up an “extra score report” form in the counseling office (small pink envelope) or request it online.
  7. Some schools now have an on-site admission day, usually on Saturday.  If you plan to attend one, please request a transcript from the C.O. several days to a week in advance.
  8. IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO ONE OR MORE 4-YEAR COLLEGES:  Do all of the above as early in the school year as possible, preferably by Thanksgiving.
  9. You will usually hear from the college admissions office in two to six weeks.  If you don’t receive a letter within 6 weeks, it’s a good idea to call the admissions office to check on the status of your application.  Be prepared to give them your Social Security Number so they can track your file.
  10. Some colleges with online applications allow you to check online for the status of your application.
  11. Pay attention to all college mail, email and "snail mail."  If you are accepted and miss the enrollment deposit deadline, you could lose your place in the class.  Instead, you will be put on a waiting list.