The College Application Process
Information, Steps, Resources and Tips for current Seniors
SCHS School Code: 233-201
College Application Support Seminars and Q&A
Tuesday, Sept. 10th @ all 3 lunches in the Media Center computer Lab
Thursday, Sept. 12th @ all 3 lunches in the Media Center Computer Lab
Click here for survey.Thank you. SC Counseling.
Includes tips for writing your essay and handling letters of recommendation
2. Standardized Testing Information
3. Scholarships and Financial Aid
4. NCAA Eligibility Information and Resources
5. Admission Terms and Policies
6. Additionally Resources and Opportunities
1. Applying to College
YOU GOT THIS! EXPECT GREAT THINGS! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
4 Steps to Applying to College Online
Step 1: Locate and Complete College Applications ONLINE. Note any deadlines or early action dates. It is a suggested goal to complete college applications by October 31st. Make sure to SUBMIT the application once you have completed all parts and double check for accuracy. Once the college receives any information from you, they will create a file for your materials. Colleges wait to receive all of the application requirements before they will read your application. It is the students' responsibility to make sure that all required materials are received.
Step 2: Request a transcript be sent to your college(s). You make the request online at www.parchment.com
Step 3: Send your ACT/SAT score(s) to any college you are applying if you haven't already done so. This can take several weeks to process. The recommendation is to do this ASAP. www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.org
Step 4: Track your applications, transcript and tests scores to make sure they were received by the college.
More Parchment (sending your transcript) details
2. Once you have an account log into www.parchment.com.
3. You will need to add Stoney Creek High School as the school that has your transcript.
4. Select a Destination to send your transcript - Click on the "Academic Institution" button.
5. Type in the name of your university you want your transcript to be sent to in the box.
6. Confirm correct destination.
7. Select “Send Now" button and save, continue to submit.
See your counselor or Mrs. Paulus if you are having any trouble.
Details for Common Application Users
Additional Information for Common Application Users
Common Application Users should apply online at www.commonapp.org.
Letters of Recommendation for Common Application
You will be asked to provide approximately 1-2 teacher email addresses for an online teacher evaluation and recommendation.
In addition, you will need to provide your counselor's email address for an online Secondary School Report and for colleges that require a counselor recommendation. Please provide them with a "Senior Profile for Letter of Recommendation".
Don’t wait until the last step to invite your teachers and counselor. They can get started on their portion while you are working on yours.
Sending a Transcript to a Common Application School
1. Log into www.parchment.com
2. Select "Send a Transcript" (you will find this at the top right hand side of the page)
3. Select a "Destination"- Click on the "Academic Institution" button
4. Type in "Common Application" in the box, you need to request your transcript be sent to CA for your CA colleges. IF you have requested your transcript be sent to the school directly, you need to cancel this request and re-request to CA.
5. You will then be requested to enter your Common Application ID. (To find this, log into your common application account at www.commonapp.org. After you log into Common App you will see your name at the top right side of the page. Under your name is your CAID -Common App ID)
6. Return to www.parchment.com and type in your CAID.
7. Confirm that the information is correct and submit.
Questions on Common Application:
-Number of Students in Class: 382
-We do NOT rank
-AP Grades are Weighted
-Graduation Date: June , 2020
-School Code: 233-201
Mr. Paul Carlin; firstname.lastname@example.org; 248-726-5732
Ms. Kim Holzknecht; email@example.com; 248-726-5733
Mrs. Linda Veeser; firstname.lastname@example.org; 248-726-5729
Mrs. Jennifer Wilson; email@example.com; 248-726-5730
Mr. Marius Achim; firstname.lastname@example.org; 248-726-5731
Letter of Recommendation Guidelines
•Select adults who know you well. Most of the time colleges will suggest core teachers.
• Ask, “Do you feel you know me enough and do you have enough time to write a supportive letter of recommendation?”.
•Give them a completed "Student Profile Sheet" and a resume, if you have one.
•Give them a couple weeks to write it.
•Give them a stamped envelope addressed to the college if it is NOT a common application school and there is no online process.
•Thank them and write them a thank you note.
•Follow up with them if you are accepted.
•*Remember to check each school's college application requirements. Most schools in MI (except for U of M), do NOT require a letter of recommendation.
-If you had an extenuating circumstance during high school please see your counselor.
Student Profile for Letters of Recommendation
Additional College Application Tips
1. Record your logins/passwords for each online application in one place.
2. Double/triple check the information you supplied before submitting your online application.
3. Create professional sounding email addresses for your college applications. Clean up social media if necessary-- Admission reps may 'Google' you.
4. Get GREAT grades, so you will not be in any danger of graduation AND so your college admission is not withdrawn!!!!!
Applying to the Military Academies
2. Standardized Testing and Sending Scores
SAT/ACT Testing and Scores
If you still would like to take or retake the ACT or SAT the dates are as follows:
· ACT: Test date October 26th - registration deadline is September 20th.
Register at www.actstudent.org
· SAT: Test date October 5th - registration deadline is September 6th.
Register at www.collegeboard.org
Make sure you send the scores to colleges you are applying. We do NOT send ACT/SAT scores with your transcript. SCHS Code: 233-201
Also you will want to make sure your score(s) get to your colleges in time for applications deadlines. If the college does not have a test score your application is incomplete.
3. SCHOLARSHIP & Financial Aid Information
1. Explore College/University Scholarships
· Most colleges have a scholarship webpage, so check it out
· Contact the financial aid office at the college
· Ask for scholarship brochures while on a campus tour
· Join the college mailing list
· Talk to the admission advisor
2. Check out at least one or two FREE scholarship search engines. (never pay to search for scholarships)
3. Check out the Scholarship folder on Stoney Creek’s Counseling Webpage http://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/stoney-creek-high-school/pages/7749/scholarships
4. Financial Aid/FAFSA
- Remind your parents they can begin to fill out the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)" after October 1, 2019
- Financial Aid Presentation at the Administration Building:Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 6pm
Paying for College: Understanding the FAFSA Financial Process for Senior Parents
Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 6pm
501 West University Drive
4. NCAA Eligibility for D1 or D2 College Sport
If you plan to participate in Division I or II sports in college you must register and send your ACT or SAT scores to the NCAA Clearinghouse; code 9999.
Also it is very important make sure that your courses meet academic eligibility requirements; www.eligibilitycenter.org. (For example, Intro to films is NOT an approved English course and students should be taking another approved English course such as Myths, Strange/Mysterious, Poetry, and Exploring Lit). NCAA has very strict eligibility rules and expectations.
Please register and see counselor ASAP.
5. Admission Terms and Policies
• Regular admissions: apply by November and you are usually notified in April
• Rolling admissions: colleges review applications in “batches” and make their decision in about 4-6 weeks. Apply ASAP! (September/Early October)
• Early action/notification: apply by the University's early deadline and get an admissions decision in advance; this is not legally binding.
• Early decision: apply early and get an admissions decision in advance- this is legally binding if you are accepted and you must go to that school.
• On-site admissions
• Open admissions: examples are Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College
6. College Exploration, Research and Gathering Information
Click below to view the College Rep Visit schedule. Sign up for the colleges meeting you would like to attend.
College Night at Rochester High School
Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 6-7:30pm
180 South Livernois Road
Rochester Hills, MI
University of Michigan Early Action Deadline
Friday, Nov. 1st, 12am
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan State University recommended deadline
Friday, Nov. 1st, 12am
426 Auditorium Road
East Lansing, MI
A college may request 7th Semester Grades and/or Midyear Reports
If you receive a request for 7th semester grades or midyear report from your college you must submit a request at www.parchment.com. See your counselor or Mrs. Paulus, the counseling registrar, if you have any questions.
Important details if your senior schedule changes after you apply
Your senior schedule is included on the transcript. If you must make a change in your schedule once you have sent your initial transcripts to the colleges , you MUST contact each college admission office to update them with your change.
Making Your Senior Year Count
What Happens After You Apply
The College Application Process: you applied... what’s next?
Colleges Responses to College Applications:
1. Accept: You will receive info on housing, orientation, and financial aid.
2. Defer: They will ask the student to provide more information. 1st semester grades, updated test scores, etc.
3. Wait list: Students just have to wait. They are still considering your application, but must hear from the admitted students first before they may offer you admissions. Ask if funds will be available if you're accepted.
4. Deny: Cannot offer you admissions. (You could check on Jan-term admissions or a summer start.)
Some Motivational College Application Music
Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix) by HARDWELL
Dont stop believing by Journey / Cover by www.superfuzz.co.uk
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (Just Added) by Corra Music
4. Right Now (Van Halen) by Los Bandidos
Switchfoot - I Dare You To Move (Orchestral Arrangement) by CApples