The College Application Process

Information, Steps, Resources and Tips for current Seniors

SCHS School Code: 233-201

College Application Support Seminars and Q&A

College Application Support - Ask questions about applying to colleges using Common Application and other online applications.

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.

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Topics Covered

1. Steps in the College Application Process

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


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

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. or

Step 4: Track your applications, transcript and tests scores to make sure they were received by the college.

More Parchment (sending your transcript) details

1. Create an account. Go to First time users need to "SIGN UP". Creating an account takes less than 5 minutes. It does require an electronic signature from your parent. Please create the account at home when a parent is available.

2. Once you have an account log into

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.
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Details for Common Application Users

Common Application Member Colleges

Approximately 600 member colleges

Additional Information for Common Application Users

Common Application Users should apply online at

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

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 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 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

Counselor Info

Mr. Paul Carlin;; 248-726-5732

Ms. Kim Holzknecht;; 248-726-5733

Mrs. Linda Veeser;; 248-726-5729

Mrs. Jennifer Wilson;; 248-726-5730

Mr. Marius Achim;; 248-726-5731

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How to Guide to the Common Application (2019-2020) | Tutorial

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

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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

· SAT: Test date October 5th - registration deadline is September 6th.

Register at

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

Scholarship Tips

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

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

Rochester, MI

This presentation will be hosted at the district Administration Building. The FAFSA (free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other financial aid resources will be presented and discussed. Bring a pencil to take notes!

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; (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

Approximately 90 colleges from Michigan and around the country will be represented at this college fair. Bring your questions and an open mind.

Extra Details

University of Michigan Early Action Deadline

Friday, Nov. 1st, 12am

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Ann Arbor, MI

Early Action Deadline. You will hear decision by 12/24

Michigan State University recommended deadline

Friday, Nov. 1st, 12am

426 Auditorium Road

East Lansing, MI

For maximum scholarship consideration, seniors should apply by November 1.

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 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

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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.)

CLASS of 2020 Website

Important dates and information provided

Some Motivational College Application Music


Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix) by HARDWELL

Dont stop believing by Journey / Cover by

Corra Music

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (Just Added) by Corra Music

Los Bandidos

4. Right Now (Van Halen) by Los Bandidos


Switchfoot - I Dare You To Move (Orchestral Arrangement) by CApples


Whitney Houston - One moment in time - Live - Grammy Awards - 1988 by LiveMusic