College Applications

College Application Week: Every November!

First things first, make sure to check for college application deadlines!!

Some colleges have early notification or priority application deadlines as early as November 1st!

Final application deadlines for four-year colleges typically occur in the months of February and March. IMPORTANT: always check the website of your college of choice for application deadlines since they can vary greatly from college to college!

Can't find the application deadline online?? Call or e-mail the admissions office of your college of choice and ask!


  • Most community college applications are free (you may find a couple that charge an application fee--if you cannot afford this, remember to ask for a fee waiver or deferment)
  • You can typically apply to community colleges much later in the school year, with the applications often being open up until right before your first term of college would begin in the fall.
  • You may find that some community college applications are not open for you to apply early in your senior year. If the application for admission to the Fall 2018 term is not open yet when you look at your community college of choice, try back later or contact admissions to apply.
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College Applications: Step-by-Step

Step 1: Narrow down your college choices

  • Use CIS to explore colleges and careers
  • Search college websites for programs and majors to make sure your college of choice offers what you would like to study (tip: if you have no idea what you would like to study, choose a college that offers a few programs or majors that sound interesting to you--you can settle on a specific major later)
  • Check admissions criteria (minimum GPA, SAT or ACT score requirements, high school class requirements, etc) and application deadlines
  • Make a list of colleges you would like to apply to

Step 2: Locate and review the college application online

  • Go to the website of your college of choice and search for the online application. You would typically find this under "Admissions" or "Apply Now"
  • Thoroughly read the application and gather the materials you will need to complete the application
  • Make a note of application fees (if applicable)

Step 3: Fill out and submit the application

  • Make sure to read and follow all directions carefully
  • Make sure to send your transcripts and test scores (if applicable)
  • Make sure to add all colleges you applied to to your FAFSA (if you have not already done so)--this is VERY IMPORTANT so that you receive financial aid information from your college in a timely manner

Step 4: Follow Up

  • Follow up with the college by checking your e-mail and postal mail for further directions

But I can't afford the application fee...

Some colleges charge an application fee. If you can not afford this, please do not hesitate to contact that college to ask for an application fee waiver or fee deferment. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch often qualify for application fee waivers.

You should contact the admissions office of your college of choice to ask about fee waivers.

Some colleges (such as Oregon Tech) will host events where they waive application fees for ALL students. Ask your college of choice if this is an option for you.

How do I sent my SAT or ACT test scores?

SAT and ACT test scores are NOT sent to the high school. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to send your own test scores to colleges.

To send scores, you must log in to your CollegeBoard (SAT) or your ACT account. This is the same account and website that you used to register for the test.

When you register to take the test, you may enter colleges and your scores will be sent to those colleges automatically.

If you forgot to enter colleges when you registered or you need to add a college, you will need to log back into your account and send scores. There is a fee to send test scores if you do not list your college of choice when you register for the SAT or ACT.

SAT - Sending Scores

ACT - Sending Scores

How do I send my high school transcript to a college?

You may send transcripts electronically or request that the Henley Counseling office mail your high school transcript.

If you have an option to request that your transcript be submitted electronically and need an e-mail to enter, please enter Mrs. Haney's e-mail address:

If you need your transcript mailed, please see Mrs. Haney in the Counseling office.

The colleges that you apply to will let you know if and when you will need to send these transcripts.

What about my college transcripts?

The high school does NOT have access to your college transcripts. If you took classes for college credit through Oregon Tech, KCC, or any other college, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to have your college transcripts sent to the college that you plan to attend.

You will need to contact the college or colleges you earned credit from to request that your college transcript be sent to another college. You may be charged a fee for this.

The colleges that you apply to will let you know if and when you will need to send these transcripts.

What about out of state colleges?

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Oh no...I still need to do the SAT or ACT

Click here for information and to register

I still need to complete the FAFSA...

Click here for information on how to complete the FAFSA

Ok I applied, but now I need $$$ to pay for this...

Click here for financial aid and scholarship information
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Oregon Goes to College - Undocumented Students

If you are an undocumented student, use this information to help you prepare to apply to colleges. Some 4-year colleges will require social security numbers to apply. Oregon community colleges do not require social security numbers to apply.