College Application Process

Information, Steps, Resources and Tips for Current Seniors


1. Look at pass and write down your appointment in your planner/phone

2. Review transcript and make sure you have met graduation requirements.

3. Review credit letter and make sure it is correct.

4. Complete Exit Slip


4 Steps to Applying to College Online

Step 1: Locate the ONLINE College Application(s). Note any deadlines or early action dates. It is good goal to complete all college applications by October 31st.

Step 2: Complete the college applications, hit SUBMIT (double check you submitted). 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 3: Request a transcript be sent to your college(s). You make the request online

Step 4: 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. I would do this or

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More Parchment Details

1. Create an account. Go to First time users need to "SIGN UP". Creating an account takes less than 10 minutes. It does require an electronic signature from your parent. Please create the account at home when a parent is available.

2. Place transcript requests to colleges you are applying.

3. See your counselor or Mrs. Garr if you are having any trouble.

Additional Information for Common Application Users

Common Application Users should apply online at

Letters of Recommendation

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 counselors email address for an online Secondary School Report and for colleges that require it a counselor recommendation. Don’t wait to 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 à Send a Transcript (you will find this at the top right hand side of the page)

3. Select a Destination and Click on the Academic Institution button

4. Type in the Common Application in the box

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.

8. You will then need to enter your credit card information and submit. The cost is $2.55 to send your final transcript.


ACT/SAT 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 24th- registration deadline September 18th. Register

· SAT: Test date October 3rd -registration deadline is September 22nd.Register

Make sure you send the scores to colleges you are applying. We do NOT send ACT/SAT scores with your transcript. RHS Code: 233-195

ACT Test Dates

The ACT National Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada

  • Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)

    September 12, 2015 August 7, 2015 August 8–21, 2015

    October 24, 2015 September 18, 2015 September 19–October 2,

    December 12, 2015 November 6, 2015 November 7–20, 2015

    February 6, 2016 January 8, 2016 January 9–15, 2016

    April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 5–18, 2016

    June 11, 2016** May 6, 2016 May 7–20, 2016


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 Rochester's Counseling Webpage

4. Financial Aid/FAFSA

o Remind your parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting January 1, 2016 o o Financial Aid Night at SCHS-December 2 at 6:30 pm

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.

Admission 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 early and get an admissions decision in advance-not legally binding

Early decision: apply early and get an admissions decision in advance- legally binding if you are accepted and you must go to that school.

On-site admissions

Open admissions: examples are OCC or MCC

Letter of Recommendation Guidelines

•Pick people who know you well

• 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 stamped envelope addressed to the college if it is NOT a common application school

•Thank them and write them a thank you note

•Follow up with them if you are accepted

•*Remember to check each schools 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.

Additional College Application Tips

1. Record your logins/passwords for each online application; organized neatly on one sheet of paper and keep by the computer.

2. Double/triple check the information you supplied before submitting your online application.

3. Track your online applications, if available, to make sure they received it and all its parts.

4. Create professional sounding email addresses for your college applications.

5. Get GREAT Grades, so you will not be in any danger of graduation AND so your college admission is not withdrawn!!!!

College Night

Monday, Oct. 12th, 6:30pm

3200 West Tienken 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.

7th Semester Grade Requests 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 counselors or Mrs. Garr counseling registrar if you have any questions.


  • Colleges look at your senior year course selection.
  • Colleges look at your senior grades.
  • Many letters of acceptance will say "your admission is contingent upon your continued successful performance".
  • Maintain a challenging course load and stay active and involved.

The College Application Process: you applied, what’s next…..

Colleges Responses to college applications:

1. Accept: You will receive info on housing, orientation, financial aid

2. Defer: They will ask 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.)

A college may request your 7th semester grades and will want to see your final grades.

If you receive a request for 7th semester grades or midyear report from your college you must submit a request at See your counselors or Mrs. Garr counseling registrar if you have any questions.

Important Schedule Change Info

Change in your senior schedule

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.

Individual Post HS Planning Meeting with Counselor

  • You should know your appointment.
  • Review graduation Requirements.
  • Update your EDP.
  • Assist you in the college application process.