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Class of 2022 - College, Life & Career - September 17, 2021


Senior College & Career Planning Night on September 22 at 6 pm in the Weston Commons - Senior parents and guardians are invited to learn more about the College, Life & Career Counseling concepts as well as hear an overview of the college admission process. We will record this session for those of you who are unable to join us.

Virtual Paying for College Nights - There will be a "Paying for College" presentation as well as the opportunity for participants to privately ask questions. Financial Aid Administrators will answer questions live during the presentation and families will be able to ask questions anonymously.

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The fairs will run from 4 to 6 pm PT on the following dates:

  • September 22
  • September 29
  • October 6

Register HERE for details.


Students are invited to to participate in visits with College Representatives at CC.

  • Log into Naviance Student to view college visits with dates and times in the "What's New" section.
  • Register for visits in Naviance Student.
  • Pick up a College Visit Pass and have it signed by the teacher for the class period that coincides with the visit at least one day in advance.


Common Application - Over 900 colleges use this application platform. Most students will find this application allows them to apply to most of their colleges of interest.

Coalition Application - Approximately 150 colleges use it but a number of them also accept the Common Application as well. University of Washington only accepts the Coalition app.

Statewide Application Systems - Some states offer one application allowing students to apply to multiple institutions within the state. Here are a few examples:

Match your Common Application to Naviance Student

Watch this video for instructions.

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Once a student knows where they will be submitting an application, they can start preparing to request recommendations be sent to colleges if needed. Here are next steps:

Do any of the colleges on my list require recommendations?

Most private colleges and a few public universities will require at least one recommendation either from your counselor or an academic teacher or both. Some colleges may require 2 teachers but that tends to be the exception. Check your Common Application requirements under the College Information tab. If it isn't a Common App institution, check the individual college's website.

If needed, which teacher should you ask for a recommendation?

Ask a junior year teacher from a core subject - MATH, SCIENCE, ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES, WORLD LANGUAGE. If you plan to apply to a college that admits directly for their nursing or engineering program, consider asking a math or science teacher. If applying for a January or February deadline you could ask a senior year teacher.

When and how should you ask your recommender to write for you?

  • Talk to your recommender at least 4 weeks prior to your first deadline. Teachers and counselors are often writing for multiple students, the more time you give them the better.
  • Ask in person. We suggest asking "Would you be willing to write me a positive letter of recommendation?" for starters.

What do you do after your recommender agrees to write for you?

First, you will need to complete the Letter of Recommendation Info survey under the "Important To-Do's and Tasks" section in Naviance Student. Then, you will need to submit the Recommendation Request form (also linked in Naviance Student) to finalize the process.

What if I need a counselor recommendation?

Complete the Letter of Recommendation Info survey and we also expect students to provide a resume of activities. There is a Resume tool in Naviance Student or students may email their resume to collegecounselors@centralcatholichigh.org and we'll upload into Naviance for them.

What about transcripts?

Once a Recommendation Request form is submitted for a college, the transcript will be sent to the same college.

If a college does not require any recommendations, students may request a transcript from the "Colleges I'm applying to" section in Naviance Student.

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