College Applications Checklist

Class of 2021

Your Sundevil Counseling Team is here for you!

Keep yourself on track throughout the college application season by following the timeline/checklist below.


September:

  • Finish up your research to build a college application list that is right for YOU. Use our tips and tools here.
  • Ask your parents to fill out Expected Family Contribution Calculator
  • Contact your counselor to do a preliminary review of your college application list. Email us to set up a time!
  • Join your Counselor's Remind class! Click your counselor's class code below:

A-F Bronson @bron2021

G-M Whitlock @whitlock21

N-T Ferrer @mcsun21

U-Z, AVID and ELL Baez @baez2021

October:

  • Finalize your college application list
  • Fill out this form - Required for all seniors
  • Start filling out applications.
  • Fill out FAFSA as soon as possible starting October 1, 2020

If the colleges you are applying to require letters of recommendation...
  • First, email your teacher and ask at least 2-3 weeks prior to application deadline.
  • If they agree to write you a letter, then assign them as recommenders in your Common App account.
  • Then, fill out the Letter of Rec Student Survey here

November-December

  • Continue filling out applications
  • CSU Application Deadline-Dec 4
  • UC Application Deadline-Nov. 30th
  • other college application deadlines vary
  • Optional: Send Score Reports from SAT or ACT to colleges if you choose to report them.

2021 College Systems Application Info

Need a quick reference for where to apply and how? Click the image below to see this side by side comparison.

College Application Video Tutorials

How Do I Send My Transcript?

You may not need to order an official transcript as part of your application. Most colleges ask you to self-report courses taken and grades earned on the application, and a final transcript isn't needed until after graduation.


  • UC and CSU do NOT need a transcript as part of your application.

  • Colleges that take The Common Application will receive your transcript as part of the documents your counselor sends. Enter your counselor's name and email address where indicated in your Common Application account.

  • Other Colleges occasionally require an official transcript as part of the application. If so, they usually provide a place to enter your counselor's email and they send us a link to upload it for you.

  • If you aren't sure if you need an official transcript as part of on of your applications or you need help, email your counselor!



PLEASE NOTE: It is good to have an unofficial transcript as you fill out your applications so you aren't trying to enter your course history from memory. UNOFFICIAL transcripts are available in your Synergy account under "Documents."

What do I do if I need Letters of Recommendation?

Steps to complete:


  • First, email your teacher and ask at least 2-3 weeks prior to application deadline.
  • If they agree to write you a letter, then assign them as recommenders in your Common App account.
  • Then, fill out the Letter of Rec Student Survey here
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Facts Sometimes Needed for Applications:

Term you are applying for: Fall 2021

Size of your Senior Class: 479

Highest GPA in your Class: 4.54

Graduation Date: June 2021

MCHS's CEEB code: 052862

Class Rank: PUSD Does NOT Rank Students

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Join your Counselor's Remind class!

Remind is an app that helps you stay informed about important info, dates, deadlines related to your senior year!


Click your counselor's remind code in the contact info below to join their class!

MCHS Counseling

Mrs. Bronson - Last names A-F - kbronson@powayusd.com

Remind Class code: @bron2021


Mr. Whitlock - Last names G-M - hwhitlock@powayusd.com

Remind Class code: @whitlock21


Ms. Ferrer - Last names N-T - cferrer@powayusd.com

Remind Class code: @mcsun2021


Mr. Baez - Last names U-Z, AVID and ELL - vbaez@powayusd.com

Remind Class code: @Baez2021