The College Application

Your college application should be considered as important as a major term paper or a job interview. If it is worth the time to apply, it is worth doing your very best. Plan ahead to spend as much time as it takes to fill it out neatly and completely. In many cases, your application is the first and maybe only picture the college admissions counselor will get of you. Plan to make it a good one.

The Process

Most applications are available in the Counseling Office. If not, ask the Counseling Office secretary to send for it or print one from the internet. 

  • When you pick up your first application, ask for a transcript consent form. 
  • If you are not 18 yet, this form must be signed by your parents so we can release your transcripts (grades and test scores) to the colleges of your choice.
  • Counselors recommend that you apply to a minimum of three different colleges. This way, if you get rejected at one school or if your plans change, you have other options. 
  • If you are considering a four-year college/university, your applications should be mailed in by Thanksgiving.
  • Many schools have an early application deadline. Don’t assume that, because you have a high grade point and high test scores, you will automatically be accepted.
  • When your applications are completed, bring them to the Counseling Office along with your check or money order (when applicable) and the signed consent form. A copy of your transcripts will be attached to each application and given to your counselor to check over, complete and mail in.

Do's and Do Not's for the Application:


  • Type, if at all possible; if not, print neatly in black or blue ink. Neatness is important.
  • Check for errors, and make corrections when necessary.
  • When answering short or long essay questions, write a rough draft first, and then transfer it to your application.
  • Take time to do a good job.
  • Remember to sign your application.
  • Attach a check or money order to your application when applicable.
  • Fill out as much as you can; then if you need help, ask for it.
  • Make copies of everything just in case something gets lost.


  • Rush.
  • Lie or exaggerate on your application.