• Applying to college can be a very exciting and yet very stressful time.  Guidance Counselor are here to help you in the process.   

     

    Here is an overview of the college application process with Naviance.  A step by step process is also below:

     

    College Application Reference Guide - Naviance

    Below is a checklist of everything you need to do and the process by which it all gets submitted.

    1.  Do you have a list of school ready?  If so proceed to step 2.  If not, its ok.  Your first step it is to sign into your naviance account.  

    Naviance log in here

     

    Here is an overview of all of the things Naviance can help you with if you still need help looking at majors or colleges etc.

    Naviance overview

     

    From this account  you can do a college search and begin to build your list of schools.

    2.  Once you have a list ready, set up your common app account (if you have schools using the common app).

    Common App Log In

    Commonapp log in screen

    If you are applying to schools not using the common app, you will need to submit each of those applications according to the individual schools instructions which can be found on their admission page.  You will also need to alert your counselor if any applications that can use common app but that you have decided to send in a different manner (ie via own application process) so that we can ensure that the Guidance materials is sent in a different way.  

     

    3.  Once you have a list of schools on common app, you will need to match your account in Naviance.  Go to the log in screen and follow the directions below:

     

    Match Naviance and Common App

    Once you complete this, the colleges you have listed on your common app will now be in Naviance and your counselor can view it.  You must complete the FERPA agreement in order to complete the Match process  Information about FERPA can be found below:

    What is FERPA Waiver?

     

    4.  Be sure to ask 1-2 teachers to write you letters of recommendation.  In order to do this, it is best if you do it in person and give them at least a month notice (meaning you ask them a month before it is due for your first deadline).  Please ask them to upload it onto Naviance so its submission status can be tracked.  If the school requires it to be mailed separately then be sure you provide that information to the teacher.  Counselors will automatically write a letter for every student on their caseload.  Before teachers and counselors write these letters, students must complete the DHS Activity and information sheet on Naviance.

     

    Here is a tutorial on how to request the letter on Naviance once the teacher has agreed to this.  

    Letters of Recommendation

    Requesting a letter

    If a teacher requires that you to the "brag sheet"  - Go to "about me" on the top and then click on "my surveys"

    about me

    Click on "DHS Activity Sheet"

    Activity survey

     

    5. Submit "The Green Sheet" to Guidance.  This is the Transcript Request Form and it officially allows us to send your transcript.     Here is a form to download Transcript Request Form.    Be sure to submit this with the fee to the Guidance Office.   This must be done 3 weeks prior to your first deadline (if you have a November 1st be sure to send to counselor by Oct 12). You do not need to have all of your colleges on this sheet.  If you decide to apply to more later just do another sheet. 

    6.  You are responsible for sending your SAT or ACT scores officially from them directly to your schools.  You must log in to your account at either site and click on send scores.  Be sure to do this with enough time for scores to arrive be posted admission deadline.  Remember most schools have now gone test optional for the class of 2022.

    ACT log in

    Collegeboard Log in (SAT's)

     

    7. Finish your applications and be sure to hit send by the admission deadline!  The most important piece for that deadline is your application.  Be sure you have it all ready to go.  

     

     

    Other points to note:

    -Counselors are available for appts.  Students can email the counselor and set one up for their "in person day" or via zoom if they are cohort C.  Additionally students can sign up for an in person meeting on Wednesdays (the remote day) if the counselor has availability and the student can get to school for the meeting.  Email the counselor directly for this.  

    -Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch or who have a financial need should contact their counselor directly as there are often waivers that can be used in the college admissions process.

    -Colleges are running Virtual Admission Rep visits.  These are all listed in Naviance.  They are on Wednesdays.  We highly encourage students to join in for schools in which they are interested.  In many cases, the rep at the visit is the one reading your application.  

    -FAFSA (financial aid) completion is an important step in requesting financial aid.  Visit MEFA to watch a college financing seminar.  In order to begin the FAFSA click here.