Application Process

College Application Process How-To

 

The college process involves up to TWO platforms:  Naviance and Common App

 

Naviance

  • Clearinghouse for ALL school materials to be sent to the institutions to which a student applies (Transcript, School Report, Counselor Report, Teacher Recommendations, etc)

         

Common App vs. School App

  • Over 900 schools use the Common App
  • Common App allows you to apply to multiple schools through one platform
  • Some Institutions do not subscribe to the Common App, so you would apply directly through the school

 

Steps for Applying to College

  • Log into Naviance (if you need your password reset, email Ms. Birchfield at cbirchfield@dcsdk12.org)
  • Enter schools to which you are applying in the Colleges I’m Applying To section of your Naviance account.  Be sure to include the college application deadline for which you are applying (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision)
  • Request Teacher Recommendations through Naviance (Colleges>Apply to College>Letters of Recommendation>Add Request)
  • Email and/or speak in person to teachers from whom you are requesting a recommendation and inform them of the college application deadline and that they must upload the recommendation at least three weeks prior to the college application deadline
  • Complete Common App or the Institution App for colleges to which you are applying (be sure to complete ALL sections, including the FERPA waiver)
  • Go back into Naviance>Colleges I’m Applying To and click the button labeled “Match Accounts” to match your Common App to Naviance.  This step is important to ensure that common app materials are able to be sent to each school
  • Submit a Transcript Request Form & payment to the Post Grad Office at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline.  Be sure that your teacher recommendations have been uploaded into Naviance at least 3 weeks prior to the college application deadline
  • Submit ACT (www.actstudent.org) or SAT (www.collegeboard.com) test scores by logging into the sites and requesting that scores be sent to the colleges you select

Common Application

  • Create an account
  • Complete the Profile Section with all of the demographic info
  • Add colleges to the college’s tab (this tab will provide you with supplemental questions if the college requires it)
  • On one of the college tabs, click on FERPA Waiver.  In order to complete the FERPA Waiver Form, the Profile section must be complete
  • Once all of the Common App Sections are complete, you will be able to hit submit on each college tab
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