Class of 2016
The College Application Process

Recent Presentation within the Senior English classes:


Student Responsibilities:

1.Choose the colleges in which you are applying; the recommended amount is 3 to 5.

2. Openly discuss college planning with your parents.

3. Complete the application yourself! Do not impose upon your parents to do this. Most colleges now prefer electronic applications. To apply online:
- Find the application on the college's website
- Complete the application online
- Print the high school information/recommendation form, which is usually found at the end of your part of the application.
- Bring the high school form to your counselor.
- Complete the transcript request form. Include an activity list to be incorporated into your personalized letter.
- Your counselor will provide the necessary materials for mailing these items (postage, envelopes, etc.).
- Your counselor will mail your transcript, letter(s) of recommendation, your student resume, and any other materials to the colleges listed on the transcript request form.

4. Allow plenty of time for counselors, teachers, employers, etc. to write a letter of recommendation for you. Do not request a recommendation the day before you need it!

5. Take the required admission tests. Be attentive to registration deadlines for the SAT and ACT. Registration materials are available in the guidance office or online. Your counselor has fee waivers for the SAT and ACT for students who qualify.

6. Notify the guidance department which colleges should receive your mid-year grades.

7. Check the School Counseling website for announcements about financial aid, jobs, college visits, SAT testing locations, etc.

8. Arrange to have your SAT and/or ACT scores mailed to colleges and Hanover Area. You can do this when you register to take the test.

Parent Responsibilities:

1. Help your child plan her/his college search.

2. Know what college expenses you can afford and discuss family finances with your child.

3. Remind your child of the cost of applications. If your child used a fee waiver for the SATs, they will have four fee waivers in their collegeboard account.

4. Plan visits to colleges. In addition, many colleges conduct open houses. These visits usually include activities for the entire family to enjoy.

5. Periodically check your child’s progress in the college search. Be sure that required admissions tests are taken and applications are completed in accordance with due dates.

Counselor Responsibilities:

1. Complete the high school representative sections on college applications, attach an official copy of your high school transcript and most recent report card, and any other information that the college requires. Your counselor keeps a record of all transcripts sent. File applications on time!!

2. Arrange for college representatives to visit the high school.

3. Inform students of admissions test dates, college representative visitations, and scholarship availability. This will be done through the website, Twitter, school announcements, and homeroom bulletins.

4. Prepare the high school transcript, letters of recommendations, and any secondary school reports for mailing to colleges.