Steps for Completing a College Application:
2. Read each application carefully and watch for these items:
4. Request your "official" high school transcript through Naviance-Family Connection.
5. Have your official ACT/SAT results sent to each school.
If you did not request that scores be sent to the colleges you are applying to when you took the test, you can request scores be sent by going to http://www.actstudent.org (ACT) or http://www.collegeboard.com (SAT) to request official scores be sent (there will be a fee). ACT & SAT scores are not included on your high school transcript that is sent to colleges.
NOTE: Don't wait to send in your application until you have received the scores from your latest test. You usually can make a note on your application of the date of the test. The college will add your scores to your application when the scores arrive from ACT /SAT.
6. Have your college transcript sent to each school (if needed).
*If you took a Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), Central Lakes College (CLC), or Rochester Community & Technical College (RCTC) course and have completed credit, you will may need to request to have your SMSU, CLC, or RCTC transcript sent to the colleges you are applying to. First, check with the colleges you are applying to determine their preference of wanting a college transcript now or... when you enroll at their school. Some colleges may be okay with your college courses just listed on your high school transcript.
*Click here for directions on how to request college transcripts (you'll need to scroll down).
*Each official SMSU/CLC/RCTC transcript request will cost you approximately $5-10.
*If you are applying to a Minnesota State College (i.e. Mankato, St. Cloud, Winona, RCTC) you DO NOT need to request your SMSU, CLC, or RCTC transcript to be sent at the time of application. Rather, the admissions office at the Minnesota State College you are applying to will be able to pull it off the system since they use the same computer database.
*Handout: List of KMHS College Courses/Names/Credits
Some schools allow you to use the Common Application to apply to several schools using the same basic form. Please be careful and note that there are several different pieces that have to be accessed and completed individually. Also check to see if the school requires an additional supplement to the Common Application. You will also need to link your Common Application to your Naviance account.
Click here to learn how to match your Common App to Naviance.
Watch this video tutorial on how to match your Common App to your Naviance account
Note: If a college accepts the common application but also has their own application, use the Common Application if you are applying to multiple schools that use the Common Application. If the school you are applying to is the only school that accepts the Common Application then use the college specific application.
Counselor Recommendation (Only Required for Some Colleges)
If your application will require a recommendation or comments from your counselor, you should provide her with a copy of your Activity Resume and schedule a meeting with her to discuss further details.
Letters of Recommendation (Only Required for Some Colleges)
If you will require letters from teachers, you should request in person, face-to-face. Please provide the teacher with a copy of your activity resume as well as deadlines. Please request letters at least 2-3 weeks prior to the application deadline. If you are using the Common Application, this must also be requested to the teacher through Naviance as the teacher will upload your recommendation to the Naviance program. These letters are considered confidential, so the counselor cannot show them to you.
Note: Colleges typically like to see letters of recommendation from core subject area teachers (11th & 12th) and usually do not require more than 1-3 letters.
**Your request date of completion should not be the same date as your college admission deadlines - remember the counseling office needs a few school days to process your transcripts/letters once we have received the letters.
To check to see if your letters of recommendation have been turned in using Naviance 1.) Go to the "Colleges" tab 2.) "Colleges I'm Applying To" and it will show the teacher's name and if the recommendation has been completed.
Essay (Only Required for Some Colleges)
If you are applying online, no one will get a chance to proof read it for you.
Your essay is your chance to make a personal impression - make it a good one!
Remember that the person reading your file does not know what some of our acronyms mean. For example, HOSA. Let them know that HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. Take the opportunity to explain what the club is about. Make no assumptions! Tell the reader about your activities!
Lastly, DON'T PANIC!: If you get a note from a college saying that part of your application is missing, DON'T PANIC. In all likelihood, it is at the office and simply hasn't been entered into the system yet. Check Naviance to see when your materials were sent, and give the college a few days to sort the mail before you request that we send a second set of documents. Confused? Questions? Stop into the Guidance Office and we will help! Or, you can call 507-634-2981.