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College Application Procedures

  • MHS Class of 2018

  • College Application Instructions & Procedures

  • 1. Fill out and complete college application.

  • Most applications can be found at individual college websites.  can be found online at each college website. As part of the admission process you will be required to fill out some basic application material that will include personal information

  • about yourself and your high school academic career and activities.


Applications: Common, Coalition & College Specific

  • Many colleges utilize the convenience of online application platforms such as the Common Application and the Coalition Application.

  • Common Application: Many colleges that are on your list will accept the Common Application. This application is used to simplify the transmission of applications to colleges and will reduce the amount of time it takes for you to fill out basic information typically found on all college applications. Because the Common App, as it is often referred, is only online.

  • You must complete the following steps:

  • A. Create your account
  • B. Add Schools to your list
  • C. Gather your application information
  • D. Submit your application
  • You will also need to sign the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act Authorization Release form or FERPA on your Common App. Essentially, you will be asked to waive your right to inspect any admissions related documents such as recommendations once enrolled at a college. If a release is NOT waived, colleges may choose not to read your recommendations because of fear that a recommender may not be as candid if they know that the student may review their writing. For more information, http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html


  • Once you have created your Common Application account. Be sure to save the username and password information in a reliable, safe place. It is not possible to establish a second Common App account if you do not know your login information.

  • Coalition Application: This is the newest online application platform being introduced for the 2016-2017 admission’s cycle. Like the Common App, the Coalition App will allow you to complete basic information and submit to all member colleges where you are applying. Because this is new, there are a limited number of colleges using it this year. Check the Coalition Application site for member colleges and more information. Create a Coalition Application account.

  • Coalition or Common Application?

  • Applying via either platform does not give you an advantage in the application process. In general, it is recommended that you use the application, which is accepted by the majority of colleges on your list. Speak with your Guidance Counselor or Mrs. Thornton, College/Career Counselor for individual advice.

  • College Specific Applications: A small number of colleges have their own applications and essay prompts. These are typically accessible through their website. After you apply…

  • Colleges will often acknowledge receipt of your application through an email. They may assign you an applicant/student ID. Be sure to save this information and login right away to be sure you do not miss important information through their portal.

  1. Complete the admission essay.

You will also likely be asked to write an admissions essay when applying to college. Usually the school will provide a number of prompts for you to choose from. In some cases, you may be able to choose your own topic. Be sure to proofread your college admissions essay carefully. Many students also ask a teacher or another adult to proofread their admission essay and provide feedback.


  1. Letters of Recommendation

Some colleges also require college recommendation letters. These usually can come from teachers who are familiar with your work. Colleges seek current information from your teachers (junior year preferred) or counselor to assess your development as a student and academic ability. Often two academic recommendations are suggested for each college where you intend to apply. Some students may also get recommendations from coaches, church leaders, community service organizers, or other adults who can attest to the student’s skills and work ethic.


  • A. A conversation with you

  • You should speak with your teacher or counselor in person to request a recommendation. Teachers need at least 3 weeks prior to your first college deadline to write. Speak with your counselor or Mrs. Thornton, the College & Career Counselor if you have questions on whom, how and when to ask.

  • B. After your teachers or counselor agrees to write your recommendations, you will need to provide them with a completed Letter of Recommendation (these are available in the Counseling Dept.). This will provide them with some personal information about your accomplishments, involvement, and goals that will help them tremendously.

  • Please consider the extra work writing a recommendation entails for your teacher or counselor. A thank you note is a thoughtful acknowledgement of their support and assistance to you. Teachers and counselors want to share in this process with you so share your progress with them and ultimately what your college attending decision is.

5.Transcript Request

  • All colleges will need an official transcript sent to them (typically up through your junior year). It is your responsibility to request a transcript from the counseling department, pick it up, and mail it out to the school. If the school you are applying to utilizes the Common Application or SendEdu (electronic document transfer system) ask your counselor will send your official transcript through this avenue. Otherwise, stop in the Counseling Dept. and fill out a transcript request form for each school you will need one for. You will be able to pick up your official transcript typically in 24 hours and then mail them out to each individual school.

  • 6.Sending Testing Scores

  • You are responsible for making sure official test scores get sent to the colleges you are apply to. Most college websites will provide you with information as to whether they want test scores sent directly from SAT(Collegeboard.com) or ACT (actstudent.org) or if they are willing to accept them from your high school. MHS includes test scores on the back of any requested official transcript.

  • What are Test-Optional & Test Flexible schools?? As of summer 2016, over 850 colleges and universities either do not require SAT/ACT scores for admissions (Test Optional) or do not require SAT/ACT, if other college level exams such as SAT Subject tests, AP or IB scores are submitted ( Test Flexible). It is best to check the specifics at individual colleges. This may be a good option to exercise for some students. Please speak with your counselor or Mrs. Thornton in the College/Career Center for individual advice.

 

5.Application Deadlines

  • Each college must has an application deadline. The deadline is either one the college establishes or if you are applying to colleges with a Rolling Deadline, you will need to decide on a date when you will be sending your application. We suggest the 1st or 15th of the month which are typical.

  • Remember to follow the transcript request timeline to ensure all school documents and recommendations are sent by the college deadline!