WHERE DO I FIND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS?
1. Create a master list of colleges and their deadlines, including honors programs, financial aid and housing deadlines.
2. Make a copy of the application to use as a rough draft.
3. Follow the instructions on the application!
4. Order transcripts through the SHS registrar (details on the Registrar page).
5. Send official SAT and ACT scores to each college through CollegeBoard and ACT.
6. Proofread thoroughly before submitting.
7. Print a hard copy of the application before submitting.
8. Keep a record of when you submitted the application.
USE NAVIANCE FOR ALL OF YOUR TRANSCRIPT AND REC LETTER REQUESTS!
It's never too soon to start perfecting your college application essays. Below are the current essay prompts found on the Common App and Apply Texas.
Apply Texas 2019-2020 Essay Prompts
Essay A: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?
Essay B: Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself.
Essay C: You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?
Common Application 2019-2020 Essay Prompts
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
Common App has announced that the 2020-2021 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2019–2020 essay prompts.
Common Errors on Applications
APPLICANTS FAIL TO MEET DEADLINES!!!
APPLICANTS FAIL TO MEET DEADLINES!!!
- This includes high school deadlines for requesting transcripts as well as college application and scholarship application deadlines!
- Test scores written on the application are not considered official!
- Official transcripts must be unopened and sent directly to the college.
- Transcripts should be requested early – even before you are ready to send your part of the application.
- Students may misunderstand 'auto admit' as 'no need to apply'. Auto admit students are not guaranteed acceptance into their major field of study.
- Students may often use “n/a” (not applicable or not available) or a dash (—) to indicate they did not overlook the question.
- PROOFREAD carefully and print a copy before submitting your application!
- Give the full name & a brief description of the organization.
- YOU must submit a transcript request form to have a Mid-Year report sent to your school.