Applying to College
Transcript Request Form
Colleges will ask for a copy of an official high school transcript. The NHSHS Guidance Office requires 10 days to process transcripts. In order to request an official transcript you must complete the following steps:
- Go to Common Application https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx and create a username and password.
- Log on to your Naviance Family Connection account, click on the "Colleges" tab, click "Colleges I'm applying to" and complete the FERPA form (blue) using the user name/password you created for your Common Application account.
- Transcript requests may be done electronically on Navance by clicking on the "College" tab, then clicking "Colleges I'm applying to" then clicking "add/edit college". Next look up the college to which you want your transcript sent, click on it and then click on the transcript box. Finally, click "Update your requests" at the bottom of the page. Transcript requests are due 10 days in advance of your application deadline.
Send Standardized Test Scores
The student is responsible for sending standardized test scores (SAT, ACT). They must be sent directly from SAT/ACT directly and on time. Make sure to request official scores several weeks in advance in order to meet the college deadline. If you signed up for the tests online, you may send the scores through their websites.
The usernames and passwords are created by the student; your child's school counselor does not have this information. If you have forgotten your username or password, you must contact the testing agency directly. You may also call the testing agency to have the scores sent.
Complete College Application
- Students complete the college application either on the common application website or on the school specific application found on the school's website.
- College applications are available in August. Most colleges will prefer that you complete the college application online.
- If the colleges to which you are applying accept the Common Application, fill that out (along with any supplemental pages they request). The Common Application allows you to fill out one application once and send it to many colleges (though many schools will request supplemental materials to be sent as well, which also can be found on the Common App website.)
- Please begin drafting your college essay over the summer. Do not forget to have someone else proof read your essay before you include it with your application.
- If an application requires or recommends an essay, please note that students would either copy and paste the essay or attach a pdf file.
- Please do not wait until the last minute to submit online applications in case you have any technical difficulties or the college’s server is overloaded.
- Please pay attention to deadlines! Many colleges will want you to apply by an early deadline or priority deadline in order to be considered for scholarships or special programs within the university (honors programs, etc).
- Please note that you DO NOT have to wait for your high school transcript and/or SAT scores to be sent before submitting your application. If your application is complete, please submit it while the other items are in progress.