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College Application Process

 
  • Update the 'Follow Colleges' in SCOIR
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  • Talk with your parents, coaches, counselors and admissions representatives about college
 
  • Note: Many colleges and universities will continue to be test-optional for the upcoming school year. See a current list here.
  • Explore the differences between the two exams
  • Check college requirements for schools on your list
  • Talk with your counselor about the possible need for tests
  • If needed and available, register to take the ACT and/or SAT exam
  • Use test fee waivers if you qualify
  • Consider test preparation through Khan Academy or other options
  • Send your SAT and/or ACT scores to colleges, if needed
  • Note that 4 score reports are free when you test; you will need to pay for additional score reports
  • Allow at least 2 weeks for colleges to receive your scores
  • See the steps to requesting letters of recommendation (required in SCOIR and on the Common App)
  • Check to see how many letters a college requires and if a counselor letter is required; no more than 1-2 letters are typically needed
  • Ask and give forms to your recommenders at least two weeks before the deadline
  • Send a thank-you note when your letter is complete
 
  • Some colleges, teacher and counselor letters of recommendation requests and scholarships may require a resume
  • Consider using the resume template from SCOIR, your Portfolio, or create one in google templates or canva
  • Please allow two weeks for the transcript request to be processed and sent
  • For official paper copies of a transcript, please contact the Registrar
  • After graduation and for alums, please use the form here.
  • Many colleges will require an essay
  • See the essays required for Common App
  • Speak with your English teacher about useful essay resources
 
See La Salle's scholarship page for databases and resources for scholarships
  • Explore these resources for information about college interviews here and here
  • Internships can be a wonderful opportunity for students to gain real, hands-on experience and prepare for college
  • See La Salle's resources for internships through career exploration
  • Transitioning to college can be both exciting and challenging for students and parents
  • A short video about one student's experience on transitioning to college
  • Set to Go shares resources for students and families to support the transition