Check out this guide that explains the entire procedure. It was created by counselors, college admission representatives, and former college students.
High school seniors have the option of applying on-line or by paper application to most colleges. Some on-line applications require a student to print a School Report Form or Counselor Recommendation and give it to their guidance counselor.Teacher recommendation letters and/or evaluation forms are sometimes required, as well. When giving forms to teachers and office staff, please allow at least two weeks for staff to complete what is required of them. It is best if you give the teacher/staff an academic resume so they have an overview of your high school involvement. You can update and print your academic resume from Career Cruising. Having an academic resume will also be helpful when filling out the college application. Click here for an example.
If your application does not require an essay or recommendation letter, but you think it will be beneficial to send one in, you can e-mail the items to the admissions department of the college you are applying to. Be sure to list your full name, high school, and birth date on every thing you send in.
If a student chooses to submit a paper application, all application materials (completed application, including completed essay, teacher recommendation, transcripts and application fee or fee waiver) should be mailed together so all materials arrive to the college at the same time. Most colleges will accept items that arrive separately, but it makes most sense to send in everything together when possible.Please consult these documents on the left hand side of this webpage for helpful hints regarding the college application process - Other Helpful College Information for Students in Any Grade at NHS, Applying to College FAQ.