The college application process has many steps and it can get overwhelming, so start early! In the Get Ready section on the left side of the page are things you can research and prepare before senior year begins so you are ready to hit the ground running. Under Apply are some tips about the different kinds of applications students will complete in the fall and winter of senior year. After Applying, there are still important steps you will need to take throughout the spring of senior year before you can enroll in the college you choose. 

Get Ready

What Colleges Are Looking For

This resource gives an overview of what colleges are looking for in applicants and how you can improve your chance of being accepted.

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

This resource describes some meaningful summer activities that can help build your college resume and increase your college readiness.

Calculate Your CSU Eligibility

The CSU system uses a special formula with your GPA and test scores to see if you are eligible for admission.
This resource explains what it means for a CSU campus or major to be "impacted" and where you can go to check if the school or major you're planning to apply to is impacted.
This resource describes how students can request letters and ensure that their recommenders write the strongest possible letters.

Write Strong College Application Essays

This resource provides some tips for how to write strong college application essays and where you can go for more expert advice on college essays.




Apply

Early Decision/ Early Action

This resource explains early decision and early action, benefits and drawbacks to applying early, common myths about early decision, and next steps for students who want to apply early.

Update Naviance

This power point reviews two important Naviance tasks for seniors to complete before applying to college-- updating your college list and matching your Common App to Naviance.

Send SAT and ACT Scores to Colleges

This resource explains the process for sending SAT and ACT scores to colleges, including a powerpoint with step by step instructions
This resource explains how fee waivers work for the CSU, UC, and Common Applications. It also provides information about other sources of fee waivers for college applications.

Highly Selective Schools

This resource gives an overview of some information to consider if you're planning to apply to highly selective colleges.

Common Application

This resource provides an overview of the different parts of the Common application and addresses some commonly asked questions for Summit students.
This resource provides an overview of the different parts of the UC application and addresses some commonly asked questions for Summit students.
This resource provides an overview of the different parts of the CSU application and addresses some commonly asked questions for Summit students.
This resource provides an overview of the Educational Opportunity Program at the CSUs and UCs. It also includes the short essay questions students will need to answer on their EOP Application.
This resource provides an overview on the Eligibility in the Local Context Program for UC.

After Applying

This resource explains why you should consider doing admissions interviews, how to schedule them, and how to prepare for them.
This resource explains the process on how to send transcripts to your universities. 
This power point reviews two important Naviance tasks for seniors to complete after applying to college-- updating your college list and your college results.
This resource will explain what to do about all of those college communications. 
FAQ on what to do after you have been accepted into a university. 
This resource explains the different admission decisions a college can give and what they all mean. 
Use this resource to identify some of the reasons as to why a college would revoke an admissions.