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

Why College? 

This resource provides an overview of the opportunities opened up by attending college and why we believe a college education leads to the best possible future for our students.


This resource is a glossary of terms and definitions related to colleges and the admissions process.

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.

Request Letters of Recommendation

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.

CA Students Only - 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.

CA Students Only - Impacted CSU Campuses and Majors

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. 

Internships

This resource is a guide to research available internships in your area for Summit students.

Pre-college programs

This resource is a guide to research available pre-college programs in your area for Summit students.

CA Students Only - Summer Enrichment Opportunities

WA Students Only - Summer Enrichment Opportunities

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

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.

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.

Application Fee Waivers

This resource explains how fee waivers work for the CSU, UC, Washington, Coalition and Common Applications.

How To Use Overgrad

Use this resource to learn how to use the Overgrad platform for all things college process.

Common Application

This resource provides an overview of the different parts of the Common application and addresses some commonly asked questions for Summit students.

Coalition Application

This resource provides an overview of the different parts of the Coalition Application and addresses some commonly asked questions for Summit students. You can use the links below to skip to the section of the application that you have questions about. Please note: UW Seattle and UW Bothell use the Coalition Application.

CA Students Only - Before You Submit Your Applications: Quick Checklist

Use these resource as a quick checklist before submitting an application. You’ll find the most common mistakes/questions on here. This document does NOT capture all application pieces.

CA Students Only - UC Application

This resource provides an overview of the different parts of the UC application and addresses some commonly asked questions for Summit students.

CA Students Only CSU Application

This resource provides an overview of the different parts of the CSU application and addresses some commonly asked questions for Summit students.

CA Students OnlyEOP

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.

CA Students OnlyELC

This resource provides an overview on the Eligibility in the Local Context Program for UC.




After Applying

Send Your Transcripts

This resource explains the process on how to send transcripts to your universities. 

This resource will explain what to do about all of those college communications.

Interviews

This resource explains why you should consider doing admissions interviews, how to schedule them, and how to prepare for them.

Admission Letters: Conditional, Deferred or Waitlist

This resource explains the different admission decisions a college can give and what they all mean. 

FAQ on what to do after you have been accepted into a university.

Admissions Revoked: A Cautionary Tale

Use this resource to identify some of the reasons as to why a college would revoke an admissions.

Considering A Gap Year

Use this resource to identify some pros and cons of taking a year off and what the necessary steps are.


It’s the summer after graduation. What do you need to do to get ready for college?


Use this resource to identify the different types of housing a university could offer and to learn about the pros and cons of living on or off campus.


Use this resource to identify what greek life is, the types and the pros/cons of joining an organization on your campus.
Every campus will have their own policies regarding insurance and health fees for their students. Use this resource to explore the differences. At Summit we provide our students with many resources in hope that they will become comfortable enough to seek them out in the “real world”. Use this to identify the different kinds of support your college could offer.
Use this resource to identify the steps you need to take to become eligible and get through the application process as a student athlete.