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Applying for College (for Seniors)

STEPS TO APPLYING

  1. Complete Application(Applications open August 1st)

Apply Texas

If you are applying to a Texas school, use www.applytexas.org for your application website. ApplyTexas allows you to complete one application and copy it to any other organizations that you might be looking to apply to. This will help save you time. As part of the application, some colleges require essays. Make sure to write these essays and have them checked for grammar and content.  Email me if you would like to have them checked!  

It is very important to make sure that you add detail to your application including EVERY activity, leadership position, and community service entry from freshman year through what you expect to complete your senior year.  This is your chance to highlight all the hardwork you have put in over the past four years- so brag on you!  Some colleges not only look at your application for acceptance, but also for collegeiate scholarship opportunities!

Once your application is complete, feel free to stop by and have me check it before you submit.  Payment must accompany most applications.  If you receive free or reduced lunch, and took your SAT with a waiver, then you qualify for 4 college application waivers.  See Dr. McCusker for details.

Common Application

Many private and out of state schools use the CommonApp.org.   The CommonApp often requires additional counselor input that I will need to complete.  Let me know immediately if you are using the Common App.  Please see me before asking teachers to do their recommendations.  All evaluations/recommendations will go through your Family Connections account.  You must link your Family Connections account to your Common App. Here are the steps to making that happen.

  •  First, create your CommonApp account 
  • Under recommenders, check the CA FERPA Waiver & Authorization box
  • Next, Log into Family Connections and choosing the colleges tab, and then the "Colleges I'm Applying To" link
  • Once there, enter your Common App email address and click Match.

Notify me of your account.  Your transcript cannot be mailed through CommonApp until we have all of your evaluations uploaded as well.

IF YOU ARE APPLYING AS AN EARLY DECISION STUDENT, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU NOTIFY ME OF THIS.  It is very important that we discuss and get your ED Agreement taken care of in a timely manner.

Other Applications (Baylor, UMHB, TCU, etc)

Some private colleges use their own application that is not ApplyTexas or CommonApp.  Please make sure you list Dr. Jeanie McCusker as your counselor, so that I will receive emails on documents missing from your account.  Often times these accounts will include a SendEDU PIN# after applying.  Please make sure to get that to me, so that I can send in your forms.

  1. Send in your SAT or ACT Scores.

Colleges want an official documentation of your scores.  Log in to your CollegeBoard.org account or ACTstudent.org account to send your scores.  You are allowed to send to 4 schools for free before you take the test.  If you miss this opportunity, or need to send to more than 4 schools, it is around $11 per each additional score.  Do this as soon as you know where you are applying!  This can be the longest part.

  1. Send in your transcript.

Transcripts are requested through Family Connections.  Please see the "Transcripts" page on the right side for more information. 

  1. Recommendation Requests

Many colleges do not require recommendation letters.  Please check the college's website and with Dr. McCusker before asking a teacher to write a recommendation.  Directions can be found on the "Recommendation Letters" page on the right side.

  1. After Applying:

After submitting your application, you should receive an AIS (Applicant Information Systems) account to track your application.  You MUST log in and check to make sure that all parts have been received in a timely manner.  DO NOT wait until the week before the deadline, as your documents might not make it. Please notify me of any documents that have not been received.

  1. Reminders:

*Please list Dr. McCusker as your counselor on ALL college and scholarship applications.  

*Notify Dr. McCusker of ALL college acceptances and scholarship offers,regardless of whether attending or not.