Cedarburg High School College Application Process
College Application Process
- Obtain your application online from the post-secondary school's website. Some may have their own application form to fill out, while others will use the Common Application (www.commonapp.org).
- Complete the online application and pay the college's application fee.
- Using Naviance Family Connection, upload the colleges into your account so teachers and counselors can see where you have applied.
- Ask teachers for letters of recommendation, if necessary. Make sure to ask them in advance, giving them at least 2 weeks to write a letter. Ask them in person first, and if approved, "request" them via Family Connection. Remember to thank them for writing your letter.
- Send standardized test scores to the schools you applied to. If your school(s) will accept our copy of the standardized test, indicate that on the form mentioned below.
- Finally, complete a Naviance Family Connection College Application form (yellow sheet found in the Counseling Department) along with the transcript fee ($5.00 for each college you apply to) and bring to the Counseling Office. This will indicate to the Counseling Office that you would like your transcript and letters of recommendation sent to your schools (will be sent electronically). Also, inform the Counseling Office if you would like all materials sent altogether or as they come into the Counseling Office.
Supplemental Application Info:
- To officially send your ACT or SAT scores to colleges/universities, go to www.act.org or www.collegeboard.com. You will need to send official copies of your ACT and/or SAT scores directly from the individual testing agency to complete the college application process. Some schools require SAT Subject tests, so be sure to check your schools.
- Upon request, the Counseling Office will send a high school copy of your test scores along with your transcript to get the application process started. However, some colleges and universities will not accept the high school copy at any point in the application process. This includes schools such as UW-Madison, UW-Green Bay, UW- LaCrosse, UW-Eau Claire, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
- Be sure to watch application deadlines!! Some schools have scholarship deadlines that may come earlier than their regular admissions deadline.
- See your counselor during any of the above steps if you have any questions or if you encounter problems.
Request for Letter of Recommendation Form.pdf
If a letter of recommendation is needed from a teacher or school counselor, we strongly suggest that the student completes a Request for Letter of Recommendation form and gives it to the letter writer no less than two weeks in advance of when it's needed. Students need to ask a teacher in a face-to-face conversation then electronically request the teacher through their Naviance Family Conncection account.
General consensus indicates that it takes approximately two hours to craft a well-written letter for a student. Because such letters are usually written outside of the school day, etiquette would call for a thank-you letter or card to the letter writer.
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