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College Process

Prepare for college admission early! Outlined below are step-by-step details of the college application process, including general criteria colleges have for admissions. Learn what you need to maximize your admissions opportunities each year of high school by reading How to Prepare for College.



Visit the college website to complete an online application. You may also choose or be required to complete the Common Application

Directions for filling out the application, as well as instructions on other items to be sent in with the application can be found on the college's website. Read the directions! Always complete the application as directed.

Pay close attention to deadlines. Our recommendation is to have all parts of the application submitted to each college by November 1. (Please note that on rare occasion, colleges will have an October 15 deadline for early programs.)


Students should use Naviance to request teacher recommendations. Immediately before making the request online, be sure to contact the teacher in person to make a formal request. Students should also provide the teacher with a copy of his or her resume, reflection paper and a list of schools to which the transcript should be sent.


Once you have completed your application for admission, you must send your official transcript to the college. Students whould use Naviance to request transcripts.

Father Ryan transcripts reflect all grades a student has earned, beginning with the first semester of the freshman year. High school courses taken in eighth grade are listed on the transcript, but Father Ryan does not award credit for those courses. Transcripts are updated after each academic semester and after the summer school grades are posted in July. Additionally, Father Ryan updates colleges with first semester and final grades.

Rising seniors are provided a personal copy of their transcripts showing six semesters of course work. Students are asked to review this copy to confirm that everything is correct and to ensure they have the appropriate credits. Once students graduate, a final copy of their transcript is sent to them for their records.

Test Scores

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. You may do this when you register for the ACT or SAT or at a later date by contacting the appropriate testing agency. Click here for ACT or here for SAT.


From the College Side

When the college receives the first piece of information about you, they will start your file. (If you are unsure as to whether or not your file is complete you may contact the admissions office to find out the status of your application.) When your file is complete with all supporting documents and test scores, the college admissions office will evaluate your qualifications. Colleges each have their own criteria for admission, but the main factors at which they look are GPA, the courses you chose and their difficulty level, test scores, essays, recommendations, quality and depth of commitment to pursuits outside the classroom and to summer activities. Colleges may also consider demonstrated interest.

Once you have completed all requirements of a college's application process, the college will usually post your admission decision in your online portal and inform you about acceptance, wait list or denial by letter. 

Wall Street Journal article on college acceptance

Class of 2015 Colleges Acceptances

Appalachian State University
Aquinas College
Arizona State University
Arkansas State University
Auburn University
Austin College
Austin Peay State University
Ave Maria University
Baldwin Wallace University
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont University
Berry College
Bethel University-TN
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Boston University
Bradley University
Butler University
Campbell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Carson-Newman University
Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
Chapman University
Chattanooga State Technical Community College
Christian Brothers University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia State Community College
Coppin State University
Cumberland University
Denison University
DePaul University
East Tennessee State University
Eastern Kentucky University
Emmanuel College
Emory University
Emory University - Oxford College
Fisk University
Flagler College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Fordham University 
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Furman University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hanover College
High Point University
Hinds Community College
Hiwassee College
Hofstra University
Holy Cross College
Indiana University at Bloomington
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
John Carroll University
Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)
Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)
Jones County Junior College
Kenyon College
Lee University
Lewis & Clark College
Lindenwood University
Lindsey Wilson College
Linfield College
Lipscomb University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Marquette University
Marshall University
Miami University, Oxford
Middle Tennessee State University
Mississippi College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
Motlow State Community College
Mount Saint Mary's University
Mount St. Joseph University
Murray State University
Nashville State Community College
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northern Kentucky University
Northwestern University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Pontifical College Josephinum
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Anselm College
Saint Leo University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary's College
Saint Xavier University
Salem College
Samford University
Santa Clara University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern Methodist University
Spring Hill College
St. Norbert College
Stetson University
Stony Brook University
Syracuse University
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
The Catholic University of America
The College of Wooster
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Georgia
The University of Iowa
The University of Memphis
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Texas, Austin
Thomas More College
Transylvania University
Trevecca Nazarene University
Tri-County Technical College
Tulane University
Tusculum College
Tuskegee University
Union University
United States Naval Academy
University of Arkansas
University of California, Davis
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Georgia - Oconee Campus
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Tennessee, Martin
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Volunteer State Community College
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
Western Carolina University
Western Kentucky University
Wilmington College
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University

*Schools attending in bold.


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