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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.



Obtain an application from each school to which you are applying. You may do this by contacting the college/university, or search on the internet. *Most colleges prefer or even require students to apply online. You may also choose or be required to complete the Common Application. Please check your college website for their preference.

Directions for filling out the application, as well as instructions on other items to be sent in with the application will be included in the material you receive from the college. Read the directions! Always fill out the application as directed.

Colleges may designate a particular way to send in all the parts of your application. Also, 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 i.e. College of Charleston)


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 year and after the summer school grades are posted in July. Additionally, senior transcripts are updated after the first semester of the senior year in order to send mid-year reports to colleges.

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.

If you are a graduate requesting a transcript:

There is a $2 fee per college that must be received first before any transcript can be sent. You may come in person or send a family member to the Guidance Office to request the transcript. You may also send a written request with your name, year of graduation, where the transcript is to be sent (with the address of the school) and the fee.

Please address requests to:

Attention: Guidance Office
Father Ryan High School
700 Norwood Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

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.

Once you have completed all requirements of a college's application process, the college will usually send you a letter to inform you about acceptance, wait list or denial.

Wall Street Journal article on college acceptance

Class of 2013 Colleges Acceptances

Aquinas College
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Austin Peay State University
Ave Maria University
Barry University
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont University
Berry College
Bethel University
Birmingham Southern College
Boston College
Butler University
Carson-Newman University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Centre College
Charleston Southern University
Christian Brothers University
Clemson University
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Colorado State University
Columbia State Community College
Cumberland University
DePaul University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Feather River College
Ferris State University
Fisk University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grambling State University
Hanover College
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Indiana University
Jacksonville State University
John A. Logan College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lee University
Lipscomb University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Loyola University of Maryland
Macalester College
Marquette University
Maryville College
Maryville University
McDaniel College
Miami University, Oxford
Middle Tennessee State University
Millsaps College
Mississippi State University
Motlow State Community College
Murray State University
North Carolina State University
Northern Arizona University
Oakland City University
Ohio State University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Pennsylvania State University
Police Academy
Purdue University
Queens University of Charlotte
Rhodes College
Roane State Community College
Robert Morris University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Louis University
Samford University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seattle University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Illinois University
Spalding University
Spelman College
Spring Hill College
St. Bonaventure University
St. Edward's University
St. Mary's College
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
The College of Wooster
The Lexington School for Recording Arts
The Ohio State University
Trevecca Nazarene University
Truman State University
Tulane University
United States Army
United States Military Academy
University of Alabama Huntsville
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago 
University of Cincinnati
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
University of Evansville
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburg
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Tennesse, Chattanooga
University of Tennesse, Martin
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Tennessee, Martin
University of Texas, Austin
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Volunteer State Community College
Wagner College
Walters State Community College
Webster University
West Virginia University
Western Kentucky University
Western State Colorado University
Xavier University

*Schools attending in bold.


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