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 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.
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