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1 Northside’s College Application Process Northside College Prep. HSSeptember 23, 2009
2 Naviance/Common AppFind the link to Naviance on the old Northside webpage, under “news and notices” from counseling office.Log on (please see Mrs. Fernandez for forgotten username and passwords for Naviance,)Go to the Common Application link from your Naviance pageCreate a user name and password for your common application account (Please keep this information safe)
3 Naviance/ Common App FERPA agreement Go to “Family Connection” on Naviance under “My Colleges”Find the Privacy Notice and click the appropriate boxesCounselors always have your best interest in mindTrust your counselor, build relationshipRed flag from colleges, they trust we will be frank and honestUse your Common Application user name and password to complete the notice
4 Naviance/Transcript request Find “Colleges to which I am Applying”, click “add to this list”Add Colleges by using the "look up” featureClick “request transcript”Scroll down and add collegesFill out paper transcript request in the counseling centerDo not mark any test score information or mid year transcript info on the add school page.
5 Naviance/TranscriptUnder the “About College” tab, click on “transcripts”You will be able to request transcripts for scholarships and athletics, and forViewing the status of your transcript/counselor recommendation (ssr)
6 Test ScoresRemember you are responsible for sending your test scores directly from the ACT Corp. or the College Board to specific colleges and scholarships.AdvantagesYou can chose which scores to sendMost colleges will not accept school sent scores___________________________________View test scores on NavianceGo to “About me”, “My Test Scores” You will be able to view your scores only.
7 Letters of Rec. (Teacher) Naviance Teachers have specific guidelines for requesting letter of rec.Under “Colleges to which I am Applying” you will be able to request teacher recs. By clicking “add or cancel” requestClick on appropriate teacher name, add personal note and click request
8 Letters of Rec. (Counselor) Counselors will not write a letter without a Self Assessment. If you need to add to your assessment, send your counselor an mail.Request counselor recommendation by meeting with a parent volunteer, Mrs. Kato or Mrs. Fernandez in the counseling officeYou will complete a checklist for each college, university or scholarship for which you are applying
10 (Non) Common Application Schools and scholarships See page 18 and 19 of the College Handbook or on the old Northside webpage under “dept” , “counseling” “Submitting college and scholarship applications ”
11 Envelope with PostageBring an envelope to the counseling dept. addressed to the college, with postage, for each application.If the application requires only a Counselor’s Portion and a transcript, postage is typically 92 cents, and a regular business sized envelope is enough.If the Counseling Office is mailing the full application, the postage is typically $1.14 for a simple application, but it needs a larger envelope.
12 Larger EnvelopesIf the application is complex (for example, the UIC GPPA application), the postage is typically $1.83.
13 Return Address Don’t put your address as the return address. Either leave that blank, or put the school’s address as the return address.
14 We will touch your paper application only one time When you bring your application to the Counseling office, it must be complete (including an envelope with postage and anything that is to be sent with your application).Incomplete applications will be returned to you. Applications will not be held for any reason.
15 Submitting (non) common applications and transcript requests Submit your applications to the Counseling Office during your lunch, before school, or after school. You cannot leave class to submit college applications. When you are in the Counseling Office, you will have to watch the time, so you make it to your classes. We will not issue passes.
16 SubmitWe will review the applications, briefly, with you. You cannot put your application in your Counselor’s mailbox. If you do, it will be sent back to you through your advisory teacher. Counselors will not accept requests for recommendations.
17 Teacher Recommendations For Teacher Recommendations (unless the college requires them to be in the same envelope as your application):Ask the teachers to send the recommendations directly to the college. Provide them with envelopes addressed to the college, and with the correct postage.
18 Fee WaiversIf you want Northside to send an application fee waiver letter to the college, you must instruct us to do so when you turn in your application and transcript request.
19 Fee WaiversThe Counseling Office will send fee waiver letters only if you have already been approved for free or reduced lunch, and no more than 6 fee waiver letters for a student will be sent.Note: not all colleges honor the application fee waiver letter. It is up to the college whether they accept it or not.
20 Naviance: Application Status You can check online at Naviance ( to determine when the Counseling Department has mailed your submitted application.Go to “About Colleges” on the Naviance page and click “transcripts” review status
21 Application StatusIf you get a notice from the college that they did not receive your transcript or counselor’s recommendation, check online at Naviance ( to determine when the application was mailed, then call the admissions office at the college and confirm that they still do not have the item.Make a note of the person to whom you spoke.
22 Application Status If they still do not have the item, bring the notice they sent you to the Counseling Office,along with your note about when you called the admissions officeand to whom you spoke.The Counseling Office will follow up.
24 Application Submission Applications will not be accepted during the following times: -Tuesdays, after school (Come before school or during lunch on Tuesdays.) -The week of Thanksgiving Break (11/23/09-11/27/09) at any time -The week before Winter Break (12/14/09-12/24/09) at any time.
25 Good LuckRemember: All of this information can be found Northside’s web site under the Counseling Dept. and in your College Handbook.
26 We wish you well.We will be here to support you in this very important process.Do you have any questions at this point?