Seniors, if you are applying to 4 year colleges, chances are high that one of the colleges will utilize the Common Application, or "Common App" for your application.
What is Common App?
It's awesome because it saves you a lot of time by allowing you to answer questions once that are then transferred to multiple applications.
But, it can be a bit confusing to use at first.
Therefore, since you're on summer vacation, now is the perfect time to start learning about Common App. The tutorial below will walk you through the basics of how the system works.
*KEEP IN MIND* The application rolls over each year in July. So right now, we recommend just getting to know how Common App works - but don't go answering every question because a lot of that info won't save during the roll-over.
Things that will save during the roll-over:
Things that will NOT save during the roll-over: (AKA DON'T DO THESE UNTIL AUGUST!)
* Answers to college-specific questions
* Recommender invitations
* Forms submitted by recommenders
* Your Release Authorization and FERPA selection
* Responses to questions that have been changed or removed
If you need any help, the RCHS Counseling Team is happy to help you! :-)
^^^^^^ That youtube account has MANY tutorials to walk you through the Common App process. Check them all out! :-)
Congrats to the class of 2017! We're going to miss you!
If you are headed off to college in the fall, make sure you've done all of the things on this list:
1. Did you request to have your final transcript sent via Parchment? If you are attending a Common App school, you don't need to do this.... but make sure you've told your Counselor which school you've committed to. Your counselor will send your transcript via Common App when they are available (typically a few weeks after graduation!) <- That last bit is really important. It takes time for us to hand-check all transcripts before we release them to colleges. This is NORMAL. Seriously. Yes, you'll probably get a lot of reminders to have your final transcript sent (as long as you complete step 3 below) but it's important for you all to know that we release them as soon as we're able, provided that you request them!
2. Did you have your AP Scores sent to the college you are attending? If not, you better log into your College Board account and request that your scores are sent to your college. The RCHS Counseling Office is not responsible for sending your scores - they're yours, after all. Even if we wanted to, colleges don't want them from us. They want them directly from College Board, and only you can log in and have them sent. If you need help, we're happy to help, but we cannot do it for you.
3. Make sure you know how to log in and access your email from your college. Some colleges won't give this to you until you attend orientation. Others sending it much earlier. Either way, make sure you know what you're expected to do. This email is SO IMPORTANT. Add it to your phone so you can check it ALL THE TIME. Trust us. Plus, you may get important updates during the summer about how to access financial aid and scholarships that you may be eligible for. You wouldn't believe how often we hear from students that they missed out on some $$$$ because they haven't been checking their college email accounts.