Guidance Office

The primary mission of the Guidance Department of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School is to facilitate the maximum development of each student. The services offered are concerned with identity, maturity, problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision making, academic excellence, and college and career choices.

College Application Process

  1. You send ACT/SAT to colleges and NCAA as needed. If you still need to take a standardized test, schedule it ASAP. Please visit SAT.org and ACT.org for test dates and other important information.
  2. You apply to your college choices on the websites or use the Common Application.
  3. Request Letters of Recommendation from your teachers in person and in Naviance.
  4. You pay $3 per transcript in the Finance Office.
  5. You add colleges (and whether they are Common App) on Naviance. (While you're there check the status of teacher recommendations and speak to your teachers as needed.)
  6. You staple the receipt for transcripts to the transcript request document and provide the completed form with stapled receipt to the Guidance Director directly. NOT leave it on the front desk or slide it under a door! (*If forms are not given to Guidance, they may not be processed.)
  7. You wait two weeks and then contact the college to make sure all materials have been received. Remember: we do not send SAT/ACT scores.
  8. Apply for financial aid on FAFSA after October 1st.

Notes

  • We process your request within ten days. You must provide 10 school days for processing. Once that time has passed, feel free to check in to assure completion of your request.
  • No one should complete a transcript request form until they have completed all applications for which they are requesting transcripts.
  • You can apply before taking the ACT/SAT, but should schedule your ACT/SAT before you complete the application. If you have already taken your ACT/SAT you should send those scores as soon as possible because it can take weeks to months for those scores to be received by colleges.
  • If you are a student athlete, and plan to play in college, you must send your ACT/SAT scores to the NCAA directly in order to register.
  • Students who plan to study at community college before transferring to a four-year institution should get acquainted with the transfer agreements at their chosen institutions, should obtain paper copies of recommendations at the end of the school year (in sealed envelopes), and should take the ACT/SAT as they may be required to do so later on anyway.

Resources

www.fafsa.ed.gov

www.sat.org

www.act.org

www.eligibilitycenter.org

Students must register in their junior year with the Eligibility Center in order to begin the amateurism-certification process. Students must request that SAT/ACT scores be sent to the NCAA. Students in all grades who hope to play Division 1,2 or even 3 athletics in college should be familiar with the academic requirements and procedures of the NCAA that are available on this site. A great academic record, excellent SAT scores, and stellar athletic ability are the marks of an exemplary college athlete.

Register here: www.eligibilitycenter.org

 

What is Naviance?

Naviance Student is a college/career software provider that partners with high schools to provide students with college planning and career assessment tools.  Naviance Student enables the Guidance Counselors at CEC to “electronically” submit all transcripts, letters of recommendations, Common App school reports and teacher evaluations.

How do you access Naviance Student?

Access your Naviance account using your school email  to search for career and college information relevant to you based on the feedback from your career interest profiles and assessments.

How do I apply to college?

Apply to the colleges of your choice by going directly to the college website and click on “apply”.  Follow all of the steps and submit.  (You may also use a Common Application form if the college you are applying to is a member).

What is a Common App?

The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that can be used for more than 700 member colleges.  The Common App allows you to apply to many colleges with one application.

How do colleges get my SAT/ACT scores?

You must submit your scores “directly” to each college when you register for the test (4 for free) or later by contacting SAT or ACT.

How do I ask for teacher recommendations?  

You must request a recommendation through Naviance (NOT through Common App) and in-person to each teacher.

How do I “add” my college choices to Naviance?

After you have completed your applications on the college website, “add” those colleges to “Colleges I am Applying to” in Naviance Student.

If you are using the Common Application form, you must “match” the application in Naviance for the required forms to be sent.

How do I send my transcripts?

To send transcripts to each college, you must fill out a Transcript Request form in the Guidance Office, pay $3 per transcript in the Finance Office and request a transcript to be sent in Naviance.  All THREE steps must be completed before a transcript will be sent electronically.

Please Note:  Naviance accounts are mandatory!  All accounts must be kept up-to-date with all colleges you are applying to listed for transcripts, letters of recommendation, school reports and counselor recommendations to be sent electronically.  No transcripts will be mailed or emailed separately! Colleges do NOT have access to Naviance.

  • Academics—keep your grades up!  Colleges are looking at Junior year grades, GPA and rank in class!
  • Sports—register with NCAA Eligibility if you are planning to play Division I or II!
  • Careers—take career assessments in Naviance and explore careers on Naviance or College Board!
  • Recommendations—ask your teachers in-person and on Naviance to write you a letter of recommendation-give them your resume! We suggest asking three teachers.
  • SAT/ACT—take your SAT’s and/or ACT’s at least once in Junior year and then again as a senior!
  • College—research colleges and compile a list of possible choices-set up your visits for spring and summer!
  • Colleges—Apply on-line directly to all the colleges you are seriously considering.  (Note:  Many colleges accept the Common Application in place of website application.)
  • Naviance—Update Naviance Student by “adding” all colleges with completed applications (under College tab, see Apply to College section). 
  • Common Application Users—For those colleges accepting your Common App, “match” your CA application to Naviance. 
  • SAT/ACT—register for the test of your choice again in senior year and send the scores to all colleges you are seriously considering.
  • FAFSA—have your parents complete the FAFSA form to apply for financial assistance to attend college. (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
  • Recommendations—check in person with your teachers about the letters of recommendation you requested. (Note:  you must also request letters of recommendation in Naviance!)
  • Transcripts-transcript requests are made in writing using the “Transcript Request Forms” in the Guidance office and requested in Naviance.  (Note:  Both steps must be completed for electronic transmission of your documentation). The cost is $3.
  • NCAA-all athletes intending to play a sport in Division I or II, please register with NCAA Eligibility Center.

Contact the Guidance Department

Elaine Fitzgerald Wright
Contact Ms. Elaine Fitzgerald Wright, Director of Guidance, with any questions.
215.945.6200 ext. 412
ewright@conwell-egan.org

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