Step-By-Step Guide to Apply to College
Request your transcript from the records room located in the counseling office ($2 per transcript cash or check only)
Track your admission status using the websites of the colleges to which you've applied
Frequently Asked College Application Questions
How do I choose the right colleges to apply to?
Consider multiple factors including location, size, cost, academic majors and programs, campus culture, admission requirements, and acceptance rates. It's also important to build your college list with a variety of schools.
How do I actually apply to colleges?
Complete and submit your applications as directed by the college. Many colleges have several application options (e.g., Common App, Coalition, direct to the institution, GAfutures, etc.). Choose the option that streamlines the process for you. No preference is given to one application over the other.
What is Common App?
The Common App is a widely used college application platform that allows you to apply to multiple colleges and universities simultaneously. Instead of filling out separate applications for each school, you can create one comprehensive application through the Common App, which will then be sent to your chosen institutions. Using Common App streamlines the college application process and saves you time and effort.
How do I waive my FERPA rights and match my Common App with my Naviance account?
Walton can only send documents, including your transcript or letters of recommendation, to colleges through Naviance with you waiving your FERPA rights and matching your Common App with your Naviance account. Watch this short video that walks you through this process.
What if the college I'm applying to doesn't accept Common App?
Some colleges do not accept Common App. Visit the college's undergraduate admissions website and learn how to submit your application. The choices may be Direct to Institution, Coalition, or GAfutures. You must manually enter the college into the “Colleges I’m Applying To” list in Naviance.
How do I apply to college through "Direct to Institution"?
Apply through the college's web-based application on the school's undergraduate admissions website. You must then manually enter the college into the “Colleges I’m Applying To” list in Naviance.
What do the different college application deadlines (e.g., Rolling Admissions, Early Action, etc.) mean?
Click here to read about the different college application deadlines.
How do I request a teacher letter of recommendation?
Click here to download the Teacher Recommendation Form.
How do I request a counselor letter of recommendation?
Once you've requested your transcript, your counselor will automatically submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf when sending your transcript and other supporting documents to the college. Your counselor must have a completed Post-Secondary Options Packet to write your letter of recommendation.
Should I submit my test scores (SAT and/or ACT) if the college I'm applying to is test-optional?
Can I request my transcript, teacher letter of recommendation, and test scores before I submit my college application?
Yes. It does not matter the order the colleges receive your materials.
What is other information asked on college applications?
-- Senior class size: 656
-- Class rank: CCSD does not rank
-- Grading scale: 4.0 weighted scale
-- Walton CEEB code: 111987
I've submitted my application. Now what?
You can track your submission status on the college's website. The admissions committee will review all your materials once they receive them and render a decision. If you're accepted, you may be asked to provide additional information or complete additional steps to finalize your enrollment.