Application Process

Transcript request forms must be submitted ten (10) days prior to first deadline. 

Make an appointment to meet with your counselor as soon as possible to discuss your college list

Create your college list in  Naviance by searching for a school and selecting "Add to colleges I'm thinking about"

Your Lists

Transfer the schools you plan to apply to from your 'Colleges I'm Thinking About' list to your 'Colleges I'm Applying To' list.

  • In the 'Colleges' tab, go to 'Colleges I'm Thinking About.'
  • Select those schools you are going to actually apply to. 
  • Select 'Move to Application List' and each school, select how you are applying in the drop down menu (e.g. regular, rolling, early decision, early action, etc.) If you are unsure, check with your counselor.
  • Select 'Add Applications' (ignore the other options presented).
  • These schools should now appear in your 'Colleges I'm Applying To' list on Naviance.
Create a Common Application

(www.commonapp.org)

Please inform your counselor if you are using any other applications in place of, or in addition to, the Common App.  The submission process for additional documents for these applications may be different.

Enter Trinity Catholic High School in the education section of the Common App

Select the 'Common App' tab in the Common App.

  • Select the "Education' section and complete the 'Current of Most Recent School' section. Note: You will obviously have to complete the entire Common App, but completing this section allows you to take the following steps in the process.)
Complete the FERPA Agreement on the Common App

Add at least one college to your Common App using the 'College Search' tab. You can always delete this school - this is simply needed in order to complete the agreement.

  • Under the 'My Colleges' tab, select the school you added and select 'Recommenders and FERPA.'
  • Select the link for 'FERPA Release Authorization' and complete this agreement
    • you must select "I waive my rights..."
    • please see your counselor if you have any questions.
Match your Common App and your Naviance Account

Go to the 'Colleges' tab in Naviance.

  • Go to the 'Colleges I'm Applying To' link.
  • Follow the instructions on that page to match your Common App and Naviance accounts.  
  • In order to successfully match your accounts, you will need to:
    • type in the same email address you used for the Common App
    • have completed the FERPA agreement on the Common App
    •  check that your last name and date of birth are correct 
  • Once your accounts are matched, the schools you included on your Common Application will appear on your 'Colleges I'm Applying To' section of Naviance. If not, add them manually. These two sections must match.
Request your teacher recommendation letters through Naviance

Students must ask teachers in person before requesting their teachers through Naviance. Be sure to inform your counselor of your first deadline as soon as possible.

  • Provide your teachers with your resume:  
    • a resume is a list of your extracurricular activities inside and outside of Trinity (sports, clubs, volunteering, work, etc.). You can create your own or begin one in Naviance in the 'About Me' tab. 
    • ask your counselor or see the TCHS website for sample resumes.
    • be sure to include the activity, what years you participated and a brief description (one to two bullets/sentences) of what you did.
  • After asking teachers in person, go to the 'Colleges' tab and then 'Colleges I'm Applying To' link on Naviance.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to 'Teacher Recommendations' and click the 'Add/Cancel Requests' link.
  • To request teachers, use the drop down menu and then select the teacher who is writing your letter. In the text box to the right, write your teacher a brief note and inform your teacher of your first deadline (ex: "Thank you for writing my letter, my first application deadline is November 1st.").

Scroll to the bottom and click 'Update Requests'. Your teacher(s) will then receive an e-mail notification reminding them to write your letter.

Counselor recommendation letters

All counselors will be completing letters for students. You do not have to request this letter through Naviance. However, be sure to inform your counselor at least ten (10) days before your first deadline by handing in your Transcript Request Form with your resume and self-reflection.

Complete your college essay

Allow ample time for the essay review process to be completed prior to your first deadline.

  • Bring your finished essay to your counselor for review.
  • Once your counselor has approved your essay, bring it to an English teacher for review.
Send your standardized test scores to your schools (SATs/ACTs)

YOU are responsible for submitting your official test scores to schools.  This can be done through the College Board website and ACT student website.

  • Simply typing your scores into the Common App is NOT official.
  • Note:  some schools are 'test optional' and may not require the submission of test scores. Please see your counselor to discuss this option.
Sign up to meet with college admissions representatives through Naviance

Remember:  You are only allowed to miss up to three classes for these visits. However, you are always welcome to attend during your free block. Please let your counselor know in advance if you would like to attend a college admissions rep visit but are unable to do so.

  • Under 'Colleges' tab, select 'View All Upcoming College Visits,' select 'Sign Up' and then 'Sign Me Up'.
  • If you are signed up in advance, your counselor will provide you with a pass on the day of your school's visit during homeroom. If you are unsure, please stop by guidance to confirm.
Final step: official transcript request form

At least ten (10) days prior to first deadline:

  • Submit a Transcript Request Form to Guidance with a list of all of the schools you plan to apply to. You can always add to this list after you submit it, but you must come down to Guidance to add any additional schools you plan to apply to.
  • You must keep your counselor updated on your applications because your counselor needs to submit your transcript, the TCHS profile and recommendation letters. All of the above documents are needed in order for your application to be considered complete by your schools. It is imperative you let guidance know when you have submitted applications and to which schools.
Notes

Athletes:  If you are an athlete either being recruited or looking to play at a Division I or Division II school, please contact Mr. Carrigan about registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Financial Aid & Scholarships:  More information on the financial aid process and how to apply for scholarships will be provided in the future.

College Process power point presentation, click here.

The College Calendar

Be sure to stop by the Guidance Department at any time during Grade Level Parent Nights and Back to School Night, both held at the beginning of the school year.

Important dates at Trinity Catholic:

  • Senior Parents Guidance Night - held in September 
  • Financial Aid Night - October 18th at 7:00 p.m. - all grades welcome
  • Naviance Workshop for the Class of 2017 Parents: offered in the Fall of 2016
  • JET (Jesuit Excellence Tour) - November 3rd 
  • Naviance Workshop for the Class of 2018 Parents: offered in the Spring of 2017
  • The TCHS College Fair - April 6, 2017
  • SAT & SAT Subject Tests - May 6th here at TCHS

Note: for a full listing of SAT and ACT test dates, locations and registration information, please visit:

August 2016

1st: Common Application comes online for Seniors. Seniors should visit www.commonapp.org to set up an account
5th: Registration deadline for September 10th ACT test

Seniors be sure to...

  • begin filling out the Common Application
  • work on your personal essay
  • look into registration dates for Fall SAT and ACT tests 
September 2016

1st: Registration deadline for October 1st SAT test
10th: ACT test - held at other locations
16th: Registration deadline for October 22nd ACT test
21st: Senior parent Naviance Workshop - 8:00 a.m. in Room 209
21st: Senior parent Guidance evening - 7:00 p.m. 

Seniors be sure to...
...meet with your counselor
...review your personal essay with your counselor
...continue filling out the Common Application including your personal essay
...check in with teachers who you have asked for recommendations
...check Naviance for upcoming college rep visits at TCHS
...look into registration dates for Fall SAT and ACT tests

October 2016

1st: SAT/SAT Subject tests - held at other locations
1st: FAFSA available online for Seniors entering college in the Fall of 2017 (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
7th: Registration deadline for November 5th SAT test
18th: Financial Aid Night at TCHS
19th: PSAT given at TCHS for Sophomores & Juniors - no registration necessary
22nd: ACT test - held at other locations

Seniors be sure to...
...check Naviance for upcoming college rep visits
...check with Guidance that your teacher recommendations are complete
...have your Transcript Request form into Guidance ten days prior to your first application deadline

November 2016

3rd: JET (Jesuit Excellence Tour) at TCHS - Jesuit college representatives will be available during school to meet with students
3rd: Registration deadline for December 3rd SAT test
4th: Registration deadline for December 10th ACT test
5th: SAT/SAT Subject Tests - held at other locations

Seniors be sure to...
...check on Early Application dates, if needed
...meet with your Guidance Counselor to be sure your application plans are complete
...send official standardized test scores to colleges
...check on CSS Profile and other Financial Aid deadlines

December 2016

3rd: SAT/SAT Subject Tests - held at other locations
10th: ACT test - held at other locations
21st: Registration deadline for January 21st SAT test

Seniors be sure to...
...make sure regular decision applications are filed on time
...send official standardized test scores to colleges

January 2017

3rd: Check Naviance and the internet for available scholarships
13th: Registration deadline for February 11th ACT test
21st: SAT/SAT Subject Tests - held at other locations

Seniors be sure to...
...continue to submit regular decision applications
...submit FAFSA form to colleges

Juniors be sure to...
...meet with your counselor about the college search process
...begin to put together a list of colleges to research and visit

February 2017

10th: Registration deadline for March 11th SAT test
11th: ACT test - held at locations
28th: Resume workshop for Juniors @ 2:00 p.m.

Seniors be sure to...
...complete and submit FAFSA

Juniors be sure to...
...consider signing up for one of the resume workshops
...meet with your counselor about the college search process
...begin to research colleges and consider visits, especially during February and April school breaks
...register for SAT's and/or ACTs

March 2017

3rd: Registration deadline for April 8th ACT test
11th: SAT test - held at other locations
28th: Resume workshop for Juniors @ 2:00 p.m.

Seniors be sure to...
...check with individual schools regarding additional financial aid paperwork

Juniors be sure to...
...consider signing up for the resume workshop
...meet with your counselor about the college search process 
...continue to build your college lists
...register for SATs and/or ACTs
...work on your resume

April 2017

6th: College Fair and Junior Parents Presentation
7th: Registration deadline for May 6th SAT test - held at TCHS
8th: ACT test - held at other locations

Seniors be sure to...
...review college offers and financial aid packages
...schedule visits to colleges you have been accepted to and are interested in attending

Juniors be sure to...
...continue to build your college lists and consider visits, especially during April school break
...registered for SATs and/or ACTs
...work on resumes

May 2017

1st: Deadline for College Decisions
5th: Registration deadline for June 10th ACT test
6th: SAT/SAT Subject tests - held at TCHS
9th: Registration deadline for June 3rd SAT test

Seniors be sure to...
...remember May 1st is the deadline for informing colleges of your choice
...finalize college intent forms
...advise Guidance of all acceptances and awards from colleges, including financial aid awards
...write teachers a personal thank you note for writing your letters of recommendation

Juniors be sure to...
...continue to build your college lists
...register for SATs and/or ACTs
...ask teachers, in person, for recommendations
...make sure you have met with your counselor

June 2017

3rd: SAT/SAT Subject tests - held at other locations
10th: ACT test - held at other locations

Juniors be sure to...
...begin to think about your personal essay
...continue to build your college lists and plan summer college visits
...ask teachers, in person, for recommendations