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    Useful Links for Students

    College Scorecard: College Scorecard’s Field of Study search allows you to explore the subject areas of Certificate, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and even advanced degrees offered at colleges all over the United States. Use College Scorecard to compare costs, earnings, and debt burdens between fields of study.

    Home | College Scorecard (ed.gov)


    Dataverse: College Transitions’ Dataverse features a comprehensive array of tables, lists, and data designed to help students, parents and counselors more effectively navigate the college admission and financial aid process. 

    Dataverse – College Transitions Admissions Data & Information


    BigFuture: BigFuture by CollegeBoard allows you to search through over 4400 colleges to see the facts related to admissions, academics, cost, and campus life.

    Results of Your College Search - BigFuture | College Board


    Seniors, begin applying for colleges ASAP! 

    Most colleges have at least 3 components: application, transcripts, and test scores. Some colleges may ask for optional essays. It may be in your best interest to complete any essay requirements to set yourself apart and give you a better chance at getting accepted. Some schools may require letters of recommendation or other components.


    • Application
      • You can find information about how to apply on each college's website.
      • Some schools participate in the Common Application, which is a one-stop portal that allows students to apply to over 1,000 schools with one single application. Visit https://www.commonapp.org/ to create an account and start your application.
      • Some schools require students to apply directly to the school.
      • Please ensure that you turn in all required documents by the school's application deadline. This varies by school so do your research and plan ahead!
      • It is recommended to complete your applications by mid-October.
      • October is college month and many schools will waive application fees! Take advantage of this opportunity to save money!


    • Transcripts
      • Stevenson HS counselors will send your transcripts electronically to the colleges that you apply to.
      • You can request a transcript at any time and your counselor will send it once it is ready. 
      • Mid-year transcripts are available at the end of January. 
      • End of year transcripts are available in June.
      • Order transcripts for each college that you are applying to. You can request them through Common App or through Xello
        • Common App Schools: Counselors will automatically send transcripts to any school you applied to via Common App once they are available



        • Direct App Schools: If you applied direct to a school on their website, request your transcript via Xello from your ClassLink: How students request a transcript (xello.world)




    • Test Scores
      • Most colleges require standardized test scores for admission. Schools may want to know your SAT or ACT score.
      • When you take a standardized test, you can select three colleges to send your scores to. Knowing which schools you plan on applying to will help you save time later on. 
      • Place an order for your scores at least 30 days before the college application deadline! Do not wait until the last minute.


    • Letters of Recommendation
      • Some colleges may request letters of recommendation as part of your application. Ask a trusted teacher, counselor, administrator, boss, supervisor, or coach for a letter of recommendation. Make sure that this person knows you and can speak highly of you. It is not recommended to ask friends or family members for letters of recommendation. Make sure to give your selected individual enough time to write a letter for you.
      • Add your selected individual to the "recommender" portion of your application. Some schools will send a link to your recommender via email where they can upload their letter.
      • Complete a Letter of Recommendation Information Sheet