College Resources

  • ACT Online Information and Registration: Register to take the ACT, find test dates and locations, test question samples

    College Board: Use this site to easily narrow your college search, research colleges and compare options. Includes in-depth information about all two-year and four-year colleges in the United States plus the complete text of The College Handbook

    College Data: Research an abundance of college data and predict your chances of admissions

    College Navigator: Be an informed consumer! Research statistical information on colleges and careers

    College Zone: College information and the official website of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

    Education Planner: A great resource for everything related to college and/or careers

    Fair Test: Use this site to find a list of schools are test optional or de-emphasize the use of standardized tests in the admission process

    iTRANSFER: A portal for transfer assistance in the state of Illinois for students seeking transfer between Illinois higher education institutions

    Midwestern Exchange Program: The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates

    National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC): Resources for students and parents to help transition from high school to college. Advice on preparing, searching, applying, paying, and succeeding in college

    Naviance: Use this site to align strengths and interests to post-secondary plans, manage the college planning process, and assist in college and career planning

    Peterson's Education Center: College database.

    The Princeton Review: Advice and information on researching, applying, and going to college

How to start the college process

  • 1. Finalize your list of schools. Use Naviance to research colleges and make a list of those to which you will apply. Aim on applying to 5-7 schools.

    2. Find out on what each college requires. These are examples to what may be needed:

    • Online Application: Does the school have their own or will you be using the Common Application?
    • Personal Statement/Essay
    • Letters of Recommendation: Each school will want something different.
    • Official ACT scores: Will your school take the score off your transcript or does it need to be official?
    • Official Transcripts: You will need to request that your transcripts be sent to all of the schools to which you are applying.
    • Supplemental Materials: It is your job to see if the school requires anything extra. This may include art/music portfolios, extra letters of recommendation, additional essays/personal statements, etc. 

    3. Do I need essays?

    Check with the colleges to see if they require an essay/personal statement. Start working on your essay now if you need to submit one. Keep revising it until it your best work. 

    4. How do I send my scores?

    Some college will take your SAT/ACT score off your transcript. Others want your scores to be sent directly from College Board or ACT. If this is the case, request that your official test scores be sent directly to your colleges. Do this online: SAT scores ACT scores

    5. How do I send my transcripts to colleges?

    • Complete this link: Transcript Request Form
    • Fill out this form for each institution receiving your transcript. 
    • A minimum of five school days is required to process your request. 
    • Make sure all colleges you are sending transcripts have been added to your Naviance account. 

    6. How do I get college recommendations?

    Counselor Recommendation: Log onto Naviance and find the College Recommendation Questionnaire (located on the about me tab, left hand side of the webpage). Submit the questionnaire online three weeks prior to the due date. 

    Teacher Recommendation: Speak to your teacher well in advance of the needed recommendation. You may need one-two recommendations depending on the school. 

    7. What about Financial Aid? 

    Whether you are planning on going to a four-year college or Triton, you will fill out the FAFSA. Attend our Planning & Paying for College Evening in English or Spanish with your parents/guardians on September 13, 2016 at 6:30pm at East Leyden. The FASFAFEST will take place on October 12, 2016 at West Leyden and October 13, 2016 at East Leyden (students and families can attend either session). FASFAFEST begins at 6:30pm, followed by step-by-step instructions in English and Spanish to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). 

    8. How do I keep track of everything?

    Use Naviance! You must input all the college to which you are applying so that your counselor can send your transcripts and recommendations to colleges. 

     9. Are you applying to Triton College?