Remember 5 things when applying to colleges:
1. Complete and submit the application including essays.
ApplyTexas is for Texas public colleges and some private universities in Texas.
The Common Application is used for many in and out of state private colleges.
Private Applications: Check with the individual college website if they're not on ApplyTexas or The CommonApp
2. Pay the application fee.
or submit a fee waiver (if you qualify - See Mrs. Spradlin if you think you do!). There is usually a way to do this in the online application. Most community colleges, such as ACC, do not charge an application fee.
3. Send SAT or ACT official scores.
Always send ALL SCORES, even if you plan to take one of the tests again in the future. Send them what you have now. If you haven't taken one of the exams yet, the college you are applying to cannot consider your application until you have at least one set of scores from one of the tests. An exception to this are community colleges which use your TSI scores for placement.
4. Order and pay for an HHS transcript to be sent to the college.
Transcripts can be sent to schools in two different ways.
Electronic Transcript Submission -this is the preferred manner in which to send transcripts to universities but not all universities have access to an electronic system. Please view our List of Universities with Electronic Transcripts.
Paper Transcripts -If a university is not on the electronic submission list a hard copy must be sent. Hard copies will not be mailed by HHS. You must pick up your paper transcripts from the front office.
You MUST do these four things for ALL colleges BEFORE they can fully review your application! Then....
5. Check your student account frequently.
Upon completion of your application, most colleges and universities will provide students with a student account that will provide up-to-date information about the application process. Students can check this account to determine if all items have been processed and if there are additional requirements for the school.