Applying to College
Each fall, the counseling team visits senior English classrooms to discuss planning for life after high school. The outline that is utilized as a jumping off point can be found here.
Students applying to four-year colleges and universities must request transcripts and letters of recommendation through Naviance.
- Click on Colleges
- By clicking on the pink plus sign, you can add colleges to the list that you are thinking about or applying to.
- After you add the college to your list, you will request transcripts.
- If a teacher recommendation is needed, click on ‘add/cancel requests’ under Teacher Recommendations. Find teacher name and write a note to the teacher with the name of the colleges for which you need letters.
- Be sure to complete a Senior Autobiography and hand-deliver to the teacher who will write your letters.
Letters of Recommendation
Many colleges and universities require letters of recommendation for admission. The two most common types are teacher and counselor recommendations.
To request a recommendation, students should provide the teacher and/or counselor with three weeks notice and a Senior Autobiography. Students should complete the Senior Autobiography, print it, and give it to their teacher.
The Common Application is the recommended form of nearly 900 selective, independent colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college’s own form. The concept is simple: Students complete one Common Application, which is sent to all participating schools to which the student is applying. The procedure simplifies the college application process and eliminates duplication of effort.
Virtual College Visits
Each year, admissions representatives from colleges across the country visit Wilsonville High School in order to connect with students. This year, because of travel restrictions and distance learning, those visits are being made virtually, via Zoom. The reps who host these visits are typically involved in reading applications from WHS students, making them great contacts to have!
Students of all grade levels are able to view scheduled visits by logging in to their Naviance account. The list can be found on the Welcome page and students can sign up to attend so that they will receive the Zoom link. Lyndi Tucker attends all visits and will assist students who may have questions.
Typically, in the fall, we host a Senior Family College Night. Since we are unable to meet in person, we have created a web page that includes the information that we shared with students who expressed interest in attending a four-year institution, as well as a small amount of information about FAFSA, ORSAA, and the Oregon Promise. We have created a slide deck and several video tutorials that walks through the key aspects of the application process. We hope that it will help answer questions that you may have as you support with your senior with these tasks. We realize that other questions will arise, and we encourage you to reach out to your student's school counselor or Lyndi Tucker.We will meet with seniors who have indicated an interest in community college during the week of October 19. We will also provide more financial aid information in the coming weeks, and will share this information with families, as well. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us.Alyson Leatherman (A-Fi), Lucia Meza (FL-K & ELL), Andre Abraham (L-Ra), Christine Moon (Re-Z), & Lyndi Tucker (College & Career Coordinator)