Submitting Applications

On-Line Applications

  1. Most applications on-line will have a page to print at the end or submission of the application.  Be sure to follow the directions carefully.  Bring these printouts to the Counseling Center for verification and/or transcript request.
  2. To have an official transcript sent, come to the Counseling Center and fill out the Transcript Request Form located on the counter by the secretary.  Return the completed form directly to the secretary or in her absence, the counselor.  Please do not simply leave the form lying on someone’s desk!
  3. If you have additional supporting documents that need to be sent to the college, such as letters of recommendation, personal statements, and the like, please provide these to the Counseling secretary at the time of transcript request.
  4. Including your email address to the Transcript Request Form will prompt the secretary to send you an email indicating the date at which your request was filled.
  5. In most circumstances, your transcript request will be mailed within two to three days.  However, during periods of high volume (such as the end of October and before or after semester break), please allow at least a week for processing.
  6. A record is maintained in the Counseling Center of all transcript mailings for each student, including the name and address of the intended recipient, date the transcript was sent, and what items were sent with the application
  7. Many colleges request mid-year grades.  When colleges inform students that their mid‑year grades are needed, students should notify the Counseling Center immediately so this important information can be sent as soon as it is available (normally mid-January).  After the semester grades are posted for the Fall Semester, the cumulative G.P.A. is re-calculated.  After this recalculation, we will use it as the official average on student applications, transcripts, and supporting documents.

Paper Applications:

It is our preference that all students completing paper applications bring them to the Counseling Center for final processing and submission.  In this manner, we can double check the application; enclose the student’s transcript and the U-High profile so it will arrive to the desired school in a single package.  Please follow the steps below when completing a paper application.

  1. Complete the entire application and double-check the accuracy of all application information with your parents before bringing it to the Counseling Center.
  2. Bring completed applications to the Counseling Center and give them directly to the secretary.  DO NOT simply put these important items on a desk or counter and leave.  All attachments, including application fee checks, should be submitted with the application.
  3. Except during periods of very heavy volume, applications will usually be mailed within two to three days if they are complete when submitted and need not be held to await the inclusion of other materials or attachments.

Transcripts mailed with applications are official (imprinted with the school seal) and carry: ACT and/or SAT scores received by UHS to date, the most recent grade point average, semester course grades and credits earned since entering ninth grade, results from standardized tests administered during high school, and a University High School profile.  Official transcripts are sent directly from University High School to the intended recipient and cannot be hand-carried or hand-delivered by students or parents.

  1. Letters of recommendation should be brought to the Counseling Center if the applicant wants them to be mailed with applications.

Students seeking recommendations from teachers, advisors, coaches, counselors, or administrators should give their recommenders plenty of advance notice when asking for such letters (normally, at least one week, preferably two).  Although many colleges do not require letters of recommendation, those that do give much consideration to letters that are thoughtful, informative, and well written.  Be sure to allow enough time to write such a thoughtful letter.

  1. Personal essays or autobiographical statements are required on many applications and are optional on others.  Even when they are optional, they represent important opportunities to impress an admissions committee, especially if an interview has not been possible.  If you include supplemental or separate pages, be certain they are neat, clean, and legible.  Such attachments should always carry the student’s name and should be labeled clearly among all of the other application components regarding the content or purpose of the extra pages.
  2. Adhere to application deadlines and submit materials early!  Applications should never be brought to the Counseling Center only one or two days before they are due!  During periods of heavy volume, such as late October and right before or after semester break, please allow a minimum of one week and preferably two for mailing.
  3. A record is maintained in the Counseling Center of all transcript mailings for each student, including the name and address of the intended recipient, date the transcript was sent, and what items were sent with the application.
  4. Many colleges request mid-year grades.  When colleges inform students that their mid‑year grades are needed, students should notify the Counseling Center immediately so this important information can be sent as soon as it is available (normally mid-January).  After the semester grades are posted for the Fall Semester, the cumulative G.P.A. is re-calculated.  After this recalculation, we will use it as the official average on student applications, transcripts, and supporting documents.