COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
Choosing a College
When choosing a college, there are several important factors to consider:
- Location: How far away from home do I want to be?
- Size: How many students do I want to be in class with?
- Cost: Can I reasonably afford the tuition and fees?
- Academic: Does this college offer my prospective major? Does this college offer a variety of majors for me to explore?
- Admission requirements: What are my chances of being admitted to this college? Am I meeting their requirements?
There are several free online tools that will allow you to explore colleges that match your preferences.
- Naviance: College SuperMatch
- GA Futures: Search all Georgia schools, save to your profile, and apply directly from the site
- Big Future: Explore all colleges & universities in The United States
- College ScoreCard: Explore colleges based on the criteria above
Class Rank & GPA
Many schools will ask you to self-report your class rank and GPA. This information can be found at the bottom of your most recent transcript.
Additional information about NHS can be found on our official school profile.
College Application Fee Waiver
Students who are served through free/reduced lunch are eligible for college application fee waivers. After taking the SAT on a fee waiver, four college application waivers will be loaded into your CollegeBoard account.
Check with individual college admission websites for school specific requirements regarding application fee waivers.
Admissions applications are different for each school. Options include:
- Individual college websites
- GA Futures
- The Common Application
- Coalition for College
Apply to many Georgia colleges directly from the website (Link to GA Futures Website)
Coalition for College
Fill out one application and send to several colleges. (Link to Coalition to College Website)
In order to complete your college application, you will also need to submit many of the following documents:
- Official Transcript
- Official SAT/ACT scores
- Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee Waiver (if eligible)
Letters of Recommendation
We are happy to brag about you! Often times, colleges and universities will request a letter of recommendation from your high school counselor.
To obtain a letter of recommendation from your counselor, please complete and submit the Autobiographical Sketch.
Please allow your counselor 10 school days prior to the deadline.
Resources for First Generation Students
Resources for Undocumented Students
College is an option for you! Check out the many resources available to you:
Policies regarding admission of undocumented students is always changing, so be sure to check for up to date information on college admission websites. Counselors can also assist in facilitating that conversation.
Programs at these colleges offer students the opportunity to earn a certificate, diploma or an associate's degree in a technical field. These schools typically have less rigorous admission requirements, including more flexible deadlines.
Interested students can take either the SAT, ACT, or COMPASS/ACCUPLACER test.
Financial aid is available for students pursuing a technical education degree. More information can be found here.
There are several ways to send your transcript to a college:
- Georgia Colleges & Universities: Transcripts can be sent electronically for free through the GA Futures website. Your social security number must be on file in order to use this feature.
- Common Application/Coalition/Universal Application Colleges & Universities: If you applied to a college via these websites, your counselor may send your transcript via the platform. Check with your counselor to be sure.
- Out of State Colleges & Universities: If your college is out of state, and not on the Common App, you must request a paper copy of your transcript from the NHS Main Office and mail your transcript to your colleges admissions office.