Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. As individuals, all of our students have a special skills set and passion. Below you will find numerous resources to help families and students prepare for college.
The Clarkston High School Counseling Department offers the service of college counseling as a resource to investigate appropriate college options with students and their families. It is our ambition to remain realistic and supportive of the students interests and goals for post-high school planning.
- Class of 2024 To Do List - Future Seniors
- College Application Process
- College Athletic Eligibility
- College Exploration - Helpful Links
- College Informational Sessions
- Financial Aid & Scholarships
- Request a Transcript
Each May, the CHS counseling department holds "Future Senior" meetings with the junior class help students narrow down their "summer college to-do" list and to help them hit the ground running in the fall when it comes time to begin filling out college applications. This year, students met with counselors in the PAC to view a video presentation, an overview of the Counseling Website, how to request transcripts, followed by a Q&A session. If you have questions regarding how to apply to colleges, how to send your transcript, SAT/ACT scores to colleges, essay writing information, letter of rec information, scholarships and financial aid information, etc...Please access these presentations (below)
On June 1, 2023, students in the graduating Class of 2024 were presented the following information in the Performing Arts Center, followed by a Q & A session with a CHS counselor. Both presentations have a wealth of information, and guide students through the college application process.
- Apply Online & Helpful Tips
- Send Your Transcript
- Send Your Standardized Test Results
- Ask for Letters of Recommendation (if needed)
- Additional Information
Apply Early! The CHS Counseling Department recommends that students complete their applications by October 31st. Application deadlines, however, vary by school. Be mindful of deadlines! Links to online applications can be found at each college's admissions website.
Helpful Application Info:
- Our school code is 230630
- CHS operates on a weighted 4.0 grading scale
- CHS students are ranked individually
- Your rank, cumulative GPA and UIC code can be found on your transcript (see step 2 below)
- The Common Application: Many colleges and universities across the country subscribe to The Common Application, which allows students to complete a single college application and have it sent to any participating school.
- If an essay is required, check out these helpful essay tips:
CHS participates in the Michigan e-transcript initiative, in which all student transcripts are submitted online via Parchment. Students must create an account at www.Parchment.com and request to have their transcript sent to the college(s) that they are applying to. More detailed information can be found on the CHS Counseling website under Requesting Your Transcript
- Before requesting a transcript through Parchment, order an “unofficial self-view” transcript first to check for accuracy before sending to colleges.
- If a college is asking for your cumulative GPA and/or your class rank, it can be found on the unofficial self-view transcript.
- If a college asks for your UIC (Unique Identification Code), it can be found on the unofficial self-view transcript. This is a code issued by the State of Michigan (also sometimes referred to as the State ID Code) and is different than your student number.
- ACT/SAT scores are NOT listed on the transcript (see step 3 below).
CHS does not provide standardized testing results to colleges. Therefore, it is the student's responsibility to have their official scores sent to the colleges to which they are applying. Scores must be “official” and sent directly from the testing agency.
If the college or university that you are applying to requires a letter of recommendation from a teacher or a counselor, please complete the 2024 Senior Questionnaire and share it with whomever you are asking to write a letter for you so that they may reference your specific information/accomplishments when writing your letter.
Student Do’s and Don’ts when requesting a letter of recommendation:
- DO ask a minimum of two weeks (10 days) in advance. Some teachers may require more notice.
- DON’T send a letter if a college does not require it. If a college does not require a letter of recommendation then one should only be sent to explain extenuating circumstances or if student falls below average acceptance criteria
- DO make sure your recommendations come from a core teacher unless applying to a specific program. (i.e.fine arts)
- DO ask your recommenders for letters IN PERSON
- DON’T ask for more letters than what is required. They will not all get used.
- DO provide teachers with actual deadline (do not ask for advance completion)
- DO send your recommenders a personalized thank you note. They are writing for you out of the kindness of their hearts and should be thanked properly.
- If you’d like to re-take the SAT or ACT, you will need to do so ASAP in order to meet admissions and scholarship deadlines.
- Go to www.collegeboard.org to register for the the SAT
- Go to www.actstudent.org to register for the ACT
- CHS hosts “Paying for College Night” in the PAC each fall. Our presenter discusses grants, loans, scholarships, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Keep an eye out for an email/eblast in late August
- If you are still undecided about which college/university to apply to, we have many college admissions representatives that visits CHS each fall. You may sign up to attend three sessions per year. Sign up via the College Information link on the CHS Counseling website This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about what specific colleges have to offer, meet with admissions reps, and have your questions answered.
- You are allowed three school-related absences per year to visit college campuses. Make sure to grab a College Visit Form from the attendance office and have it signed by the admissions office of the college you are visiting. Getting on campus for a visit is a crucial factor when deciding if you want to spend the next four years of your life there.
- If you get “deferred” or “wait-listed” by a college, this means they want to see your 1st semester grades before making an admissions decision. You will need to put in another request through Parchment in January after the 1st semester grades have been entered. You will need to put in a completely new order…. If you just log in and look at your transcript all you will see is the PDF that was generated from your first request in the fall.
- You will need to decide which college you will be attending and send your deposit in by May 1st in order to reserve your spot.
- Most colleges require a final transcript be sent to them in June for final review, and your admission can be revoked! Be sure to keep your grades up throughout your senior year. You will need to put in a new order in Parchment in June after 2nd semester grades have been entered. Do not assume this is automatically done for you.
Student-athletes interested in playing athletics at the college level should be aware of the basic high school eligibility guidelines of the athletic associations.
About the NCAA
The NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association) is the governing body approximately 1,200 schools. It consists of three divisions (Division I, II, and III) and oversees 23 sports. Divisions I and II both offer athletic scholarships, with over 126,000 student-athletes receiving partial or full athletic scholarships. Division III student-athletes can only receive academic or non-athletic scholarships – no athletic scholarships are allowed. Each year, the NCAA hands out about $1 billion in athletic scholarships, with the rest coming from the inpidual school. NCAA academic requirements must be met to play a sport or receive an athletic scholarship at Division I and II colleges. There are high school core classes required by the NCAA in order to be eligible for college athletic scholarships.
- NCAA Eligibility Center Eligibility requirements, member schools, and sports offered.
- Guide for the Student-Bound College Athlete 2022-23 Make sure you are eligible to play in college.
- NCAA Eligibility Quick Reference Guide - a snapshot of NCAA requirements to be eligible to play a sport your freshman year in college.
- D1 and D2 Worksheet - a worksheet to monitor your progress in meeting initial eligibility requirements
- Clarkston's NCAA Approved Courses - Our School Code is: 230630
About the NAIA
The NAIA (the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) consists of approximately 300 schools and 13 sports. The NAIA is a smaller association than the NCAA, with just over 60,000 students. It includes two divisions (Division I and II). Division I in the NAIA is comparable to Division II in the NCAA. The schools in the NAIA award scholarships to prospective student-athletes. Eligibility requirements are less strenuous than the NCAA eligibility requirements.
About the NJCAA
The NJCAA (the National Junior College Athletic Association) is an association of intercollegiate athletics who participate for two years. They have great programs and provide a springboard to higher athletics for the final two years of college. There are three divisions Division I, II and III. Division I schools offer full and partial sports scholarships; the scholarship can include a variety of things. Division II schools offer scholarships for books, tuition and fees. Division III schools are not able to supply scholarships.
Junior college (or community college) may prove to be the best option for many students; students are able to start their first year as a freshman and then complete two years at the junior college. Course grades will be transferable to a NCAA or NAIA after your two years.. After two years students will have earned an associate’s degree that will validate their time at junior college and may help when applying for some jobs. If students then transfer to an NCAA or NAIA school, they can complete their degree in a bachelor’s program over the last two years of school.
There are 15 men sports and 13 women sports. Every college doesn’t have to offer all sports, so it is common to find some colleges without each sport. It is also easier to obtain a place at a Junior college, however, some junior college programs are very good and places will be limited. Junior college does not differ from higher levels of athletics and still compete in national championships at the end of each season. If NCAA is not a viable option for you straight away, NJCAA will provide you with the foundation to progress in to an NCAA school after two years.
2023 College 101 Slideshow with Links and Videos: Provides information from the CHS Counseling Department on what to look for when finding the right fit, important factors of college admissions decisions, Senior Year Timeline, and paying for college.
2023 College 101 Informational Packet: Includes the following: Course Selection Suggestions, Campus Visit Checklist, Anatomy of a College Application, The College Essay, Tips for Letters of Recommendation, College Application Checklist, Family Action Plan: 11th Grade, Family Action Plan: 12th Grade, Financial Aid Checklist, and Senior Year Timeline.
Cappex: Provides college reviews, admissions games, searchable information on colleges including video, and college and scholarship matching
Chegg-Colleges: Students create a profile and are matched with colleges, graduate schools, and scholarship money; students can connect with other students going through the admissions process for advice.
College Connections: Find schools based on career goals, courses offered, and location; includes online degrees.
College Fair Guide Take a look at this guide for tips on how to make the most of a college fair, what questions to ask of college representatives, and how to make the best use of your time
College Majors 101: Explore various college majors and careers
College Transition Guide A guide developed by the Michigan Rehabilitation Services to provide resources and information to perspective college students with disabilities. This guide is intended to explain the transition process by giving an overview of postsecondary support services, familiarizing the reader with the procedures for requesting and receiving services, and Identifying the appropriate documentation to qualify
Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers : Check out this website with links to Michigan college websites. Here you will find links to every college/university in Michigan, their application processes, admission requirements, majors, scholarships, financial aid, transfer information, and much more.
Michigan College Admissions Tiers: GPA & ACT requirements for enrollment in Michigan Colleges and Universities
My College Visit Guide: A web-based guide to colleges, universities, and community colleges located across the country. This website contains campus visit and open house information as well at many virtual campus tours
MyMajors: Use this website to explore colleges, majors. careers, and job outlooks
NextStepU: Includes 4 sections: planning for college, career planning, searching for colleges, and finding scholarships.
Each fall, many college admissions representatives visit CHS to hold informational sessions with our students. Many topics are covered in these sessions, including admissions requirements, majors offered, financial aid and scholarships, athletics, campus life, etc. This is a great opportunity for students to speak with admissions representatives and ask questions pertinent to their interests. We are hopeful that College Reps will return to in person visits this fall, however we will also work with a virtual format if requested by the college. Once representatives have been contacted and scheduled for the fall, students will be able to click on the blue box at top, left to review the list and sign up directly for the sessions that are of interested. Students are allowed a maximum of 3 sessions which will be excused absences from class; after 3 sessions students will start to accrue absences, so choose your sessions wisely!
Need money to help pay for college? There are generally two types of aid available to students and families to assist in funding their college education. Need-based aid is determined by completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education is the largest source of aid in America, providing over $150 billion in grants, work-study, and federal loans for students attending four-year colleges or universities, community colleges, and career schools.
Need-based & Merit-based Aid
Additionally, some colleges award institutional aid based on a students level of need as determined by completing the FAFSA. In addition to need-based aid, the second way for students to qualify for assistance in paying for college is through merit-based aid, or scholarships. Generally speaking the largest amount of scholarship money a student will receive will come directly from the colleges they apply to (internal scholarships).
The Clarkston High School Counseling Department maintains a list of numerous companies, community organizations, and associations that sponsor scholarship opportunities for students. These are considered external scholarships because they are awarded from outside of the college.
You can also connect with millions of scholarship opportunities through these free online databases.
Scholarships take time and effort: The more you invest, the greater the potential returns. The sooner you start the process, the better!
There are no guarantees of receiving the award for scholarships to which you apply. Save all work and reuse as applicable to other scholarships. Be sure you tailor all information according to scholarship instructions.
- To send your transcript to a college, university, or NCAA, you must do so electronically through Parchment, a digital credential service.
- First, you must create a Parchment account and register to have your transcript sent electronically at www.parchment.com
- There is a $2.00 fee for each transcript you are requesting.
FORMER STUDENTS & GRADUATES
- To send your transcript to yourself, a college, university, NCAA, or an employer you must do so electronically through Parchment, a digital credential service.
- First, you must create a Parchment account and register to have your transcript sent electronically at www.parchment.com
- There is a $5.00 fee for each transcript you are requesting