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College Application Process


In May 2021, students in the graduating  Class of 2022 were presented the following information in their ELA 11 class 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.

"Future Seniors" College Planning Presentation

The Common Application- a complete toolkit to help you complete your application


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:


CHS participates in the Michigan e-transcript initiative, in which all student transcripts are submitted online via Parchment. Students must create an account at 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).

3. SEND YOUR STANDARDIZED TEST RESULTS: 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.

4. ASK FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (IF NEEDED): If the college or university that you are applying to requires a letter of recommendation from a teacher or a counselor, please complete the Class of 2022 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 to register for the the SAT
  • Go to 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.

Class of 2021

Where are they now?

The Class of 2021 achieved success in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the art studio, and on the stage; now they are pursuing lives of meaning and purpose in college and in life.  It was an honor guiding our students through the process of finding, applying and selecting universities and colleges where they will not only thrive, but contribute to a new school community. Here's where the Class of 2021 is now:

Anglo-American University

Aquinas College

Baldwin Wallace University

Belmont University

Bethel University

Butler University

Calumet College of St. Joseph

Carthage College

Cedarville University

Central Michigan University

Cleary University

College for Creative Studies

Cornell University

Cornerstone University

Coventry University

Davenport University

Delta State University

Detroit Apprenticeship School

DigiPen Institute of Technology

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Findlay University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Gannon University

Grand Canyon University

Grand Valley State University

Harding University

Harding University

Hillsdale College

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Kettering University

La James College

Lagrange College

Lawrence Technological University

Lee University

Lock Haven University

Macomb Community College

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Montana State University

Niagara University

Northern Michigan University

Northwestern Michigan College

Northwood University

Oakland Community College

Oakland University

Ohio Northern University

Otterbein University

Penn State

Pensacola Christian College

Purdue University

Rochester University

Rose Hulman Tech

Saginaw Valley State University

Santa Monica College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Spring Arbor University

St. Clair Community College

The Ohio State University

Trine University

Universal Technical Institute

University of California, Irvine

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Georgia

University of Michigan

University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH)

University of Notre Dame

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Toledo

University of Utah

Villanova University

Washington and Lee University

Wayne County Community College

Wayne State University

West Virginia University

Western Michigan University