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College Application Process


1. APPLY ONLINE: Apply Early! The CHS Counseling Department recommends that students complete their applications by October 31. Application deadlines, however, vary by school. Be mindful of deadlines! Links to online applications can be found at each college's admissions website.

Some helpful application info:

2. SEND YOUR TRANSCRIPT: Clarkston High School does not send transcripts to colleges on behalf of students. 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

  • When 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 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 2020 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 is hosting “Paying for College Night” September 11, at 6:30 in the PAC. Please join us as our presenter will discuss grants, loans, scholarships, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • 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. This is not done automatically for you.

Class of 2019

Where are they now?

The Class of 2019 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 2019 is now:

Adrian College
Albion College
Alma College
Alpena Community College
American Musical & Dramatic Academy 
Aquinas College
Arizona State University
Arkansas State University
Baker Auto Diesel Institute
Baker College 
Benedict College 
Brigham Young University
Butler Univeristy
Carthage College 
Central Michigan University 
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland State University
College for Creative Studies
Colorado Mountain College
Columbia College Chicago 
Columbus State Community College
Cornerstone University 
Davenport University 
Depaul University
Dorsey School of Business
Eastern Michigan University 
Emerson College
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University 
Harding University
Hillsdale College
Hope College
Indiana Tech University 
Indiana University 
Kendall College of Art And Design 
Kettering University
Lake Erie College
Lake Superior State
Lansing Community College
Lawrence Technological University
Liberty University 
Loyola University of Chicago
Madonna University
Marketti Academy of Cosmetology 
Michigan Career & Technical Institute
Miami University
Michigan State University 
Michigan Technological University 
Mott Community College
Northern Michigan University
Northwood University 
Oakland Community College
Oakland University
Ohio Northern University 
Ohio State University
Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School 
Prairie View A&M
Roanoke College
Rochester College 
Saginaw Valley State University
Savannah College of Art and Design 
Seneca College 
Siena Heights University 
Spring Arbor University
The Culinary Institute of America
The Ohio State University
The University of Toledo
The Young Americans College for the Performing Arts
Trent University
United States Air Force Academy
University At Buffalo-SUNY
University of Alabama
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Detroit Mercy 
University of Findlay 
University of Georgia
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Michigan - Flint
University of Missouri 
University of Northwestern Ohio
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
University of Toledo
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Valencia College
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University