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Application Information

Step 1:  In the spring of your junior year, identify your top 5 schools to which you would like to apply

Step 2:  In the summer/early fall of your senior year, complete college applications online (via Commonapp,, or the school specific online application).  Some colleges require an application fee.  If you cannot afford to pay the fee, please see your counselor for a fee waiver.  Here’s a CommonApp tutorial to walk you through the necessary steps to complete your CommonApp.

Step 3:  If you need a letter of recommendation from a teacher or your school counselor, you MUST give them at least two weeks notice and supply them with a personal resume of your academic, athletic, extra-curricular, and volunteer achievements.  One way to accomplish this is to complete your Senior Interview early in the fall of your senior year.

Step 4:  Request your West Ottawa High School transcript to be sent to each college (via Parchment).  Watch the tutorial below on how to request transcripts from Parchment.  *IF you are applying via CommonApp or, you do NOT have to request transcripts from Parchment because your counselor will upload them for you.

Step 5: 
Request your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) from the testing organization IF your college(s) requires official scores.


Michigan Colleges and University Application Requirements

Full spreadsheet of MI College App Requirements