Admissions and Application FAQ
Q: When should I start applying for college?
A: You should start applying for colleges during Fall of your Senior year. Each school will have application deadline information on their websites – and note whether they have a priority deadline. You will want to meet the priority date to give you your best opportunities for early admission and for scholarships. Some colleges will have deadlines in November or December of your Senior year so make sure that you know the deadlines are for your chosen schools and do not miss them!
Q: How do I decide where to to apply?
A: There are a lot of things for you to consider when making the choice of where to go to college. Do you want to stay near home or move away? What are you going to study? What are the admissions requirements? Are there schools that will award you a scholarship?
Start when you are a Junior by keeping a notebook or digital file where you can collect college information, thoughts and ideas.
Watch for the College Tour that happens in October. Most of the Utah colleges come to LHS to give information to all Seniors. This is a great way to get started forming opinions about which school might be a good fit for you. Then go to www.stepuputah.com or www.utahfutures.org to compare Utah colleges and find out which schools offer the area of study that you are interested in and what their costs are.
Once you’ve started narrowing down your choices, schedule a campus tour. Not only will this give you a good feel for the school and get all your questions answered, but it will be a lot of fun!
If you are thinking of going out of state, start with the college’s website and click on the section that will be called “admissions”, “apply”, “new students” or “incoming freshman”.
Q: How many colleges can I apply for?
A: You can apply to as many schools as you want to, but keep in mind that most schools will charge you an application fee, so that can really add up. Find out when Utah College Application Week is – some Utah schools will waive the application fee during this week.
Q: How do I know if I need to take the ACT or SAT?
A: This will depend on where you are applying - Utah schools want the ACT. If you are applying out of state, check their website to see which they prefer.
One bit of advice - research shows that students that take the ACT over and over don't usually raise their score much unless they've done some ACT Prep. There are a lot of ways to get that ACT study in - online, at school and even as apps on your phone! Never pay for this service - there are lots of great, FREE resources! Check out these to get started:
www.shmoop.com (see the Career Center to access your PAID shmoop account for FREE!)
Q: How do I get my transcripts/ACT score sent to my college?
A: Request a copy of your official LHS transcript here, or by signing up in the Career Center. Request which schools you want your ACT/SAT scores to go to when you register to take it.
Q: If I am not going to go to college right after high school, should I still apply now?
A: Yes. If you are planning to take some time after High School for humanitarian, religious or military service, you should still complete your college applications during your senior year of high school. Once you have been accepted to the college of your choice, then you can apply for a deferment while you are away. Each school will have their own requirements about how this should be done, so make sure you know what that is. If you don’t do it properly before you leave, you could lose your spot.
Q: Is filling out College Applications hard? What if I need help?
A: College Applications aren’t too bad, but it is common to have a question or two that you aren’t sure how to answer. All applications are online through the Colleges website, so bring your laptop and come in to the Career Center for help anytime!
Here is some of the information you’ll need to get you started:
· Personal information like your full legal name, birth date, social security number, driver’s license or State ID, address, phone number and email
· Your birth place – city, county, state and country
· Contact information of your parent/guardian – their name, address, phone number and email
· The name and address of your High School, or your High School code
Logan High School
162 W. 100 S.
Logan, UT 84321
OR School Code: 450170
· High School transcripts and ACT/SAT scores
· What term you are asking to be admitted for (for example, Fall 2017)
· Length of time you’ve lived in Utah (they may ask for a list of what you’ve been doing over the past few years, such as attending high school or working. This is to establish that you are a Utah resident.)
· Method of payment for the application fee (credit or debit card)