The College Application Process

Applying to college requires multiple steps. We recommend that you visit and/or read the following documents so you are fully informed of how the application process works by the time you are a senior. Please keep in mind that there is a specific timeline when completing these steps.

Class of 2021

Congratulations on knowing where you want to apply! Now comes the next step- applying! Each college has its own application process, with its own set of deadlines and requirements. Provide each college with exactly what they require. Please read this packet thoroughly as it outlines the procedure for sending  school forms and recommendations  electronically and through the mail.

Your application is just one part of the whole application process.  There are four parts total.

FOUR parts of application process:

  1. Your Application  (YOU)

  2. Standardized Test Scores:  SAT or ACT  scores, SAT Subject Test Scores  (YOU)

  3. School Forms:  (1) Your transcript; (2) School secondary report; (3) School profile; (4) School counselor recommendation form  (SENT BY COUNSELOR)

  4. One or Two Teacher Recommendations - if needed (SENT BY COUNSELOR)

You are in charge of making sure all four parts to your application package arrive prior to the deadline. There is no specific order in which materials are required. Colleges will start a file for each student once the first piece of the application is received.


Becton uses Naviance/eDocs for our electronic submissions of official school forms and teacher recommendations. Naviance uses four different symbols to illustrate how each college accepts applications:

  • The first symbol represents a "Mail Only" school. These colleges do not accept electronic transcripts. When applying to "Mail Only" schools, please see page 4 under Important Notes for directions.
  • The second symbol with the "CA" in the computer screen represents a "Common Application" school. These colleges accept the Common Application. Some schools are Common App exclusive meaning they will only accept a common application, while other schools will accept an application via common app or their own electronic application on their website.  For schools that accept  both, you will have to  indicate which application you plan to use.
  • The third symbol is a blank computer screen. These schools accept electronic transcripts.
  • The fourth symbol that was added this year, is a computer screen with "CO" in the computer screen. This represents the "Coalition Application." Most schools that accept the Coalition Application will also accept applications via Common Application or electronically.

STEP 1: Creating a Common Application Account

  1. Create an account on (Write down your username and password)
  2. In your Common App account, go to "College Search" and search for the colleges of which you are going to apply. Click "Add" to add it to your "My Colleges" list. Double check to make sure your colleges are all listed there.
  3. Click on Common App tab. In order to link the Common App to your Naviance account, you will need to complete the Education section of the application.
  4. Once the Education system is complete, go to "My Colleges" and select "Recommenders and FERPA."
    Under "FERPA Release Authorization," click "Release Authorization."
    Read the entire FERPA release and sign and date on the last screen.
  5. One you have created an account, you can work your way through the application, saving and returning to continue as needed.

STEP 2: Linking Naviance and your Common Application

  1. In your Naviance account, click on "Colleges" and then "Colleges I am applying to."
    Enter the email address you used to sign into your Common App account to match your information.
    Any Common App schools listed in your Common App account will automatically appear in your Naviance list.
  2. In your Naviance account, click on "Colleges" and then "Colleges I am applying to."
    Add the colleges to which you are going to apply that do not use the Common Application.
  3. Now that you have added your colleges to both the Common Application's "My Colleges" list AND Naviance's "Colleges I am applying to," make an appointment to see your counselor

STEP 3: Counselor Recommendations

  1. Make sure that a student brag sheet is submitted to your counselor.
  2. Letters of recommendations will not be written until your counselor receives this form.

STEP 4: Transcript Requests

  1. Each senior must complete a Transcript Release Form located in the Guidance/School Counseling office or on the Counseling webpage for each college or university they wish to apply to. If you are under 18, it must be signed by a parent. Once you submit the Transcript Release Form, your counselor can send your transcript and supporting documents to your requested colleges.


  1. Our CEEB code  number  is 310299
  2. We rank.
  3. We use a 0-100 weighted GPA scale.
  4. A mid-year report is automatically sent to all colleges after first semester grades are posted.
  5. A final transcript will automatically be forwarded to the school which you plan to attend.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS: When applying to Rutgers, YOU must self-report your transcript information by completing the SRAR on Rutgers' online application. Rutgers does not accept any materials submitted by high schools. You still must add Rutgers to your "colleges I'm applying to list" in Naviance.

STEP 5: Teacher and Outside Letters of Recommendations

  1. Based on what your colleges require, ask no more than two teachers in person if they would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you.
  2. Once you have the teacher's verbal approval, log into Naviance and click on the "Colleges" tab and under "My Colleges," click on "Letters of Recommendations."
  3. Click on "Add/Cancel Requests."
  4. Under "Add New Requests," select your teacher's name from the drop-down menu. In the comments section, it's always thoughtful to thank your teachers for taking the time to write your recommendation letter.
  5. Click on "Update Requests."
  6. If the college you are applying to only accepts one letter of recommendation, you must tell your counselor which teacher recommendation letter you would like to have sent to that school.
  7. Outside recommendations are not required. Many colleges will only accept and read two teacher letters of recommendations. If a school will accept additional letters, you are able to ask an outside recommender such as a coach, religious leader or club adviser. You should provide submission directions to that individual, including the college mailing address and application deadline.
Teacher Recommendation Etiquette

Letters of recommendation are a critical part of the college admissions process. Every year faculty and staff generate hundreds of letters that present our students as truly outstanding and deserving of admissions to some of the best universities and colleges.

Please keep the following points in mind as you approach a teacher to write on your behalf:

  • Students are not entitled to letters of recommendation. Writing recommendations falls outside the realm of teachers' professional responsibilities. Many teachers enjoy writing letters of recommendation, but it is important for students to know that writing one letter can take over an hour, taking time away from both professional and personal activities. You should also know many of our teachers are asked to write over 30 letters!
  • Always ask for a letter of recommendation in person. Do this every time you make the request.
    Do not email your teacher to make the request. You must first ask in person, and then go to Naviance and add the new teacher request.
  • Ask sooner rather than later. Please give teachers and counselors at least 3 weeks notice prior to the deadline.
  • Stop by in person to say Thank You! Then follow up with a personal thank you note.