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In-State Public Universities

1. Take ACT or SAT I Exam and Submit Scores to the University

SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR TO FALL OF SENIOR YEAR
 
ASU, NAU and U of A require test scores and will accept them from either the ACT or the SAT I. If you submit more than one score from either or both exams, the universities will use the highest score (or set of scores) for admissions and merit-based scholarship determinations.
Register and pay online with a credit card to take the exam and send scores. Students eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program at Corona may be eligible for a test fee waiver. Visit your guidance counselor for more information. Corona transcripts do not list ACT or SAT scores; you must send scores directly from the testing agency to the university.

2. Complete University Application Online

FALL OF SENIOR YEAR

Applying to any of the three in-state public universities
is
completed directly online using the university's  the university's individual website. The in-state colleges do not distribute
nor does Corona maintain paper applications
in the guidance office. An
application fee will be charged, so you should have a credit card handy. Students eligible for the Free/ Reduced Lunch Program
may be able to
obtain a college application fee
waiver. Visit your guidance counselor for more details. Students
applying for admission to the Honors College at either NAU or U of A need only complete the general university apllication, while those applying to Barrett, the Honors College on the ASU campus must complete both the general ASU application and the Barrett Honors College application.

3. Send High School Transcript to the University

INITIAL: FALL OF SENIOR YEAR          FINAL: END OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Initial transcripts, showing all coursework completed through to the end of junior year and listing courses in progress during senior year, are sent in the fall of senior year to any and all colleges to which you are applying. The final transcript is requested near the end of senior year, and only for the university you are going to attend. All transcripts to be sent to the Arizona public universities must be requested through parchment.com.

4. Transfer College Credits Earned at Corona (if applicable)

END OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Once you have been admitted and have made the decision to attend a specific university, you should forward to that university any and all community college transcripts and/or AP exam scores to transfer your college credits earned while attending high school. if applicable. If you registered for, paid for, and successfully completed one or more dual enrollment courses while attending Corona, be sure to send your Maricopa Community College transcript(s) to the university. In July, your AP scores will be sent automatically to the college you identified when taking the exams; however, if you did not identify the university or switched to a different college, you will need to send them using CollegeBoard's AP Score Reporting Services. If you did not earn college credits while attending Corona, skip these steps.

5. Explore and Apply for Financial Aid

SCHOLARSHIPS: JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS          FAFSA: FEBRUARY OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Visit the Corona del Sol Guidance Department's Financial Aid page for tips and links.
 
 
Out-of-State, Private, and Other Universities

1. Take ACT or SAT Exam(s) and Submit Scores

SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR TO FALL OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Most universities require test scores and will accept them from either the ACT or the SAT I. Double-check your college's requirements to see if they accept or prefer scores from one test over the other. If you submit more than one score from either or both exams, the universities typically use the highest score (or set of scores) for admissions and scholarship determinations. Furthermore, some may also require the scores from SAT II subject exams.
 
Register and pay online with a credit card to take the exam and send scores. Students eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program at Corona may be eligible for a test fee waiver. Visit your guidance counselor for more information. Corona transcripts do not list ACT or SAT scores; you must send scores directly from the testing agency to the university.

2. Explore College Requirements and Apply Online

FALL OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Because each college or university sets its own admissions criteria and application process, you will need to visit their websites to learn the steps you need to follow to apply. Start with a basic Google search (or use any other search engine). Once you have found the college's website, research the admissions requirements and application process. Some use their own process, so just be sure to follow the steps carefully and use their website as your hub. Be aware that several  universities require the submission of essays and letters of recommendation.
 
Many colleges use the Common Application or, less frequently, Send.Edu for admissions. Use the links provided on their websites or use those on the right. Be careful that you are using the process that they outline. Do not assume that they use either of these application processes if they do not mention it on their site. Follow their directions closely! Generally, all applications carry a fee, which you pay online with a credit card. Students eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program may be able to obtain a college application fee waiver. Visit your guidance counselor for more details. 

3. Ask Counselor and Teachers for Letters of Recommendation

MINIMUM OF THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR EARLIEST APPLICATION DEADLINE!
 
Often, you may need to submit letters of recommendation from your counselor and two or so teachers as part of your application. If so, be sure to speak with these people who will be helping you. Do not just list them online and assume they are aware of your plans. It is important to those who are writing on your behalf that you to submit to them an academic resume, listing your scholastic accomplishments, sports, activities, leadership positions, community service projects, and employment history. Print out copies of your resume from your Kuder account (or one you generated on your own) and submit it to your counselor and teachers when requesting a letter of recommendation. In most cases, the letters will be uploaded online. If you require a hard copy, be sure to specify.

4. Send High School Transcript (if not already completed)

INITIAL: FALL OF SENIOR YEAR          FINAL: END OF SENIOR YEAR
 
If your application included a School Report from your counselor (such as the Common Application or Send.Edu), your counselor will upload your transcript for you. However, if your application does not require direct action from your counselor, you will need to send your Corona transcript yourself. Initial transcripts, showing all coursework completed through to the end of junior year and listing courses in progress during senior year, are sent in the fall of senior year. The final transcript is requested near the end of senior year, and only for the university you are going to attend. Sending of transcripts is requested through parchment.com.

5. Transfer College Credits Earned at Corona (if applicable)

END OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Once you have been admitted and have made the decision to attend a specific university, you should forward to that university any and all community college transcripts and/or AP exam scores to transfer your college credits earned while attending high school. if applicable. If you registered for, paid for, and successfully completed one or more dual enrollment courses while attending Corona, be sure to send your Maricopa Community College transcript(s) to the university. In July, your AP scores will be sent automatically to the college you identified when taking the exams; however, if you did not identify the university or switched to a different college, you will need to send them using CollegeBoard's AP Score Reporting Servies. If you did not earn college credits while attending Corona, skip these steps.

6. Explore and Apply for Financial Aid

SCHOLARSHIPS: JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS          FAFSA: FEBRUARY OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Visit the Corona del Sol Guidance Department's Financial Aid page for tips and links.
 
 
Local Community Colleges

1. Search Schools and Programs and Apply Online

SECOND SEMESTER OF SENIOR YEAR
 
If you aren't sure of the community college you wish to attend or the program of study you wish to pursue, start by investigating the many options on the Maricopa Community Colleges' website. Once you have decided, just complete the online application for your community college. 

2. Arrange to take the Placement Tests at the College

SECOND SEMESTER OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Local community colleges do not require ACT or SAT scores for admission but do need scores from general placement tests in order to match you with the appropriate course levels in English and Mathematics. Although low scores will not prevent you from attending the community college, they may mean that you need to start in lower-level courses, some of which do not carry college credit. Therefore, it is important that you do your best on the test to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities. Contact to college directly to arrange for a testing date and time.

3. Send High School Transcript to the Community College

INITIAL: JANUARY OF SENIOR YEAR          FINAL: END OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Initial transcripts, showing all coursework completed through to the end of junior year and listing courses in progress during senior year, are sent in January to any and all colleges to which you are applying. The final transcript is requested near the end of senior year, and only for the community college you are going to attend. All such transcripts must be requested through parchment.com.

4. Transfer College Credits Earned at Corona (if applicable)

END OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Once you have been admitted and have made the decision to attend a specific community college, you should forward to that university any and all community college transcripts and/or AP exam scores to transfer your college credits earned while attending high school. if applicable. If you registered for, paid for, and successfully completed one or more dual enrollment courses while attending Corona, be sure to send your Maricopa Community College transcript(s) to the college you are attending. In July, your AP scores will be sent automatically to the college you identified when taking the exams; however, if you did not identify the university or switched to a different college, you will need to send them using CollegeBoard's AP Score Reporting Servies. If you did not earn college credits while attending Corona, skip these steps.

5. Explore and Apply for Financial Aid

SCHOLARSHIPS: JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS          FAFSA: FEBRUARY OF SENIOR YEAR
 
Visit the Corona del Sol Guidance Department's Financial Aid page for tips and links.