College Application

College Applications

  • Application Forms:  

    Each college sets their own rules about applying.  Check each website carefully to determine how you are expected to apply.  

    • College Website online application: available on a college's website.  
    • Common Application:  The Common Application is one application used by more than 500 colleges and universities.  This general application allows you to apply to multiple schools with just one form.   For more information, visit The Common App
    • Coalition Application:  This Coalition Application is a free platform of online tools designed to assist students applying to college.  For more information, visit the Coalition for Access & Affordability
    • Paper Application:  A paper version of a college's specific application 


    College Application Components:

    There are many "parts" to the application

    • Biographical information about the student
    • Intended major 
    • Essay
    • List of activities the student has been involved in throughout the high school years.  These include academic awards, athletic participation, membership in clubs and organizations, volunteer work, leadership roles, and employment.  
    • Written letters of recommendation from one or two teachers (if required)
    • Written letter of recommendation from the student's guidance counselor (if required)
    • Standardized Test Scores (if required).  These must be sent to the college from CollegeBoard (SAT) or from the ACT.  MHS does not send scores to colleges.  
    • Application fee.  If you are on Free or Reduced lunch and took the SAT using a fee waiver, you may be eligible for up to four application fee waivers.  See your counselor for more information.  


    Application Options:  It is important for students to discuss these options with their School Counselor, especially if the student is considering applying early. 

    • Early Action - Early Action is a way to apply to college early (usually around November 1 deadline) and you receive an admissions decision in late December.  You do not have to commit to this college until May 1, and you can still apply to other colleges if you so desire.  Possible outcomes to applying Early Action are:  Acceptance, Deferral (where your application goes into the "regular admission" pool and you will hear back in late March), or Denied.  
    • Early Decision - Early Decision is a binding application process.  You can apply to only one college Early Decision, and you, your parents, and your guidance counselor all must sign a form to confirm that you are applying to only one college via Early Decision.  If you are accepted, you are expected to attend that college and withdraw any other applications you may have submitted (through Early Action, which is non-binding).  If you are not accepted Early Decision, you may be Deferred and reconsidered for admission with the "regular" admission applicants.  You may also be Denied.
    • Rolling Admission - Rolling Admission is a process where once the college receives your completed application (including Standardized Test scores if required), they will make a decision and you usually hear back within three to five weeks with a decision.  Rolling Admission schools often have a very late "deadline" for applications, however you should not wait until the deadline to submit your application as they may have filled the class before their published deadline.  
    • Regular Admission - Regular Admission deadlines usually begin the first of January.  All applications must be received by their deadline, and the colleges make decisions based on the entire applicant pool.  Their decisions are usually announced in late March.