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The College Application Process: Naviance & eDocs. Mendham High School Counseling Office September, 2012. Welcome!. John McGoldrick- Lead Counselor Shannon Moran- Counselor Joan Rosen- Counselor Marlene Russell- Counselor Jim Simmons- Counselor Abby Stead- Counselor

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The college application process naviance edocs

The College Application Process:Naviance & eDocs

Mendham High School Counseling Office

September, 2012



  • John McGoldrick- Lead Counselor

  • Shannon Moran- Counselor

  • Joan Rosen- Counselor

  • Marlene Russell- Counselor

  • Jim Simmons- Counselor

  • Abby Stead- Counselor

  • Heather Taylor- College & Career Center



  • 15-20 minutes

  • Practical information

  • Changes to the Application Process

    • 4 EASY STEPS

  • Important Deadlines

  • Upcoming Events

  • Question and Answer (General)

Overall expectations

Overall Expectations

  • Keep the process in perspective

  • Work together as a family

  • Students must take ownership

  • Discuss finances openly

  • Start early and meet all deadlines

Naviance family connection

Naviance Family Connection

  • A comprehensive website that students and parents can use as a tool in planning for their future.

  • Has been used in the past for:

    • College research

    • Student Data (test scores, GPA etc.)

    • Prospective Colleges

    • Scholarships

    • Scattergrams

New naviance initiative the college application

New Naviance Initiative: The College Application

  • School Documents will be sent online through the Naviance program

    • Common Application Reports

    • Teacher and Counselor Recommendations

    • Transcripts

    • School Profile

  • Some schools will still be sent paper copies

Expectations for the student

Expectations for the Student

  • Students are expected to:

    • Create a CommonApp account

    • Update “Colleges I’m Thinking About”

    • Continue to research/visit colleges

    • Request Teacher Letters of Recommendation in person, then in Naviance

    • Complete Brag Sheets & Resume for the counselor

    • Submit a Transcript Request Form to your counselor

  • Students - Check email daily and respond. Is your email address appropriate?

Step 1 the common application naviance link

Step 1: “The Common Application”- Naviance Link

  • Go to and set up your account EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT APPLYING TO CA SCHOOLS.

  • Write down your common app username and password

  • Login to Naviance and complete the FERPA form and enter your Common App username and password

Naviance family connection1

Naviance Family Connection


Step 2 requesting a transcript

Step 2: Requesting a Transcript

  • Application should be submitted prior to this step

  • Your counselor should have brag sheets & a resume from you prior to this step

  • Hand a completed “Transcript Request Form” to your counselor personally. DO NOT LEAVE THIS FORM IN A COUNSELOR MAILBOX!

  • Administrative Assistants will move college from “Colleges I’m Thinking About” to “Colleges I’m Applying To”, NOT THE STUDENT.

  • The counselor will submit the following:

    • Transcript

    • School Profile

    • Secondary School Report

    • Letter of Recommendation

Naviance family connection2

Naviance Family Connection


Requesting a transcript

Requesting a Transcript

Step 3 teacher recommendations

Step 3: Teacher Recommendations

  • Always allow at least 3 weeks for teachers to complete the letter

  • Please make sure you personally ask the teacher prior to submitting the official request.

  • Ask the teacher whether they would like to use electronic submission or traditional mail

  • For electronic submissions: Click on the College tab, then “Colleges I’m Applying To”

  • Scroll down to Teacher Recommendations

  • Click add/cancel request

  • Add new request, click the drop-down list and choose the teacher from the list, click submit request.

Step 4 test scores

Step 4: Test Scores

  • Students order Standardized Test Score Reports online

  • Allow ample time (2-4 weeks) for admissions office to receive electronic score report

  • For the SAT and SAT Subject Tests:

  • For the ACT:

Throughout the process

Throughout the Process……

  • Communicate with your counselor

  • As you hear back from schools, let your counselor know

  • Check for emails from the Counseling Office regularly

  • Parents can contact the counselor at any time

Review 4 easy steps

Review: 4 Easy Steps

  • Step 1: The Common Application/Naviance Link

    • Create Common App Account

    • Complete FERPA consent in Naviance

    • Enter Common App Username & Password in Naviance

    • Update “Colleges I’m Thinking About”

  • Step 2: Counselor Forms

    • Transcript Request Form, Brag Sheets, Resume

  • Step 3: Teacher Recommendations

    • Invite Teachers under “Colleges I’m Applying to” or provide envelopes

  • Step 4: Submit Test Scores


Benefits of naviance

Benefits of Naviance

  • Streamline the process

  • Everything is “live”

  • Everything can be sent at once

  • Quick to update

  • Eco-friendly

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events

  • September:

    • College Fair at County College of Morris

      • September 23rd from 12:00-3:00

    • Individual College Rep Visits

  • October:

    • SAT: October 6th (Late registration through 9/21)

    • ACT: October 27th (Register by 9/21)

    • 10/23, 7:00pm: PTO Speaker, “The Admission Game”

  • November:

    • SAT: November 3rd (Register by 10/4)

    • Application Deadlines for Early Decision/Early Action (November 1st/November 15th)

The college application process naviance edocs

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