College and Career Information
The DHS counseling office will begin processing application requests the first day of school. The counselors are not in the office during the summer and consequently do not mail any application materials, as they may get lost. If you are planning on applying for "early decision," you will still have plenty of time. You should apply prior to October 31st. If you are planning to apply to a college/ university for "Early Action" or "Early Admit" you'll need to check the website of each school you're applying to in order to find out their deadlines. For example, U of M's deadline for "Early Admit" typically is November 1.
Colleges/universities prefer that applications be completed online. Hundreds of schools use The Common Application, including the University of Michigan. The Common Application (Common App) is a standardized process that students only need to complete once. Check the website of the school you are applying to to find out what they require of applicants. If you do not have Internet access, you can arrange with our counseling secretary to use a computer in the CRC or in the Media Center. For more info, please see the "Common App" and "Other Applications" sections below.
Not all colleges require a counselor letter of recommendation. However, if you are applying to a college or university that requires a counselor letter of recommendation, please download and complete the Student College Questionnaire and/or a Resume with Activities & Awards sheet (see attachment below for example) and send it to your guidance counselor via e-mail or submit it in person.
If you're applying to colleges via the Common Application, please see THE COMMON APPLICATION section below.
If you are using the Common Application you will need certain information to complete the student portion of the application. Email or stop by the counseling office if you don't know the correct response to a prompt. Don't guess!
- Our high school CEEB code is 231255.
- We report the “EXACT” class rank and GPA
- Your GPA and class rank are determined using a “WEIGHTED” system.
It is important to have your Guidance Counselor complete the Secondary School Report/Mid-Year Report/Final Report and to have your teacher(s) complete the Teacher Evaluation. Invite teachers to complete the evaluation by entering their name and e-mail address into the Common App (under the section SCHOOL FORMS). Common App will send your teacher(s) and counselor an e-mail prompt requesting that they complete the report/evaluation on-line. Our recommendations do not have to arrive at the same time that your application does.
If you’re applying to colleges/universities that don't use the Common App, they may have a Counselor Recommendation page that you will need to print and take to your counselor to complete. However, all transcript requests are sent online. Click this link for Transcript Requests.