College Applications

The DHS counseling office will begin processing application requests the first day of school. The counselors have limited office hours 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. 

College Application Flow Chart

Naviance Instructions

Counselor and/or Teacher Letters of Recommendation

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.

College Essays

The essay is a critical component of any college application. It offers you an opportunity to make your personal voice heard, to separate yourself from thousands of other applicants. There are many resources to assist you as you write your essay. Below are just a few.

The Common Application

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.

Other Applications

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

Test Scores

The Counseling department will automatically send your ACT score from your MME testing. This is included on your transcript. However, some colleges require scores be sent directly from the testing agency. Check to see what the school requires. If you re-take a test, results will automatically be sent to us and we will update your official transcript to reflect your best score.

Fee Waivers

If you are in need of a waiver for an application fee, please contact the counseling office.

College Visits

Students are allowed up to 3 days in both junior and senior years to visit colleges. If you plan to visit a college remember to contact the main office and your absence will be marked accordingly. Many colleges visit DHS throughout the year. Listen to the daily announcements or stop by the counseling office to find out which schools are coming or to sign up. The counseling calendar will post them as well.

College Questionnaire

Click here to download a Senior Questionnaire.

Contact Us

  • DHS Counseling Office
    2200 N. Parker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130
  • School Hours
    M-F 8:00am - 2:51pm
    Half Days
    8:00am - 11:25am
    Office Hours
    M-F 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • (734) 424-4240 option 2
    (734) 424-4252 fax

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  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • Bates School, 2704 Baker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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