Applying To College and Sending Transcripts

Applying to College

When it comes time to apply for college, there are many things you have to consider and do. You also have a lot of flexibility in how you apply to college. The Common Application, The Universal Application, CFNC, or applying separately to each college are your options for applying. Most colleges have an online application but a mail in application is also an option for most colleges.

 College Application

How to Apply for College:


At this website you can apply to over 100 schools in North Carolina. You can also use this website to send your official high school transcript to schools for free.

The Common Application "The Common App"

There are over 500 colleges that are members to the Common Application. However not all colleges are members so be sure to check that the colleges you wish to apply to are members. To apply through the Common Application, you must create an account online after August 1st of the year in which you will be applying to college. You will complete one general application and will be able to apply to any member colleges that you choose. Some colleges might require a supplemental portion in addition to the general application. You can also complete this through the Common App website.

The Universal Application-

The Universal Application is similar to the Common Application. There are less member colleges that belong to the Universal Application, so be sure to check that the colleges you wish to apply to are members.

Directly Through a College 
If you choose this option you must fill out a separate application for each college that you apply to. This can be done online through the college’s website or by printing out an application and mailing it in. You will have to sign up and pay for the counseling office to send your transcript to each college you apply to. 


College Application Week

Every year North Carolina has a college application week where many colleges in North Carolina wave their application fees for North Carolina seniors. During this week, seniors will be able to sign up to go to the computer lab during school and get help applying to colleges. This year's college application week will be November 10th- November 14th.

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Your College Application

A college application contains many parts. You will have to enter factual information about yourself like your address, your school, standardized test scores. You will also enter information about your extracurricular activities, volunteer work, sports, or clubs that you have participate in during high school. Most applications will require essays or responses to short answer questions. Most applications will also require teacher or counselor recommendations. A resume may also be submitted to colleges as another supplemental material. Various criteria such as GPA, class rank, transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and test scores are used to make admissions decisions.


College Admission Essays

Many colleges place a lot of value on what you write in your college essays and short answers. It may be the only part of the application where you are able to show your unique character. Put a lot of thought into your essays and get a couple of people to proofread them. Make sure that you show colleges who you are through your essays.

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Letters of Recommendation

Almost all colleges ask for at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher. Check your applications, sometimes colleges specifically ask for a recommendation from a core subject teacher, while other colleges do not specify. You will need to ask your teachers for letters of recommendation. Pick a teacher, preferable from your junior or senior year, who you think knows you and your abilities well. Be sure to give your teacher plenty of time to meet the deadline,  at least two weeks, more if possible. Be sure to thank them or write a thank you card to all the people who write you recommendation letters. For more information concerning letters of recommendation and how to ask for them visit the links below.



A resume gives on overview of your achievements, education, and job experience. A resume for College Applications might include impressive coursework, test scores, rank, volunteer experience, talents, clubs, sports, leadership roles, extracurricular activities, honors, and job experience. Resumes may be given to the teachers that you ask for letters of recommendation and can be added to some college applications as supplemental material if you think the resume will help your application. A copy of your resume should also be kept in the counseling office. 

Here is a sample of what a resume of a high school student could consist of:

Sample Resume 

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Some colleges consider your high school transcript as the most important part of your application. Your transcript shows college what classes you have taken, your grades, and your tests scores. From your transcript, college can see how you have challenged yourself and preformed in classes.


Sending your transcript

Your transcript will need to be sent to colleges you are applying to, and your final transcript must sent to the college you will be attending.

There are a few options for current high school students to send their transcript.
          1.  You may get your transcript to colleges online by CFNC if the school is in North Carolina
               or by the Common Application if your school is a member.  Please see or email your counselor.
          2.  You can also request for NBHS to mail your official transcript to colleges.
               If you choose to mail your transcripts, you must sign up for this in the counseling office.
               The cost is $3.00 per transcript.

Every graduating senior who will be attending college must sign up for their final transcript to be sent to the college they will be attending. Final transcripts are mailed after graduation, but allow at least two weeks for your college to receive and process your transcript in the mail. Transcripts cannot be faxed or emailed.

Transcripts do not list SAT or ACT scores.  You must contact or  for scores.

For students who graduated in 2016 and before and are requesting transcripts:

NBHS only holds onto transcripts for two years after a student graduates.  Then records may be requested from the Buncombe County Board of Education - Student Service Department, by following this link...