• Applying to College

  • The college admission process can seem like an overwhelming task.  Requests for transcripts, teacher and counselor recommendations and meeting the application deadlines are just some of the issues dealt with during the already hectic senior year. Our staff works diligently in assisting students with their goals for after they graduate from Plano Senior High School.  Please contact your counselor with any questions you have or to set up a time to talk about your specific needs. 

    College Application Procedures: This handout summarizes the most common steps in this process and is a great place to start.

    College Planning Checklist


    Naviance Overview Video

    Naviance Student Tour Video

    Naviance is a college and career planning website that Plano ISD uses as part of the admissions process.  Students can use it to research schools, majors and careers in addition to a variety of other resources. They also need to use it to request transcripts and recommendation letters.  Please see the Naviance section in the menu to the left for more information. 

    Submitting the Application

    Application Types Video

    Common App Matching in Naviance Video

    College Testing Video

    Financial Aid Video

    • Complete the college or university’s application for admission using Apply Texas, The Common App, or the school’s individual application website.
    • Submit ACT, SAT or TSI scores to the school (these are NOT on your transcript!)
    • Apply for Financial Aid as needed.
    • Make sure you are meeting both admission and financial aid deadlines. 

    Requesting a Transcript

    Transcript Video

    Naviance Transcript Video

    All transcripts must be requested through Naviance in the "Colleges I'm Applying to" section. It is recommended that you submit the college application before requesting a transcript, the college may discard the transcript if they don’t have an application on file.  For information about transcripts, go to the Registrar's Page.

    Requesting a Counselor/ Teacher Recommendation

    Link to the Blue Packet

    Letters of Recommendation Video

    Naviance Recommendation Request Video

    Students requiring a Counselor Recommendation will need to complete the Blue Packet and submit it to their counselor at least 3 weeks before the recommendation letter or counselor report is due.  

    Students needing a Teacher Recommendation must first ask the teacher if he/she is willing to write the rec letter.  If so, the student needs to then send the teacher a recommendation request through their Naviance account.  However, some schools (such as UT and Texas A&M) require letter be submitted directly to them.  Ask your counselor if you’re unsure how to submit recommendation letters. 

    Activities Resume

    Sample Activities Resume

    How to Write a High School Resume

    The Activities Resume is an informal part of your application. The purpose of the activities resume is to highlight personal achievements and provide admissions officers with information about you that is not included on the academic transcript.