Applying and getting into colleges can be a tricky process, but with a little forethought and preparation, it can be made very painless. You’ve already done the majority of the work doing your best in high school, and now it is time to show it off to any institutions you are considering applying to.

Some colleges/universities use the Common Application, some have their own application, some use both and some use the Coalition Application. Some even use all three! You need to know which application you are going to fill out so you can be prepared. The school’s website or information in Naviance will tell you which application(s) colleges/universities use. The rule of thumb is, if a college/university uses both the Common Application and their own application and/or the Coalition application, use the Common Application if you are already applying for admission to other schools on the Common Application.

No matter which application you fill out,  if the college(s) to which you are applying require a transcript from CHS, you will request transcripts and letters of recommendation through Naviance.

Something to note: Some colleges do not require a transcript when you apply. These are called self-report schools. You will enter all your classes, credits, and grades on the application. In that case, you do not need to request a transcript from us. Some colleges will allow you to upload your own transcript on the application. If you need an electronic copy of your transcript, contact Sheree Houck, or Dorothy Catanese, 

The Common Application

To apply on the Common Application, click here

What is the Common App? Instead of a student needing to complete a separate college application for each of their institutions, students are able to complete one application and send copies to all Common Application colleges to which they wish to apply. More than 700 colleges and universities accept the Common Application.

Need help with the application?  Common Application Step by Step Video

IMPORTANT: You are going to request transcripts and letters of recommendation in Naviance, not on the Common Application. For us to send those documents, your Common Application must be matched to your Naviance account. 

If you have not already, the following steps must be done before you are able to match your Common App with Naviance:

  • Create a Common App account on Common App.
  • Find and add CHS to your Common App.
  • Add at least one college on Common App.
  • Sign the Common App FERPA Release Authorization 

 To complete the match:

  1. Log into Naviance
  2. From your homepage, click on Colleges then Colleges I’m Applying To
  3. You will see a pink banner at the top of the page indicating you need to match your Common App account
  4. Click Match Accounts (light pink button).
  5. A new tab or window will open to the Common App website
  6.  Enter the email and password you used when you created your Common Application account
  7. Click sign in
  8. Click the I agree* check box
  9. Click Connect
  10. A notification will display that  you will be redirected back to Naviance

Here’s a step by step video,


The Coalition Application

Apply on the Coalition Application here

For help filling out the Coalition Application, go to

For videos to help you fill out the different sections of the Coalition Application, go to

See the instructions below to learn how to request transcripts for colleges that use the Coalition Application


How to Request an Official Transcript

(For colleges that have their own application or colleges that use the Coalition Application)


Step #1: Go to the Churchill Website ( and hover over “STUDENTS.”

 Step #2: Under “STUDENTS” hover over “CAREER AND COLLEGE” and then click on “Naviance.” This should redirect you to the Naviance login page.

 Step #3: Click on the backpack that says “Student” and proceed to login to your Naviance account.

 Step #4: Click on “Colleges” at the top and then click on “Colleges I’m Thinking About”

 Step #5: Click on “Add colleges to the list” and then select lookup by “Keyword.”

Step #6: Look up your colleges by name (ex search: University of Oregon). Click the box by the college you would like to select and then click “Favorite.”

 Step #7: Now looking at the “Colleges I’m Thinking About” page, click the box by the college you would like to select. Then click “Move to Application.”

 Step #8: Select the application deadline applicable to you and how you will submit your application. Then, click “Request Transcripts.”



How to Request a Letter of Recommendation

To request a letter of recommendation from a Teacher:

  1. Complete the Letter of Recommendation Information Form which you can find on the Forms & Documents page.
  2. You will also find the form on the Documents/Forms page. 
  3. Request your letter via email and provide the completed Letter of Recommendation Information Form
  4. Put your request in Naviance. Click here for video instructions.
    1. From your Naviance Homepage, navigate to Colleges > Letters of Recommendation
    2. Click Add Request.
    3. Select a teacher from the drop down menu
    4. Choose the colleges to which you want the selected teacher to send their letter of recommendation
    5. Write a personal note to the teacher. Saying thank you for the time is always nice!
    6. Click Submit Request

Important: Some colleges do not require teacher letters of recommendation or only allow a certain number. Do not request teacher letters of recommendation if the college does not require them or does not allow them. If you need letters of recommendation for consideration for scholarships, contact the college to find out how they would like to receive those letters. 

To request a letter of recommendation from a Counselor:

  1. Request a transcript in Naviance. This will serve as a request for a letter of recommendation from your counselor for those colleges that require them.
  2. Email the completed Letter of Recommendation Form which you can find on the Forms & Documents page.


Be considerate of deadlines!  Request your transcript at least 2 weeks before the school’s deadline. Teachers and counselors need 2-3 weeks notice to complete lengthy forms or to create a letter of recommendation that will stand out. 

Plan ahead. A January deadline requires you to request transcripts and letters of recommendation at least 3 weeks BEFORE Winter break.

Requesting Final Transcripts

To request a final transcript, you must first select Accepted as the result for your application.

To select Accepted:

1.    Log into Naviance

2.    Select Colleges at the top of the page

3.    Select Colleges I’m Applying to

4.    Find the college you will attend

5.    On the right side of the page, click on edit (it has a pencil icon next to it)

6.    Click on the drop down menu under Result

7.    Choose Accepted

Now you can request your transcript: Here’s a handy video that will walk you through the process.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • A transcript is not considered final until your graduation date is included. Although we cannot give you an exact date when your grad date will be added to your transcript, typically it is not until the week after school gets out for all students. In this case, the week of June 20th – 24th.
  • We leave for the summer also. Please request your final transcript now so there won’t be a delay. 

We do not include SAT, AP, ACT scores or LCC credits on your transcript.

NOTE: Community colleges typically do not require final transcripts. They cannot be requested through Naviance. Should you require a final transcript to be sent to a community college, email our Registrar, Dorothy Catanese, In your email please include your full legal name, student number, the community college name, name of office to which the transcript should be sent and the college’s mailing address.  If the college will accept an electronic copy of the transcript, include the email address.

SAT and ACT Deadlines

SAT and ACT Registrations are now open! If you are planning on taking the SAT OR ACT don’t wait to register!

SAT Deadlines

Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines
March 9, 2024 February 23, 2024  February 27, 2024
May 2, 2024 April 19, 2024 April 23, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024 May 21, 2024

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ACT Deadlines

Test Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Photo Upload and Standby Deadline
February 10, 2024 January 5, 2024 January 19, 2024 February 2, 2024
April 13, 2024 March 8, 2024 March 22, 2024 April 5, 2024
June 8, 2024 May 3, 2024 May 17, 2024 May 31, 2024
July 13, 2024 June 21, 2024 June 21, 2024 July 5, 2024

Click Here for more information and to begin the registration process for the ACT.