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264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724.941.6250
Fax: 724.942.0915
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College Application Quick Tips

Creating a Resume in Naviance
Steps To Create a Resume in Naviance Student: 
  1. Login to your Naviance account & click on the "About Me" Tab.
  2. Within the "Interesting Things About Me" section, you will see a link for "Resume".
  3. Begin to create your resume using the resume builder. The resume builder contains a dropdown menu with helpful category titles to aid you in organizing your accomplishments, but you do not have to have something filled in for every category.
  4. Once you have finished, you can choose the formatting you prefer & print your resume.  
If you already have a completed resume, you can upload it to the My Journal section of Family Connection and share with teachers and your counselor. 
  1. Go to the "About Me" tab & click "Journal".
  2. Click "Add New Entry". Choose "Other" as the type and put "Resume" as the subject line. Click to share with teachers and your counselor.  
  3. Attach your resume file & click "Add Journal Entry".
This same process can also be done to share your college essay.
Requesting Transcripts
For Schools that Accept Electronic Submissions
  1. A signed transcript release form must be turned into the Counseling Office. This can be done during your junior year for the following school year.  We cannot release your academic record without this document on file.  
  2. Begin your college application either through the Common Application, Coalition Application if applicable or by utilizing the college's application on their website.
  3. Using your Naviance student account, add these schools to the "Colleges I'm Applying to" in the "Colleges" tab. Make sure to indicate the type of decision (rolling, early action, early decision, etc.) as this will indicate deadline dates to your counselor & teachers. 
  4. Check the box next to "I have submitted my application" and "request transcript." 
  5. If you are using the Common Application, please indicate YES or NO by completing "Applying via Common App?".  This will also indicate to your counselor and teacher certain Common Application specific documents that must be sent.
  6. Your counselor will send your transcript electronically through Naviance when the icons commonapp,  and docufide are displayed next to the college name in the "submissions" column. 
  7. Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, AP Scores, SAT Subject Tests) must be sent directly from your account in College Board and/or ACT
For Schools that Prefer Paper Submissions:
For schools that do not accept electronic submissions, you will see a  print-mail next to the college name in the "submissions' column in Naviance. This means that the counseling office much submit your transcripts to the college via postal mail.
  1. Provide a 9x12 stamped envelope, with four stamps, addressed to the college or university.
  2. Include any other documents that the school requires, school report form, resume, etc.
  3. Give the envelope/documents to the secretary in the counseling office for processing. 

Please provide adequate time for processing and unforseen circumstances such as school closures. This means delivering the materials to the counseling office well before the college's deadline. 

Requesting Letters of Recommendation - Electronic & Paper Sumission
Start by researching the number of recommendation(s) needed, if any, by the college or university. Keep in mind that some schools require letters from specific subject area teachers. For example, a math/science major may require one letter from a math and/or one from a science teacher. Each college should list this information either directly on their application or within the instructions on their undergraduate admissions website. 
Steps (Electronic):
  1. Request your letter in person from your teacher and/or counselor, in person if possible. Provide a paper copy resume if requested by the teacher or a completed Teacher Recommendation Form. After August 1, 2018, you must request electronically for teachers to send letters. You MUST use Naviance Student to request letters of recommendation. Teachers will be able to send documents electronically as indicated by the icons. If you are using the Common Application, DO NOT invite the recommender via the Common Application website.
  2. After adding colleges to the "Colleges I'm Applying To" section in the "College" tab, click on "Letters of Recommendation" within the "Colleges" tab.
  3. Click on "Add Request". From the dropdown menu, find & select the name of the teacher who will be writing your letter. You can choose for them to send their letter to specific colleges or to all present & future colleges you will add.
  4. Type a personal note listing the specific schools the teacher should send their letter to and any additional instructions the teacher may need to complete the request.  
  5. Click "Submit Request" to send the request to the teacher.
  6. Confirm with your teacher that they received the request through Naviance.  
  7. Update your teachers throughout application season to remind them about sending their letters & to let them know if you've added more colleges to "Colleges I'm Applying To" since your last conversation & would like for them to send their letter to these additional colleges. 

Steps (Paper)

  1. Complete Steps 1-7 above
  2. Provide your teacher with a envelope addressed to the college with four (4) stamps for the schools that are paper submission only. 

For requests from recommenders outside PTHS, you will provide them with a envelope addressed to your college(s) with a stamp and they will submit their letters seperately to your college(s). Naviance Student is only for PTHS staff to upload and send letters of recommendation.


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264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724.941.6250
Fax: 724.942.0915
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