Applying to College

Frankel Jewish Academy Student Services administers the following exams to students:

• Register for ACT at ACT College Entrance Exam

• PSAT/NMSQT – Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition

• Advanced Placement (college credit) exams in: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Psychology, U.S. Government, and U.S. History (AP Test Dates)

• Register for SAT at SAT College Board Website

The college admissions process has its own vocabulary. Understanding this vocabulary can make the process less mysterious and more accessible to you. Definitions of some key words are listed below.

Advanced Placement Test (AP) – a test given to high school students, usually at the end of their junior or senior year, after they have completed certain AP or Honors courses. Many colleges give advanced standing and/or credit for these College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) sponsored tests if students earn a score of 3, 4, or 5 on them.

American College Test (ACT) – a test which measures aptitude and skill in English, mathematics, reading and natural science. The ACT is more often used in the Midwest, South and Far West.

Associate Degree – a degree granted by a college or university for a program that requires two years of full-time study.

Common Application – an application form developed and widely accepted by participating colleges and universities.

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program – a program integrating classroom study and work experience that offers credit and salary.

Deferred Admission – an accepted student can delay entrance by a year (or a semester).

Early Action – permits you to apply to a college or university of your choice and receive a decision early in the senior year, well in advance of the normal spring response dates. Though you will receive notification early regarding your admission, you are not committed to attend and you may apply to other colleges. If you are applying for financial aid, you will follow the aid application deadlines set by the institution. You are not required to make a commitment before May 1, but you are encouraged to do so as soon as a final choice is made.

Early Decision – requires you to commit to a college or university at the time of application that, if admitted, you will enroll. You should apply under an Early Decision plan only if you know that you can make a well reasoned, first choice decision. Upon admission, the institution will require a nonrefundable deposit well before May 1. You may apply to other colleges but are permitted to have only one request for financial aid at or near the time admissions is offered. If admitted, you must enroll unless the financial aid award is inadequate.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – the total amount the federal government expects students and their families to pay toward college costs from their income and assets.

Fee Waiver – permits eligible students to submit college applications or test registration forms without the fee. A limited number are available for students who qualify. Please see the Director of College Counseling for details.

Financial Aid Package/Award – a combination of grants/scholarships, loans and work-study that the college is able to offer you to meet your financial need.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – the primary form used to determine your eligibility for financial aid. Should be filled out in January or February of your senior year.

Federal Work Study Program – an award of on-campus part-time employment for students who demonstrate financial need. The maximum amount a student can earn under this program is determined by financial need.

Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) – a system used to evaluate academic performance. The most frequently used system of numerical values for grades is A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, and E=0. The G.P.A. is reached by multiplying the number of credits given for a course by the grade received in the course. May be weighted or unweighted.

Interview – an interview with you and a representative from college. You will be able to demonstrate qualities that don’t show up on your application and to find out more about the college.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) – an athletic governing body to which approximately 500 small four-year colleges and universities belong. The NAIA governs athletic recruitment and scholarship awarding policies.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – an athletic governing body to which approximately 800 colleges and universities belong. Each school chooses a general division 1, 2, or 3 and is required to follow the policies regarding recruitment and scholarship awards that have been established for that division.

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) – scores from the PSAT’s given in October are used to determine if a student qualifies for a National Merit Scholarship.

Open Admissions – the college admits all applicants.

Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) – this test is an abbreviated form of the SAT I and is designed to give juniors an opportunity to practice taking a test which is similar to but shorter (1 hour) than the SAT I. It is given in October of the junior year. Some sophomores elect to take the PSAT as well.

Regular Decision – most colleges have an early winter application deadline (January 1 or 15 or February 1); they generally notify candidates between March 1 and April 12. Students then have until May 1 (the common reply date) to respond to the colleges.

Rolling Admission – is a term used to describe the application process in which an institution reviews applications as they are received and offers decisions to students soon after they are made. If you are applying for financial aid, you will follow aid application deadlines set by the school. You may apply to other colleges and you will not e required to make a decision regarding enrolling before May 1.

Scholarship – a form of financial assistance that does not require repayment and is usually made to a student who shows potential for distinction, usually in academic performance.

Scholastic Assessment Test II: Subject Tests (SAT II) – one hour tests offered in subjects such as English, foreign languages, science, history, and mathematics.

Student Aid Report (SAR) – reports the information from your FAFSA.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a test used to evaluate the English proficiency of students whose first language is not English.

Unmet Need – difference between the cost of education, the total financial aid award plus expected family contributions.

Wait List – is a term used by institutions to describe a process in which colleges may initially delay offering or denying admission, but rather extend the possibility of admission in the future. Colleges offer admission to wait list candidates if insufficient numbers of regularly admitted candidates accept their offers of admission.

Naviance College Application Process:

If you are applying to any schools via Common Application, you must first go to the Common App website ( and create an account. Take note of your username and password, as you will need to enter this information into Naviance.

+Using Naviance
  1. Login to your Naviance account:
  2. Enter your Username & Password.
    1. User Name: your First-Class username (first.last).
    2. Password: your PowerSchool password.
  3. Go to the COLLEGES tab.
  4. Click on Colleges I’m Thinking About
    1. IMPORTANT: All colleges to which you are interested in applying must appear on this list to begin the application process.
    2. Click Add To List and click Lookup (list of popular FJA college choices) or search by one of the choices on the left-hand side under College Research.
    3. When you have finished listing your selections, scroll down and select Add Colleges.
  5. You must sign the FERPA waiver before you can submit any applications.

a. Click on Colleges and then Colleges I’m Applying To. A waiver will appear on your screen. Answer “Yes” and complete the waiver. This waives your right to see recommendations coming from teachers or counselors.

6. AFTER you have completed and submitted each of your school’s applications online, go into Naviance and in your Colleges I’m Applying To list, click on ‘have you applied?’ and mark the box that says ‘I have submitted my application’. This will signal the college counseling office to send your transcripts and teacher recommendations.


Students need to select a teacher from whom they would like to receive a letter of recommendation. Only if a college requires two teacher recommendations should you request more than one. To submit these recommendations to Naviance, do the following:

  1. Click Colleges I’m Applying To and scroll down to Teacher Recommendations
  2. Select add/cancel requests and select a teacher from the drop down menu from whom you’d like a recommendation. Add a personal note and then select Update Requests.

To request that a transcript is added to your application, do the following:

  1. In the Colleges tab, select Colleges I’m Applying To and then select Request Transcripts.
  2. Select which schools to have transcripts sent to, scroll down and select Request Transcripts. This will send the request to the Guidance & Registrar Naviance account. When your transcripts have been sent, it will be marked as Sent on your list of college applications.
  3. If you need other transcripts (for scholarships, NCAA, etc.) under the Colleges tab, click Transcripts and select Request transcripts for scholarships or athletics, complete the form and click Add Transcript Requests.
  4. Give the college at least 10 business days to show your transcript as being received on their website.
+Test Scores

You will need to have your scores sent to colleges directly from ACT and/or SAT. You can record your test scores in Naviance, but this is just for record keeping. Colleges NEED them from ACT or SAT directly.

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