Applying to College

As students begin the process of selecting a college and completing college applications, please use the information below to assist with the process. We have also created a quick one page guide to applying to college.

College Planning Help

Class of 2019 & 2020 Junior/Senior Handbook

Senior 2020 Classroom Powerpoint on College Apps

College Fairs
September 23rd- RRISD College Fair at Round Rock High School 6:30-8:30pm
TBD- NACAC College Fair at Palmer Events Center 5:30-8pm

Researching and Selecting a College


-A great website by Consumer Reports
-College Board website to research colleges:  
-Colleges That Change Lives: 

-Ruggs Recommendations
-Princeton Review: Colleges That Pay You Back.
-Princeton Review: The Best 379 Colleges.
-50 Successful Harvard Application Essays, by Staff of Harvard Crimson.
-Pope, Lauren. Colleges That Changes Lives
-Pope, Lauren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League
-Brundi, Frank Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote To The College Admissions Mania

Please remember that these are suggestions and not an exhaustive list. 

College Applications

College Application Checklist

The Common Application used by 600+ colleges and universities across the country

How to request a school report for the Common Application

ApplyTexas and Common App essay prompts for 2020-2021 (Class of 2020)

ApplyTexas application


How to create your resume

Sample resume (when you click on it, make sure you download to computer for formatting to look correct)

Recommendation Letters-Who Writes and How to Send

Common App Schools:
-Alpha counselor is required to write a rec letter (if student is in IB, this becomes Mrs Castro)
-2 teachers are required (pick people that your students have a great relationship with and can tell stories about them)
*Rec letters on Common App are all sent in electronically. Students’ type in the email addresses of who they are asking and it send them an email stating "student name has requested a recommendation letter, upload word document here." Super simple

Apply Texas Schools:
-Rec letters are not required but can add to student’s application
-Recommend using teachers for these schools (pick people that your students have a great relationship with and can tell stories about them)
-UT Austin submitting process (they are unique), once a student applies they will get an email a few days later from UT giving them access to their application portal where they can check the status of their application. There is a place here to electronically request rec letters just like Common App (just type in email address)
-For all other Apply Texas schools, it’s done through snail mail. So for example, if a student is applying to UTSA and wants their Science teacher to submit a letter, they would give their teacher an envelope with a stamp on it, addressed to UTSA's Office of Admission and they would mail it directly for the student.
-some colleges have a cover letter you print off their website and include in the envelope (ex. A&M)

*Counselors have a rec letter form students must complete before a counselor will write a letter. Pick up in Alpha Office

After You Submit Your Application

After you submit your application, remember to check your account at each college website. This will be the primary way colleges communicate with you regarding your application status and admission decision. 

What to Do when a College Says "Maybe"

Other Information That You Might Find Helpful

Student Checklists