The Guidance & College Placement Office at Coastal Christian Preparatory School (CCPS) provides its students valuable information on college resources and ways to improve our students’ chances for acceptance into the college of their choice.

Finding Your College

While you don’t have to know exactly what you want to study, students are encouraged to narrow down their career choices and look for a college offering the programs of most interest to you. To help you define your search, you may want to run a college search on one or both of the programs listed below.

Online College Application Resources

How to Apply to College

  • Contact the Undergraduate Office of Admission at the college of your choice to get the application.
  • Complete a rough draft of the applications and essays.  Bring them to your guidance counselor for review, to answer questions and to offer suggestions.
  • Request official transcripts for each college in the Guidance office.  They will be mailed directly to the college. Please allow 2 weeks to process your request.
  • Complete the final draft of your application by completing an online application (if available) or by typing it on a typewriter. NO handwritten applications!
  • Make a copy of all materials for your files.
  • Send one packet that includes everything; application, check, resume, essay, etc. Be sure student name and social security number are written on the check. Remember to have SAT I and ACT scores sent directly to the college from the testing center. Even though scores are reported on the high school transcript, some colleges do not consider this official.
  • Each college will create a personal file for you. As your applications, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are received, they are placed in the file. Only when your file is complete, will it be reviewed by an admissions counselor.

Types of Applications

  • Early Decision
    • All materials submitted by early application deadline.
    • If accepted, student is committed to the college.
  • Early Action
    • All materials submitted by early application deadline.
    • Student is not committed to the college.
  • Regular Admissions
    • All materials submitted by final application deadline.
    • Student is not committed to the college.
  • Rolling Admissions
    • Admissions decisions for qualified students are made on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Students are usually notified by the colleges within 4-6 weeks after application file is complete.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Counselor Recommendations
    • An up-to-date, typed copy of your resume must be given to your Counselor before she can write your letter of recommendation. Colleges are seeking to know what personal characteristics and involvements make you unique. 
    • Submit any specific recommendation forms provided by the college with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the college.
    • Allow 2 weeks to write a solid letter of recommendation.
  • Teacher Recommendations 
    • Ask a teacher who will provide positive feedback about you to write a recommendation on your behalf.
    • Provide teacher a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the college. The teacher will mail the recommendation directly to the college. Ask the same one or two faculty members to send a recommendation to all schools for which you are seeking admission.
    • Be sure to give teachers 2 weeks for completion, and remember to thank them.
  • Letters from employers or other community people are usually sent along with your application.

Q: What happens when the college receives my application packet?

You’ve spent months creating the perfect college application. You received your rough drafts, and you made copies of your final draft. The envelope is on your kitchen counter ready to be mailed. What really happens to it once it reaches our counter?

Your envelope will first be delivered to our mailroom where it will be greeted with a date stamp. In an effort to be fair to our hard-working applicants, we process all of our mail in the order in which it arrives. Each part of your application will then be entered into our computer system along with the date on which it was received. Once we have this computer record of your application, we will place it in a file folder and send it through the review process. Keep in mind that your folder will remain in a holding pattern near the mailroom until all of you application materials are received. Once your application is complete, we will notify you by letter.

The review process will begin with a close look at your high school transcript. First we will count your academic units, excluding courses like heath, P. E., etc. Next we will re-calculate your grade point average. Once this is complete, the reading begins. Your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee for the school to which you have applied. This committee consists of both admissions officers and faculty members. If there is a question about your school or your curriculum, an admissions officer may call your counselor to get clarification before a decision is made. The committee may also wait for your senior grades or additional testing reports. Your senior courses and grades are important factors in the decision-making process, so don’t let “senioritis” stand in your way!

Around the end of March (or mid-December for Early Decision) admission decisions are finalized and letters are printed. Then it is our turn to send your letter on its way!

Source: Vanderbilt University Newsletter