College Information

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College Rep Visits (Virtual)

College Representatives are currently scheduling virtual visits.  To view the schedule of rep visits, go to the OSD Portal, click on Naviance, then Colleges in the top right corner, select research colleges,  then scroll down to see College Visits.  Click on the college rep visit you are interested in attending and Register! Registering ahead of time for these visits is encouraged.


Upcoming Rep Visits

Monday October 19- Northwest College of Art and Design at 12:30 pm.

Tuesday October 20- Pacific Lutheran University at 12:30 pm.

Wednesday October 21- University of Maine at Fort Kent at 8:35 am.

Seattle University at 9:30 am.

Reed College at 11:50 am.

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus at 1:30 pm.

Thursday October 22- School of the Art Institute of Chicago at 12:30 pm.

Friday October 23- Biola University at 12:30 pm.


Information from Last Week's Rep Visits

Central Washington University

Admissions video

CWU is offering one-on-one "On the Spot Admissions" appointments through fall. 

  • Click HERE for "On the Spot Admissions" pdf
    On the Spot Admissions graphic

 University of Colorado Boulder

Click HERE to schedule a virtual visit


South Puget Sound Community College

To schedule virtual tours and keep an eye out for in-person tours coming at the end of the month click HERE.


Gonzaga University

Gonzaga Overview Video.

Virtual Gonzaga for prospective students.

First-Year Application Information


When do I apply for college?

Applications for four-year colleges are usually available starting in October of your senior year. Deadlines can be as early as October 15 or November 1.  Applications for two-year community and technical schools are also online and can be filed as early as December of your senior year. The earlier the application, the better chance to get into specific programs and classes.

Important Websites to Explore

The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that students may use to apply to any of more than 700 member colleges and universities.

With Western Undergraduate Exchange (informally known as the WUE), out-of-state students pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools, compared with nonresident rates that can exceed 300% of in-state rates. Eligible students must be from a WICHE member state. 


What is the difference between Early Action, Early Decision, Early Decision II, and Regular Admission?

  • EARLY ACTION: An early action process whereby a student can submit an application by November 1 (or other designated date) and receive a decision by mid-December. The Early Action student, if accepted, is not bound to enroll. Students are not required to notify the college of their enrollment decision until May 1 and they can apply to other colleges early action or early decision.

  • EARLY DECISION : An early application process that carries a binding commitment to enroll, if accepted, to the college. Student and parent must sign that if admitted, the student will attend the college/university regardless of financial aid award. Colleges will share early decision lists, so all other applications must be withdrawn. Students not admitted under Early Decision are reconsidered with the regular decision candidates. Students and parents will not be informed of financial aid prior to admission. A small number of colleges have a second round of early decision called early decision II. This deadline is usually around January 15th with notification one month later.

  • REGULAR DECISION: The most common application process in this country. Students usually apply to colleges between January 1st and the 15th, are notified of the decision by April 1st, and then must let the college know whether they will matriculate by May 1st.


Here are a few tools to help you with your college admission process


Research & Compare Colleges


Community and Technical College Resources


Virtual Tours


College Admissions Deadlines and Transfer Information