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Counselor Rec & Transcript

If you plan to apply to private universities you will likely need a counselor letter of recommendation and an official transcript. (NOTE: The CSU's and UC's do NOT need either unless requested by the university) Please be aware that there are roughly 900 seniors (Class of 2020) and Ms. Yu expects to write roughly 150 -200 letters of recommendations for college admission and scholarships. See instruction below on how to obtain a counselor letter of recommendation and the grid for deadlines. The instructions for transcripts is on the right column.        

Letter of Recommendation



1) Print and fill out the Brag Sheet (below)

2) Ask your College & Career Specialist IN PERSON & bring completed Brag Sheet

3) Input your Recommender's email address ( into Common App

4) Write a Thank you note to show your appreciation!







Counselor Letter Deadline


College Deadline







Thursday 9/5/2019


Thursday 9/26/2019


(Who should apply






Friday 10/11/2019

Private Colleges (Early Action/ Early Decision)

Friday 11/1/2019







Friday 10/25/2019

Private Colleges (Early Action/ Early Decision)

Friday 11/15/2019







Friday 11/1/2019

Private Colleges (Early Action; USC's Scholarship Deadline)

Sunday 12/1/2019







Monday 12/2/2019

Private Colleges (Regular Decision)

Wednesday 1/1/2020







Friday 12/6/2019

Private Colleges (Regular Decision)

Wednesday 1/15/2020





*You may also pick up a blank Brag Sheet from the College and Career Center 

**For dates not listed: Please give at least three week's notice (not including holidays) so your recommender can write a thoughtful letter




1) Sign up on

2) Use your unique 8 digit code on Common App to send to all colleges on your Common App (at the time of application) 

3) Order your mid-year transcripts through Parchment by January 7; when ordering select "hold for grades” box so colleges will see your 1st semester senior year grades

4) If you went to more than one high school contact admissions if they require transcripts from all high schools attended

5) Send your Official Final Transcript to the school you will be attending by June 1. When ordering select "hold for grades” box and final transcript will be sent.  



Additional Notes 

Plan to send at least TWO transcripts


1.Midyear w/ 1st semester senior grades 2. Final Transcript to the one college you plan to attend


*UCs and CSU's do not require a transcript at the beginning or middle of senior year (unless requested by the university)


*The first two official parchment transcripts are free