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Shepard High School College Application Process


Applications are submitted online through the college's website or through an online service like the Common Application,, Coalition Application or your university application. Go to the college's website to learn about its specific procedure. Once you have completed all your portions of the online application, go to the Shepard Counseling Website and click on the Transcript tab to request your transcript be sent to the university via Parchment.

Common app video how to:



You are responsible for knowing your selected colleges' deadlines; which can be located on the college’s website. Keep in mind that many schools have a priority deadline (around November 1st) and a regular decision deadline. It is strongly recommended to complete applications by the priority deadline because many colleges issue the majority of their acceptance to those students. In addition, more scholarships are awarded to students who meet the priority deadline. If a school offers Rolling Admissions (no specific deadline), it is still encouraged to submit the application early so to increase acceptance and scholarship opportunities. Upon acceptance, seniors have until May 1st to officially commit to a college. However, they can accept or deny admissions at any time they choose.



Some, but not all, 4-year colleges and universities will require one or more letters of recommendation as part of the application. If a recommendation is required, be sure to complete the blue senior Letter of Recommendation form and give it to your teacher and/or counselor at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline. This will allow ample time for them to write your letters since many are writing multiple letters. The Letter of Recommendation form can be picked up in the Counseling office or you can print the attachment located on the right of this page. It asks for you to report your GPA, Class rank, SAT/ACT scores, potential college major/minor, names of the schools to which you are applying, a list of your activities, community service, employment, awards, and accomplishments. It also asks you to provide some personal qualities, experiences and future goals.



After a student completes college application(s), they must then request a transcript be sent to each college by creating an account through the electronic portal Parchment. This is located under the “Transcripts” tab. Simply create an account and identify the College(s) you wish to send your transcripts. There is no limit and no charge to send transcripts until August 1st after graduation. After that there will be a small charge of $3-$5.

Here are links to YouTube videos giving instructions:


Upon graduating from Shepard High School, colleges will request to see a Final Transcript to verify that the student graduated. Many times, the military, trade schools and employers will request a final transcript as well. The final transcript includes all of the student’s high school grades up through 2nd semester of senior year, the student’s weighted and unweighted GPA, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities, and SAT scores from the mandatory April State Testing date.

Dual Credit
Seniors – if you earned dual credit in any of your classes, don’t forget to send your transcript from Moraine Valley to your college.  To check it out, go to -> Login -> MVConnect and login using the username you received in the mail.  In the self-service menu, go to Academic Profile, Transcripts, and follow the directions from there.  If you do not know your username, contact Moraine Valley.
Graduation Rehearsal – mandatory
Thursday, May 21– 9a.m. in the gym with picnic to follow
Students who do not attend will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony
Final Transcripts
Colleges/Universities as well as trade programs and the military will likely want verification that students graduated from high school.  Seniors should log in to Parchment and request their transcript be sent but to indicate "Hold for Grades."  This will ensure that the transcript will be sent in early to mid June and will include final senior grades as well as a graduation date. The link to Parchment and instruction videos can be found on the Counseling webpage under the Transcripts Request tab.
Selective Service
Federal law mandates that males between age18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service.  Males who fail to do so, can face future penalties such as not being eligible for financial aid for college, social security benefits or the loss of jobs.  More information can be found here.  Students who completed the FAFSA were required to register as part of the process and should have received confirmation of that.



It is your responsibility to see that the appropriate ACT and/or SAT scores are sent to colleges. If you did not code your selected colleges at the time you registered for the tests, you must request an additional score report be sent. Most colleges require official test scores that come directly from the testing agency. Visit to request ACT scores and to request SAT scores. Allow several weeks for colleges to receive the score reports. Each ACT report will cost $12.00. Each SAT report will cost $11.25. 



The FAFSA is available on October 1st, 2019 and should be completed as soon as possible following that date.  Federal and state grants are received on a first come, first served basis.  More information and resources under the Financial Aid tab.

Contact our Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) representative, Ariel O'Neal with any specific questions at:

708-613-1299   and/or

She will be in the Astro Cafe in on the following dates:




Merit Based Scholarships varies from each college and is typically based on the student’s GPA and/or SAT scores. Students should be sure to meet priority filing period deadlines to qualify for these university-based scholarships. More information can be found under the scholarship tab.

Students are also encouraged to do the following:


  • Research and apply for possible supplemental scholarships on college of choice’s website.
  • Complete the D218 Universal Scholarship Application available on the Counseling website
  • Research local, regional and national scholarships and meet deadlines. More information and resources available under the Scholarships tab. Never pay a fee!  Websites can be found within the scholarship tab.

*Keep in mind that volunteer hours are often helpful in qualifying for local, regional and national scholarships.


College Planning Timelines 
Freshmen & Sophomore Year Timeline
Information about Illinois public Universities
The following link contains two valuable documents:
* 12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois
* State Universities in Illinois:  At a Glance
Moraine Valley Community College
Contact Andriana Esparza
MVCC Admissions Recruiter and D218 Representative
Contact Moraine Valley Admissions Office
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Preparing for the placement exams
Test Score Optional List- SAT/ACT Optional 4-Year Universities 
College Panel at Shepard High School 3/18/19
is on the Shepard Facebook Page under the video tab.
Colleges that participated were:
University of Illinois Springfield
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Governors State University
Moraine Valley
Topics included:
College search, application completion, financial aid, etc.