Naviance is an excellent college research resource for students and parents, and the College Advising Office will submit all transcripts and recommendations electronically via Naviance to help streamline the application process. Students will submit applications primarily through the Common Application; after August 1, seniors will need to link their Common App and Naviance accounts so colleges will receive all application materials together. (See the bottom of this page for details.)
Once you sign in, you’ll see the options available to you as tabs at the top right of the Naviance home page. Useful tools include:
As you do your research and make your college plans, be sure to touch base regularly with your college advisor. Your college advisor has access to your Naviance account, so updates to your college list in Naviance can be made and viewed by you and your college advisor. Please note, we do not have access to your Common App college list. Any questions? Ask!
In August or September of your senior year, complete the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) section on the Common Application website. You should waive your right to see your teachers’ letters of reference. You must have confidence the teachers you ask to write on your behalf will be fair and accurate in recommending you in a positive light to colleges. Colleges tend to take the recommendation more seriously when viewing rights have been waived, knowing the recommendation is secure and confidential. Most colleges require that you sign the waiver before you can proceed with your application. Once the FERPA waiver is completed, log into Naviance and go to the Colleges I’m Applying to list in the College tab and enter your Common Application username and password. This information is used only for the purpose of electronic submission of your recommendation forms, other required forms, and your transcripts to colleges.
Students who want to play a sport in college at the Division I, IA, or II level, must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by the end of their junior year. For more important information about NCAA academic requirements, please visit Athletic Recruiting.
Naviance is an online college search tool that helps students research potential colleges, keep track of their prospective and active applications, and estimate the likelihood of admission based on the results of previous Deerfield students’ grades and testing profiles as compared to each individual student’s personal academic record. All students are given access to Naviance in the fall of their junior year, and parents are given their own log-in information shortly afterwards. Naviance is the site through which Deerfield submits the school’s portion of a student’s application materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation), so it’s important that students keep their application information up to date on Naviance.
There is no specific requirement for frequency of meetings, but most seniors meet with their advisor every two or three weeks to discuss their progress. Advisors may request more frequent meetings if a student is falling behind in the process, or around crucial times of the year (such as application deadlines). Juniors will begin meeting with their advisor in late fall of junior year; they are encouraged to check in with their advisor about once a month. Students can schedule meetings by visiting the College Advising Office on the second floor of the Boyden Library, emailing their college advisor, or using Outlook to request a meeting.
The College Advising Office sends a message to all sophomores each winter to invite them to schedule a meeting with a college advisor. In the summer before students’ junior year, the College Advising Office will send additional information about what students should be doing to prepare themselves for applying. In the late fall of their junior year, students begin the process in earnest, starting by filling out an information sheet that will help them, in conjunction with their college advisor, begin compiling a list of schools.
Deerfield’s College Advising Office, located on the second floor of the Boyden Library, counsels students extensively on the college application process. Juniors are each assigned a college advisor who works with them closely and gets to know them well to provide personalized assistance. First year students and sophomores are also welcome to drop by the office with any specific questions, though the counseling and application process does not begin in earnest until the junior year.
Deerfield is highly conscious of the needs of its student-athletes, and offers a wide range of NCAA eligible classes. The College Advising Office and Deerfield coaches are accustomed to assisting students seeking to play sports in college, and they are experienced in guiding students through the recruiting process. They will work with students to be sure they meet the NCAA requirements, and are in the best position possible to be recruited. Mrs. Thiel in the Academic Dean’s office is our liaison to the NCAA compliance center and she can be a good source of guidance and information.