College & University Information

Four Year University Application Process

  • Four year universities require students to take the SAT and/or the ACT as part of the application process. Plan to take the SAT or ACT in May or June of your junior year. This allows time to retake the test in the fall of your senior year, if necessary.

  • If you need a transcript, create an account at where you can order and send your transcripts directly. Students are responsible for getting their transcript to their colleges.

  • If you need a counselor recommendation, please complete the Guidelines and Data for Letters of Recommendation Form and return it to the counselor. Allow three to four weeks ahead of the college deadline to give the counselor time to finish the letter.

  • Kingston High School CEEB: 480554

4 Year Colleges & Universities in Washington

For specific WA college and university entry requirements, visit the above websites. To better understand what type of high school classes and courses students should be taking to enter a 4-year WA college or university check out College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)
 and visit the WA Student Achievement Council's website at

Two Year Colleges

To explore career and technical programs at WA state 2-year colleges explore this site: Community colleges do not require the SAT or ACT tests, but students will need to take a placement test through the college. Consult the website of the college you wish to attend to find out how to take the test.
Map of 2 Year Colleges in WA

College Planning Timeline 

Junior Year - Throughout the junior year students should begin researching colleges and programs they would like to apply to and attend. College fairs such as the NACAC College Fair in Seattle can help students get a better idea of what schools they might be interested in attending. Visiting college campuses is also a great way to decide on what schools to apply to and attend.
  • Take the PSAT.
Fall/Winter of Junior Year
  • Begin researching college info (visit websites, contact admissions officers, etc.).
Spring of Junior Year
  • Visit visit college campuses. 
  • Register for spring testing (SAT or ACT).
  • Attend the roadshow in Seattle.
  • Future college athletes should register with the NCAA.

Senior Year

  • Narrow college choices down to 3 - 6.
  • Review individual college requirements and due dates.
  • Register for fall testing (SAT or ACT), if needed.
  • Attend college fairs.
  • Begin online college applications.


  • Request letters of recommendation (if needed) from teachers and counselors.
  • Begin checking KHS Website weekly for scholarship opportunities.
  • Attend the KHS College Information Night.
  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1st.
  • Set a goal to have your part of your college apps complete no later than Thanksgiving, regardless of the individual college deadlines.
  • Request transcripts to be sent to complete your college applications. Get a Transcript Request Form, located in the floor offices or on the KHS website, complete it and turn it in to the registrar.


  • College choices should be firm and applications submitted.
  • Online applications should be submitted.
  • Attend Financial Aid Workshop at Kingston High School Commons.


  • Complete the "Local Scholarship Application."
  • Continue checking the KHS website for scholarship opportunities.

February - March

  • Washington colleges priority date is March 1
  • Notification of acceptance from some colleges begins

April - May

  • Notification of acceptance from colleges continue
  • Financial aid offers are mailed to students
  • If interested in Olympic College, arrange to take a placement test
  • Deadline to accept offers of admission is May 1.
  • Submit final Transcript Request Form to the registrar.
Some Tips for Preparing Your Child for College and Beyond
1) Give your elementary and middle school child opportunities to explore enrichment opportunities:
    • Sports
    • Hobbies
    • Community Service
    • Clubs
        •  But remember to teach them the real value of those opportunities outside of “getting ready for college” i.e.
          • Sports - lifelong physical fitness and team building; Hobbies - Intellectual intrigue, personal happiness, and depth of experiences; Community Service - Leaving the world better off than you found it.
2) Encourage and mentor but don’t let your child think that life is a foolproof road map.
4) Know and understand important milestones:
    • Save for college from an early on in your child's life.
    • Start doing college research while in middle school and freshman year.
    • PSAT counts junior year.
    • Take the SAT and ACT by second semester junior year, and take it many times.
    • Start compiling college application material over the summer before senior year.
5) Stay human when applying:
    • Make the story of “you” concise and compelling; the essays are integral to this.
    • Have a good, “real” reason for why you want to attend a certain school (i.e. I like UW for its fun atmosphere vs. I’m going to spend every waking hour doing research).
    • Prepare for the college entrance interview but don’t present yourself as an automaton.
6) Relax and embrace the adventure for what it is!

High School & Beyond Presentations

Common Application
Over 600 colleges use the Common App as part of their application process. Complete it online at There is a counselor and teacher evaluation component, so ensure you provide your counselor and teacher(s) with 3 to 4 weeks and the appropriate information to write an evaluation (see Guidelines and Data for Letters of Rec.).

NCAA Eligibility Center
Future college athletes (Div. I and II schools) should sign up through the NCAA to be eligible to play sports in college.

Military Academies
Interested in the military academies? Learn more about the appointment process: here.

Useful College Search Websites: (College planning website) (Articles and profiles about admission, application and financial aid) (Compare Online College Options) (Resources for college planning) (Washington Council of Colleges and Universities) (College prep program and scholarships for under-served and 1st-generation students)  (College search engine, SAT and PSAT info, AP info) (College overviews and search engine) (Canadian Colleges) (Research college study abroad programs around the world) (Learn about online business degree programs)