College Application Process


Attention Junior and Seniors:  College mentoring will be offered after school on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m., starting January 28, 2016.  If you need help or want to get a jump start on college admission, financial aid or scholarships, stop by the LRC on Thursdays after school. 


October 31st is the preferred deadline for all college applications to meet early action and early decision deadlines, however many schools have rolling admission and will accept applications into the spring.

1.  Complete an application. Colleges prefer online applications be completed through the "Admission" link on the universities’ web pages. A limited supply of paper applications to all Illinois State universities will be available in the Guidance Office in late September. Once we run out, you can download a copy from the university website.

2.  Complete transcript request form with parent signature for each application. Return transcript request form with $3.00 to the Guidance Office at least 1 week prior to deadline. Only if required: Include any required forms such as letters of recommendation, personal statements, counselor forms, with the transcript request. Your counselor will review application and all forms. Then the information will be mailed from TF North to the college.

Looking for a Great College?

Testing & Education Reference Center with Career Module

This new database allows students to practice online for major exams, such as ACT, ASVAB, AP, GED, SAT etc. exams. There are also downloadable e-books for the different tests. The database also offers a career module, information on over 4,000 colleges, a resume builder, and a scholarship search feature. To access the site, you must contact Ms. Wall in the library for the school password. To go directly to the site, click on this link.

This database includes the following.

• Over 300 practice tests and courses (ACT, ASVAB, AP Practice Exams, GED, SAT, etc.)

• Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests

• Information on over 4,000 accredited schools

• Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships

• Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get students started

• Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations

ETSSC College Tours

Educational Talent Search Second Change provides TF North students the opportunity to attend college tours throughout the school year and the summer. For more information please contact Mrs. Braasch, at (708) 585-1018 or  If interested you can pick up an application in the Guidance Office.

Twelve Reason to Stay in Illinois

This publication provides general information for all 12 state public universities.

College Week Live

This site offers online college fairs to get more information on several colleges and universities.


This site offers a student-college matching service. First, you create a profile of your academic and extracurricular interests. Then, you'll hear from colleges that think you'd be a good match for them.

College Board

This is one of the most comprehensive college-search sites based on specific criterion of student interests.

Colleges of Distinction

This site focuses on 240 colleges that emphasize engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

College View

College View's website offers a lot of details about colleges across the country, including information on admission, financial aid, majors, and student life.

My College Guide

This site offers advice for navigating the search process, getting into college and surviving college. It also allows you to browse institutions by region, cost, size, community, or type of college.

National College Fairs

Free and open to the public, National College Fairs and Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions.

NACAC Step By Step

College awareness and planning.

Online College Degrees

This site offers a search engine for online college degrees and financial aid.

Peterson's Guide

Peterson's offers information on colleges' location, enrollment, test scores, tuition, and entrance difficulty.

Princeton Review

Here you'll find statistical information about a variety of colleges, but also a more subjective view. A “student says” section provides unedited student comments about various colleges, while the “school says” section gives you the college's version.

What's Next Illinois?

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) provides planning for high school, career, college, and financial aid.