You are about to take one of the major steps in your educational career, and indeed, in your life, with the selection of a college. This is usually a much more formidable step for most students than is going from elementary school to middle school, from middle school to high school, or even from college to graduate school. Therefore, you should give this important process your serious and careful consideration. While your parents, counselors, and teachers will be involved in this process with you and can greatly assist you, you must be the one to do the bulk of the work and the one to make the final decision.
The process of finding the right college can be a confusing, frustrating, and eventually, a deeply rewarding one. There is, unfortunately, no magic chart through the maze of the college admission process and no handbook can give you all the answers. The information contained in this handbook can be most helpful, however, and we urge you to read it carefully and to follow the instructions and advice included in it. BLHS desires to help each of our students in every possible way, although no school can guarantee its graduates automatic acceptance to any particular institution. This booklet, we hope, will help make the admissions process as easy and successful as possible.
Of primary importance in this matter is the selection of a technical school, college, or university best suited for your interest, ability, attitude, and goals. We encourage you to make full use of the Guidance Department and counselors to help answer your questions and concerns.
The BLHS Counseling Department
SAT I AND SAT II
The SAT I should be taken at least twice and its importance depends upon the school to which you are applying. Many schools are underplaying the importance of the SAT, but very low scores, despite a good performance, would not be overlooked. SAT scores range between 200 and 800 on the verbal, math and writing. The writing part was added on the new SAT given March 2005.
The SAT II’s are those tests given in special subject area fields. It is most important that you know what Achievement test(s), if any, are required by the specific school you are planning to attend.
Some schools will require three specific tests, others will require none at all, and still others will have one or two designated tests and the others are electives. Usually, scores on these tests are purely supplementary and assist a college in knowing how to place a student in freshman area courses.
All seniors who are planning to attend a post-secondary school should take the SAT or ACT in either September, October, or November. Also, check the college catalogs to see if you need to take the SAT II (Achievement) tests as well. You cannot take both the SAT and SAT II tests on the same day, so you may have to plan your test schedule. SAT II (Achievement) tests, if you need them, should be completed by January tests date.
Some colleges and universities require the ACT. Don’t confuse this with the college board achievement tests.
Remember, it is ultimately your responsibility to find out what test is needed for the technical school, college, or university you plan to attend or you are interested in possibly attending.
SAT Registration: www.sat.org/register
ACT Registration: www.actstudent.org/start
Please check with the tech school, college or university you are interested in attending for their SAT/ACT requirements, or any placement test they require.
Many colleges, especially the more selective ones, adhere to a common notification date. This means that they have a cut-off date for receipt of applications. The college evaluates all completed applications received before that date and selects those applicants which it feels to be best qualified for admission.
This is the term used by colleges which do not wait for a specific date to notify all their applicants, but rather send their decisions upon receipt and review of all credentials. The college catalog will tell you whether the college uses the rolling admission plan or has a common notification date. If a college uses rolling admissions, it is obviously to your advantage to apply early, since it becomes harder and harder to get in as more and more freshmen are admitted.
COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES AT BLHS
Representatives from many colleges and universities visit the campus throughout the year. These visits are usually announced in advance. Most of these visits will occur during lunch time. Plan in advance the questions you want answered by the representative.
College App Checklist PDF
Lottery Tuition Assistance
Students attending a two-year college/tech school but who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the other state scholarships may qualify for a portion of the tuition. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must take a minimum of six credit hours each term.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
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