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Senior Information

 

Dear Seniors,

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.

Sincerely,    

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.

 

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
 

COMMON NOTIFICATION

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.

ROLLING ADMISSIONS

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. 

Useful Links:

College App Checklist PDF

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE SCHOLARSHIPS


PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
To qualify a student must meet one of the two following sets of academic requirements:

  1. Score 1200 on the SAT  (combination of Critical Reading and Math) or Composite score of 27 on the ACT; minimum cumuative 3.5 GPA at the end of the junior year and rank in the top 6% of the class at the end of either the sophomore or junior year.
  2. Score at least 1400 on the SAT (combination of Critical Reading and Math) or Composite score of 32 on the ACT and earn minimum cumulative 4.0 GPA at the end of the junior of senior year.

LIFE SCHOLARSHIP
To qualify for LIFE Scholarship a student must meet two of the following three criteria:
  1. Graduate from high school with 3.0 cumulative GPA on SC Uniform Grading Scale.
  2. Receive a score of 1100 (combined score for Critical Reading and Math only) on the SAT or composite score of 24 on the ACT.
  3. Rank in the top 30% of the class.

There is no application process. The college will notify the student if he/she is eligible for the Life Scholarship.  Students attending a four-year school will receive $4,700 plus a $300 book allowance.  Students attending a two-year college or tech college will receive the cost of tuition plus a $300 book allowance.

For Enhancement eligibility, Life Scholarship recipients must declare a major in an approved math or science program.  Eligible students may receive up to $7,500 (combined funds from the Life Scholarship and the Scholarship Enhancement) per year beginning with their second/sophomore year of college enrollment.


HOPE SCHOLARSHIP
This is a one year merit based scholarship for first time freshman students attending a four-year college but who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the other state scholarships.  Students are eligible for Hope based on a minimum 3.0 GPA upon graduation, being a South Carolina resident, and meeting other general eligibility rules. Hope is $2,500 plus a $300 book allowance.


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
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available in January. You will need to complete the application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.


OTHER WEBSITES YOU MIGHT WANT TO VISIT:
www.CareersAndColleges.com (for more information on colleges)
www.collegeboard.com (for further help with college planning and to search for a college, university, or technical school.
 
 
COLLEGE ATHLETES 
If you are planning to participate in college level athletics, you MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse online

at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Register NOW. Once you apply online please come to the guidance office and request your transcript be sent. Registration requires submitting your transcript so don’t forget.