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Senior Information


Dear Seniors,

You are about to take a major step in your life and educational career; choosing a post-graduation plan. Selecting a college, joining the military, or entering the workforce is a much more substantial step for most students than the usual transitions from elementary to middle to high school. Therefore, you should give this important plan 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 put in the hard work and dedication to make the final decision about your future.
The process of deciding post-graduation plans has many steps, whether your goal is college, military, work, etc. The information contained in this handbook can be most helpful; therefore, we urge you to read it carefully and to follow the information that is included. Batesburg-Leesville High School desires to help each of our students in every possible way. No school can guarantee its graduates automatic acceptance to any particular institution. It is our hope that this booklet will help make the decision process as easy and successful as possible.
We encourage you to make full use of the Counseling Department. The counselors are here to help with your questions and concerns. We look forward to meet with each of you to discuss your future plans and how we can help you get there!

Sincerely,    

The BLHS Counseling Department 
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Junior/Senior Handbook
This handbook lists all important aspects to be considered in planning for post-graduation.

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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

  • Common Deadlines/Notifications

Many colleges, especially the more selective ones, adhere to a common application deadline and 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.  Most frequently practiced application deadlines include: Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Deadline.

  • 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. 

Senior College Planning Checklist
College Application Checklist

STANDARDIZED TESTING (SAT OR ACT)

All seniors who are planning to attend a post-secondary school should take the SAT and/or ACT.   Also, check the college catalogs to see if you need to take the SAT II (Achievement) tests as well.  

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.   Please check with the school you are interested in attending for their SAT/ACT requirements, or any placement test they require.

You are also responsible for registering for a testing session:

SAT Registration: www.sat.org/register

ACT Registration: www.actstudent.org/start 

It is recommended that you take the SAT or ACT (or a combination of both) more than once, as colleges superscore your highest scores across all testing dates. 

ACT Test Dates 2018-2019

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Deadline

Score Release*

Sept 8, 2018

August 12, 2018

Aug 26, 2018

Sept 18-Nov 1, 2018

October 27, 2018

Sept 28, 2018

Oct 14, 2018

Nov 13, 2018-Jan 2, 2019

December 8, 2018

Nov 2, 2018

Nov 19, 2018

Dec 18, 2018-Feb 1, 2019

February 9, 2019

Jan 12, 2018

Jan 18, 2019

Feb 20- Apr 5, 2019

April 13, 2019

Mar 9, 2018

Mar 25, 2019

Apr 23-June 7, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 4, 2018

May 20, 2019

June 18-Aug 2, 2019

July 13, 2019

June 14, 2019

June 24, 2019

July 23-Aug 26, 2019

 

SAT Test Dates 2018-2019

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Phone/Online Late Registration Deadline

Online Score Release

August 25, 2018

July 27, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

Sept 7-12, 2018

October 6, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

Sep 26, 2018

Oct 19-24, 2018

November 3, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

Oct 24, 2018

Nov 16-21, 2018

December 1, 2018

Nov 2, 2018

Nov 20, 2018

Dec 14-19, 2018

March 9, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

Feb 27, 2019

Mar 22-27, 2019

May 4, 2019

Apr 5, 2019

Apr 24, 2019

May 17-22, 2019

June 1, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 22, 2019

July 10-12, 2019

 


FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS

Detailed information about completing the FAFSA and applying for scholarships can be accessed on the "Financial Aid" and "Scholarship" tabs listed to the left.  Seniors should review this information carefully in order to complete the process for determining financial aid.  

Your counselor and MTC staff are available to assist with financial aid questions you may have.  Also each college or university you are interested in has availability for questions and concerns.


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 BOUND ATHLETES 
Student athletes who intend on participating in a Division I or Division II sports team at the collegiate level are required to register with the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse.  There is a fee to register that has been predetermined by the NCAA.  Upon registering, your information can be accessed by the NCAA Eligibility Center, college coaches, etc.  Please access the "NCAA Information for College Bound Athletes" tab to the left for detailed information.