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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 (ACT or SAT)

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:

ACT Registration: www.actstudent.org/start 

SAT Registration: www.sat.org/register

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. 

2019-2020 Testing Dates

ACT Test Dates 2020-2021

ACT Date

Registration
Deadline

Late Registration
Deadline

September 12, 2020 August 14, 2020 August 28, 2020
October 24, 2020 September 18, 2020 October 2, 2020
December 12, 2020 November 6, 2020 November 20, 2020
February 6, 2021 January 8, 2021 January 15, 2021
April 17, 2021 March 12, 2021 March 26, 2021
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2020 May 21, 2021
July 17, 2021 June 18, 2020 June 25, 2021

 

SAT Test Dates 2020-2021

SAT Date

Registration
Deadline

Late Registration
Deadline

August 29, 2020

July 31, 2020

August 18, 2020 

September 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

September 15, 2020 

October 3, 2020

September 4, 2020

September 22, 2020 

November 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

October 27, 2020 

December 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

November 24, 2020 

March 13, 2021

February 12, 2021

March 2, 2021 

May 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

April 27, 2021

June 5, 2021

May 6, 2021

May 26, 2021 

 


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.