If you are applying to college using the Common Application, you will need to link your Naviance account to your application, in order to request transcripts and letters of recommendation. Instructions for doing so are here: Linking your Naviance Account to your Common Application.
If you need to request your transcript for college admissions, please make sure to log into Naviance and go to: About Me – My Surveys – Surveys Not Started – Transcript Release Permission. and complete the Transcript Release Permission form with your parent/guardian. To request your transcript follow these directions: Requesting your transcript on Naviance.
Web Resources for Scholarships This is is a very helpful source when it comes to looking for scholarships and financial help
Dear Class of 2022,
The following information will help with applying to college or pursuing other options this coming year.
1. COMMON APP
It is the main online college application. You can register for it here. You can start filling out your Common App now and be sure to add colleges to the “My Colleges” section.
You each have a username (your school email address) and login to access Naviance, If you need help with your password, email your counselor or Tony Settel firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll use Naviance to keep track of college applications, request letters of recommendation and transcripts to be sent to colleges. Here are some fun features you may want to explore:
· Click on “Self-Discovery” at the top. There are three assessments here that you can take, which will help you understand how your interests and strengths fit within future college major and career options.
· Click on “Colleges” at the top. Under “Find Your Fit” click “Supermatch.” This search engine will help you find schools that may be of interest to you.
· Click on “About Me” at the top and take the “Game Plan Survey.” If you fill this out it will give me information about what’s important to you while searching for a college.
3. MATCHING COMMON APP AND NAVIANCE
Here is a great YouTube resource on matching Common App and Naviance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znOq38FUrTc
4. SENIOR COLLEGE APPLICATION SUPPORT WORKSHOPS
Senior College Application Support Workshops start in mid-September*. Students applying to college must attend a workshop before scheduling their individual senior meeting. We will talk about Naviance, Common App, matching Common App and Naviance, college essays, letters of recommendation, and requesting transcripts.
5. SENIOR MEETINGS
Starting the week of September 13th, counselors will schedule individual senior meetings. If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action to a college (Deadline as early as October 15th), you will meet with your school counselor as soon as possible. For students not planning on attending college, we can help you develop your post high school plan and explore options including gap years, work internships/apprenticeships/jobs, military enlistment and technical schools.
6. SENIOR AND PARENT COLLEGE & POST SECONDARY NIGHT
Hopefully you were able to attend our September 9th presentation. If not please go to this link to see the recording.
Topic: BHS College Info Night Webinar Access Passcode: T2%fLLh.
A link to the presentation can be found here.
We cover the college application process including creating a college list, application deadlines, the Common Application, Naviance, letters of recommendation, NCAA requirements, financial aid / FAFSA, college admission tests (SAT / ACT), and final decision deadlines. Other post-secondary options including GAP year, Apprenticeships, Military enlistment are also discussed.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on October 1st. Take some time with your parents/guardians to fill this out. You will both need separate email addresses to do this. We will have a FAFSA support night with VSAC pro Soren Dews from 6:30-8:00pm on October 14th in the DtBHS library.
8. PAYING FOR COLLEGE
Sallie Mae is a company that assists with financial planning for college. There are many resources on their website, but they are also offering a free webinar on September 15 & 16, 2021. The link to register for these webinars can be found here.
9. COLLEGE VISITS
We typically tell students to go visit colleges right now, but that may not be possible at most campuses (though it is in Vermont) during this time. However, there are some great virtual tour sites where you can get a taste of what colleges look like from your home.
You will also be receiving weekly emails throughout the semester from Loren Marshall regarding virtual visits from college admissions representatives. The schedule for these visits are updated daily on the school website on the school counseling calendar. Be on the lookout for schools you may be interested in and take the opportunity to speak with a representative from those schools!
10. SAT/ACT TESTING
Many colleges have made their application “test optional” for your class due to the impact of COVID. Check each individual college admission’s website to see if it’s required for the places you’d like to apply. If you need to take either the SAT or ACT, visit their website to register for a test. You’ll need to register at least one month before the test date to secure a spot. If you are applying Early Decision and/or Early Action and need to include a recent test score. If you need a fee waiver and qualify, please email me for one.
11. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
The letters of recommendation are important. They can be the one thing that gets you into a school in a tight decision. Writers need time to write one. Request them at least three weeks before you need them. Better yet, contact the teachers you’d like a letter from now.
We understand that this is a lot of info but please don’t let it stress you out. Imagining your plans after high school can be fun. When you take it bit by bit it is a lot easier. We are here to help you, so ask questions along the way.
Lise Bruder, Karen Prouty, Jen Richter, and Tony Settel