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.
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Dear Class of 2024,
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 and press the “create an account” button. Begin filling out your Common App now. The Common App opened up for seniors on 8/1. You will now be able 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. SENIOR MEETINGS
In late September, 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. They will review your Common App progress, review your college list, read your essays and assist with Naviance.
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.
4. INFORMATIONAL COLLEGE & PLANNING PRESENTATION
September 19 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. We’ll 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 December1st. 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.
VSAC Outreach Counselors are offering 1:1assistance creating your FSA ID and once the FAFSA is open, will offer 1:1 support in filing the FAFSA. See details, sign up, and watch for FAFSA support to be available at www.vsac.com/calendar.
6. COLLEGE VISITS
We typically tell students to go visit colleges as soon as you are able. In addition, 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 BHS Counseling 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!
7. SAT/ACT TESTING
Many colleges have made their application “test optional” for your class. Check each individual college admissions’ 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. Some test dates are available but occur after the usual application deadlines. If you are applying Early Decision and/or Early Action and need to include a recent test score, you must have been registered to take the SAT test no later than 10/1, or the ACT no later than 9/10, to ensure colleges will receive scores before the application deadline. If you need a fee waiver and qualify, please contact the school counseling office.
8. 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 stay calm. 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 as many questions as you have along the way. Email us with anything that comes up or set up a time to meet if that might be helpful.
Lise Bruder, KasCandra Dougherty, Allie O’Hara, Karen Prouty, and Tony Settel