- COLLEGE APPLICATION DEADLINES: Please be aware of application deadlines for your schools. Most schools have an Early Action deadline and this gives you better consideration for admission and scholarship. It is best to have all of your applications submitted by November 1. Please remember that transcripts and letter of recommendations must be requested at least 10 days before the due date.
- CUMULATIVE GPA/PAST GRADES: You will need your cumulative GPA for college applications. In some cases, such as if you are applying to Purdue, you will also need to input all of your high school courses and grades. A copy of your current transcript was sent to your parent/guardian email address on file around noon on 10/18 to help you access that information. Your cumulative GPA is the one listed next to Grade 12.
- TEST SCORES: ORDER YOUR TEST SCORES NOW. This is the number one thing that prevents students from meeting deadlines or being considered for specific scholarships. Test scores have to be ordered by the student directly from the testing service (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores; https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores/sending-your-scores.html) and sometimes take 2-3 weeks to arrive to the colleges.
- COMPLETE APPLICATIONS. As soon as you complete your information, please click submit on your applications. Do not wait for your teacher recommendations or counselor form.
- COMMON APPLICATION: If you use the Common Application, transcripts are submitted automatically. Optional reports, midyear reports, and final reports do not need to be submitted at this time.
- PARCHMENT:If you have colleges that are not on the Common Application, please submit transcript requests through Parchment. We do not receive notifications from these schools, so you have to tell us what you need for non-Common App schools.
- SCHEDULE CHANGES: Please remember that colleges admit you based on your schedule at the time of your application. If you make changes to your schedule after first semester, you will need to notify each college to which you have applied.
- REQUIRED MINIMUM GPA: Please remember that the Honors diploma requires all semester grades to be a C- or higher and your cumulative GPA to be above 3.0 at the time of graduation. 21st Century Scholars must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to receive those funds.
- FAFSA: We recommend that you complete your FAFSA by 12/1. Many schools have priority deadlines. The deadline for the state of Indiana is April 15. ,
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- FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION: There will be a financial aid presentation at 6:30 on October 23 for senior parents in room 102.
- CELEBRATE: When you are admitted to a college or receive a scholarship, please notify Mrs. Alerding or Mrs. Nixon. We need copies of all letters for school data purposes, as well as for Honors Night, the bulletin board in the hallway, the website, and recommendations for other outside scholarships.
The Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant provides free job training for Hoosiers in high-demand sectors from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Sectors include: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Science, IT & Business Services and Transportation & Logistics.
The Indiana General Assembly created Next Level Jobs for working-age Hoosiers in 2017, and expanded the program in 2018 to include all high school graduates. This is a great opportunity for all students, especially those who may not qualify for other forms of financial aid.
Next Level Jobs provides free job training for Hoosiers who:
1) Are an Indiana resident AND a U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen)
2) Have a high school diploma (or equivalent) but less than a college degree
3) Enroll in a qualifying certificate program in a high-demand job sector
For more information, please CLICK HERE.
In addition to our regular college representative meetings, Bishop Chatard will be hosting special meetings in the next few weeks. Please see the details below for additional information:
- Monday, September 17; Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program through the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. The Managing Director of the program will be presenting at Bishop Chatard during homeroom (11:00 am ). Eligible juniors and seniors were invited to attend. According to the program website, “We are looking for leaders, self-motivators, innovative and disciplined students to add to our historic legacy. If you have an interest in owning your own business, becoming a successful businesswoman or businessman, or even pursuing a career in law, medicine, or healthcare, BOP is for you!”
- Thursday, September 20; Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University (1:10 pm). Purdue Polytechnic programs combine innovative learning methods, real-world experiences and industry partnerships. When you graduate, you will be uniquely qualified for technology-driven careers, even those that haven’t been created yet. Please contact Mrs. Nixon to RSVP.
- Thursday, October 11; Marian University On-site Admissions Day. We will host representatives from Marian who will meet with students, review applications, and communicate same day admissions decisions. Please complete your Marian application through Common Application or the Marian University Online Application by October 8 and sign up for a time slot by October 9. Slots are limited; reserve now. Please contact Mrs. Nixon with questions.
- Monday, October 15; Marian University Klipsch Educators College. Dr. Leon Jackson, Director of Special Projects with the Fred S. Klipsch Educators College, will be providing a homeroom information session to students who are interested in changing the world and learning about one of the most innovative teacher preparation programs in Indiana and the nation. Please contact Mrs. Nixon to RSVP.
Résumés are an important part of the college application process. The College Board offers some tips on the key features of an effective résumé and how to adapt it to various audiences. View the CollegeBoardtipshighschoolresume for suggestions.