Class of 2019 College Counseling Newsletter–October

  • 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. ,
  • Scholarships on Fastweb.,
  • 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. 

Class of 2019 College Counseling Newsletter, Issue 2

LILLY NOMINATION FORM: Please complete this form and submit prior to 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to participate in an application process to be one of Bishop Chatard’s nominees for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
We are able to nominate two students who reside in Hamilton County and two students who reside in Marion County. Applications and College Cost Summary Forms are due by Wednesday, August 15, at 8:00 am. Nominated students must: 1. Demonstrate financial need, 2. Plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2018 at a public or private college or university in Indiana, 3a. HAMILTON COUNTY: Be a Hamilton County resident, have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, demonstrate a commitment to community volunteerism, and demonstrate leadership and/or initiative in their school, community, and/or extracurricular activities, 3b. MARION COUNTY: Be a Marion County resident, have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate motivation and/or a high level of responsibility through school, community, family, and/or extracurricular activities. 4. Submit the Indiana College Cost Summary Form to Mrs. Nixon or Mrs. Alerding in the Counseling Office. (The online calculator allows families to see the true cost of attending Indiana colleges once financial aid is taken into account. The ICC Summary Form has been designed to be quick and easy and will take most users approximately 15 minutes. You can find the Indiana College Cost Estimator at www.indianacollegecosts.org

NAVIANCE: Naviance Student allows you to research college and career opportunities, take personality inventories, create a personal success plan, conduct a college search, track your application progress, and create a resumé. The Naviance student login is https://student.naviance.com/bishopchatard. You will want to use your 6 digit student number (do not add @bishopchatard) and your regular password.

COMMON APPLICATION: You can complete the majority of your Common Application now and save it! You will then be able to pull it up when applications go live on August 1 and have a head start on completing the process. Set up your account today.

SENIOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Don’t forget to complete your Senior Autobiography ASAP. You have to access it from your BCHS gmail in order for it to work. This helps with letters of recommendation for colleges, scholarships, and special opportunities. Be sure to click “Send me a copy of my responses” so that you can forward the information to your recommenders. The more fully you answer these questions, the more detailed your letter can be.

COLLEGE VISITS: We recommend that you plan college visits for the afternoon following Living Rosary (October 3) and for PSAT Day (October 10). Fall Break is October 25-29. Colleges typically want you to sign up online for a specific visit or special program. Visits are excused absences if you have to miss school. You will need to be called in the morning of your absence and bring a school excuse form to Mrs. Kaminski when you return. Feel free to contact coaches, academic departments, professors, etc. after you have scheduled your visit to set up additional meetings to make the most of your time on campus.

COLLEGE MEETINGS: College reps are scheduled to visit BCHS this year. A full schedule is available at https://counseling.bishopchatard.org/college-reps/. Sign-up information will be available soon.

PEER RECOMMENDATION FORM: Great news! Do you love your classmates in the class of 2019? You can now provide information for the letters of recommendation we send to colleges. Complete this form so we can share w colleges. Challenge: Take time to complete a form for someone you admire with whom you are not close friends.

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER: If you are interested in participating in NCAA Athletics, the NCAA Eligibility Center has a wealth of information for you: 

AUGUST TO-DO LIST:

  • Sign up with Parchment.com. This is for transcripts. You do not need to complete the student activities, grades, etc. Request your transcript to be sent to all schools that are not on Common Application.
  • Stay organized to make the college application and decision process less stressful.
  • Make sure you have all application websites and forms required for college admission and financial aid. Update your calendar with all deadlines for your applications and financial aid.
  • Complete the Lilly Nominee Application Form by August 15 if you plan to apply to be one of BCHS’ nominees.
  • SEND YOUR ACT/SAT SCORES DIRECTLY TO COLLEGES. You can do this through your College Board and ACT accounts.
  • Register for the ACT or SAT or SAT Subject Tests if needed.
  • Register for the CSSProfile financial aid form if needed.
  • If your college applications require recommendation letters, ask teachers to write one on your behalf. Please allow teachers at least 3 weeks to complete your recommendation. Provide recommendation forms and any special instructions. Write a thank you letter to the teacher afterward.