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College Counseling

Search Counseling:

Oct 15: Early Action and Early Decision deadline for college applications

Oct 16: PSAT Testing – Senior College Visit day

College Admissions offices tend to receive many requests for campus visits on this day. Call and schedule your student’s visit early. (This is PSAT testing day for all other students.)

Oct 16: SAT Test at BCHS for Seniors only

Seniors: Check email from Mr. Reilly for details

Oct 18: Due date for all E-transcripts, ESSR, and scholarship applications to be processed prior to November 1

Oct 22: NACAC Indianapolis National Visual & Performing Arts Fair

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Butler University

Oct 26: ACT Test Date

Oct 29: College Financial Aid Information Night at BCHS

This program for parents/guardians is in conjunction with Progress Report Night.

Nov 01: Most common deadline for college applications

Submit and complete your application by this date to receive maximum consideration for both admission and scholarships.

Nov 02: SAT Test is hosted at Bishop Chatard

Nov 20: Alumni Career Lunch

This presentation during lunch periods features Mike Jansen, ’81, speaking on his journey to video production and Colt’s stadium announcer. Free lunch is provided. Signup is required.

Details and signup

Dec 01: Priority date for filing your FAFSA.

Students must file in order to be eligible for both Indiana and Federal Student Aid.

Dec 07: SAT Test is hosted at Bishop Chatard

Dec 14: ACT Test Date

Feb 08: ACT Test Date

Mar 09: Greater Indianapolis Southside Fair

6:30-8:00 PM, University of Indianapolis

Mar 10: Northeast Indianapolis College Fair

6:30 – 8:00 PM, Lawrence North High School

Mar 14: SAT Test is hosted at Bishop Chatard

Apr 04: ACT Test Date

May 01: National College Decision Day

You must submit a deposit to your school of choice to hold your spot in the incoming class.

May 02: SAT Test is hosted at Bishop Chatard

May 14: Baccalaureate Mass, 6:30 p.m.

May 17: Commencement for the Class of 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Jun 13: ACT Test Date

Jul 18: ACT Test Date

Oct 15 2019, Tuesday
  • 7:50 am Capital University Meeting

  • 11:40 am Xavier University meeting

  • 12:05 pm University of Evansville Meeting

Oct 18 2019, Friday
  • 10:30 am Hampden-Sydney College Meeting

  • 11:00 am Bucknell University Meeting

Oct 23 2019, Wednesday
  • 8:55 am Trine University Meeting

Nov 8 2019, Friday
  • 7:50 am Gettysburg College Meeting

Why should I attend a College Rep Session?

  1. Many colleges track students’ demonstrated interest. (If a student shows up at the high school meeting, it goes into the application record and can help chances of admission or scholarship. It is a reality of the admissions process these days.)
  2. This is a great chance for you to find out whether schools are a good fit for your academic statistics (GPA and test scores) and desired majors.
  3. These meetings help to make you aware of deadlines, special scholarships, and important information regarding your applications to your top choice schools.
  4. You will be able to expand your horizons to hear about some schools that you may not have previously considered.
  5. View the College Rep Calendar

College Fairs: when are they, do you have any tips?

College Fairs are events where students of any grade can get acquainted with the multiple colleges at the fair in one evening or afternoon. BCHS  posts College Fair information we receive during the school year.

View list of 2019/2020 College Fairs

We recommend this article from the University of Colorado for tips and top questions to ask at a college fair.

View College Fair Tips


How can I get quick information about college items?

A really good way to view upcoming and new items is to follow Mrs. Nixon’s and the College Counseling twitter, @BCHSCollege. Mrs. Nixon tweets on many topics, some not found on this website. Of course, checking this website will help you find college, career and scholarship topics too, many not found in her tweets.

As a senior, where should I look for information?

For the dates of BCHS events during your senior year, general BCHS senior questions and announcements, always check, commonly referred to as the ‘Senior Page’ on the main website. This also contains a ‘College’ section, with BCHS specific timeline and procedures.

For general college information, college tests, career information, questions and other opportunities, such as College Rep Visits and Open Houses, you are at the right place! This website will post these and other information as they become available.

How can I start thinking about which college to attend?

Here is one suggestion from Ruth P., from Louisville U.:

I made 4 lists that were the backbone of my search. The first contained my extracurricular activities, skills/abilities, leadership roles, community service, honors/talents and awards. The second held potential effective recommenders. The third consisted of scholarships that I qualified to apply for, based on my ACT score and GPA. And, finally, the fourth, a list of colleges that fit my intended major.

I turned the first list into a resume, the second into actual recommendations, the third into applications that I filled and submitted, and the fourth into colleges that I applied to, based on my intended program/major.

After getting accepted into my college choices, I then made the decisions considering “location, tuition, advantage of my intended program/major, involvement opportunities.”

Taylor Keasey, BCHS Class of 2016, offers her advice:

  1. Take the SAT/ACT early, beginning in your junior year, and often, to get the best score.
  2. Make sure you let your parents help you. This is a new beginning for them too. They are there to help and are more than willing.
  3. Take a deep breath and take it one thing at a time.

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