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College Counseling

Class of 2021 August College Counseling Newsletter

08/12/2020

Welcome back to school! Information to kick off the year is below. Please contact Mrs. Nixon if you have any questions.

  1. Please complete this form and submit prior to 8:00 am on Monday, August 17, 2020 to participate in an application process to be one of Bishop Chatard’s nominees for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Applications are due by Monday, August 17, 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 2020 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. CICF review criteria: 10% essay, 15% academics, 20% interview, 20% resume of activities, 30% financial need. Please contact Mrs. Nixon with questions.
  2. Scoir has replaced Naviance as our college search and application resource. Before you go any further in your college search, you should complete the YouScience career assessment under Careers and the college search under Colleges. You can log in with your BCHS account under Log in with Google. 
  3. Class of 2021 Summa Cum Laude students need to review the Program Requirements for the program. We will have individual meetings prior to September 20; look for an email with details. If you are opting out of Summa, please email Mrs. Nixon to let her know.
  4. There will be a National Honor Society meeting in September. Please check your email for details.
  5. Please complete your College Autobiography ASAP. This helps teachers write letters of recommendation for your college applications. After you complete it, you should ask them in person whether they are willing to write a recommendation for you. Then, send them the copies of your College Autobiography responses.
  6. Colleges will not be visiting Bishop Chatard in person this fall. You can still connect with them! We have set up virtual college meetings with our reps; you can access the calendar of events and meeting links through your Scoir account.There are also opportunities to visit colleges through their virtual programs, which can be found on their websites. The National Association of College Admission Counselors is hosting virtual college fairs (multiple dates; see link) this fall. The Indiana Association of College Admission Counselors is hosting a Virtual College Exploration Program with sessions running from October 5-22. Registration will open around September 8; the link will be available soon. 
  7. Please complete your Common Application as soon as possible. If you are overwhelmed by how to start the application, check out this helpful guide. When you get to the questions about our school, please indicate that we have A-F grading on a 4.0 weighted scale. There are 174 students in your class and we do not rank. You have to list Mrs. Nixon as your counselor in order for all of the proper paperwork to be submitted. Do not list anyone as your Advisor. If you are applying to a school that asks you to enter your grades (i.e., Purdue), enter No Grade and 0 credits for the Final, but put your grades and credits for S1 and S2 as they appear on your transcript.
  8. Not all schools use the Common Application; you can also use the applications available on their websites or the Coalition Application. Remember, if a school does not accept the Common Application, you will need to apply through the college’s website and request your transcript through Parchment. You must request a transcript to be sent to each college or university through Common Application or Parchment.
  9. For 2021, most colleges are not requiring the SAT and ACT. A list of schools who do not require test scores is available here. If you are applying to a school that is still requiring scores, please let Mrs. Nixon know. Also, there are still certain majors and scholarship programs that require tests at schools not requiring tests for admission. If you do choose to take a test, remember that free online test prep tools are available through Khan Academy for SAT and ACT Academy. It is important that you send your scores directly from the testing service through your CollegeBoard and ACT accounts. Take advantage of the free score sends when you register. You must send your test scores to each college or university directly from the testing service. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you also qualify for test fee waivers. See Mrs. Nixon to access your code.
  10. Most campuses are closed to visitors as a result of the virus. All colleges and universities should have virtual tours available. To make a physical visit and visit a college during a school day, register in advance on the college website. Have your family call you in the morning of your absence. When you return from your absence, take confirmation of your attendance or your itinerary for the day to Mrs. Kaminski. If you need a pre-arranged absence form for an extended absence, see Mr. Reilly. Colleges have admission counselors assigned to work with Bishop Chatard students; you should be able to determine our rep by going to the website and clicking a link similar to “Find My Counselor.” This person is your resource and your advocate; utilize them!
  11. If you are pursuing college athletics, please register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (NCAA Division I and II), NAIA Eligibility Center (NAIA), and/or NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). NCAA Division III athletes do not need to register.
  12. There are over 1,700 colleges that have Army ROTC on campus. For a complete list of all ROTC colleges, look over this link. Many of these programs have early deadlines; be sure to apply as soon as possible. 
  13. Scholarships and Financial Aid: You can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1 at fafsa.ed.gov. You will be reviewed for financial aid based on your 2019 tax information. If your income has changed drastically from 2019 to 2020, or if you have special circumstances, please contact each college or university for assistance. We recommend fastweb.com, RaiseMe, and CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships for outside scholarship searches.
  14. The Miami University Bridges Program invites high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations, as well as students who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity, to engage with current students, faculty, and staff for an inside look of Miami University for prospective students. Apply by September 28 if interested. 
  15. The Indiana University Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to selected underrepresented Indiana college students from matriculation to graduation and beyond. To see if you are eligible to apply, review the GROUPS 2021 Student Application. See Mrs. Nixon if you are interested in applying. To be considered, you must complete the Groups Application, the IU application for admission, and the FAFSA prior to November 1. 

Thank you to our friends at Marian University for supporting Bishop Chatard students.