Mrs. Nixon and students discussing college information

College Counseling

June College Counseling Newsletter for the Class of 2022

06/03/2021

Happy Summer! Information to prepare for college application season is below. Please contact Mrs. Nixon if you have any questions.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. You will receive a personalized list of your requested courses for senior year and other information regarding the diploma you are working toward in the next two weeks. Senior year, schedules often change throughout the summer based on the specialized nature and availability of senior courses. 
  4. For 2021, some colleges are still not requiring the SAT and ACT. There are still certain majors and scholarship programs that require tests at schools not requiring tests for admission. Please work with each school to determine what their requirements are. We encourage you to still take a test in order to be well-prepared for any application. 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.
  5. Many colleges and universities have a combination of in-person and virtual tours available. To make a physical visit to a college, register in advance on the college website. Have your family call you in the morning of your absence. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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 2020 tax information. If your income has changed drastically from 2020 to 2021, 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.
  9. The Indiana University Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to selected underrepresented Indiana college students from matriculation to graduation and beyond. While the requirements may change this year, it might be helpful to review the GROUPS 2021 Student Application to see what the requirements were last year. To be considered, you must complete the Groups Application, the IU application for admission, and the FAFSA prior to November 1. 
  10. Questions? Set up a personal meeting with Mrs. Nixon here: https://calendly.com/pnixon/college-counseling-meetings-2020-21