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College Counseling

School Counseling Newsletter

Class of 2022 August College Counseling Newsletter

  • 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. 
  • Please complete your Common Application as soon as possible. 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 157 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. 
  • When applying to schools, please do not wait for letters of recommendation, transcripts, or counselor forms to be added to your application file before you click submit. You can click submit as soon as you finish everything; the colleges will add the other materials to your file when they arrive.
  • 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. 
  • Your senior grades are so important when you apply to college. Admission reps frequently reach out to our office to check on your current senior grades when they are trying to make a decision, so please don’t wait to submit any missing assignments or test corrections. We want to give the schools more reasons to admit you, and an upward grade trend is a good reason!
  • 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.
  • There are several area College Fairs that will be helpful in learning more information about your colleges and universities of interest. More details are available here
  • College reps are visiting Bishop Chatard this year unless Marion County mandates a change in our policy. You can access the calendar of events through your Scoir account. Please register for the college visit in advance through Scoir so we can choose a space that will accommodate everyone. We are utilizing parent/guardian volunteers to help with college meetings this year. Parents can sign up here to participate. 
  • Again in 2022, some colleges are not requiring the SAT and ACT. A list of schools who do not require test scores is available here. There are still certain majors and scholarship programs that require tests at schools not requiring tests for admission. Many colleges and universities have changed their policies about whether you are allowed to change your test optional selection after your application has been submitted. Check with each school to which you are applying to ensure that you are choosing the option that is more advantageous to your admission and scholarship decisions.
  • 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.
  • Many campuses are allowing physical visits to campus. 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. Fagan or Mr. Reilly. 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! There are also opportunities to visit colleges through their virtual programs, which can be found on their websites. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid: You can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1 at 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, RaiseMe, and CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships for outside scholarship searches.

Stress Management


It’s inevitable that we all experience stress in our daily lives.  Some stress is actually good for us but too much stress can be harmful.  Check out the special edition School Counseling Newsletter November 2016 specifically addressing stress and how to effectively manage it.

Inside you will learn about…
  • Tips for staying healthy
  • How to create a stress plan
  • Who you can talk to if you are stressed
  • Apps to help you identify and manage your stress/anxiety
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • And more!
Have any questions?  Stop by the Guidance Office and talk to your School Counselor!