Education opens the door to a world of opportunity. A 4-year Bachelor’s degree will increase your salary by 85%! Besides the financial incentive, attending college will allow you to discover who you are, explore new ideas, and make new friends.
What to do to prepare?
- Take AP or Dual Credit Classes at BHHS next year
- Take the ACT or SAT (SAT @ BHHS October 1st- register online)
- Get involved in extra-curricular activities
- Visit Colleges
- Apply to the schools of your choice
- Keep your grades up!
Trips and Visits 2016-2017
- College Reps will be visiting the Bruin Center
- Southern Oregon University January 17 at 11:00 am
- The Oregon Public University Tour February 13 at 8:30 (gym)
- Trips available to visit college campuses
- More to come!
COLLEGE PREP & ADMISSION
The information provided by the BHHS Guidance & Counseling office is based upon information from the Oregon University System. This information is broad based to cover all institutions but information will vary from college to college, public to private, from state to state. For very specific requirements use the Bruin Career Center’s catalogs and on-line resources to review the individual college’s requirements, or contact a college admission adviser directly.
RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL COURSEWORK FOR COLLEGE PREP
Note that the recommendations are for YEARS in high school not credits. Courses, even high school credit given, are generally not viewed by colleges as counting towards college prep requirements. The expectation is that each year you are in high school you would be taking at least one, if not more, of these core classes. In addition colleges say they want to see at least a ‘C’ grade in core classes. For more information on how college view your transcripts and course work read the articles and FAQ links on this website.
• English: 4 years, including literature and one year of composition/writing
• Mathematics: 4 years, including algebra, geometry, algebra II and pre-calculus
• Science: 4 years, including biology, physical science, chemistry,
• Social Studies: 3 years, including US history, government and economics
• Foreign Language: 2-4 years of a single language
• Electives: advanced and rigorous (challenging) 2 years
COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
No one pattern of preparation will invariably meet admission requirements at all colleges. A four-year comprehensive and balanced program in the major academic subjects is strongly advised and will meet most college requirements and/or recommendations. Colleges look at what BHHS offers and compares it to what you selected. Did you choose rigorous courses or take the ‘easy’ classes senior year? Students need to refer to computer programs and college catalogs in the Career Center for information on specific colleges. Go to the admissions page of the University you are interested in to view the admission requirements:
• Portland State University
• Oregon State University
• University of Oregon
• Western Oregon University
• Eastern Oregon University
• Southern Oregon University
• Oregon Tech (OIT)
Private schools have varying entrance requirements but are mainly looking for students who avail themselves of the opportunity to take as many academically rigorous and enrichment challenging courses as BHHS offers.
Some Oregon private schools are:
- Art Institute of Portland
- Concordia University
- Corban University
- George Fox Univeristy
- Lewis & Clark
- Linfield College
- New Hope Christian College
- Northwest Christian College
- Pacific University
- Reed College
- Willamette University
HIGHLY COMPETITIVE COLLEGES
Students considering highly competitive colleges should give special attention to their selection in mathematics, social studies, science (including two of these: biology, chemistry, physics), foreign language, and English, including a year of composition/writing. In addition, some schools are requiring a fine arts credit and computer competency. Highly competitive colleges will expect a student to have taken a rigorous selection of courses. For further information, please contact the college of interest and a BHHS counselor.
Using guidelines established by the majority of post secondary institutions, each post secondary application usually needs to be accompanied by a copy of the high school transcript.
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Two weeks (10 school days) prior to the application deadline submit the following materials to the BHHS Guidance & Counseling office.
- Recommendation information or form to be filled out. Stop by the guidance office to pick up the form.
- Your high school Activity Chart from a portfolio or CIS
- Your CIS Resume
- Due date of the recommendation
BHHS Guidance & Counseling will mail, e-mail or return the information to the student based upon the request by the due date.
OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
All transcript requests must be in writing. One for can be used for several colleges, or scholarship requests. It is important that each request form be filled out completely; making sure to include the address of the college for which the transcript is being requested. Each student must sign and date each request. Transcript request forms should be given to the Registrar, who will process each request and then return or mail off the transcript. Remember, in order for a transcript to be considered “official” it must be in a sealed and stamped BHHS envelope.
It is important to plan ahead if a deadline has to be met; it takes approximately a week to ten days from the date of the transcript request is received to process and mail the transcript.
ALL Seniors must put in a transcript mailing request at the end of the as to where they want their final official transcript sent to. This does not automatically occur.
$$ Financial Aid $$
There are ways to pay for your higher education…….
- Federal Assistance
- Work Study
- Military Service
FAFSA Complete FAFSA in October this year! Early birds get the chance at more money. Apply online @ www.fafsa.ed.gov
Log into your CIS account and choose school sort or specific schools to find valuable information about each one. You can also go to each schools website and look up this information.
While researching consider the following:
- Public or Private
- Student Life
- Does the school have the major or degree program you want
*Community Colleges offer many types of training programs, certificates, AA degrees as well as the 2-year transfer degree program that will allow you to transfer right into a 4-year college or university once you complete the program.
*Colleges typically offer Bachelor degrees but some also offer Masters.
*Universities offer Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees. Some schools offer ROTC programs. These programs can help offset or pay for your college education.
What are Colleges Looking for?
Two of the most important considerations for college admissions and academic scholarships are GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Some colleges weight AP, Honors, and Dual Credit Courses so if you score a B+ it will count more like you got an A-. Turning your GPA around in your junior and senior years if needed will have an impact on your admissions. If you have a learning disability or something else in your life that has hurt your academics, you should mention it in your personal essay or have one of your recommendations write it in their letters. After you are accepted to a college, don’t slack off the rest of your senior year! Many college acceptance letters are contingent on you maintaining your current GPA and courses that you listed on your application.