Seniors

Welcome Class of 2019

College Financial Aid Information Session: Oct. 23

All parents of current seniors are encouraged to attend a College Financial Aid Session on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kyle Guyton Theatre. This is also Progress Report Night at the school.

Plan to attend this informative night, where the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be explained. Other college financial aid specifics will also be presented.

College Reps Meetings

Registration is now open to attend meetings with various College Reps scheduled throughout the fall.
View Details and registration info
View the College Rep Schedule

Immunization Requirements for Seniors

It is a state requirement to have both the Meningococcal vaccine as well as the booster documentation on file before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Please provide proof of the immunization to the Bishop Chatard High School Nursing Office. Records may be faxed to 317-251-3648 or emailed to vlorenzano@bishopchatard.org. Many colleges also require this documentation. Thank you for helping to keep your student healthy!


  • Visit your school counselor often to keep her up-to-date with your plans.
  • Check this webpage, the Counseling Blog and the websites of those colleges that interest you throughout the year for information on deadlines, scholarship opportunities, visit days, open houses, etc
  • Complete all scholarship and college applications online and in a timely manner. Allow 10 full working days for processing of e-Transcripts, Electronic Secondary School Reports (ESSR) and recommendations.
  • Know your deadlines and be courteous! Always request letters of recommendation from teachers in advance, at least 10 full working days.
  • Note special deadlines for processing Etranscripts, ESSR and recommendations: Oct. 12, 2018 to process before Nov. 1; Nov. 5, 2018 to process before Thanksgiving break; Dec. 4, 2018, before Christmas break.
  • Bring documentation of scholarships and college acceptances to the guidance office for publication
  • Visit the School Counseling Office for helpful information on colleges, majors, careers and college reps visits to BCHS.
  • Visit this senior page and Counseling Website often for up-to-date information concerning your student and senior activities.
  • Remind your senior of approaching deadlines. Help your student keep track of college and scholarship applications.
  • Provide credit card information, if needed, for online applications
  • Encourage your senior to write ‘thank you’ notes to teachers who provide recommendations
  • Remind your senior to bring documentation of scholarships and college acceptances to the guidance office.
  • Provide advice and direction on post-secondary options.
  • Post and update information on college reps visits, colleges, scholarships, and deadlines on the Counseling Website.
  • Process transcripts, ESSR, and letters of recommendation when requested by the student. Process within 10 full working days, following deadlines above.
  • Post all scholarship and college acceptance information as documentation is provided and
    update regularly.
Pam Nixon Pam Nixon
College Counselor, Grades 9-12
pnixon@bishopchatard.org
317-251-1451, ext 2262
Bring your college acceptance letters and your scholarship awards letters to the BCHS Counseling Office!

Class of 2018 College Acceptance and Scholarship list

For scholarship opportunities, college rep visit schedule, college fairs and more:
Visit the College Counseling Website

BCHS College Information for Seniors

  • Wednesday, August 1: First day that seniors can submit college applications and request transcripts.
    Students must make the request through Parchment or Naviance. Login instructions will be sent to all seniors by July 31.

    • Use an email address that is NOT your BCHS email when registering.
    • You must request a transcript for each college you are applying to.

    Parents: Do NOT register your student! Students must register themselves.

  • Fall: SAT and/or ACT tests are given during the fall. See the Counseling Blog for testing dates.
  • August-October: Watch priority deadlines for university applications very carefully during the fall semester. Many universities, including IU and Purdue, have priority deadlines in the fall.
  • Monday, October 1: First day to begin filing your FAFSA (free application for federal student aid). The sooner you apply, the better.
  • Wednesday, October 3: Many seniors take this opportunity to visit nearby colleges after dismissal from the Living Rosary, which is in the morning.
  • Wednesday, October 10: Campus Visit Day for seniors. 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.)
  • Friday, October 12: Due date for all E-transcripts, ESSR, and scholarship applications to be processed prior to November 1.
  • Tuesday, October 23: Parent/Guardian College Financial Aid Information Night at BCHS. This is in conjunction with Progress Report Night.
  • Monday, November 5: Due date for all E-transcripts, ESSR, and scholarship applications to be processed prior to Thanksgiving Break.
  • Saturday, December 1: Priority date for filing your FAFSA. Students must file in order to be eligible for both Indiana and Federal Student Aid.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4: Due date for all E-transcripts, ESSR, and scholarship applications to be processed prior to Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, May 1: National College Decision Day. You must submit a deposit to your school of choice to hold your spot in the incoming class.
For several months in early fall, representatives from various colleges come to BCHS and are available for you to talk to. These visits are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students must signup in advance to attend.
Information and registration details
Meeting Schedule

Why attend a College Rep Meeting?

  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.

Nothing helps students and families more in the college search process than making an official college visit to schools of interest. Many college visits can take place on non-BCHS school days, but there are times when it is necessary to take a day off of school.

Every senior should try to take advantage of the opportunity to visit a college when the underclassmen take the PSAT/PLAN exams, usually in early-mid October. Seniors may choose to use additional days for college visits according to the following guidelines:

  • Parents need to call the school regarding the student’s absence on the day of the college visit.
  • In order for the absence to be considered excused, upon return, the student must provide verification to the main office of the date, time and duration of the college visit that he or she has made.
  • Students must be in good standing with a satisfactory attendance record and adhere to the guidelines regarding visits.
Juniors are permitted a limited number of college-visit days.
Helpful Hints for College Visit from the Counseling Website

Updated July 2018 from the Student Handbook

  • The majority of colleges require that test scores be sent directly from the testing company. Check to make sure you know the policy for each application you are submitting.
  • If you entered the BCHS school code (151654) when you registered for the SAT/ACT, your scores were sent to BCHS. We put them on your transcript. Very few colleges accept test scores from your transcript. It’s your responsibility to know.
  • Don’t forget: if you are retaking the SAT/ACT this fall and you have already applied to colleges in August, send your new scores directly to those colleges. Make this request through act.org (ACT) or collegeboard.com (SAT) when you register for the re-tests.
If you qualify for an SAT/ACT waiver (free/reduced lunch), you may also qualify for application fee waivers. See Mrs. Nixon for fee waiver details.
  • Potential Division I and Division II athletes MUST register at the NCAA Eligibility Center. You can do this at ncaa.org
  • SAT/ACT scores must be sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing companies.
  • The Bishop Chatard NCAA code is 9999.
  • National College Decision Day is May 1, 2018.

College Athletic Recruiting and Records Release

College coaches often ask BCHS for copies of your current transcript as part of their eligibility screening process. You can complete our Record Release Form now in order to save yourself a step later. Return completed form to the Guidance Office.

Online Record Release through the NCAA Eligibility Center

Any student-athlete wishing to participate in collegiate athletics at the Division I or Division II level MUST create an account with the NCAA Eligibility Center (ncaa.org) and complete an online release on that website. This is also the main resource for students seeking to play sports in college.
Go to the NCAA.org website

Sports In College Information on the BCHS Website

Visit the BCHS College Athletics Resource Center for college athletic links that the BCHS athletics department has collected.

NCAA Information

The 2point3 website contains NCAA GPA and academic standards.

  • College Financial Aid Information Night for parents will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in conjunction with Progress Report Night. This is held at BCHS.
  • In order to be eligible for both Indiana and Federal Student Aid, a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form must be completed and submitted.
  • Apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • There is no fee for completing and submitting the FAFSA.
  • Application opens on October 1, 2018. Please use the data retrieval tool for your 2017 taxes.
  • It is recommended that you complete submission of your FAFSA by December 1, 2018.

Applying to College

Before Beginning

  • Have a decent email address before starting your applications or create a new email specifically for college applications. Check this email often. Do NOT use your BCHS email for college/scholarship applications.
  • Get a sheet of paper or a small notebook where you will write down all your usernames and
    passwords. Keep it next to your computer and never move it!
  • Use the same usernames and passwords as much as possible.

Application Tips

  • Apply from the college’s website. Look for ‘admissions’ or ‘apply here’. Have a credit card
    number ready – most charge a fee; some are free.
  • TAKE YOUR TIME! READ EVERYTHING ON THE APPLICATION. SPELL EVERYTHING
    PROPERLY.
  • Allow at least ONE HOUR for each application. ‘Save’ often and go back, if you
    need to! Never hit ‘send’ or ‘submit’ unless you are certain your application is perfect!
  • If the application asks whether you ‘waive your right to access your application’ once it’s submitted, mark ‘YES’.

Common Application

Parchment

Many colleges, but not all, accept the common application. You complete the common application online, then send to as many schools as you like.

Specific college websites will let you know if they use the application; there is also a list of schools on the common application website.

  • A recommendation letter and essay are required with the Common Application.
  • For teacher recommendations, teachers will get an email from the Common Application with recommendation instructions.
  • A counselor recommendation will be sent automatically when you request your transcript through Common Application.
  • Please ask teachers if they are willing to write a letter for you before you enter their information in the Common Application.
If you qualify for an SAT/ACT waiver (free/reduced lunch), you may also qualify for application fee waivers. See your guidance counselor for fee waiver details.

Transcripts

Parchment Transcript Service click here to enter the software

For colleges that do not participate in the Common Application, you will need to set up a Parchment account to send your transcript to the school.

TERMS: Transcript = Your OFFICIAL record of grades, GPA, SAT/ACT scores
ESSR = Electronic Secondary School Report

For colleges that do not participate in the Common Application, you will need to set up a Parchment account to send your transcript to the school.

  1. Go to www.Parchment.com,, click on signup and create your account.
  2. Remember your username and password.
  3. You will need to enter only your basic information before going to “Order” in the top right corner.
  4. On the ‘order’ page, enter Bishop Chatard as your school. Then, select the colleges who will be receiving your transcript.
  5. You will have to confirm your orders and then click the $0.00 button to have the transcripts sent.
  6. Stop by to see Mrs. Nixon or Mrs. Alerding if you want to confirm whether your request went through.
  7. You can do this before you complete your applications; they will match your transcript with your application when you apply.
Always allow 10 full working days for your e-transcript and ESSR to be processed!

Request Deadlines

Friday, October 12, 2018, is the due date for all E-transcripts, ESSR, and scholarship applications to be processed before November 1 deadlines.
Monday, November 5, 2018, is the due date for all E-transcripts, ESSR, and scholarship applications to be processed prior to Thanksgiving Break.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, is the due date for all E-Transcripts, ESSR, and scholarship applications to be processed prior to Christmas Break.

 

Application Essays

Essays are not required for all applications. Specifics for essay topics will be on the application. Take your time to write a great essay with ABSOLUTELY NO GRAMMATICAL OR SPELLING ERRORS! Ask your English teacher or guidance counselor to proofread it.

Letters of Recommendation

These are not required for all applications. The application will let you know whether or not it’s required. Letters of recommendation can be a very important part of the application.

Give those you’ve asked AT LEAST 2 WEEKS to write the letter.
  • You want to select a teacher with whom you had a good rapport, in whose class you participated a lot, in whose class you got a great grade, or possibly in the subject you’re interested in majoring in.
  • Use the blue Recommendation Letter Request form, available outside the Guidance Office,
    whenever you need a letter.
  • Complete the form with as much information as possible so the
    teacher can write a great letter. ASK the teacher if they will write the letter for you, then hand
    them the form, which also serves as a visual reminder for them.
  • Give those you’ve asked AT LEAST 2 WEEKS to write the letter. The teacher will bring the letter of recommendation to the Guidance Office and we will mail it.

 

Counselor Recommendation Forms & ESSRs

  • For Indiana Colleges: Request for these comes to your guidance counselor automatically when you request your transcript through Parchment.
  • For Colleges outside of Indiana: Many requests for these will come automatically through Parchment but not all – read the instructions!
  • Common Application: Guidance counselors are notified via email and we submit online.
  • Potential Division I and Division II athletes MUST register at the NCAA Eligibility Center. You can do this at ncaa.org
  • SAT/ACT scores must be sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing companies.
  • The Bishop Chatard NCAA code is 9999.
  • National College Decision Day is May 1, 2017.

College Athletic Recruiting and Records Release

College coaches often ask BCHS for copies of your current transcript as part of their eligibility screening process. You can complete our Record Release Form now in order to save yourself a step later. Return completed form to the Guidance Office.

Online Record Release through the NCAA Eligibility Center

Any student-athlete wishing to participate in collegiate athletics at the Division I or Division II level MUST create an account with the NCAA Eligibility Center (ncaa.org) and complete an online release on that website. This is also the main resource for students seeking to play sports in college.
Go to the NCAA.org website

Sports In College Information on the BCHS Website

Visit the BCHS College Athletics Resource Center for college athletic links that the BCHS athletics department has collected.

NCAA Information

The 2point3 website contains NCAA GPA and academic standards.

Attention @BishopChatardHS Classes of 2019 and 2021 parents. RSVP for upcoming Chatard-A-Bration gift-gathering parties! Enjoy a fab Fall evening with fellow BCHS parents. Senior Class party is Oct. 13; Sophomore party is Oct. 20. Visit bishopchatard.org/giving/chat… for more info. pic.twitter.com/0lHaaV78gV

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