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UC Admission Updates COVID-19 - Juniors and Seniors 

“The University has temporarily suspended some of its requirements for admitted students to ensure that they are able to enroll as planned. It also expects to work with students to adjust financial aid packages if family financial circumstances have changed.

In addition, UC has temporarily relaxed some undergraduate admissions policies to ensure high school and transfer students are not penalized by their inability to earn letter grades for academic classes or take standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.” To access the full information and website visit: UC Admissions

UC Admissions

Admission Considerations During COVID-19

“Context is the piece of information provided that a college will take into consideration when making decisions. So while you may not be able to take an SAT or ACT, or obtain an official transcript, or play in your sport this Spring, remember this word. Because colleges will not fault a student for something that is completely out of their control. They will instead, consider the context.” Click here to visit the full post.

 
College Admission Testing - SAT/ACT
Cancellations - Check directly with College Board and/or ACT
Tip: Register early for future test sittings 
 
 
AP Testing
Please note: College Board will have more updates by April 3rd, regarding testing format + dates.
 
State testing has been waived by the Federal Government.
 
Home Testing Tips and Support
 

Also visit our BHHS College Center for additional college preparation and planning information and support.

SAT/ACT cancellations - How to work around and what you need to know

 

The March SAT and April ACT have been cancelled due to COVID-19 and the health and safety of others. If you're a junior and have had a set game plan, or were just planning on winging it as a start (we get it!), you might be a bit unsure as to how to even take your next step. 

 

First, take a breath. What is important to remember is that ultimately colleges will be mindful of global pandemics and unforeseen events that can cause a major rift in access to completing a piece of the admission process. College Board announced they will be adding more SAT testing dates, we don't know when, but there are also future test dates well into the fall of senior year that will still be acceptable for college applications. ACT is also offering to shift your testing date for free if you signed up for the April exam to June or later. For example, the UCs will accept test scores up until December of senior year (safely most students can take up until the October exam for a majority of deadlines) 

 

Second, think about your specific testing plan. 

If you were already studying and planning on taking the March or April exams and now have a break, create a consistent strategy to maintain the preparation you have done for these exams. 

 

Keep in mind, as you are home learning, you will need to balance an entirely new schedule of all of your classes from home, homework, your sanity and wellness, a.k.a getting some Vitamin D when you can (all while maintaining social distancing). 

 

It is important to weave in SAT/ACT prep that maintains the work you've done so you can stay prepared for an exam now further than you expected. This could look like one hour a week of home SAT/ACT learning. You can use free online services such as Kahn Academy or Number 2 ACTIncorporate one or two full practice exams as well. There are free downloadable ones online, or you can see if a local test prep company offers it online as well and will time you remotely. 

 

Remind yourself that a bulk of your knowledge surrounding these exams have come from your school curriculum. So rather than thinking you'll lose all of the knowledge, continuing fine tune studying/practicing on the problems or areas that you need growth. This could look like practicing those Algebra equations or reading comprehension. 

 

If you were planning on taking the SAT or ACT later that is okay too! Same rules apply, build consistent testing momentum, work on the areas most needed and incorporate practice exams.

 

If you were planning on taking SAT Subject Tests, keep in mind that you may shift those until later to prioritize the SAT, or the other way around. Remember, testing is unique to EACH student. So what one student is doing doesn't necessarily something you might need to you. 

 

BTW, subject tests are by and large NOT required by most universities, read this post from Compass to gain a better perspective.

 

Lastly, don't forget to check out test optional collegesThese are colleges that do not require SAT/ACT for admissions. Not grade optional, so do ensure you keep up your home learning. 

 

Information, dates and news will continue to change, so do check reputable sources (College Board and ACT) directly for information. Search ACT or College Board in your email search bar to sift through the clutter. 

Seniors,

On behalf of the college center, I am wishing you all safety and health. The college center will continue to send college admission support and updates as decisions continue to roll out and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


Important: Students who have applied ED I/II, Restrictive Early Action or to a binding decision plan
If you have applied to a binding early or restrictive decision plan, keep in mind if you have been accepted into your university of choice you need to withdraw all of your other application deadlines.

Keep in mind, as you, your counselor and parent/guardian signed an early decision/agreement plan, maintaining an honor code with your decision plan is incredibly important. If there are specific circumstances (financial, etc.) please do reach out directly to the college center, the college and/or your counselor to further discuss options.

As you withdraw your other pending applications or acceptances, you allow space for others to either be admitted or pulled off the waitlist. Please note, while it is nice to hear more decisions and acceptances, if you already have a guaranteed committed spot on your college campus, it is important to notify other admission offices.

Please update your college decisions in Naviance As we transition into online learning, it is even more important for your counselors and the college center to be up-to-date with your college decisions. Please update ALL decisions including waitlist, denials, acceptances and every college you applied to. Log in to Naviance via Clever with your BHUSD gmail accounts.

The college center will continue to send emails and resources to the Class of 2020 including the following information:

  • Four year colleges: Acceptances, waitlist information and next steps
  • Community colleges: Enrollment + tips
  • Resources for seniors  
As you prepare for online learning, keep in mind that moderation is key and setting up a consistent schedule can keep some stability in your coursework and sanity :) Ensure you set up a space in your house set aside from others where you can complete your coursework online and take breaks as needed.

Best,
Ms. Rowley

Juniors,

On behalf of the college center, I am wishing you all safety and health. The college center will continue to send college admission preparation and planning, plus online tools to keep you connected during our time away.

As you prepare for online learning, and take a look at the resources below, keep in mind that moderation is key and setting up a consistent schedule can keep some stability in your coursework and sanity :) Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and without further ado, here are top online resources to research and tour colleges from the comfort of your home.


All you need to a tour a college without actually going anywhere
College tour just got cancelled? Not wanting to step foot in an airport? Quarantined? I give you online tools to get to know a college, on the outside and the inside so you can still use your time towards college prep and planning…all from your couch…maybe even in your pj’s.

The Bigger Picture: Use these tools for a broader look at a college and begin a list of schools that catch your eye. Think about things like location, campus size, student body, etc. Don’t worry, we’ll dive in and fine tune later.

Youvisit: Go to this site to virtually tour hundreds of colleges. Not just an overview, but a virtual tour guide will talk and walk you through every aspect of campus. You can even jump to the departments/buildings that matter to you most! We won’t judge if you head straight to the dining hall. Create a free account or browse as a guest. If they don’t have the college you want…head over to YouTube.
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SAT/ACT
If you took the March 4th SAT your scores will be made available approximately March 27, 2020 on CollegeBoard’s online score reporting portal. Students can create an account if not already on CollegeBoard to view scores.

If the tests you planned on taking are cancelled due to COVD-19 We will continue to update you as we hear more, but so far additional test dates are expected to be added and in the light of a pandemic, colleges will be flexible with dates and deadlines if it disrupts application deadlines in the fall.

Continue to do well in your online learning as your junior year grades can and are still a strong factor in admissions decisions. Ensure you set up a space in your house set aside from others where you can complete your coursework online and take breaks as needed.

Check out our full online college center website with access to downloadable resources including timelines for sophomores and more!

Stay connected and stay well everyone.

Best,
Ms. Rowley

Sophomores,

On behalf of the college center, I am wishing you all safety and health. The college center will continue to send college admission preparation and planning, plus online tools to keep you connected during our time away. 

As you prepare for online learning, and take a look at the resources below, keep in mind that moderation is key and setting up a consistent schedule can keep some stability in your coursework and sanity :) Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and without further ado, here are top online resources to research and tour colleges from the comfort of your home. 

 


All you need to a tour a college without actually going anywhere

College tour just got cancelled? Not wanting to step foot in an airport? Quarantined? I give you online tools to get to know a college, on the outside and the inside so you can still use your time towards college prep and planning…all from your couch…maybe even in your pj’s. 

The Bigger Picture: Use these tools for a broader look at a college and begin a list of schools that catch your eye. Think about things like location, campus size, student body, etc. Don’t worry, we’ll dive in and fine tune later.

Youvisit: Go to this site to virtually tour hundreds of colleges. Not just an overview, but a virtual tour guide will talk and walk you through every aspect of campus. You can even jump to the departments/buildings that matter to you most! We won’t judge if you head straight to the dining hall. Create a free account or browse as a guest. If they don’t have the college you want…head over to YouTube.

Click to continue reading full article


PSAT: Remember, your PSAT scores are purely practice and your skills will progress as you continue through junior year. Your scores will be made available approximately April 13, 2020. Students can create an account and view scores on CollegeBoard’s online score reporting portal. As the scores are released, we will share more admission testing resources.


Check out our full online college center website with access to downloadable resources including timelines for sophomores and more!

Stay connected and stay well everyone.

Best,
Ms. Rowley

Freshman,

On behalf of the college center, I am wishing you all safety and health. The college center will continue to send college admission preparation and planning, plus online tools to keep you connected during our time away.

As you prepare for online learning, and take a look at the resources below, keep in mind that moderation is key and setting up a consistent schedule can keep some stability in your coursework and sanity :) Ensure you set up a space in your house set aside from others where you can complete your coursework online and take breaks as needed.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and without further ado, here are top online resources to research and tour colleges from the comfort of your home.


All you need to a tour a college without actually going anywhere

College tour just got cancelled? Not wanting to step foot in an airport? Quarantined? I give you online tools to get to know a college, on the outside and the inside so you can still use your time towards college prep and planning…all from your couch…maybe even in your pj’s.

The Bigger Picture: Use these tools for a broader look at a college and begin a list of schools that catch your eye. Think about things like location, campus size, student body, etc. Don’t worry, we’ll dive in and fine tune later.

Youvisit: Go to this site to virtually tour hundreds of colleges. Not just an overview, but a virtual tour guide will talk and walk you through every aspect of campus. You can even jump to the departments/buildings that matter to you most! We won’t judge if you head straight to the dining hall. Create a free account or browse as a guest. If they don’t have the college you want…head over to YouTube.
Click to continue reading full article

Check out our full online college center website with access to downloadable resources including timelines for sophomores and more!

Stay connected and stay well everyone.

Best,
Ms. Rowley