The world of college admissions can be very confusing and
complicated. We believe at BGHS that early, proactive work to
understand this world better will benefit your student greatly.
Here are some tips and resources to support you:
1. Encourage your student to request a meeting with their
school counselor as early as freshman year to begin to plan a
course of study and explore possible majors, colleges, and careers.
Know that students will also receive support in their
Preparation for College and Careers course and from their counselor
though classroom visits, presentations, and in reviewing their
4-year plan annually.
2. Encourage your student to work to meet the requirements
of the Indiana Academic Honors diploma, Technical Honors diploma,
or both if they are seeking admission into a 4-year college.
Many of Indiana's colleges seek one of these as their minimum
admissions requirement. If they are on a Core 40 track,
encourage them to maintain high grades in those courses and still
take as many courses as possible that reflect the Honors diplomas.
For specific course questions, see your school counselor.
3. Visit college campuses informally early in high school
and formally in talking with an admissions counselor beginning in
junior year, so you know what schools you are interested in are
looking for, and more importantly, if they are the right fit for
The NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counseling)
Guide to the College Admissions Process
The College Admissions Process Breakdown
Tips for High School Parents
Explorer (free resource to explore interests, majors, careers, and
Video from Mrs. Johnson- "College Admissions- Getting Ready for
Senior Year" (27 minutes)