College Information

Be sure to check the bulletin boards outside the Counseling Office for additional information about College Visits, and College Fair information!

All college visits are listed in Naviance Student. Seniors and Juniors may sign up by clicking on the College tab then select "view all upcoming college visits".   Students who have set up their Naviance Student account will receive notification emails when a college in their list is scheduled.
Be sure to sign up in Naviance to receive the Zoom invitation.



FAFSA Demo

FAFSA Application Help

Sallie Mae's Fall Webinar Series for Students and Their Parents 

Sallie Mae believes education, in all forms, helps people achieve great things. It’s a great equalizer and a proven path to a healthy financial future.  Education is an investment that can change your life.  To advance that mission, I am sharing Sallie Mae’s fall webinar series for high school students and families.  

Date/Time

Topic

WebEx Registration Link

November 11, 2020 1:00PM ET

Scholarships-Finding Free Money

Register:Click here

November 12, 2020 8:00PM ET

Scholarships-Finding Free Money

Register:Click here

December 9, 2020

1:00 PM ET

What’s the Real Cost of College & How to Save, Plan and Pay

Register:Click here

December 10, 2020

8:00 PM ET

What’s the Real Cost of College & How to Save, Plan and Pay

Register:Click here

 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Showcase (Virtual)

Tuscarora High School will be hosting the 6th Annual Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Showcase.  This event is designed to expose our school community to the many options that are available at HBCUs.  We want to expose and educate our school communities and encourage all students, regardless of ethnicity, to include these institutions during the college selection process.  There are over 30 HBCUs committed to the 6th Annual HBCU Showcase. 
For more information visit our event page: https://sites.google.com/lcps.org/thshbcu 

In addition to the HBCUs that will be in attendance, there will be a guest speaker, NCAA presentation, and community scholarships.  We will be offering this in a virtual format. 
2020 HBCU College Showcase Flyer (PDF)

Virginia Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

All aspiring teachers in Virginia are required to complete a state teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to be eligible for employment in the state’s school system. This guide to teaching schools in Virginia provides key information about the several colleges and universities in the state that offer degree programs. In order to find a school that meets your individual needs, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews found below. For anyone looking to obtain a teaching degree in Virginia, this informative school guide is a great place to start on your new career path.
Teacher Certification Degrees Website

Student Training & Education in Public Service

 

The guide helps people explore careers where they can make a positive difference in the lives of children.  Our guide highlights 15 careers in fields ranging from early childhood education to occupational therapy and child social services. It also features an insightful interview with a child counselor and registered play therapist that gives readers a real-world look at what it's like to work with children, including both the rewards and challenges.  You can read the full guide at the link below. I've also included a link to a companion guide we created about volunteering opportunities with children that I thought you'd also be interested in checking out.
Student Training & Education in Public Service Website Link
Student Training & Education in Public Service Companion Guide for Volunteer Opportunities Website Link


BDHS Junior Information Session
BDHS Junior Information Session Link

Belmont Abbey College

A brief PowerPoint and inquiry link for any students that may be interested in Belmont Abbey College.
Belmont Abbey College Inquiry Link
Belmont Abbey College Presentation (PDF)


College of William and Mary Virtual Tours
November 23rd at 11am Zoom Link
November 23rd at 5pm Zoom Link

Columbia College

As your students are exploring colleges, I offer the following resources for any students and families looking to learn more about Columbia. Virtually Engage with Columbia
Revised 2020-2021 Testing Policy
Columbia and Affordability

Columbia University

As with our fall 2020 courses, the spring 2021 semester is designed as 10-week remote instruction held on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning and afternoon. Taught by our Columbia instructors in real-time, courses cover disciplines from the arts to finance to physical and social sciences to technology. A rich array of co-curricular activities is offered daily before morning classes and during the break between morning and afternoon classes. We’re very pleased that many students currently taking the Program have told us that they plan to continue in the spring. They’ve shared that their peer-to-peer experiences have been particularly engaging and that they are learning from each other as well as their instructors.
Columbia University Academic Year Immersion Program

Embry Riddle University

We know that this pandemic has caused a lot of us to alter the way that we conduct our business. We would like for you, and your students to have as much information as possible as it relates to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Embry Riddle University Presentation Recording
Embry Riddle University Scholarship Opportunities Website


George Mason University

Our Admissions staff will not be traveling to any high schools or college fairs in person as we are joining in on the effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Due to that, we are hosting Virtual Information Sessions and 1-on-1 appointments every week for your students to sign up and meet with our staff, and learn about the application process and life as a Mason student. Your students can also visit our Virtual Campus Experience website. It contains a wealth of knowledge regarding student life, campus tours, info sessions, and more.

Our institution has offered a Score Optional policy for many years because we believe that a student's ability to be successful in college is not necessarily reflected in the performance on standardized tests. Score Optional Consideration provides an opportunity for your students to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores. For more information on our Score Optional policy, click  HERE or your student can reach out to their Admissions Counselor.

This fall we are hosting a variety of Admissions Virtual Events for both juniors and seniors to assist them in their college search.  While we are disappointed we can't have you and your students visit our beautiful campus community, your students will have the unique opportunity to register for webinars and live-streamed events on our Fall 2020 Admissions Events website.

James Madison University

Throughout October, we have a jam-packed schedule of virtual presentations designed to help you learn more about JMU. The Madison Experience awaits you. Prepare to be surprised.
James Madison University Virtual Visit Website

Lincoln Tech

Lincoln Tech Digital Brochure

Longwood University

We’re looking forward to working with you and your students this year! Below are some updates about visiting Longwood, our Accelerated Decision program, counselor preview events, financial aid workshops and more.

NOVA 

This website is for when seniors are ready to apply to NOVA.
NOVA First Year Admission Website

NOVA Helpful Links

Virtual Getting Started Guide-High Schools Oct 2020.pdf

NOVA Career Certificate Programs 

This zoom session highlights the different career certificate programs available at NOVA.
NOVA Career Certificate Programs Zoom Session Recording

NOVA Sneak Peek Free Remote Class Series

NOVA’s Sneak Peek Series is a chance to experience remote classes presented by distinguished faculty on engaging, relevant and thought-provoking topics. During the online Zoom sessions you’ll get to know our faculty members, participate in their classes and have the opportunity to ask questions. 
NOVA Sneak Peek Free Remote Class Series (PDF)

Radford University

Radford University is excited to offer a Virtual Application Review option for Fall of 2021 applicants. This is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with their admissions counselor to review their admissions application and receive an admissions decision.
To be considered for Virtual Application review:
·        Participants should plan to submit their admissions application and required transcript(s) at least one week prior to their chosen Virtual Application Review date.

·        All students will be reviewed test-optional and no test scores will be required.

·        If offered admission during the Virtual Application Review, an admissions packet will be mailed to the students with additional details.

Students from Prince William County Schools can register for a Virtual Application Review during the following dates/times:

·        Virtual App Review for Prince William County: November 9th from 3:00pm-7:00pm

·        Virtual App Review for All NOVA Schools: November 20th from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Students can register for these sessions here: https://join.radford.edu/portal/guadalupe


Richard Bland College of William and Mary

Richard Bland College of Willaim and Mary is hosting 2 virtual open house sessions, the first is scheduled for November 11th from 7-8:00 pm, and the second on November 12th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. You can find the form to register using the following link: https://richardblandcollege.formstack.com/forms/virtual_admissions_information_session_via_zoom.

University of Mary Washington

UMW is excited to announce a new student leadership opportunity for incoming students.  The Presidential Emerging Leaders Program is a new one-year leadership development program designed to help first year students create lasting friendships, make meaningful connections across campus, and develop their leadership profile.  Selected students will participate in activities that include personal leadership development, team building, skill-building sessions, and networking with campus influencers including University President Troy Paino.

Participants will spend the year immersed in various experiential learning opportunities where they will explore what kind of leader they aspire to be.  Participation in this program will serve as a solid springboard to future engagement opportunities on and off campus.
University of Mary Washington Presidential Emerging Leaders Program Website


Virginia Commonwealth University

The ongoing threats related to COVID-19 have prompted us to not host any in-person information sessions, tours or events. Though we’re disappointed that we will not be able to meet with you and your students in-person this fall, we have scheduled a number of virtual opportunities to connect with you and your students. You can also tour our Monroe Park Campus and residence halls from the comfort of your home.

We also encourage you to have your students register to join us for our virtual Fall Open Housewhich will take place from Nov. 9 through Nov. 13. The week will be filled with opportunities for your students to learn more about the university, take a virtual campus tour, learn more about the Honors College, hear about the financial aid process and more!


Visit Longwood—on campus or virtually

We’re welcoming guests to campus several days each week and offering a variety of times for virtual information sessions. Groups attending on-campus visit events are limited to 10-15 students with masks and temperature checks required. Check out the  Visit Schedule and  Visit Options.

West Virginia University

Discover WVU Open House: Our next virtual open house is scheduled for Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. More information about this event and all our upcoming virtual events can be found on our Future Student Resources website.

 


NACAC Fairs: The National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) A list of fairs across the entire United States

College Week Live - Allows students to attend virtual open houses and talk live with admissions representatives

 


Virtual College Visits

Northern Virginia Community College

 

 

11/30/20

11:00

 WVU Potomas State College

   

12/9/20

 2:40

Mary Baldwin University

 

 

12/14/20

3:00

Richard Bland College of Williamand Mary 

 

 

2/17/20

2:40

 



College Application Process

Countdown to College Timelines for Juniors and Seniors

Log in to Naviance Student - College search/application tool Naviance Log-In Instructions

Transcript Requests for current students

Transcripts are requested through Naviance Student

  • Log in to the Naviance website

  • Select the Colleges tab at the top of the page

  • Click the Transcript tab on the left side of the page

  • Select the type of transcript you are requesting (college/scholarships/athletics)

  • For college requests, select the type of application (Regular, Early Action, etc.)

  • Select lookup and search for the name of the college you have applied to

  • Click Request Transcript at the bottom of the screen

  • Print a copy of the transcript status page for your records

  • Bring payment to Mrs. Hennessy. The first three transcripts are no charge. All transcripts after the first three are $5.00. Midyear and final transcripts are no charge; they are included with the initial request.

  • Scholarship and NCAA transcript requests are free of charge.

  • Allow two weeks to process a transcript request!

****The BDHS School Counseling Department asks for 10 business days to process college transcript requests and counselor recommendation letters.

Students are responsible for submitting their application to the college
(usually online through the college website)
and requesting that their SAT/ACT scores be sent to each college (through collegeboard.com or ACT.org).


Transcript and Application Process Fees: Effective 12/19/18 per PWCS Regulation 790-2


Official Transcript Duplication Fee

  • No charge for the first three official transcripts issued by the school of record.
  • $5 per copy for additional official transcripts issued by the school of record.
  • $5 per copy for each official transcript issued by the Prince William County Public Schools Records Center.
  • $5 + $3 Service Fee per duplication for each official transcript when ordering online.
  • Third-party requestors for verification of graduation shall request online only, with a $25 request fee.
** NCAA Clearinghouse transcripts - No Charge
**Any student who has been granted a fee or waiver for the SAT, ACT, or a specific college application may request a transcript fee waiver at the school level. Schools will deal with these unique and extenuating circumstances on an individual basis as needed.**



How to apply to Northern Virginia Community College

College Recognition of Cambridge courses

CampusHQ Website - 
I hope you are doing well and staying safe during these times! I graduated from Prince William County in 2019, and I am currently a second year student at The University of Virginia, pursuing majors in Finance and Political Science. After seeing the impacts of COVID-19 on high school students, I, along with other UVA students, founded CampusHQ to provide free support through our resources, community, and mentorship. 

While watching our community adjust to a “new normal,” we recognize that high school seniors will be facing particularly challenging circumstances due to many changes in the college admissions process and the lack of college tours. As we face educational disruption during this time of virtual learning together, we hope to reduce their anxieties through our free resources. We offer students mentorship from current college students and industry professionals -- please view our Platform Overview attached for a full list of resources we provide.

Early College Scholars Program - Students who plan to take 5 or more AICE/AP courses in high school should sign and turn in the Early College Scholars agreement to the School Counseling Department

123Go! Virginia's Three Steps to College

ECMC Foundation - Free help for students applying to college Phone: 703-680-3729 or 1-866-326-2827 (toll-free) 

Best Colleges - Designed to show the ranking of all colleges, along with great comparisons of the financial aid the college offers.
GradPath - A college comparison website

College Board - Sign up for SATs, college search tools, much more!

Big Future - Website presented by College Board to help students plan for college

Common Application - Use the Common App to apply to multiple colleges

Southern Regional Education Board - 
The Academic Common Market program inventory includes programs that have already been approved for the Academic Common Market for your state.

Virginia's Private Colleges

NCAA Eligibility Center - Students who are interested in playing Division I or II sports in college must complete the NCAA eligibility process