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 so you'll receive a pass for the visit.



It's never too early to start planning! College Fairs set for September 25 and October 12

All seniors and juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend one of the college fairs scheduled this fall to explore post-graduation options. Representatives from various colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will attend.

  • September 25, 6–8 p.m., at Osbourn Park High School, and
  • October 12, 6–8 p.m., at Freedom High School



Other local College Fair dates

September 25th - Osbourn Park HS, 6:00pm-8:00pm
October 12th - Freedom High School, 6:00pm-8:00pm
October 15th - FCPS College Fair at Fair Oaks Mall, 7:30-9:30pm
October 16th - FCPS College Night at Hayfield Secondary School, 7:00-9:00 pm
November 5th - Greater Washington, DC National College Fair at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 12:30pm-4:00pm


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


 College Application Process

Countdown to College Timelines for Juniors and Seniors

Log in to Naviance Student - College search/application tool

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

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

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