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Graduation Success & Beyond 

Graduation Success & Beyond Newsletter

Prompt College Essay Seminar Zoom Recording

Prompt Writing Coach Session (Free)

PWCS families can sign up for a free 15-minute call with a Prompt writing coach.
Link for families to sign up for a free 15-minute call with a Prompt writing coach

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 Application Help

CAPS Program

The College Application process offers free monthly sessions to help you through the college application process.
CAPS Program Flyer
CAPS Program Registration Link

Cyber Security Guide

Cyber Security Career Information Website

Parent Learning Series (PLS) - (Formerly Known As The Parent Summit)

The High School Parent Summit has become a mainstay in the post-high school planning experience for thousands of PWCS parents. We are taking the content previously shared at the Parent Summit and adding even more content to the new Parent Learning Series! The goal of the Parent Learning Series (PLS) is to continue helping families learn how to support their students as they navigate high school and beyond. Content will be delivered to parents through a select number of synchronous (live) Zoom webinars as well as asynchronous (recorded) on demand sessions available through the Canvas platform.   Parents will be able to view as many sessions as desired at a time convenient to their schedule.  New presentations are being added now through the spring of 2021. 

 October 7th @ 6pm Paying for College: This workshop provides helpful information for parents and students on the following topics: college costs in VA, federal and state financial aid, the FAFSA, and family conversations about college financial planning. Zoom Recording  (LIVE SESSION CANCELED)

 December 9th @ 6pm Sourcing and Applying to Scholarships: This workshop provides insight into the college scholarship search process. The workshop provides strategies and advice on how to search, organize, and apply to scholarships, scholarship applications components, and the do’s and don’ts of scholarships. Students will acquire information on how to produce strong and competitive scholarship applications that increase their chances of winning. College and Career Planning Website

 March 10th @ 6pm Award Statement Review: This workshop helps seniors and their parents understand the components of a financial aid statement that a college issues them after the student is offered admissions to the school. Participants learn how to calculate their cost of attendance, unpack the various grants, scholarships, and loans that may be included, and determine their financial need gap. This workshop can also be provided as 1:1 support for a student and their parents upon receiving offer letters. College and Career Planning Website

 February 24th @ 6pm Early Planning- Paying for College: This workshop provides helpful information for parents and students on the following topics: college costs in VA, federal and state financial aid, the FAFSA, scholarships, and family conversations about college financial planning—all important areas of focus for preparing to pay for a college education. Elementary and Middle school presentations include guest speaker from VA 529 to learn more about the education savings option. College and Career Planning Website

 March 24th @ 6pm Junior Action Plan: This comprehensive workshop focuses on the essential steps rising seniors should be taking now to prepare for the college application process! Students learn about college costs, college application requirements, what to look for in a college, and how to find the best college fit for them as students. College and Career Planning Website 

Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS)

Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS), a virtual college and scholarship advising program for African American high school juniors and seniors. Our program invites students and parents to our online college access community for counseling and application support at no charge. 

HBCU Virtual College Fair

The Prince William Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a virtual HBCU College Fair on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 8:30 am - 2 pm.
HBCU Virtual College Fair Registration Link

HBCU Virtual College Tour Series


Didn’t get a chance to join us? Here are the recordings for each tour session!
Session 1: Alcorn State University, Bowie State University, Fayetteville State University, Southern University and A&M College, and Tennessee State University- Session 1 Recording

Session 2: Cheyney University of PA, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, North Carolina Central University- Session 2 Recording

Session 3: Bethune Cookman University, Dillard University, Florida A&M University, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore- Session 3 Recording

Session 4: Elizabeth City State University, Kentucky State University, Lincoln University, Xavier University of LA- Session 4 Recording

Session 5: Grambling University, Hampton University, Howard University, Tuskegee University: Session 5 Recording

Session 6: Delaware State University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, and The University of the District of Columbia: Session 6 Recording

Session 7: Albany State University, Charles Drew University, NC A&T State University, Tougaloo College: Session 7 Recording

Session 8: Fisk University, Spelman College, University of the Virgin Islands, VA State University: Session 8 Recording

How to Apply to College: The Ultimate Guide

How to Apply to College: The Ultimate Guide Website Link


Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual College Fairs

Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual College Fairs Website

Prompt’s College Essay Livestream Webinar

Our friends at Prompt are college essay experts. On Tuesday, Sept 28, they’re hosting a livestream webinar where they will provide feedback on a real student’s college essay first draft!

Since founding Prompt, Brad Schiller and his team have reviewed over 100,000 college essays. Every year, they help thousands of students gain admission to top-50 colleges (and more).

During the livestream, Prompt’s CEO, Brad Schiller, will sit down with a real student’s essay. While you and your peers watch, he’ll discuss:

Which details will be compelling to admissions readers (and what won’t be compelling)

  • The structure - what’s working, and how to make it better
  • A plan of action to strengthen the essay before application deadlines

Our students and families are invited! 

Click here to register.

Tuesday, September 28 at 8:30pm ET (5:30pm PT)

RSVP is required.

We encourage seniors (Class of 2022) and their families to attend! If you have a draft and you want to know what to do next, this will be a great resource.

PWCS College Fairs

Western PWC College Fair
October 19th

Colgan High School
13833 Dumfries Rd.
Manassas, VA 20112

 Eastern PWC College Fair
September 27th

Woodbridge High School
3001 Old Bridge Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22192
PWCS College Fairs Website

QuestBridge Questcasts

Complete Your Best National College Match Application
Wednesday August 18th 7:00PM Eastern Time

Three Steps to Secure Strong Recommendations
Wednesday, August 25th 7:00PM Eastern Time

Craft a College Essay that Stands Out
Wednesday September 1st 7:00PM Eastern Time

QuestBridge Questcasts Registration Link

Virginia CAN

Virginia College Access Network and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) are partnering on a statewide FAFSA completion effort meant to address disproportionate effects of the pandemic on low-income and underrepresented students. Five college access organizations have banded together to offer one-on-one FAFSA assistance from March 15th – June 30th.  Use the link below to schedule a meeting, and you will be connected with an access provider from Access College Foundation, ECMC’s The College Places, GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP), the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), or the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC). 

Appointments will generally be one hour. As you register, you’ll be asked to provide some basic information such as name, email address, and high school.  Prior to your appointment, you will receive an email detailing important information and documents to have on hand for your online meeting.
Virginia CAN Website

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

The College Place

To kick off the fall and celebrate back-to-school time (AKA college application season for current seniors), The College Essay Guy is hosting a free two-part webinar series next week to help students write outstanding college essays.

How to Write a Great Personal Statement (Pt. 1)

Tuesday, August 24th @ 4-5pm PT (7-8pm ET)

Three Exercises to Help You Find a Personal Statement Topic
Two Ways to Structure Your Essay
Two Rad Example Essays
Four Qualities of a Great Personal Statement

How to Write the Supplemental Essays (and the Rest of the Application) (Pt. 2)

Thursday, August 26th @ 4-5pm PT (7-8pm ET)

How to Save 20+ Hours on Your Supplemental Essays by Writing a "Super" Essay
Three Approaches to Writing a "Why us?" Essay that Matters
Some Tips for the Most Popular Required Supplemental Essays
Five Tips for Your Activities List
What Goes in Your Additional Info Section (and What Doesn't)

Register Link

Workforce Solutions |   Lord Fairfax Community College

Below is a recording from Workforce Solutions Lord Fairfax Community College (Vint Hill) regarding the amazing trade school and business partnerships they have.
Workforce Solutions | Lord Fairfax Community College YouTube video

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)

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

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.

Lincoln Tech

Lincoln Tech Digital Brochure

Longwood University

Longwood’s spring visit calendar is filled with events—on-campus and virtual—to meet the needs of your students. From financial aid sessions and opportunities to chat with a professor to events just for accepted students, all the options can be found on our visit page

Please pass along this news to your students and encourage them to check out the events, choose a date that works for them and sign up for a visit! 

Have questions? We're here to help. 
Text: 434.207.6514
Phone: 434.395.2060


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

Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, and Data Center Operations at NOVA

Check out our brand-new promo videos showcasing NOVA's cutting-edge Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, and Data Center Operations degree programs. These short videos feature students who dream, teachers who equip, and industry partners who support NOVA students for the future of technology and a great career in the technology workforce. 
Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, and Data Center Operations at NOVA Information (YouTube)

Rutgers University

Quick 30 second introductory video (You may have to copy these links to your browser to make them run)

Rutgers Growers:

Campus Introductory Video:

“Why I Chose Rutgers”:

OOS AD Video:

Cost of Attendance



Create Your Personalized Catalogue

Rutgers Fine Arts Program

Mason Gross Overview

Campus videos – 4 parts

Busch Campus – STEM majors

Livingston Campus – Business School

College Ave Campus – Liberal Arts

Cook/Douglass Campus – Environmental Sciences, Fine Arts, Douglass Residential College for Women

University of Mary Washington

As we continue to navigate our COVID world, the University of Mary Washington would like to share new, on-demand video resources for prospective students and families.  Our goal for these videos is to help families who need resources in Spanish.  We have also included an abbreviated information session focused on the admission process in English.

Spanish Information Session
Spanish Video Tour
Admission Process Information Session
UMW Virtual Tour

University of Virginia

Traditionally, Hoos First Look is a three-day, two-night, all-expense-paid program that would allow 20 low-income/first-generation, rising-juniors in high school (Graduating Class of 2023) to visit the University in the hopes of making them more competitive applicants in the admissions process. Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not yet been decided whether the 2021 program will be in-person or virtual.

 Our objective is to show high-achieving, low-income/first-generation high school students that getting into a prestigious university is attainable by flying them to UVA and introducing them to the campus and its resources. This year the program takes place over the weekend of November 5 - November 7, 2021.

 The Priority deadline for Hoos First Look is June 14th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST and the Regular Decision deadline is September 14th, 2021 11:59 PM EST. 
University of Virginia Website Link

UVA School of Architecture - Upcoming Events

The School of Architecture welcomes prospective students and their families to engage with us through a variety of opportunities. The experience of visiting us online will help to bring to life the dynamic community that we colloquially refer to as the A-School. Join us at one of our upcoming virtual events and reach out to us with any questions you may have about our programs.

Attending final reviews gives prospective students a chance to see students exhibit, present and discuss their work with faculty and visiting reviewers.

Schedule an individual appointment with one of our Student Ambassadors for a personalized tour of our space, to learn about the work they are conducting, and have specific questions about our programs answered by current students.

Virginia Tech


Beginning June 1, Virginia Tech will offer in-person information sessions and campus tours for students interested in applying to Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech Website Link

West Virginia University Mountaineer Minute

We are now reviewing applications! We are currently reviewing applications and sending out decision letters. Encourage students to apply using the Common Application or the WVU application.

Please share these exciting upcoming events with your students:

Discover WVU Open House (in-person): The on-campus Discover WVU open house events will be held on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. Students can customize their experience, meet other students and explore topics from admissions and housing to student life and academics. Registration Link

Go First Fridays (in-person): These on-campus events will be held on various Fridays throughout the Fall. Students will experience campus the day before a WVU home football game and will partake in a campus tour, tailgate snacks, on-the-spot admission decisions and more! Registration Link

Meet WVU (virtual): Students can visit us from home on the evenings of Sept. 21 and Oct. 12. This online introduction to WVU is perfect for prospective students who can’t make it to campus for an in-person event.

Registration Link

In-Person Tours and Tour Guide Live: WVU’s Visitor Center will continue to host on-campus tours daily and live virtual tours on Mondays.

 William & Mary Law School Summer Online Courses  

CLCT has developed a series of introductory law courses for high school and college students. This program gives students the opportunity to experience courses in the comfort of their homes using an interactive videoconferencing platform. Courses last from 4 to a maximum of 14 hours and are designed for students who are keen to explore what studying law entails, and for those who have a passion for government studies or are interested in business and technology.

Courses are aimed at high school and college students aged 14 & above. If you are younger, please be in touch with us, we may be able to help.
William & Mary Law School Summer Online Courses 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

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 or

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