College Information

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

Prompt  Free College Essay Bootcamp

Prompt is the leader in college essay support. They help thousands of students get into top-50 colleges (and more!) every year.  This spring and summer, they are hosting free virtual College Essay Bootcamps, and our students are invited!

One of Prompt's Writing Coaches will spend the first portion of the session sharing practical advice to help students develop their best essays. Then, students will work on their essays, supported by a team of Prompt Writing Coaches.

Here's the sign-up link:

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

Cyber Security Guide

Cyber Security Career Information 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 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 2: Cheyney University of PA, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, North Carolina Central University-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 hostingVirtual 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 ourVirtual 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 HEREor 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 is providing 2 summer information sessions to dual enrollment rising college freshmen who will be transitioning to NOVA in the fall.  Students are required to pre-register. 

Wednesday, June 30, 6:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Tuesday, July 27, 6:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:


Join Northern Virginia Community College Campus Provosts who will discuss your high school students' college and career options. Learn about the programs and resources available right in your back yard.

Who’s Invited?

  • Parents & Guardians
  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Class of 2020 & 2021 Graduates
  • Community Members

On the Agenda:

  • NOVA Overview + Manassas & Woodbridge Highlights
  • In Their Own Words: The Student Experience at NOVA
  • Academic Programs and Continuing Technical Education
  • Resources: Tutoring, Libraries, Counseling, Student Life
  • Transfer Options
  • Affordability, Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Fall Semester Plans Questions and Answers

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)

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

There's no better way to explore life as a Mountaineer than to visit campus. We welcome prospective students and families to Morgantown through our two Visitors Centers and offer a custom experience based on your academic interests.
West Virginia University Tours Registration Link

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