College Planning

Preparing for college is one step, applying to a college is another.

college searchStep 1: Preparing for College:

  1. Take strong college preparatory classes in high school and get good grades; colleges require a minimum of 17 core academic units
  2. Get involved and/or volunteer in clubs/activities/sports you have a passion for as it will help you be a well-rounded applicant and assist with eligibility for scholarships
  3. Research careers & colleges based on interest/majors/programs. Use Xello to assist with your search.
  4. Take the ACT junior year
  5. Be sure to get at least 2 letters of recommendation by the end of your junior year for college admission and scholarships.
  6. Plan to apply to college(s) that offer the most of what is important to you: cost/location/majors

College Planning Resources:

  • Gateway Student Specialist – Here to assist Bradford students in learning about Gateway programs and applying for admission.  Click HERE to make an appointment.
  • ACT– Most commonly used placement test used by colleges for admission and placement in classes at the college level.  The SAT is another placement test sometimes required by elite/coastal colleges.   Check individual college to determine preferred test and/or score.
  • NCAA – Site to register if a student plans to play a sport in college. Click HERE to how.
  • AP Courses that will transfer to UW Schools

Applying to College:  Fall of Senior Year

  1. Complete and submit the following to college(s) you are considering:
    1. Application (often completed on-line)
    2. Application fee; A student can request a fee waiver from a Bradford counselor if they qualify for free/reduced lunch (submit by mail along with paper copy of official transcript)
    3. Supporting documents such as *transcript/letters of recommendation/**ACT or SAT scores

* A transcript without ACT/SAT scores can be sent electronically by making request thru Xello OR a paper copy of a transcript with ACT/SAT scores can be obtained in room 151 and mailed by the student

**ACT/SAT scores can be requested to be included with the paper copy of an official transcript OR a student can go on to official website of ACT/SAT and request directly for a fee

  1. Retake the ACT if higher score is needed for admission or scholarship opportunities
  2. Complete the FAFSA as early as October 1st of senior year
  3. Look for scholarships throughout senior year
    1. Contact college for their specific scholarships
    2. Search Bradford Scholarship site for state/local/national scholarships
  4. In the spring, make final decision on college

College Resources: