Meet with your Counselor. Your Counselor is ready and willing to help you with the college selection process. Your counselor will make an appointment with you at least twice a year. You are more than welcome to make an appointment with your Counselor as well. Fill out an appointment slip in the Counseling office and your Counselor will call you in within 24 hours.
Work as hard as you can to earn outstanding grades. Grade Point Average (GPA) is the most important factor that colleges look at when they are deciding whether or not to admit you.
Your academic transcript will include the grade you earn in every class you take at Brother Rice. You will be required to send your academic transcripts to the colleges you apply to during your senior year. Therefore, it is important for you to earn good grades in all of your classes, all four years of your high school career.
Take classes that challenge you. Whether that is FOCUS, PREP, HONORS, or ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP), the appropriate class placement is one that you have to work hard to earn high marks. If you are earning an A with minimal effort, please consider moving up a level. Your Counselor can help you with this process.
If you are an APEX student, consider taking AP European History as a sophomore. If you pass the AP European History test at the end of the year, you may earn college credit.
Develop good study skills. See your Counselor for study skills resources.
Use your Crusader Handbook to stay organized. Write down your assignments at the end of each class period. Do ALL of your homework each night.
Take the ASPIRE test in October. ASPIRE is a practice test for the ACT test. You will take the ACT test during your junior year. Your ACT score is important to college admission.
Review ASPIRE test results with your Counselor and parents.
Join extracurricular activities, both inside and outside of school. Remember, quality is more important than quantity. Get involved in clubs, sports, and organizations that truly interest you. These activities are enjoyable and make you a well-rounded student.
Volunteer your time to an organization(s) that is meaningful to you.
Discuss your hobbies, interests, and academic talents with your Counselor. These are important factors in deciding your future career.
Talk to your parents about paying for college. Will your parents contribute financially to your college education?
Create a resume to keep track of your academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and community service projects. You will need to list these on your college applications, so it is important to update your list.
LIKE Brother Rice College Counselor page on Facebook, and follow BR COLLEGE COUNSELOR @crusadercollege on Twitter to access valuable information about the college admissions, careers, scholarships, etc. If you are not on Twitter, you can access the page at https://twitter.com/crusadercollege.
Crusader athletes…if you think you will be playing a Division I, II sport in college, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website (www.eligibilitycenter.org) to learn about the academic requirements you will need to meet while in high school to be eligible to play in college. Also, meet with your Counselor to review the classes you will need to take during your high school career to be eligible to play at the college level.
Start to explore colleges. There are a large variety of college information booklets available in the Counseling office. You can also visit the websites of the colleges you are interested in.
Talk with students who are currently in college, or who have recently graduated. Ask them questions about their college and career selection.
During the summer, join a camp or an enrichment program that incorporates your hobbies and interests. This will help you build your resume for college. Information about summer enrichment programs is available in the Counseling office.