Wednesday, October 31, 2018

FREE full-length practice ACT for Juniors

The SAT and ACT are the two tests used for college admissions. Students who are planning to apply for admission to four-year colleges and universities are encouraged to start test preparation in their junior year. Burlington High School will be hosting a FREE full-length practice ACT for all interested juniors on Saturday, November 10th at 8:00AM.  This test is recommended for anyone who is interested in taking the ACTs as a junior or who is interested in figuring out whether they prefer the ACTs or the SATs. To sit for this free full-length practice test, students may sign up by clicking on the link below

Tests will be proctored, graded, and returned to you with a strengths and weaknesses assessment and a plan for improvement. The practice ACT will be provided and administered by Testive, a locally-based test prep agency. Students are asked to arrive at BHS by 7:45 a.m. and testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students should bring two sharpened #2 pencils and an approved calculator.

Friday, October 19, 2018

College Topics for Senior Parents

The Guidance Department will host a breakfast called “College Topics for Senior Parents” on 10/24/18 at 9AM. The purpose of this breakfast is so the counseling staff can give a very brief overview of important tasks associated with the college selection and application process. This event is geared for parents that missed the Senior College Planning Night on 9/27/18. Please join us for this informative event he BHS Guidance College and Career CenterParent's MUST RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Monday, October 15, 2018

College Fair at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington

On Thursday October 18th from 6:30 -8:00p.m., a college fair will be held at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. The Burlington High School Guidance Department co-sponsors the event with many other Middlesex League High Schools. Usually over one-hundred colleges will attend. A college fair can be a very overwhelming experience for parents and students. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has developed a very helpful tips. We also recommend bringing a pre-determined list of colleges. Make it a priority to visit the schools on your list, then time permitting check out some others. Please remember you are not obligated to stay the whole time, many students spend about an hour at the event.

Below is an updated list of colleges that will be in attendance. This list is updated as of 10/17.

Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Binghamton University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bridgton Academy
Bryant University
Castleton University
Champlain College
Clarkson University
Colby-Sawyer College
Columbia College- SC
Curry College
Dean College
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Elmira College
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fisher College
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Hartwick College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Husson University
Jacksonville University
Johnson & Wales University
Keene State College
Lasell College
Le Moyne College
Lesley University
Marist College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Muhlenberg College
New England College
New England Hair Academy
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Essex Community College
Northern Vermont University
Norwich University
Paul Smith's College
Penn State University
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac Univeristy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rivier University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph's College
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
School of Fashion Design
Siena College
Simmons University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
St. John's University
St. Lawrence University
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Temple University
Thomas College
Union College
University at Albany (SUNY)
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Hartford
University of Maine
University of Maine at Machias
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Saint Joseph (CT)
University of Scranton
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Washington College
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Worcester State University

Friday, October 12, 2018

Financial Aid Workshop

Many families focus on the college search, selection and admission process. We believe that figuring out how to pay for college is also an important part of this process. The BHS Guidance Department will sponsor a Financial Aid Workshop hosted College Funding Services on:

Tuesday October 16th at 6:00 in the BHS Auditorium
This seminar will provide information on:
         (1)   Overview of the entire financial aid process
(2)   What you can do to minimize your family contribution, and maximize your eligibility for need-based financial aid
(3)   Why you should apply even if you WILL NOT qualify for need-based aid
(4)   Fin Aid deadlines i.e. FAFSA/CSS profile
(5)   How to value different assets – Home, 529’s, retirement, etc.
(6)   Which colleges give the most money
(7)   How to leverage colleges against one another
(8)   How to appeal your financial aid package
(9)   Pros and Cons of different borrowing options

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