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College Admission Overview

General Overview:

This page is intended to provide some quick resources to help students find information they will need to choose a school or a set of schools that interest them and then proceed with the application process. In addition to the resources listed below, the student is encouraged to take advantage of our Career Center and the Counseling Office where they can find lots of help and advice to assist them in finding a suitable path to follow after graduation from Bellevue East High School.
 
In general, a student needs to start by determining what career area interests them and find out what level of education is required to get into that line of work. This could lead to a decision that one of the following possibilities will apply:

1. College may not be necessary

2. A trade school might be best

3. The local community colleges might offer the required associates degree or diploma

4. Maybe a college or university is the only place to earn the required bachelors degree

If the student needs to complete some form of higher education, the next step would be to find a school that fits their goals for the most reasonable cost. Students normally will pick up to a handful of schools that fit their needs and then start working the application process for those schools.

In the sections below, you will find some resources to help with selecting those schools, finding information about each school's admissions requirements, and completing the required admissions testing. This should be a big part of what students should be doing during the Fall of their senior year. Of course, the challenge is to find time to take care of this planning while continuing to do well in school and staying active in extracurricular activities at school and in the community.

 

College Search Tools:

 
The best and cheapest way find appropriate schools is to use the many resources available to you on the Internet. Here are a few places to look:
 
Another tool you can use to find information to help you choose a school would be the College Rep Visits.  We usually have representatives from many of the local colleges and universities call and ask for some time to make a short presentation to our students about their school.  You can find a list of those upcoming visits by clicking on the College Rep Visits link.  The meetings are also mentioned in the daily announcements and listed in your Junior and Senior Newsletters.  If there are meetings for the schools you are considering, please follow the instructions to get a pass and attend the meeting.  This should help you gather more information about possible schools and you can use that to help narrow your search.
 

Helpful Links to Information about specific Schools:

If you already have certain schools in mind and want to find more details about those schools, your best bet is to go to the web site of that school for details. You can simply type the name of the school in your favorite search tool or even directly into the browser bar on your Internet interface. Then check for that school's main page which usually ends in ".edu" to be sure you are going in the right direction.

For schools of all types within Nebraska and all across the country for that matter, one of the best local web sites to help you get to the right web sites is www.EducationQuest.org where you look under College Profiles. When you click on Let's Begin and have their search tool in front of you, check off the type of school and the state where your favorite school is located. Then click on Search at the bottom of the page to get a list of similar schools in that state. From that short list, find the school you are looking for and click on the name. That will take you to the school's profile. The name of the school at the top of its profile page is also a link to their official Internet home page.

If you want a government web site with information and links to most schools throughout the country, try the U.S. Department of Education's College Navigator website at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator and type any part of the school's formal name in their search tool. A list of schools containing that word or words will appear. Click on your favorite school to get more details about the school including the link to their official web page. You can also choose the parameters that interest you and put those in the search tool of the College Navigator to find schools that match your interest anywhere in the country.

 
The Application Process:
 
Once you find the schools that interest you, you will need to determine what their admissions process is. Most school web pages have a link on their home pages for Prospective Students, Future Students, Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions, or something like that. Find your way to the Admissions Office home page and you will find all the details about who is eligible to apply and how to submit your application.
 

After determining that you are eligible to apply, find out what the deadline is to submit an application for admission with the best consideration for scholarship opportunities. There may also be different deadlines for Early Action or Early Decision that come months before the regular admissions deadline. These are only important if you are certain you want to attend that school and you want to find out your chances as early as possible. Don't wait for your latest ACT scores or the end of the first semester of your senior year to see if your GPA goes up, just get that application submitted as soon as you can and let revised numbers catch up later. Be sure to follow all directions carefully for additional materials required like counselor forms, essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts.

Speaking of transcripts, that is something we are happy to help you with. Once you submit your application online, log onto your Career Cruising account and request your required transcript be sent. If there is a form for the counselor to complete, please bring that to the Couseling Office. We will ask you to get a release form signed by your parent or guardian (or you can sign it if you are 18) and then we will gladly process your request. The normal set of materials we send include an official transcript of your grades, your senior class schedule, and a profile of our school that explains our grading system.

 
Admissions Testing:
 
The most common admissions test required in this region for college admissions is the ACT Test. You can pick up a package of information about the test and instructions for registration in our office or you can simply go to their web site at www.ACTStudent.org and find all of that information and the registration tools online. There are usually six test sessions available in the US each year, but we only offer the test on our campus on three of those dates. Most juniors start with the session in April while seniors usually retake the test in October and/or December.
 

You will find an option to take or not to take the Writing portion of the test that is often confusing. The majority of the schools in this region do not require this portion of the test, so you can save your money and skip it. However, before you do that, be sure that none of the schools on your list require or recommend taking that part of the test. If one does, sign up to take it. If you are going for early admission, you might want do to that while you are a junior, but otherwise, it might be better to take that during the fall of your senior year. In short, it is rare that you will need to take the writing portion unless you are applying to a highly selective school or one that prefers the SAT Test.

Speaking of the SAT Reasoning Test (aka, SAT), that is the other major college admissions test that is preferred by many elite schools and those located on the east or west coasts. You can also pick up registration and practice materials in our office for the SAT test or you can simply go to their web site at SAT.Collegeboard.org and get that information online. They also offer several test dates to chose from each year.  We do not offer an SAT test session here at Bellevue East, but you can take the test at other test centers nearby. Again, you can take this test during your junior year and then retake it during the fall of your senior year.

There is some confusion between the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. The Subject Tests are more focused, one-hour tests on specific areas such as Chemistry, Calculus, or a language. Again, most schools will accept the SAT for admissions, but the more selective ones also require one or several of the SAT Subject Tests for admissions. The selection may be up to you or may be specified according to your desired major and that will all be spelled out on the schools web page. These SAT tests are presented on the same dates as the SAT, so you need to plan that into your testing sequence so you can get all of the required tests in before your deadlines. Registration is done the same way as you would register for the SAT, but you can register for up to three of these tests on any one test date.

NOTE: Most schools will accept the highest score you achieve in either test to use in considering you for admission. Therefore, you should probably enter at least four schools to get the report each time you test, since that service is included in the normal registration fee. If you wait until later, you will have to pay an additional fee. Many schools, like UNL, UNO and Northwest Missouri State University, require that they receive these scores directly from the testing agency. Be aware of this when you register for these tests and be sure to include the codes for those schools and other programs on your registration form.

 
Placement Testing:
 
You might be able to skip the ACT or SAT if your plan is to attend a community college or technical school instead of a 4-year college or university. In that case, you will most likely not need to compete for admission, but they will want you to test for placement in the appropriate English or Math classes required for their degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Most of the community colleges in this area require the ASSET Test or the COMPASS Test before registration in Math or English classes. These tests are presented free of charge by their admissions staff and you can take them at any time.  Contact the community college and ask about their testing process.  If you take the test at Metro but are not attending, you can have the results form this test reported to any school of your choice.  Coordinate that with their admissions representative and they will transfer the results to the schools you choose.  These community colleges are changing their placement testing this year, so be sure to contact the school of your choice for their entrance requirements.
 

Some Universities and Colleges also require Math, English, and/or other placement testing before admitted students can register for their classes. For example, UNO and UNL both have placement tests that you will be required to take, so be expecting mail about those once you are accepted for admissions. Normally, UNL has you take those tests during New Student Orientation. UNO has a testing office that will send you a registration card to help you register for one of their testing sessions during your senior year.

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