Sep 5

College Counseling News – September 5, 2019


Upcoming College Counseling Events

College Application Work Session for Seniors
September 11 – 3:15-4:00 p.m. – LGI

Evening with Junior Parents
September 11 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Efroymson Auditorium

21st Century Scholar Meeting
September 17 – 3:15-3:45 p.m. – LGI

Evening with Colleges
September 18 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming College Visits

Jesuit Excellence Tour (College Fair) – John Carroll University, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Maryland, Loyola New Orleans, Marquette University, Regis University, St. Louis University, and Xavier University – September 9 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Tim Boldt Lounge

Holy Cross College – September 12 – 12:15 p.m.

Visits are in the Lobby Conference Room.  Sign into your Naviance student account and register to attend these information sessions.

PSAT – OCTOBER 16, 2019

The PSAT/NMSQT will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at Brebeuf Jesuit, and will be administered to all 10th and 11th grade students. Students are automatically registered and there is no fee required. Please read the attached FAQ to learn more!

In order to take the PSAT on October 16, ALL 10TH & 11TH GRADE STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE PRE-ADMINISTRATION SESSION – or “bubble lab” – in the EFROYMSON AUDITORIUM on the following dates/times. No sign-up necessary. THIS IS MANDATORY – NO EXCEPTIONS!

September 12 – 9:15 a.m. PRT & 12:50 p.m. PRT
September 18 – 11:10 a.m. PRT & 12:50 p.m. PRT
September 23 – Before school at 9:15 a.m. (this is a delayed opening)

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Davis, PSAT Coordinator, at

AP Exam Changes for 2019-2020

Are you enrolled in an AP class this year? If so, PLEASE READ!

BIG CHANGES FOR 2019-2020!

The College Board is now asking students to register for AP exams in the fall, which they’ve found boosts the student’s chances of earning a score that translates to college credit. The exams will still take place in May (May 4-8, 2020 & May 11-15, 2020).


The AP exam registration deadline for full-year and first semester AP courses is October 4, 2019. For those students enrolled in a second semester AP class, he/she must register for the AP exam by February 14, 2020. These are strict deadlines and follow College Board policy, not school policy.


Go to and login to your existing College Board account. Use the same College Board account that you use for PSAT and SAT registration. If you are a sophomore, you’ll need to create a College Board account. You must obtain the join code from your AP teacher before enrolling in your class section, and before registering for the exam. Please see your AP teacher(s) or Mrs. Davis in College Counseling if you have any questions.


The Indiana Department of Education will once again be covering the cost of all math, science, and English AP exams. However, for all other subjects, the cost of the exam is $94 (this cost will be waived for those that qualify for free/reduced lunch). If you are a senior, the AP exam replaces the final exam for the course.


The fee for a canceled/unused exam is $40.00. No exceptions.


AP exam fees will be added to your tuition bill this year. If students are enrolled in a full year or first semester AP class and register to take the AP exam, he/she will be billed in late November. For those students enrolled in a second semester AP class and register to take the AP exam, he/she will be billed in late March / prior to spring break.

QUESTIONS? Contact Lindsay Davis – College Counselor & AP Coordinator – at

From the College Counseling Team: What We are Reading/Listening to this Week

From Mrs. Davis – Best Part, Worst Part, Opportunity. Admission Advice for Parents

From Mrs. Newman – Roadtrip Nation: Videos of Interviews with People about their Careers 

From Ms. Shank – College Essay Essentials by Ethan Sawyer

Oxford Spring Seminar Registration Opens for Sophomores and Juniors on October 1

Brebeuf Jesuit will again participate in the Oxford Spring Seminar at Pembroke College, Oxford.  This opportunity is available to sophomores and juniors, with a cap of 40 students. Below are key pieces of information for the program.

Oxford Spring Seminar

Program Overview: Students enroll in one of twelve classes, which meet every morning. They are taught by Oxford faculty, graduate students, and Rhodes Scholars.  There are planned activities in the afternoons and evenings (e.g. rowing on the Thames, punting, museum visits, game night). There is a day trip down to London.

Dates: Saturday, March 28-Sunday, April 5, 2020.  This is spring break week at Brebeuf, so students will not miss class.

Cost: The cost is $2150, which covers the program fee, room, and breakfast and dinner each day.  Students will need to bring money for lunches and any purchases. Round-trip airfare will be an additional expense. In years past, it has ranged from $850-$1100. We hope to have a closer estimate in the coming weeks.  Each family will also be required to purchase trip insurance through a vendor that we provide for about $125.

Registration: Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, in the college counseling office, and closes at 4 p.m., Thursday, October 31.  The trip is offered on a first come, first served basis.  We will maintain a wait list after the first 40 students register.  If your child wishes to attend, please complete the attached registration form and return it to the college counseling office.  A deposit of $500, check made payable to the Foundation for International Education, must accompany the registration form for it to be complete.  The balance is due to Oxbridge by February 1, 2020.

Passport: Students need a current U.S. passport, not to expire within six months of our return date.

See Ms. Shank in College Counseling if you have questions.

** Brebeuf will also once again take a group of students to St. Andrews in Scotland this July. We are finalizing dates with Oxbridge Academic Programs and will have more information in the coming weeks. If you have questions about that program, please contact Mrs. Otteson.

College-Bound Student-Athletes 

If you are a student-athlete planning to compete at the college level, please remember that you must achieve at least a 2.3 GPA in core academic courses to be eligible. Also, please remember to enter 9999 on the College Board and/or ACT student websites to send your SAT and/or ACT scores to the NCAA. Download and read the updated NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide for more information about the initial-eligibility and recruiting process:

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) in collaboration with college and university administrators will be hosting their annual College Prep Conference & College Fair on Saturday, September 7. During this conference, students and parents can attend breakout sessions on such topics as Creating a Standout Application, Financial Aid 101, and Parent Purpose: Your Role in the College Admission Process. In addition, breakfast and lunch is provided. To learn more and to register, go to

Starting the week September 9, CLD’s flagship program, Self-Discovery/ Career Exploration Project begins. The 13-week program provides valuable information to students in 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades on becoming an impactful leader, having strong character, and being ready for college and career life. Students who complete CLD’s Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Program, College Prep Program, and Emerging Scholars Day (see below) will get information on how they can apply for CLD College and Corporate Scholarships! Registration is open now at this link:

The University of Richmond’s MOVE program is designed to further its mission to cultivate a diverse, inclusive community of scholars committed to academic excellence. Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply: high school senior; self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented population (African American, Asian American, biracial/multiracial, Latino/a, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander); has at least a 3.6 cumulative GPA; has at least a 1280 SAT score (combined Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math) -OR- 28 ACT composite score; active member of their community. To learn more and to apply, fill out this interest form (due September 13). Students will be selected for MOVE by September 23.

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority high school seniors. Scholars receive funding for the full cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, etc.) not already covered by other scholarships or financial aid. Students must have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, be Pell-eligible, be a US citizen, national or permanent resident, and be African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American. The deadline to apply is September 15. For more information and to apply, visit

Pike High School and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are hosting the annual UNCF Scholarship Workshop on September 25 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Pike Freshman Center.  Learn about UNCF scholarships and guidelines for applying. This is a community wide event for high school juniors, seniors and their parents. To RSVP, please email Dr. Ruth Woods at

The QuestBridge National College Match is a college admission and scholarship program for high-achieving, low-income students to be admitted early with a full four-year scholarship to one of QuestBridge’s college partners, which include some of the most selective colleges in the country. The program is for high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability despite serious financial challenges. For more information and to apply by the deadline of September 26, please go to

The Indianapolis Black Alumni Council is holding its annual Historically Black College & University – HCBU College Fair on September 26 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Crispus Attucks High School. HBCUs are an integral part of a diverse higher education experience and this fair provides a unique opportunity to meet with admissions representatives and learn more about the benefits of attending an HBCU. To learn more and to register for this event, go to

The Indianapolis Black Alumni Council is also holding its annual Scholarship Opportunity Network for seniors with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA on September 27 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. During this special session college recruiters interview students and make on-site offers of admission and academic scholarships! To attend the HBCU Scholarship Opportunity Network, students must complete the online application and upload their academic transcript. For more information on this event and to register, please go to

The Health Careers Opportunity Program to Increase Needed DiversitY (HCOP – INDY) is offering their College Prep Academy to current 11th and 12th grade high school students with an interest in the healthcare field. Criteria includes being from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background and the deadline to apply is October 4, 2019. For more information about the program and to apply, go to

On Saturday, October 12, CLD holds its Emerging Scholars – Keys to College Admissions Day at Crispus Attucks High School from 10AM – 1:30PM. This event is open to all high school students & parents and provides  information about applying to college, writing a college essay, attending a college admissions interview, navigating financial aid and scholarships, and life in college. Also, students who complete CLD’s Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Program, College Prep Program, and Emerging Scholars Day will get information on how they can apply for CLD College and Corporate Scholarships! Registration is now open at this link:

Tulane University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission will be hosting a multicultural fly-in program for prospective students from Saturday, October 19-Monday, October 21. PreviewTU is an exciting opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds interested in Tulane  to get an in-depth look at life as a college student and the college admission process.  To learn more and to apply, please go to

The University of Rochester’s Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP) brings together high school seniors from diverse backgrounds to experience Rochester on a more personal level. Members of the University’s community come from different geographical areas, represent differences in ethnicities, religious beliefs, values, socioeconomic backgrounds, and points of view; they may be physically different, have different intellectual interests, or have disabilities. Rochester welcomes such differences and helps students thrive in an equally diverse environment. MVP will take place Sunday, November 10–Tuesday, November 12. Learn more about the program, financial support, and application details here.

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth. Learn more and apply.

The Dialogue with Denison program on Denison’s beautiful campus is from November 2-4.This fully-funded diversity fly-in is for interested, academically qualified students from underrepresented populations. The deadline is quickly approaching! Applications are due Tuesday, October 1, and decisions will be released in mid-October. To learn more and apply, visit Dialogue with Denison.

Many colleges offer free college fly-in programs, such as the one listed below, to underrepresented students in order to increase diversity on their campuses. These programs are wonderful opportunities to see and experience campuses in different regions of the country.  Please find a complete list of these opportunities.

Questions about Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman at


AXA Achievement Scholarship application opens Sept. 1 and closes Dec. 14

Horatio Alger Scholarship application is available now through Oct. 25 to students who show demonstrated financial need. More information can be found on their website

Coca Cola Scholars application is open now through Oct. 31. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship open now through Nov. 13. The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need –  students apply via  the Common App.

Ron Brown Scholars Program application is open now through January. The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship.

Please reach out to Ms. Shank ( in College Counseling if you have any questions.