College Application Tools

Bishop Kearney High School is proud of our 100% college acceptance rate and your child’s counselor is here to help you and your student navigate the college application process.

Following junior year classroom guidance related to college and career exploration, your child’s counselor will start the college application process with classroom guidance beginning in September of senior year. Keep an eye on the calendar for Senior Parent Night so that you can get the same valuable college information your child is receiving.

Your counselor is always available to help with college applications. Simply stop by the guidance office or set up an appointment through Mrs. May to see your counselor.

All Applications with a January 1st deadline are due to the guidance office by December 10th! Any applications submitted to the guidance office after December 10th will not be completed until we return from break in January.

Click on the link below for a short video on how to use the Common Application:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M61jkEVwT1g

The Common Application was updated for 2013 and things are a little different this year, the link is a helpful blog about what the new lingo on the application is actually asking for. Click for a “College App 2013 Breakdown”

Pull Your Applications Together

  • Narrow your list of colleges to approximately five to eight, and review it with your counselor. Get an application and financial aid info from each. Visit as many as possible.
  • See Senior Calendar for deadlines
    • Test dates, fees and deadlines
    • College application due dates
    • Required financial aid applications and their deadlines
    • Recommendations, transcripts and other necessary materials
    • Bishop Kearney’s  deadlines for application requests

Applications must be turned in to the guidance office 2 weeks before the application deadline!

  • Ask for recommendations. Give each person your resume, a stamped and addressed envelope, and any required forms.
  • Write application essays and ask  English teacher to review

Decide Whether to Apply Early Action or Early Decision

  • November 1: For early admission, colleges may require test scores and applications in early November.
  • Ask if your college offers an early estimate of financial aid eligibility.

Get Financial Aid Info

  • Attend financial aid info events in your area.
  • Talk to your counselor about CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and learn about completing the PROFILE.
  • Use Scholarship Search, review scholarship books, and ask your counselor about local and state funding sources.
  • Senior College Night, September 18th at 6:30 in the school’s auditorium
  • College Financial Aid night, November 13th at 6:30 in the school’s auditorium
  • Talk to your counselor about CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and learn about completing the PROFILE.
  • Use Scholarship Search, review scholarship books, and ask your counselor about local and state funding sources.

Students who are applying to two year or four year schools can find helpful application tools on this page.  There are three types of applications that we find our students use the most.

Students who want to apply to two-year and four-year SUNY colleges can get the application online at www.SUNY.edu.  Students can use one application to apply up to four different state schools at once.

The common application, www.commonapp.org  provides students with the option of applying to different private colleges with one application.  There are over 100 different privet schools to choose from. This application also allows students and parents to track when application materials are downloaded by the college admissions office.

Some schools will offer their own application for students to use.  It is up to the student to decide which application will work best for them.

Helpful Application Links