College Admissions Information for 2017 Graduates
For a schedule of colleges visiting BTHS please visit College Visits 2016-17 and sign up to attend a session in the guidance office.This programming is reserved for Juniors and Seniors.
Seniors, please review the updated 2016-17 Senior “How To” College Application Packets here. One paper copy of this information is available to each senior at the guidance desk now. Also, be sure to review the School Profile to see the information colleges and universities receive about Bartram Trail High School students!
For most schools, a “complete” application includes:
- Application Fee
- Test Scores (ACT and/or SAT)
- Transcript (Use Parchment via the BTHS home page.)
In general, you need at least these four items to have a school look at your application. If you are missing just one piece, your file can be considered incomplete and they will probably not consider you for admission. Check the “Undergraduate Admissions” portion of the school(s) to which you are applying and check and double check that you’ve sent them everything they need.
**TRANSCRIPTS, TRANSCRIPTS, TRANSCRIPTS** Transcripts include your grades for HS credit as well as your current schedule. Your transcript is a major part of the college application process. Most schools will require that you send your official transcript as part of the application process. The service Bartram Trail uses is electronic and can be used for schools across the nation whether public or private. There is no charge to the student for this service. Please note: Several public institutions in Florida now use the Student Self-reported Academic Record (SSAR). The list of schools include: Florida State University, the University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida Polytechnic University. Students applying to these schools will complete the SSAR by referencing an unofficial transcript that can be ordered in PDF format via Parchment.
We encourage you to apply to several schools. Colleges review applications holistically, meaning that it is not just a certain GPA or test score that will get you in, it is the whole application.
College Essay Tips:
- Show, Don’t Tell who you are (Use detail, provide meaning)
- Be Specific
- Capture the Interest of the Reader
- Make It Personal
- Be Yourself!
Some Past Application Essay Prompts from Florida schools:
We firmly believe that every person is unique and of value. Our University is enriched by embracing individual differences and creating a community that is much more than the sum of its parts. In 650 words or less, share your story with us. Tell us how you came to be the person you are today, and about your passions and future expectations. Describe how you will benefit from our community and how our community will benefit from you.
Please choose one of these essay topics if you are applying to the UF Freshman Class of 2020.
- You have been elected President of the United States. Write your inauguration speech for us.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” Describe a time when your perspective changed. How did your perspective change and why did it change?
- If you were offered the role of the villain or the hero in a movie, which role would you accept and why?
- If admitted to the University of Florida, tell us three SPECIFIC things you plan to do during your time here.
You will most likely also need a resume (click here for a sample) that should include the following:
- Community Service BTHS Community Service Hours Guidelines
- Club Involvement
- Leadership experiences
- Athletic, music, artistic involvement
- Work experience
- Awards received