College Counseling

The college admissions process can be an exciting, as well as intimidating transition for many students.  Our college counselor provides assistance in post-secondary planning to students and their parents.  Presentations on career awareness, college selection, and financial aid acquisition are made to students during the day and to parents at nighttime presentations.  Communications via email and letters home remind families about deadlines and “next steps” in the college application and funding process. Families may also request individual appointments to discuss student opportunities.  ACT and AP test preparation by the faculty is another important aspect of college readiness.  The BCAMSC recognizes the importance of assisting students in reaching their post-secondary goals.

Standardized Tests

PSAT/NMSQT - stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

SAT - Learn more about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, register online, and view and send your SAT scores.

ACT - This test is taken as a part of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME), but should be taken by Center students near the end of the sophomore year for a baseline score and to prepare in weaker areas before the mandatory junior year MME

Advanced Placement Program (AP) - Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit, advanced placement, and stand out in the admissions process.

The College Board - A site focused on college preparation and a host of planning tools specific to parents and students. Sign up for the official SAT Question of the Day

College Fairs in Michigan

We will post links with information about areas college fairs once known and add dates to our HS calendar to be published on the home page under the HS sections at the bottom.

Summer Academic Programs

American Mathematical Society - Summer programs that help gifted students explore the world of mathematics research (most are residential programs accepting applications nationwide).

Michigan Math and Science Scholars at U of M - a program designed to expose high school students to current developments and research in the sciences and to encourage the next generation of researchers to develop and retain a love of mathematics and science.

Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs - A multitude of opportunities for exploration in careers and knowledge for pre-college students

MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) - The MITES Program is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for talented high school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.

MSU Spartan Youth Programs - Browse a wide range of exciting opportunities for youth to improve their knowledge and skills in specific subject areas.

Students Review - Extensive listings of summer youth programs across the nation.

Financial Aid

FAFSA - Get organized, fill out the application, and view your results online.

FinAid - A Comprehensive site dedicated to providing objective guidance on financial aid to students and parents.

Fastweb - A leading Internet scholarship search firm—we’ll help you find a scholarship to pay for school and let you know what to expect when you get there.

College Board Scholarship Search - This online tool helps locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background.

NHHEAF - We are dedicated to providing students and families with valuable information about the college planning process; from savings options and college admissions requirements, to applying for financial aid and scholarships.

College Information

College Navigator - Begin a college search with the ability to fine-tune and refine all details that are important to you.

College MatchMaker - Use MatchMaker to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences.

Applying to College

Common Application - provides both online and print versions of its First-year and Transfer Applications to a membership of nearly 400 institutions representing a full range of US higher education institutions: public and private, large and small, highly selective and modestly selective, and East Coast, West Coast, and every region in between.

Test Optional Schools – lists accredited, bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities that deemphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT.