1. Sign On To NAVIANCE Using Your User Name & Password
Go to - https://connection.naviance.com/bmhs. Enter your User Name and Password at “Sign In For Returning Users” * Get the Naviance App! Read the entire Welcome Page
2. Check Out Your Data / Compare Your Record to Other Students Who Have Applied to College
Under “About me” click on “my profile” and verify the data is correct. Click on “my test scores” and verify the data is correct. If either are not, contact your Guidance Counselor. Note: A Brien McMahon High School code is 070698. You’ll need this when you apply to college.
Go to – “About college” – college match – pick your “probability” – click “create match list” – this is a very simple way to get started.
3. Conduct Your Own Detailed College Search and Selection Process and Check Out a Specific College
Under “About College” click on “college search” – use the “school type” selections on the page that comes up – scroll to the bottom – “show matches.” Then systematically go through the menus at the top (Location, students, admission, etc.). Remember to scroll all the way to the bottom each time to “show matches.” When you get a search done that you think you might use as a starting point in the future, pick “save search” and give it a file name. When you get a manageable list of colleges, use the “pick” function to put those of highest interest in your “handpicked list.” Use the “compare” function to see how you stack up. Delete any schools you want to omit. For the remaining list, click “add to my colleges.” You can always delete them later – but you will start with something to talk about with College Counseling.
Go to – “About College” – and “college lookup” – type in the name of the college (if there is more than one of that name, you’ll be asked to pick from a list). Click on the right one – you will get a page of basic information. “How you compare” shows your GPA, SAT versus those from GHS who have been admitted in the past. For more detailed info use the pull down “learn more.” You can “visit website” to go to that college’s site, or “add to list” if you think this is a school you might want to apply to. “Overlaps” shows where prior BMHS grads who applied there also applied. “Graph” is a scattergram of prior applicants vs. you
4. Become familiar with the Common App and the New Essay Prompts
Go to this web address https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/CA4.aspx to preview the new Common Application accepted by hundreds of schools. You cannot begin to fill out the Common App until August but you can have all of the information ready!