Current Families

This page provides college counseling information for current families at BUA including standardized testing information, financial aid and scholarship information, resources and recommended reading, college credit transfer information, and timelines for families of juniors and seniors.

A host of programming is offered to help students and families successfully navigate the college process:

  • Weekly junior class meetings
  • Weekly senior class meetings (fall semester)
  • Individual student and family meetings
  • College interview preparation
  • Campus-hosted SAT and ACT preparation
  • College essay and application review
  • Spring sophomore parent program
  • 65-80 college admission officers visit campus each fall to meet with interested students
  • Spring junior parent program
  • College Essay Writing Workshop- Rising seniors write college essays with immediate feedback from college counselors and an undergraduate admission officer
  • Fall and spring senior parent programs
  • College Colloquium – A conversation between families of juniors and a current leader in the field of college admissions

Resources for All Families


College Admission Guidebook

Transferring BU Course Credit

Freshman and Sophomore Families

The college counselors are available to meet with and advise students about standardized testing, academic choices, extra-curricular involvement, or summer opportunities at any point during high school. We encourage all BUA families to read the bi-weekly Academic Bulletin for information on the college counseling process across all four years at BUA.

Junior Families

Formally, the college search process begins in January of junior year with weekly junior class meetings to discuss various aspects of the college application process. By the end of Junior year, all students will have met individually with the college counselors several times, developed proficiency with Naviance (the college counseling database), completed several self-reflective surveys, developed a preliminary college list, identified faculty recommenders for college applications, brainstormed potential college essay topics, completed a first-round of all testing, practiced interview skills, and had the opportunity to engage in conversations with admission officers on our campus.

This is a month-by-month overview of the college counseling process for juniors (or view pages 50-53 of the College Guidebook):

Senior Families

The fall of senior year is perhaps the busiest time in the college application process. Weekly senior meetings with the college counselors help all seniors stay on track in producing robust applications. As college lists are finalized, essays are written, applications are produced, and students weigh the merits of applying to colleges by early, priority, or regular application deadlines, the college counselors are involved in the process, offering guidance from years of work in highly selective college and university admission offices.

This is a month-by-month overview of the college counseling program for seniors or view pages 53-56 of the College Guidebook):