Bham Admissions Essay

Application

This is the application form that can be filled out online via our online application or the Common Application, or printed from a pdf. If you use the BSC Online Application, you will be able to upload your resume and essay and send it electronically along with your application form.

Essay

Please send us a personal statement or essay of 250-500 words. This personal essay helps us become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. Feel free to choose from one of the following topics or create your own.

  1. Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn't learn from reading your admissions application.
  2. Tell us about a time that you experienced failure. What did you learn from this experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Is there a time when you have been an agent of change or challenged the norm? What inspired you to act? If you had it to do it all over again, would you?
  5. Tell us about a place, person, event or trip that is particularly meaningful to you.

High School Transcript

We do need to see a high school transcript but will accept an unofficial copy submitted through email or uploaded on your application portal. You are also able to self-report your grades through an online form on that same portal.

Official ACT or SAT Test Scores

You are able to self-report your ACT or SAT test scores either through our application portal or by emailing copies to your admission counselor. We take your SAT or ACT scores into consideration when evaluating your application unless you submit a test-optional application.

School Recommendation Form

Please have your guidance counselor complete our school recommendation form. If you would like for your counselor to write your School Recommendation Letter, it can be submitted using this form as well.

School Recommendation Letter

BSC requires one letter of recommendation from a counselor, a teacher, coach or other school official.

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