College Application Workshop


On August 13 & 14, BMC will host a two-day college application workshop for our rising senior students.  Hope Murtaugh of Murtaugh College Consulting, and her colleague, Valerie Bynum, will be providing valuable & critical information to seniors seeking college admission.  This 7 hour program (broken up over the two days) will guide your student through the rigorous and daunting college application process . The cost is $25 - which covers both days and all of the printed materials.    


Please make sure you are registered by August 10 using this link:


Who: BMC Rising Seniors - limited to 40 students (20 each session - students choose AM or PM and attend that session on BOTH days) 
What: College Application Workshop taught by Murtaugh College Consulting
When: August 13 & 14 - students choose either the morning  (8:30-12:00) or afternoon  (12:30-4:00) session.
Where: George Bomar Building 201, room 124/125
Cost: $25 per student



Day 1:  Tuesday, August 13th 

Building a College List and the Application Process (Tuesday, August 13)

Identifying the most important characteristics to you in choosing a college
Important factors for students and their the family to consider and discuss
Identifying possible majors (Engineering vs. Arts & Sciences vs. Business)
Activity: students will have time to identify their own priorities (handout provided)
Overview of leading colleges in our region 
Online virtual tours of colleges chosen by participants
Comparisons of regional schools/national schools to consider based on our visits
Organizing your application process
Planning your work and working your plan - a discussion of timeline with tasks and deadlines (handout provided) 

SC Public Colleges, Scholarships, and Hands-On Application work 
Applying to public colleges in SC - review of decision criteria for deeper understanding of admissibility 
Typical shorter essays for public colleges (USC, Clemson, College of Charleston, etc.)
Discuss how to research scholarship opportunities
Assistance with the shorter essay prompts will be available; two group essay activities included
* Based on feedback from last years student's, we have included 45 minutes of hands-on time with counselors at the end. 
  • Homework:  Make your own college list (minimum of four colleges)
  • Optional Homework:  Bring in any essays that you have been working on for individual comments
  • Optional Homework:  Make your own application timeline with tasks and deadlines


Day 2:  Wednesday, August 14th

Essay Writing, Selective College Admissions and Interviewing

Introduction to the Common Application and the Coalition Application (live online)
  • What makes a good activities list?  How can this be a “stand out factor” for you? 
  • Activity:  Students will work on creating their activity descriptions for these application platforms. Review of platform essay prompts 
  • Adding colleges and finding the supplemental essays
Writing the Personal Statement and college-specific essays:  How to write the “Why” essay and academic interest essays
  • Activity:  Admission Essay Evaluation:  Students will write a brief, anonymous essay and then will sit in mock admission committees to see how an essay can communicate the personal characteristics of the writer.
  • Group brainstorming activity - Hope will explain what each Personal Statement prompt is asking, and then students will spend a few minutes writing down three or four ideas of their own that might fit that prompt. After the explanation of each prompt, we go around the tables and each student shares one or two ideas. Leaders will ask questions and encourage students to ask questions.
Students will go through an “Interview 101” session.  Topics discussed will be preparation, body language, attire, tone of voice, articulation and energy.  We will also discuss the nuances of in-person, phone and video interviews.  There will be an interactive component of this section.  
* Based on feedback from last year's students, we have included one hour at the end that will be devoted to opening application accounts and one-on-one coaching questions.