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Demographics Page

In addition to traditional information, the "Demographics" page of the BEL Admissions Application captures data used in determining some program eligibility.

Low-income student

To capture if a student qualifies for this metric, the application asks if the applicant is currently receiving "free or reduced lunch benefits".

The expected answers are:

  • yes: the applicant qualifies
  • no: the applicant does not qualify

Rather than stopping the application process, and immediately denying the student, the application asks for details regarding their situation if they select "no". A number of applicants in prior years have reported that they missed the cutoff for the federal definition of the program by a small amount. As such, the BEL Program Office asks for additional details so that they can weigh the situation, rather than be bound by the federal requirements.

U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

To capture if a student qualifies for this metric, the application asks for the applicant's Citizenship

The expected answers are:

  • U.S. Citizen: the applicant qualifies
  • U.S. Permanent Resident: the applicant qualifies
  • Refugee/Granted Political Asylum: the applicant does not qualify
  • Non-U.S. Citizen: the applicant does not qualify

Rather than stopping the application process, and immediately denying the student, the applicant can submit their application. This allows the BEL Program Office the opportunity to handle the situation during the review process.

Ethnicity and Race

To capture if a student qualifies for this metric, the application asks for the applicant's Ethnicity and Race. These questions only appear if the citizenship was valid (U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident)

Academic History Page

In addition to current High School information, the "Demographics" page of the BEL Admissions Application captures data used in determining some program eligibility.

Current 10th Grader

To capture if a student qualifies for this metric, the application asks if the applicant is currently in the 10th grade.

The expected answers are:

  • yes: the applicant qualifies
  • no: the applicant does not qualify

Rather than stopping the application process, and immediately denying the student, the application asks for details regarding their situation if they select "no". In this case, the BEL Program Office asks for additional details so that they can weigh the situation, rather than be bound by the self-reported information.

Transcripts

3.0/4.0 GPA

Applicants must have an official transcript submitted to the BEL Program Office on their behalf, submitted by a high school counselor. This is tangentially related to program eligibility.

The "Transcript" page of the BEL Admissions Application allows applicants to specify the school counselor who they would like to submit a transcript on their behalf. The counselor is emailed a link to the admissions application (similar to Recommenders and Authorizers).


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