May 19, 2014
Many of Bryan Collegiate High School’s 58 graduating seniors have already spent years on the Blinn College campus, earning college credit even as they work toward their high school diploma. For 13, their Blinn careers are just getting started after being accepted to the College’s 132nd incoming class.
At Bryan Collegiate’s College Colors Day celebration Friday, Blinn officials recognized Aimee Uribe, Travis Guilbault, Amalia Tirado, McKenzie Zemanek, Deneb Estrada, Rosa Zamarron, Octavio Cisneros, Yajaira Mata, Gabriela Ortiz, Juan Lopez, Kelsey Taylor and Clemente Martinez after each was accepted to Blinn. Fellow BCHS senior Alexis Covey was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
The day not only recognized those students who had been accepted to colleges and universities across the nation but also inspired younger BCHS students who were on-hand to see the school’s celebration of education.
Bryan Collegiate is the result of a unique partnership between Bryan ISD and Blinn College that places students on the fast track to a college degree. Through a curriculum that includes dual credit throughout all four years of their high school experience, graduates leave with not only their high school diploma, but also 40-60 college credit hours they can transfer to a four-year degree. The school estimates that between tuition and books, students who complete the program receive an estimated $15,000 in college savings at no charge.
Roughly 70 percent of Bryan Collegiate students are first-generation college students, and 19 students in last year’s graduating class were the first in their families to graduate high school.
Bryan Collegiate has been ranked among the top 5 percent of high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report each of the last two years. The school has also earned all three Texas Education Agency (TEA) distinctions, making it one of just five high schools in Education Service Center Region 6 to do so.
Students who apply are considered based upon their attendance, interview and essay responses. Per TEA regulations, Bryan Collegiate cannot consider academics, discipline or teacher recommendations and the school’s demographics should reflect those of the surrounding district. As an early college high school, Bryan Collegiate must target and enroll a majority of first-generation students from low-income families.
Blinn instructors travel to the Bryan Collegiate campus to teach courses to freshmen and sophomores, while juniors and seniors travel to Blinn for classes on campus. Senior students take just one class at Bryan Collegiate while the remainder of their schedule consists of Blinn coursework. By the time they have completed their senior year, most students can enroll in college as juniors.
Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.
Registration remains open for Blinn’s Summer I, Summer II and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.