Class of 2020

May 26, 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! This is a time of great excitement for the future and uncertainty about what college will look like in Fall 2020. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, colleges are adjusting policies and deadlines, and many families are re-evaluating their options. With ongoing questions about whether classes will be able to resume on campus in Fall 2020, families may be considering changes to their college plans. Waitlists, in many cases, are still active and enrollment deposit deadlines have been extended into June, July, and August. 

If you've been waitlisted at your first or second choice college, do not be afraid to reach out and follow-up with the Admissions. 

To stay up-to-date during this tumultuous time, current seniors and recent graduates should follow the following steps:

  •  Check your email inboxes daily for correspondence from colleges and stay on top of it.
  •  Call admissions departments to follow-up, clarify your financial aid...
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The Rise of Test-Optional Admissions

May 26, 2020

In October 2019, PBS Newshour reported that every ten days, on average, another university implements SAT/ACT test-optional policies. Cancelled SAT and ACT test dates and economic woes in the age of COVID-19 have only accelerated the test-optional movement in the US, as compelling data continues to emerge suggesting that parents' economic status is a greater predictor of test scores than students' ability to succeed in college. Instead, test-optional policies are increasingly allowing colleges to gain more diverse pools of capable, talented applicants.

 

The California State University and University of California systems have recently announced plans to go test optional. In addition to the largest university systems in the US, smaller private colleges, such as Tufts University, are announcing new "test-optional policies" for the next few years to help families that have been impacted. However, other elite institutions, such as Vanderbilt University have...

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College Entrance Exams in a Pandemic (Updated May 2020)

May 26, 2020

As millions have already learned, the March and May 2020 SAT test administrations have been canceled due to the evolving coronavirus crisis. With June test dates at the mercy of the pandemic, The College Board is preparing several SAT makeup opportunities and–if needed, due to prolonged school closures into the fall–possible contingency plans to offer SAT online testing options. The College Board has already announced that all Advanced Placement (AP) exams scheduled for May 2020 will be offered in a shortened format online so that students can take their exams from home. In April, ETS launched international at-home online testing solutions for the TOEFL iBT and GRE test-takers in the US and all over the world with the exception of China and Iran.

 

On the ACT front, the April 2020 test date has been canceled, but the June 2020 test date is still confirmed. However, if pandemic-related closures continue, the June ACT is also susceptible to...

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SAT and ACT Test Cancellations March - June 2020

May 22, 2020

The May and June SAT test dates have now officially been canceled. As reported over a week ago, the move towards at-home online testing options continues to accelerate, as the College Board and the ACT both confirm that such preparations are underway and will be ready to launch in the fall 2020 semester in the event that school closures continue. If schools and governments are open this summer, the College Board is "planning to make up for the loss of the spring testing dates by offering SAT exams every month through the end for the year, beginning in August, if in-person gatherings have been lifted".

 As of April 21, the ACT test dates on June 13 and July 18 have not yet been canceled although the ACT will be paying special attention to the CDC and local guidelines before making a final decision about the upcoming ACT test dates. It remains to be seen whether additional test sites could be added for the June and July ACT test dates to better accommodate the students who...

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How to Visit Colleges Virtually (Updated May 2020)

May 17, 2020

The best college essays, applications, and interviews come from strong, thorough research into that college and clarity about The absolute best way to get to know a college, its culture, and what makes it unique is to attend a campus tour.

  •  Campus tours allow students to meet meet directly with admissions staff, current faculty and students. Some tours can be customized to include classroom visits so that applicants can drop-in on classes of interest that may be related to a potential future major. In some cases, applicants can book an overnight stay in the dormitory with a senior student to get a more authentic mini-college experience. Such opportunities allow applicants to taste the food in the dining hall or get a feel for how "woke" a campus might be. If the campus is full of students wearing boat shoes and polo shirts but you prefer sandals and t-shirts, you will be able to determine a level of "fit" that goes beyond the glossy brochures and professionally designed...
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