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The Coronavirus and College Admissions: Part 2

Last Updated on Apr 22, 2020 12:00:00 AM

In an interview posted on Kusi.com, under the title “Navigating college admissions amid Coronavirus pandemic,” Robert Massa, who teaches about higher education at the University of Southern California and is a former admissions dean from Johns Hopkins University and Dickinson College, offered these thoughts, among others, on how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect a student’s quest to attend the school of their choice.

Topics: College Admission, Test-Prep, College Counseling, College Planning, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Admission, Test-Prep, College Counseling, College Planning, Coronavirus

Recommendation Letters in the Era of Covid-19

Last Updated on Apr 7, 2020 8:18:24 AM

Now, with mandated social distancing in our lives for the foreseeable future, all schools, big and small, are faced with the very same issue. While Skype or Zoom-based interviews are likely to increase in popularity and number, it’s also certain that letters of recommendation (LORs) will grow in importance to admission officers when they evaluate applicants. On top of that, a number of colleges will be test-optional next year, so in the absence of SAT or ACT scores, emphasis on LORs, among other factors, will increase.

Topics: College Application, Letter of Recommendation, Going to College, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Application, Letter of Recommendation, Going to College, Coronavirus

Visiting Colleges in the Era of Covid-19

Last Updated on Apr 2, 2020 5:29:27 PM

Every college or university has, or is in development of, some sort of virtual connection for admitted and prospective students and their families. All of them have campus visit pages on their websites, which is where you can find this information.

Topics: College Planning, College Visits, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Planning, College Visits, Coronavirus

Quick Takes: Calculus, Curriculum, and Coronavirus Cancellations

Last Updated on Mar 26, 2020 11:49:06 AM

Today, we’ll share tips and pointers that we picked up from recent college counseling conferences (prior to the Coronavirus hiatus). Additionally, we have updates regarding changes to testing, both national and international. Here we go!

Topics: Going to College, APUSH, Coronavirus, STEM Courses

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Topics: Going to College, APUSH, Coronavirus, STEM Courses

The Latest Intel on College Admissions & Testing in Light of Covid-19

Last Updated on Mar 23, 2020 4:54:55 PM

Summer vacation came in the spring this year, brought to us by the Coronavirus and its attendant bumper crop of lemons. And when you’re given lemons….

Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, ACT/SAT, Virtual, Coronavirus

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Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, ACT/SAT, Virtual, Coronavirus

AP Exam Update from the College Board

Last Updated on Mar 21, 2020 9:54:03 AM

The College Board just announced its plan for the 2020 AP exams on their AP website:

Topics: AP Exams, Coronavirus

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Topics: AP Exams, Coronavirus