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Category: College Admissions

Posted June 3, 2021, 10 a.m. by Dr. Aviva Legatt | View Comments
how to pick a college

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on college admissions and May 1’s National Decision Day, with selective colleges shutting out thousands more qualified applicants this year, longer than ever college waitlists, and a sense of unknown regarding on-campus safety in the wake of Covid-19. In my recent conversation with Leslie Davidson, vice president for enrollment at Beloit College on my podcast, College Admissions Real Talk, we shared strategies for students to pick a college during this unprecedented time. Q: What are some strategies for students to pick a college during this unprecedented time? A: Davidson suggests looking up the campus’s Covid-19 ...

Posted April 5, 2021, 1:01 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college freshmen

Seniors, the month of April is your month. It is when the power to choose your college and send your deposit to reserve your freshman place is all yours. Due May 01. April is your month. Pandemic year. This year is different. Questions are different. You have to ask: Is the campus planning to be open next September or not? Is the college bringing freshmen to their dorms or not? What is the meal plan on campus? Are classes in-person or online? Or both? These are the basic questions for you to ask and results (for the moment) to understand ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2020, 1:51 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
college application

Coronavirus shutdowns hit the U.S. just before most high school seniors received college acceptance packets. For members of the class of 2021, the application process – from researching options to campus “visits” – will be very different, taking place almost entirely online. “The college search is challenging enough for students in the best of times,” said Scott Anderson, senior director and board secretary of Common App. “If you layer on top of that the general unavailability of in-person experiences and the uncertainty of what the college experience is going to be like a year from now, it’s a totally different ...

Posted Oct. 30, 2020, 10 a.m. by Ellie Mckinsey | View Comments
entrance exam

Applying for colleges is a lot of work, even without the addition of an audition. You need to write exceptional essays, prepare your resume, and make sure you keep your grades up. If you’re applying for a music college, you’ll also need to prepare for your entrance exam. Follow these tips to ensure you’re as prepared as possible before walking into the audition room. 1. Get Advice Talk to your teacher and any friends that have gone through the audition process. Ask them what the panel was like, the size of the room, and anything else you might want to ...

Posted Oct. 28, 2020, 10 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college applications

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. “Oh no! I’m a senior – my last year of high school. Senior year is supposed to be my big, happy (after I get into college) last year of high school. It’s supposed to be the time when I figure out where in this whole country I want to apply to and go to college. I’ve been thinking and dreaming of my senior year all through high school.” As have all seniors… and so let’s think together of how to ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2020, 11:59 a.m. by Nadine Evans | View Comments
medical school

Whether you're a senior high school student applying to college or just at the start of your undergraduate degree, you have a lot of upcoming decisions to make. One of which; applying to medical school, you've already decided on. As you already know, you must do really well during your undergraduate years in college to have a realistic chance of acceptance to medical school and one of the biggest keys to academic success is using self-reflection to decide what you want to study and where you want to study. Keep in mind that medical schools do not have a preference ...

Posted July 29, 2020, 2:23 p.m. by Dr. Amy Morgenstern | View Comments
Rising Senior

I’ll never forget the time Evelyn, a rising senior, was rejected from every ultra prestigious summer program she’d applied. “No worries,” I quickly reassured her and her mom. “A DIY summer could make an even stronger case at top schools!” Sure enough, after spending her time volunteering at a medical center, taking an online class in environmental leadership (which blew her mind!), and using her extraordinary musical talents to mesmerize fellow volunteers during breaks and play birthday songs for best friends, she was accepted to UC Berkeley in Computer Science. Sometimes a humble plan you’ve patched together is your key ...

Posted July 23, 2020, 12:15 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
class of 2024

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. Easy for the rest of us to say, and so hard for you and your family to hear, imagine, and figure out. There is change from the colleges every day about what to do with their freshman class of 2024. You will have heard of online classes for next year, new registration dates, change in prices, students on or not on campus and in or not in residence halls. Classes for on-campus students for one-semester, followed by a semester online. ...

Posted June 24, 2020, 2:30 p.m. by Jason Vallozzi | View Comments
College Cap

College admissions has always been overwhelming and stressful to families. There is a new level of college stress for families stemming from so much uncertainty for underclassmen students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, when will students be able to take the SAT or ACT test? Will colleges even require SAT or ACT scores? How will activities be viewed when we are practicing social distancing? When will campus visits resume? And most importantly, what should we be doing now for our college planning? How Can We Prepare for College During a Pandemic? I believe time is a sacred resource ...

Posted April 28, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
Empty lecture seats

Trying to imagine applying to college is hard to do. Being at home instead of at school with your friends, teachers, friends, school counselor, and friends is not where you want to be. Not knowing when or if your senior year will begin in September is almost impossible to imagine. Let’s agree that it is what it is. Stay Connected While Applying to College From Home Most important is to get and stay in touch with your teachers and school counselor throughout the college application process. If you haven’t heard from your guidance (college) counselor, email him or her today. ...

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