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List of Colleges and Universities that Announced Being Test Optional for 2020-2021 [UPDATED]

April 03, 2020
Written by Taylor

Here you can find all the schools that have become test-optional, either temporarily or permanently, in advance of the 2020-2021 application cycle. These schools have all announced in the past two weeks, and more are likely to announce similar changes soon, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to change.

How Colleges Becoming Test-Optional Due to Coronavirus Will Affect You

April 03, 2020
Written by Taylor

In recent weeks, more than a dozen colleges and universities in the United States have stated that they will be effectively "test-optional" for applicants in the high school Class of 2021 (and, in some cases, beyond). Given the prominent role SAT scores play in college admissions, these changes have radically altered the landscape. What does that mean for you?

How Coronavirus Affects Applying to College

April 02, 2020
Written by Taylor

The fallout of the ongoing public health emergency involving COVID-19 has thrown almost all industries in the United States into disarray, none more so than higher education. Understandably, this has created a lot of anxiety among college-bound students. But while we don't know exactly what will happen, we do know this: everything will be fine.

Medical School Admissions Requirements: A Complete Guide

April 02, 2020
Written by Taylor

To hear some people tell it, future doctors need to start applying to medical school while they're still in diapers. And while that's not exactly true, it is a fact that medical schools consider a wide range of factors in evaluating their applicants, and meeting their many requirements is not easy. Before embarking on the grueling med school admissions process, it's important to make sure you can satisfy all their expectations.

How to Get into College: Tips to Help You Apply & Get Accepted

April 02, 2020
Written by Taylor

Whether you have a single dream school in mind, are planning to apply to all the top colleges, or just want to stay close to home, the college admissions process can seem like a minefield to prospective students. But in addition to having a strong grasp on the timeline and application requirements, there are also some overall factors to keep in mind during your high school experience that will maximize your chances of success at selective colleges.