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What Do I Need to Get into Business School?

May 15, 2020
Written by Taylor

Getting into business school is much more complex than simply sending in an application, however. If you hope to earn an MBA in the future, you can start plotting that trajectory and preparing to be a standout candidate. Here's what you'll need to get into business school and how you can start preparing now to get into your dream MBA program.

List of Colleges and Universities That Became Test-Optional for 2020-2021 [UPDATED]

May 13, 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 to Approach the Common Application’s New Coronavirus Prompt

May 13, 2020
Written by Taylor

On May 12, the Common Application announced that it would be adding a new, dedicated section for students to address how coronavirus has affected their educations, their college preparation, their family circumstances, and their lives.

Ivy League Colleges Still Want to See Your Test Scores During COVID

May 07, 2020
Written by Taylor

On April 22, Cornell University dropped a bomb in the college admissions world. Due to the disruptions to test dates caused by COVID-19, the university said, it would not require the submission of SAT or ACT scores by applicants in 2020-2021. Were even the most elite universities souring on standardized tests? As it turns out... not exactly.

Creating a New College Prep Routine During COVID-19

May 07, 2020
Written by Taylor

The normal routine students should pursue to get the most out of high school and to craft rich, persuasive applications has been shredded by coronavirus. So, we're putting our planning powers to work and suggesting some ways to maintain your college prep routine during COVID-19.