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Recent Developments in College Admissions Due to COVID-19

May 05, 2020
Written by Taylor

Here you can find the latest information about how COVID-19 is affecting the process for preparing for, applying to, and attending college in the United States. Please check back often to stay on top of the latest developments!

Will Colleges and Universities Be Open in Fall 2020?

April 24, 2020
Written by Taylor

Will COVID-19 be under control by September 2020, and will colleges and universities be able to resume normal life? Everyone wants to know, especially the high school seniors now deciding where to commit. But only a tiny handful of schools have decided one way or the other, and even those decisions could change.

How Coronavirus Affects Applying to College

April 14, 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.

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

April 14, 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 to Choose a College or University

April 10, 2020
Written by Taylor

If you're reading a guide to the college admissions process, you'll almost certainly be asked to research colleges and create a list of schools. But what does that really mean? How should you go about choosing the colleges to visit, to apply to, and, ultimately, to attend?