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What Will College Really Look Like This Fall?

By |2020-07-13T15:13:06+00:00July, 13, 2020|College and COVID-19, College Life|

In preparing for the fall, colleges have been presenting a wide variety of scenarios.  Since late April, the Chronicle of Higher Education has been tracking the fall plans of nearly 1,125 colleges.  As of July 13, 57% of those colleges are planning to have students on campus and offer classes [...]

How to Handle Colleges’ COVID-19 Liability Waivers

By |2020-07-12T20:51:51+00:00July, 2, 2020|College and COVID-19|

Although the school year has not yet started, student athletes are already back on some college campuses for pre-season training.  Several colleges have asked or required these students to sign liability waivers stating that the students will not sue the college if they get coronavirus.  As reported in Sports Illustrated, [...]

Looking Beyond U.S. News Rankings

By |2020-07-13T15:56:48+00:00June, 24, 2020|College Rankings, College Research|

In September, U.S. News and World Report will publish its annual college rankings, as it has been doing since 1983.  Although colleges clamor to be at the top of these lists, students and parents should be aware that the rankings have many flaws.  Nearly seven years ago, I wrote a [...]

Researching Colleges Without Leaving Home

By |2020-07-12T20:54:36+00:00May, 12, 2020|College and COVID-19, College Research, College Visits|

For high school juniors, COVID-19 has really thrown a wrench into their college preparation and search process.  ACT and SAT test dates have been cancelled, AP exams are being given online, and the ability to visit college campuses has been suspended for an indefinite amount of time.  Many juniors were [...]

Gap Year Considerations in Light of COVID-19

By |2020-07-12T20:55:04+00:00May, 7, 2020|College and COVID-19, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships, Transitioning to College|

One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the amount of uncertainty surrounding it, and for high school seniors, one of the greatest areas of uncertainty is what college will look like this fall.  Although many colleges have announced that they intend to re-open their campuses in [...]

The Effects of COVID-19 on Young People’s Mental Health

By |2020-05-08T18:46:42+00:00April, 28, 2020|Uncategorized|

Earlier this spring, in just a matter of days, high school and college students went from living their normal lives -- going to school, participating in sports and activities, hanging out with their friends -- to being stuck at home, forced to "social distance" and take classes online.  To say [...]

The Impact of Coronavirus on Colleges

By |2020-07-12T20:55:38+00:00March, 10, 2020|College Admissions, College and COVID-19, College Visits|

As the coronavirus spreads, its effects are being felt on college campuses across the U.S. and around the world.  The following are examples of recent actions taken by a handful of colleges. Many American colleges have cancelled study abroad programs in Italy, China, and South Korea, pulling students out of [...]

Colleges Reevaluate Legacy Considerations

By |2020-03-14T19:37:59+00:00March, 4, 2020|College Admissions|

Students often wonder what they can do to maximize their chances of admission at selective and highly selective colleges.  Some are at an advantage not because of something they themselves did, but rather, because of who their relatives are.  I'm talking, of course, about legacy preference.  At some schools, students [...]

The College Admissions Process is Becoming Even More Complicated

By |2020-03-12T17:51:30+00:00February, 25, 2020|College Admissions|

Often, when I meet with potential clients, parents comment on how much more complicated and competitive the college admissions process is now, compared to when they went through it.  They frequently make statements such as, “I only applied to two colleges,” or, "I don't think I'd even get into my [...]

How College and College Admissions Might Change in the Next Decade

By |2020-02-13T19:02:00+00:00January, 14, 2020|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, Paying for College|

Since the New Year, several articles have been published that have reflected on the accuracy of predictions for the year 2020, while others have speculated on what will happen in the coming year and decade, in areas ranging from politics to fashion to technology. College and college admissions are another [...]