College Admissions During COVID-19: What Are Colleges Looking For?

The college admissions process has always been stressful: after spending 3+ years working to get the best grades possible, participating in activities, pursuing leadership positions and other achievements, and studying for standardized tests, students have to figure out how to communicate all of their accomplishments to people they may have [...]

What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

For this year's high school seniors, taking the SAT and ACT has proven to be even more challenging than expected.  Beyond the difficulty of the tests themselves, the cancelation of multiple test dates in the spring and summer has added to students' anxiety.  Some seniors took these tests for the [...]

Getting COVID-19 at College: A Parent’s Perspective

Guest blog post by Marcia Bannon Sending your child 2,000 miles away for their freshman year of college is never easy. Will they be homesick? Will they get along with their roommate? Will they be successful in their classes? In the age of coronavirus, it can be even more anxiety-producing [...]

By |2020-09-15T16:40:54+00:00September, 3, 2020|College and COVID-19|0 Comments

What Will College Really Look Like This Fall?

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 [...]

By |2020-08-24T15:52:22+00:00July, 13, 2020|College and COVID-19, College Life|0 Comments

How to Handle Colleges’ COVID-19 Liability Waivers

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, [...]

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00July, 2, 2020|College and COVID-19|0 Comments

Looking Beyond U.S. News Rankings

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 [...]

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00June, 24, 2020|College Rankings, College Research|0 Comments

Researching Colleges Without Leaving Home

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

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

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 [...]

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00April, 28, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Impact of Coronavirus on Colleges

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 [...]

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