This Messes Up College Admission Planning – What You Can Do
<![CDATA[The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the distancing measures implements to slow its spread have significantly altered our lives. My college freshman has been sent home to complete the semester online. My seventh-grade son doesn’t know when (or if) he will return to school this spring. And many families attempting to plan for college admission and decisions have found their plans messed up. This situation is obviously in flux and we don’t know how long schools will be out and campuses are practicing social distancing. There are things you can do to work around these college planning challenges. For Families of High School Seniors First, I’m very sorry. I know this was not what you had planned. It is completely normal to feel angry, sad, and frustrated. If you have not decided where you will be attending school next fall, here’s what you can do:
- Expect to make your decision without additional campus visits. Admitted student weekends are likely to be canceled and many colleges have already sent all students home to finish the semester online.
- Call the admissions office and ask for their help in making your final decision. Ask questions. Have them put you in touch with the financial aid office. Find out how you can connect with current students to ask questions and learn more about campus life.
- Review notes from previous campus visits. What did you like? What were your concerns?
- Search out virtual tours and YouTube videos from the colleges on your list.
- Reach out through social media to get remaining questions answered.
- Testing (SAT, ACT, etc.)
- College Selection
- College Board has canceled the May SAT and any makeups for the March SAT. No decision has been made on the June SAT. https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters
- ACT has canceled the April 4 ACT. The next ACT is June 13. https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html
- Take your college tours online. I like the official ones mixed with some unofficial student videos from YouTube.
- Do more exhaustive research. Read about special programs on the college websites, create a spreadsheet to compare options, reach out to admissions by phone or email.
- Prepare to start the applications process without campus visits.