We hope that this message finds you well, healthy and safe. Given the quest for information and support during this challenging time, we want to share some resources to help your college process today.
1. NACAC College Admission Status Update: NACAC has developed a tool for colleges and universities to post their updates about how they are adapting to the impact of the coronavirus. On this tool, you’ll find information about which colleges are still hosting school visits, who’s extending their deadlines for responding to offers, and other Coronavirus-related policy updates.
In lieu of traditional campus visits, we expect to see more virtual college admissions events like these.
2. ACT, SAT, and AP Testing Updates: The College Board and ACT are canceling and rescheduling some spring test dates. ACT updates are here and SAT updates and AP are here. The College Board (which hosts the AP and SAT) is making an announcement tomorrow (Friday, March 20) regarding provisions for students to take AP tests.
Case Western has just announced that they will be test optional for the upcoming admissions cycle, and I expect other top-tier institutions to follow their lead or to de-emphasize scores in the upcoming admissions cycle.
3. Ivy Insight’s College Essay Challenge: If you or your students want to devote some time to working ahead on college essays, you can take advantage of our free college essay challenge, which will take place Monday-Friday next week (March 23-28). When you sign up for the challenge, we’ll work together to complete your personal statement. It will be fun, supportive and easy. Text “apps” to 33377 to sign up.
4. Video Conferencing: For hosting meetings and webinars for classmates and guest speakers, Zoom is a great option. The company has temporarily lifted its 40-minute meeting limit for many K-12 schools. Learn more on Zoom’s site.
5. RoundPier’s Student Platform. A hub for students and educators to connect, RoundPier is providing scholarships and information for development opportunities that students can partake in during the summer or over the course of the academic year. It’s a great chance for students to share ideas and build peer-to-peer connections.
We hope you find these resources helpful in this challenging time.