Class of 2021: Week of July 20

This email serves as a check in and offers you some timely reminders.

Hello Rising Seniors!

It was so wonderful to see so many of you this past week! We are excited to send along some timely information and also news about SFS summer college workshops coming up later this month and in August. Additionally, we are again sharing some summer ideas during COVID-19, if you have some free time on your hands and want to engage in an activity or two,

SFS Summer Seminar Series - Mark your calendars!

We are excited to offer some Summer Seminars for you! Listed below are the dates/times and topics. Zoom information will be sent closer to the date of the workshop. Please join us!

July 30, 1pm EST: Selective College Admissions - How to Stand Out and Mistakes to Avoid

August 6, 1pm EST: A Step by Step Guide through the Common Application

August 13, 1pm EST: Supplemental Essays - Why are they important and how can you write a strong supplement.

College Admission Testing Updates

Please keep checking your email and the testing websites for SAT and ACT for the latest updates. If you registered for a test that is canceled and you do want to try to take it, we recommend registering for the next available administration. Additionally, keep in mind all the colleges where testing is optional. A listing of colleges and universities can be found here.

The Common Application 2020-2021 available August 1

The Common Application 2020-2021 will go live in two weeks! You can create an account now by using this link, and feel free to start entering in basic data information. Also make sure to attend the SFS Step by Step Guide to the Common App on August 6 at 1pm.

College Tip Tuesdays hosted by Mount Holyoke College

Sign up for one or more general college search/application sessions here.

Session topics include:

Assessing College Fit, July 21

Dialogue with the Dean: Why a Gender-Diverse Women’s College?, July 28

Living and Learning in a Global Community, August 4

Application Review: Behind the Scenes, August 11

What I Wish I Knew during the Application Process: Advice from Current Students, August 18

I’m First!: The First-Generation Student Experience, August 25

Financial Aid 101, September 1

Four Tips for College Applications

Do you have 2 minutes? Click this link and hear from the admissions officers at Tulane University to learn four tips for applying to college.

July and August Workshop Wednesdays hosted by Macalester

You can register for one or multiple workshops here.  

Topics include:

Finding your sense of belonging

Being the first: navigating the college process as a first generation scholar

Decoding the college search

Writing a college essay

Getting your letter of recommendation

Being your best advocate

Navigating financial aid

Application tips and pointers

Filling out the Common App

What is a liberal arts college

Colorado College Bootcamp Series

The College Bootcamp Series is designed to help students get a strong start on their college search and application process. Register here.

Topics will include: 

What to Write and Where: Essays, Supplements, and Additional Statements

ED, EA, RA, Oh My! Understanding Decision Plans

Interview or Conversation: Preparing for your Admission Interview

Liberal Arts & Sciences: What does this really mean?

Financial Aid 101: Starting the Conversation About Financial Fit

The Rocky Mountain West: Attending College in Colorado and Colorado Springs

Application Workshops hosted by Johns Hopkins University

Register here to attend various college essay workshops.

College Under COVID, Admissions Roundtable Series, July 28 at 12noon

You are welcome to join a lively conversation that explores the critical questions around higher education in a continually changing landscape. Click here to register and/or view past webinars.

Thoughts from College Admissions Deans

College admissions officers know full well that this year will look very different than in years past. Here are some reflections from over 300 admissions deans. 

Webinar: The Current State of College Admission Testing

You are invited to attend this webinar hosted by Compass Test Prep on August 5 at 8pm EST.

Registration and past webinars can be found here.

COVID-19 Webinar Series hosted by Rob Frankel, Editor of Princeton Review

Here is a link to What Will College Admissions Look Like in Fall 2020? as well as various other sessions related to college admissions and COVID19.

Webinar Recording: Test Optional Admissions at Tulane

The following webinar offers a good amount of information for anyone interested in test optional admissions in general and also insight into the holistic review process. The recording can be found here.

Various Admissions Workshops hosted by Loyola University (MD)

Loyola is offering a number of workshops offered over a number of dates/times. Session topics include:

Navigating the College Search Process - July 14, July 22

How to Write a College Essay - July 15, July 23

Interview and Resume Preparation - July 21

Navigating the College Application Process - August 3, August 6

Registration and worksheets can be found here.

Curious about your personality type?

As you think about your future plans, it could be interesting and/or helpful to learn more about your personality type. Click here for a survey and investigate the results!


The College Counselors will be attending a virtual conference and will out of the office July 27-29. 

Wishing you a safe and healthy weekend!

In friendship,

The College Counseling Team

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