Class of 2022: Week of August 17

Welcome to mid-August! We hope you are taking good care of yourself as we wrap up these summer months. Need ideas for how you can destress?

Good Afternoon, Juniors,

Welcome to mid-August! We hope you are taking good care of yourself as we wrap up these summer months. Need ideas for how you can destress? Click here for ways you can implement self care today!

In an effort to keep you on track, please take a few moments to read through this email.

Care Counts in Crisis: College Admissions Deans Respond to COVID-19 

“This statement was developed in collaboration with admissions leaders and has been endorsed by leaders at more than 360 institutions across the United States. It describes what college admissions offices value and expect—and don't expect—from students during the pandemic.

This collective statement — “Care Counts in Crisis: College Admissions Deans Respond to COVID-19” — seeks to break through the many misconceptions and to answer these questions clearly by harnessing the power of leaders’ collective voices. As students across the country and the world experience uncertainties and challenges, this is an opportunity for admissions leaders to underscore their commitment to equity, and to encourage in students self-care, balance, meaningful learning, and care for others.”

A copy of the statement can be found here.

Test Optional Means Test Optional

The National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has asked that in addition to choosing a test optional policy that colleges sign an additional statement to say that students will not be penalized for not having testing along with their applications. Close to 500 NACAC member institutions (and counting) have already signed this statement to say test-optional means test-optional! Check out the list of colleges that won't penalize students for not taking the test. Many colleges have adopted test optional policies for one or more years. The full test optional listing can be found here.

Virtual College Fair (NOVA Colleges) - Aug 19 and Aug 20

Virtual College Night featuring admission deans from the University of Richmond, Washington & Lee, the University of Virginia, and William & Mary. The deans will share tips about searching for colleges, discuss how admission applications are evaluated, offer important insight into financial aid, and highlight current trends in higher education. Plus, they'll even save time to address your questions! Register for Aug 19 at 7pm or Aug 20 at 7pm.

Virtual College Fair - Aug 26 and Aug 27

You are invited to attend a free, virtual college fair hosted by the Coalition for College. The event features 100+ colleges and universities ready to share information about their schools and answer your questions. Learn more and register online.

Article: The Pandemic and Higher Ed: Will College in America Ever Look the Same?

As part of an ongoing series that examines Covid-19’s effects on our world and way of life, Artemis Ward is gathering thoughts and analysis from leaders and experts to shed light on changes already happening and offer insight on what’s to come. Article can be found here.

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: 

Financial Aid 101: Starting the Conversation About Financial Fit

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

August Workshop Wednesdays hosted by Macalester

You can register for one or multiple workshops here.  Recordings are also available.

Finding your sense of belonging 

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

Decoding the college search 

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

College Tip Tuesdays hosted by Mount Holyoke College

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

Session topics include:

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

College Admissions Webinars

You are welcome to attend any or all of the following programs:

Various Recordings on College Admissions, Testing, Affordability

Webinar: Selective College Admissions.

You are welcome to view the recording hosted by Tulane University which addresses selective college admissions. The webinar can be found here.

Webinar: The Current State of College Admission Testing

You are invited to view the recorded webinar hosted by Compass Test Prep as well as other recorded webinars here.

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.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

The College Counseling Team

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