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?
Class of 2022: Week of August 17
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:
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