The UNC System Board of Governors approved new minimum admission plans that will go into effect this fall. The relaxed standards will remain in place, starting with the class of 2021 and will stay through the high school graduating class of 2024. The admissions plan will then revert to the previous standard.
University of North Carolina system spokesperson Jason Tyler explained the rationale behind the decision in a short interview with Campus Reform. "Choosing to begin these new admissions standards this fall is due to the coronavirus canceling the SAT and the ACT this spring," Tyler said.
"Many North Carolina, high school students, take their standardized testing for the first time in their junior year and then for the second time in the spring of their senior year. By taking this second test, they are able to improve their scores," Tyson added. "However, as the coronavirus canceled the SATs and ACTs for this spring, high school seniors are at a disadvantage."
The ripple effects of COVID-19 are just starting to make their impacts. It’s safe to say that the coronavirus has upended the college admission process for the coming year. You probably have a lot of questions and colleges are just starting to make adjustments to their admission process for next year. Here are some of the topics that students and colleges are grappling with:
I was going to take the May SAT but it is canceled.
CollegeBoard and ACT have been monitoring the pandemic in an attempt to provide students with options. Currently, the June 6 SAT is still scheduled. ACT has tests scheduled for June 13 (rescheduled from April) and July 18. However, it’s true that you may only have one opportunity to take the test. As a result, many colleges have announced they are going to be test-optional (at least for the 2020-2021 application year). FairTest has a list of...
May 1 is traditionally National College Decision Day. Typically, schools require that students choose where they will enroll by submitting an enrollment deposit on or before May 1. That makes April – decision time. Of course, this year things are feeling very different. A large number of colleges have already extended their enrollment deadlines to June 1. Making a college choice right now may feel difficult (or easy depending on where you were in the process). Regardless, you might be asking yourself some of the questions below.
Can I ask for an extension?
Of course! It doesn’t hurt to ask. Although the college may still have a May 1 deadline, many have said they will make extensions on a case by case basis. You could be waiting on a financial aid appeal, or for more information from one college that would affect your decision at another. Make your case requesting an...
Online classes or some modified version of schooling at home is the new reality for a large majority of students in the country. The coronavirus pandemic has created huge education adjustment for everyone involved – students, parents, and teachers. Many are now worried – especially juniors – about how this new version of school will impact your college admission prospects next year.
Before you get ahead of yourself, start by thinking of how can you stay focused and productive today. It’s important to maintain your junior year grades and to finish the year with strong learning gains. Use these school-from-home tips to make the most of your time.
Coronavirus cancelations seem to be coming in from all directions – schools, weddings, concerts, even the Olympics have either been canceled or rescheduled. The SAT and ACT are no exception. It’s likely that your spring test schedule (along with your other schedules) looks very different now than it did a week ago. With updates coming in on a rolling basis from testing organizations and colleges, it’s important to stay informed. Check your email regularly, create a system for organizing important information, and stay in touch with your counselor.
The coronavirus has drastically altered life around the world, and while college admissions isn’t life and death, it’s safe to say that the admissions process has been upended. Colleges around the country have canceled in person classes and most have adopted an online format for the remainder of the semester. With that, it’s certain that spring college visits will be occurring in non-traditional ways. So how can you get a feel for a college when the campus is closed?
If your spring break plans included college visits, what should you do now? It boils down to using your virtual resources.
As you explore which colleges are the right match for you, consider the size of the student body. How many undergraduates attend the college? This can make a big difference in your experience on a college campus. Think of college sizes in these four categories (based on undergraduate student attendance only).
Boutique Size (<2000)
Over 500 colleges in the U.S. enroll fewer than 2000 students. These schools are ideal for students with a strong participant learner approach to college. You get to know your teachers and fellow students very well. This provides opportunities to maximize your involvement in activities and construct your own learning experience. Most boutique size schools are private, examples include Juilliard, Amherst, Pomona, California Institute of Technology, Davidson, and Haverford.
Liberal Arts Size (2000-5000)
Over 300 colleges in the US fall in the Liberal Arts...
So Many Questions…
Have you signed up to take the SAT yet? Or maybe you’ve already taken the PSAT? Did you notice that there are questions about your grades, your interests, your intended college major, etc. in the registration? What’s up with all those questions?
The CollegeBoard Student Search Service
Those questions are part of the SAT Questionnaire. There’s also a box to opt-in to the College Board Student Search Service. By completing those questions and checking the box, you are giving permission for the CollegeBoard to provide your information to colleges and scholarship programs.
Why do colleges and scholarship programs want my information?
You are searching for colleges that are a good fit. Colleges and scholarship programs are doing the same thing – searching for applicants that are a good fit. One of the ways...
The College Visit
Depending on your time and interest level, plan one of the following types of college visits:
In addition to the basic visit schedule – an information session, a campus tour, and a meal on campus – ask if you can add the following appointments at the schools that you are most interested in:
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