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College Exploration Gone VIRTUAL during COVID-19

As the ripple effect from Covid-19 has shut down universities and prevented large gatherings for the foreseeable future, prospective college applicants might be wondering how to access resources that they would normally obtain at college fairs and in-person visits. This blog will discuss several resources that students planning to apply to college in Fall 2020 can take advantage of in light of the ongoing closures.

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) have launched an admissions database on which college admission boards will post status updates about their adaptation to the coronavirus.

Numerous companies have launched virtual college fairs. StriveScan, a scanning technology company for college fairs, has introduced their Strive Virtual College Exploration week which includes over 90 sessions presented by representatives from 300+ colleges from around the country. The sessions include subjects such as “Mythbusting Common Assumptions about College Admissions” and “Don’t Worry...We’re Still Here: Resources to Help Your College Search.”

Additionally, the company Cialfo (a college application platform) has worked with schools such as Brown and Swarthmore to host webinars. They are planning another webinar session in May and details can be found after registering with their website.

The website FairTest is keeping track of college standardized testing requirements. For example, several universities such as WVU and Kent State have waived SAT/ACT requirements for the 2020/2021 admissions cycle. All applicants will want to be sure to keep an eye on this list and whether or not the schools on your list are requiring SAT Subject tests or possibly waiving standardized testing requirements all together.

COVID-19 has forced institutions to quickly expand access to virtual resources. Essential College Coaches will help support our creative and driven students to take advantage of such resources to continue building a strong application for their dream schools.

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