Weekly Wiser Wisdom: Attend a Webinar or Facebook Live Event
There’s a lot happening right now, and a lot of swirling questions about what this all means. We got you covered. Every week, we’ll be sharing free resources. One webinar a week. Two Facebook AMA (Ask Me Anything) a week. All to help you navigate the pressing questions and the rapidly changing admissions landscape. And, we’ll continue to remind you of all that isn’t changing and what you can control.
Check out our full lineup here.
Academic Support and Online Diagnostic Testing
Our expert tutors and counselors are available virtually to meet your students where they are (both literally and figuratively) via Zoom and Skype to provide interactive, online learning opportunities for students:
- AP exams: with these exams just a few weeks away, our team of tutors is prepared to fill in the gaps from missed school days
- Enrichment: curriculum content, keeping material fresh, and advancing studies
- Foundational study and learning skills: reading comprehension, writing skills, and organizational help
- SAT and ACT prep: continuing prep for summer exams to keep skills sharps and encourage a comprehensive understanding of the material
- Online Diagnostics: scheduled, proctored SAT and ACT practice tests, administered via Zoom
- Counseling Consultations: help with specific questions on the college application process, charged in one-hour increments
If you're ready to get started, or interested in learning more, you can reach us here or by calling 888-648-9473.
Closures, Deposit Extensions, and Admit Delays
You can see an up-to-date listing of all closed campuses, affected campus visit programs, and schools pushing their deposit deadlines to June 1st here.
BU has developed and announced several contingency plans on reopening campus and starting fall classes, depending on the state of the US at that time.
Check out this article from Forbes for tips on how to ask for more financial aid due to COVD-19.
NCAA rule changes continue - recruiting dead period extended until May 31.
College Connect is a free platform that pairs high school students with current college students who are ready to answer questions about their school.
A free website just launched that explains financial aid appeal process and provides templates and tools: https://formswift.com/swift-student
Collegewise and Rebecca Chabrow have compiled a list ofVirtual Tours, Information Sessions and Admitted Student Eventsorganized by college.
NACAC’s annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students: postsecondary institutions that are still accepting applications from prospective freshman and/or transfer students for the upcoming fall term.
Two pieces of advice as entrance exams change and reschedule: 1) register early for future test dates before seats fill up, and 2) students should keep working on their skills, so they don’t get rusty. Spending time and effort now could mean they don’t have to take these tests as late as October and November of their senior year.
Here’s a handy spreadsheet of Colleges That Have Announced Test-Optional Policies Due to COVID-19.
College Board cancelled the June SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. They also announced a new September test date. More details can be found here on the College Board website.
College Board canceled their May 2nd SAT test date, along with the March make-up exam on March 28th. More information here.
The ACT rescheduled their April 4th exam to June 13th. You can see updates here.
In response to uncertainty and school cancellations due to COVID-19, ACT announced it will offer a flexible schedule for summer 2020 test dates and test-at-home options for fall/winter 2020. Details available here.
ACT announces summer dates and Fall/Winter online testing: In response to uncertainty and school cancellations due to COVID-19, ACT announced today it will offer a flexible schedule for summer 2020 test dates and test-at-home options for fall/winter 2020.
The College Board will administer AP exams, but they will be shorter, online, and taken at home. Further details here. In the meantime, you can see the College Board daily livestream schedule of AP prep here.
May exams are canceled. More information here.
California State University, the largest public university system in the nation, announced it will suspend its SAT and ACT testing requirement for students seeking admission in 2021-2022.
University of Richmond will be test-optional for 2020.
- Free educational resources for distance learning: here.
- Education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings: here.
- U Michigan, Academic Innovation’s tips for online learning & productivity: here.
Summer programs are currently weighing if they will run (and some are starting to cancel or shift to online), so many families may be uncertain of what to do at this juncture and want to have Door #2 ready if things fall through.
The good news is there isn’t one right answer as to how students should spend their summer, and the opportunities
are nearly endless. Our Summer Planning Guide is a great springboard for creative, local options.
Other, virtual or close-to-home ideas:
- Pioneer Academics
- Free, online coursework on Coursera or edX
- Compiling a for-fun reading list (colleges love readers!)
- Teen Summer Expo is keeping an updated list of changes to summer programs.
- Read this Forbes piece, written by Collegewise Founder Kevin McMullin, that includes five actions students should consider taking right now: The Journey to College in the Age of COVID-19
- Download our free resource, Love in the Time of Corona, which has 120 creative ideas for how to spend your time in quarantine.
- These 12 famous museums offer free virtual tours
- The Met is offering free concerts online every night
- NY Times is offering daily writing prompts