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This has been a crazy year, but our seniors are headed to some amazing colleges in the fall and we wish them the best of luck!
Congratulations to our seniors who have heard from many great colleges already! Excited for even more good news in the coming months!
We are so excited for our seniors! They may not be ending high school as planned, but they all have so much to look forward to.
Here is a list of where our seniors are enrolled for next year. From small liberal arts colleges to big state schools, California to Maine, Midwestern towns to Manhattan, Engineering to English majors -- our seniors are headed off for some amazing experiences!
This week, several more schools have announced test-optional policies for next year (and in some cases, beyond). Here are some of the new announcements:
Updates from Colleges
Admissions offices have begun answering questions and offering reassurance about the admissions process. Here are a few good examples:
Several schools have announced this week that they will be test optional for the Class of 2021 (and in some cases beyond that). We expect that this trend may continue given all of the SAT and ACT cancellations and the uncertainty about June test dates. MIT has made the decision to no longer consider the SAT Subject Tests
AP and IB Exams
Beginning this week, the College Board is providing free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. You can find more information and a detailed schedule here.
May 2020 IB exams have been canceled
In the News
What to do NOW from Home
Here are some lists we found online with suggestions of ways to make good use of your time at home. When admissions officers review applications next year, do you think they will be more impressed by the student who spent his quarantine time watching Netflix, or the aspiring elementary school teacher who created a YouTube channel of himself teaching introductory cooking lessons to kids or the future engineer who took an online course about how bridges are built...and then built her own out of household materials?
Teen Volunteering Ideas while Sheltering in Place (created by a counselor in CA)
40 Resume-worthy Activities You Can Do From Your Living Room Sofa (created by the Mauler Institute)
Advice from Jeff Schiffman at Tulane (scroll to “I’m a junior in high school and all of my spring extracurricular activities have been canceled”)
How to College (Social) Distance Learning Series for high school students (and any interested parents and educators). Presented on Instagram Live by Lara Schwartz and Andrea Malkin Brenner from American University, co-authors of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You're There)
We are carefully following the news and want to keep you updated on relevant changes in the college admissions world. And while we may be stuck at home, we’ve been busy participating in webinars and Zoom calls this week with other counselors and with experts including Jeff Schiffman (Director of Admission,Tulane University), Larry Alterman (Manager of East Coast Recruitment, Michigan State University), and Meredith Lombardi (Associate Director, Outreach and Education at The Common Application).
In the News:
I recently spent an afternoon at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. FSC is a small, private college of roughly 2,600 undergraduate students. The school offers more than seventy areas of study, from traditional liberal arts disciplines such as history and philosophy to pre-professional programs, including business, nursing and education. Want to study citrus science? FSC may be the place for you.
Florida Southern was founded in 1883 and is the oldest private college in Florida. Most college guides rank its campus as one of the most beautiful in the country. The campus sits adjacent to Lake Hollingsworth and features 13 buildings designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, In fact, FSC boasts the largest single-site collection of Wright-designed buildings in the country. Florida Southern's campus also includes a number of contemporary buildings that are unusually striking. I've been to hundreds of beautiful colleges over the years, but the FSC campus is in a class by itself.
The small city of Lakeland is halfway between Orlando and Tampa and is just a short ride from campus. Lakeland has a number of restaurants, from Indian-Pakistani to Creole. Lakeland's historic Polk Theater shows both current and classic movies. While I was in town, 2020 Oscar winner Parasite was playing at The Polk.
Reasons to attend Florida Southern College
With only 13,000 undergraduates and a public school price tag, Binghamton University has a lot to offer out-of-state students. Annie and Laura visited campus last week and were impressed by the engaged faculty invested in student success, strong STEM programs and facilities, a vibrant Jewish community, and the opportunity to conduct research as a freshman. As part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, students have access to a myriad of study abroad programs and other resources while also enjoying the community feel of a mid-sized student body.
Here are 9 more reasons you should consider Binghamton University: