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)