News Articles About College Admissions

The Common Application opened up for the 2020-2021 school year on August 1st. This one-stop application streamlines the college application process, allowing students to use a general form to apply to nearly 900 colleges and universities. One of the most essential elements of the Common App is the personal essay, where students craft thoughtful responses to one of seven essay questions. But this year it introduces a new free-response section for students (and their school counselors) to describe how the coronavirus pandemic has affected them and their education.

New COVID-19 Question Added to 2020-2021 Common App

August 27, 2020 10:53 AM
by Izzy Hall
The Common Application opened up for the 2020-2021 school year on August 1st. This one-stop application streamlines the college application process, allowing students to use a general form to apply
Last week the College Board officially announced that it would be suspending its plans to offer an online SAT for high school students over the summer. Earlier this year, as the organization was cancelling testing dates due to the coronavirus pandemic, they had hoped to provide an at-home version of the test. But the technological requirements needed to ensure fair testing across the country cannot be guaranteed, and the struggle many students faced submitting their AP Exams – which acted as a test run for the virtual SAT – likely contributed to the College Board’s change of plans.

College Board Delays Online SAT

June 9, 2020 10:48 AM
by Izzy Hall
Last week the College Board officially announced that it would be suspending its plans to offer an online SAT for high school students over the summer. Earlier this year, as the organization was
Across the country, both private and public institutions of higher education have announced that they will be test-optional for students applying to enter school in the fall of 2021. This policy, instituted as a response to coronavirus cancellations of standardized testing dates, comes with the caveat that it would only exist during next year’s round of admissions. But the University of California system has gone in an entirely different direction by announcing that will no longer require the SAT or ACT for all California state applicants.

University of California Seeks New Standardized Test

May 27, 2020 11:42 AM
by Izzy Hall
Across the country, both private and public institutions of higher education have announced that they will be test-optional for students applying to enter school in the fall of 2021. This policy,
  As much uncertainty looms around the future of college openings and instruction, one thing is certain: The college landscape won't quickly and easily return to what it was pre-COVID-19...at least for a while. Here's a glimpse as to what college may look like in the near future and what students are hoping to experience in their upcoming semesters.

What Will College Look Like Come Fall Semester 2020?

May 21, 2020 3:18 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
As much uncertainty looms around the future of college openings and instruction, one thing is certain: The college landscape won't quickly and easily return to what it was pre-COVID-19...at least
Some 3.4 million students have registered to take the AP Exams this year, which began on Monday, but they’re not taking the typical pencil-and-Scantron tests. Instead, students this year will be taking an abridged version of the AP Exams online. The traditional marathon-like tests have become free response exams that will last for just 45 minutes. This change, among many others, has garnered lukewarm reception even before testing began. Will these altered AP Exams carry the same weight as normal tests? And how will students perform on them, given all that has happened since the last time their AP courses convened in the classroom?

Online AP Testing Starts This Week

May 12, 2020 9:45 AM
by Izzy Hall
Some 3.4 million students have registered to take the AP Exams this year, which began on Monday, but they’re not taking the typical pencil-and-Scantron tests. Instead, students this year will be
It’s said that choosing where to go to college is one of the most important decisions a high school senior makes, and this year, that seems truer than ever. It’s not just where you decide to go to college – it’s when, and if, and a whole host of other questions. Much research has been done on what high school seniors might choose to do in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But now is the time to reflect on what seniors can do, especially as National Decision Day looms on the horizon. At Scholarships.com, we want to help high school seniors feel empowered in these novel times. Below, we outline what your choices are and how to enact them.

College Decision Options for High School Seniors

April 28, 2020 8:33 AM
by Izzy Hall
It’s said that choosing where to go to college is one of the most important decisions a high school senior makes, and this year, that seems truer than ever. It’s not just where you decide to go to
Traditionally, May 1 is National Decision Day, the deadline by which high school seniors commit to their desired college or university by signing their Letters of Intent to enroll. This year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, many colleges have postponed the deadline until June 1. Most students will have received their college admissions acceptance letters by April 1 and the good news is that this deadline extension gives them some extra time in making presumably the biggest decision of their current lives. Now that you may have some more time to deliberate on which college you'd like to attend, quickly run through these checklists to ensure you're truly ready for the big day!

May 1 is National Decision Day 2020

April 24, 2020 10:21 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Traditionally, May 1 is National Decision Day, the deadline by which high school seniors commit to their desired college or university by signing their Letters of Intent to enroll. This year, due to
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