Applying to College During a Global Pandemic
By Brigid Mullen
This year’s seniors will face unique circumstances when it comes to college applications due to the coronavirus outbreak.
For instance, many colleges are now going test-optional. This means that ACT and SAT scores will not necessarily be required from their applicants, in an attempt to make things more fair for students facing “economic and personal disruptions” due to COVID-19. Choosing to submit competitive scores, however, can still place students higher in the application pool.
Additionally, some schools will require incoming students take further tests on certain subject areas for which they have already taken AP tests.
“Colleges will be looking more closely at other parts of a student’s application, including the essay, letters of recommendation, and involvement in [virtual] extracurricular activities,” stated Judy Christensen, a La Follette counselor.
Christensen points students towards LHS’s 2020 College Application Boot Camp Learning Plan, a student’s comprehensive guide to this year’s unique college application requirements. This and other valuable application assets can be found in the class of 2021 Google Classroom.
“We understand that this can potentially be a confusing and stressful time, and we are here to support you every step of the way,” Christensen added.
Link to La Follette’s Application Boot Camp: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12VpwdQh50qCSAwOGoNtQFLYhFD4rBN3Lc94vW1lpozI/edit