Colleges That Have Changed Testing Requirements Due to Covid-19

SAT or ACT still required. No longer require or recommend SAT Subject tests Brown University Harvard University MIT *will not consider SAT subject tests even if sent Princeton University Yale University *will not consider SAT subject tests even if sent SAT or ACT optional for 1 year (2020-2021 admissions cycle) Abilene Christian University Amherst College…

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COVID-19: Advice for High School Juniors

With schools reverting to remote learning, standardized tests postponed, rescheduled, or completely revamped because of COVID-19, and college campuses and only offering virtual visit opportunities, the college admissions landscape has become a challenging and constantly evolving situation that students, educators, and administrators are navigating.  If you’re a junior this year and applying to college for…

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COVID-19: Advice for High School Seniors

With schools closed, and many standardized tests canceled, rescheduled, or reformatted, there’s a lot to process as school systems all over the world transition to remote learning, many deciding to grade students on a pass/fail scale instead of the traditional A through F scale.  If you’re a senior this year and planning to attend college…

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Early Action and Early Decision Notification Dates 2019-2020

For the many seniors who have applied to colleges early, decisions are starting to roll in, and it’s hard to keep track of notification dates! We are trying to keep track of them and have decided to share what we know with you. Here is what we have learned about ED and EA notification dates…

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College Tours: When Is the Right Time?

It’s never too early to get out to visit college campuses, as far as I am concerned. In fact, I’ve been dragging my own kiddos around college campuses since they were little, even if it is a simple drive-by or drive-through of campus. I think that’s one of the reasons that the idea of college…

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Entering the College Process

When does the college process begin? With the Common App? The SAT? That sweatshirt you wore as a toddler? Now that the process is over, I’m relieved to be done. I’ve found a community I’m excited to join. However, without some of the lessons I learned, I may not be satisfied. Here are five things…

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Hopkinton College Counselor Reflects on the HS Graduation Ceremony

As a college counselor who has worked privately for many years, and as someone who has also worked as faculty in a private school, I’ve attended many graduations—both as a participant and as a guest. This year, for the first time, I was honored to be adopted by an HHS graduate’s family, to celebrate her…

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A College Counselor Processes Admission Decision Disappointments

So it was a tough week for people who do what I do for a living. The great celebrations of admissions decisions are always wonderful, but helping students and families manage disappointments is difficult and emotionally tears me apart. So, in the spirit of keeping it real, I want to just post some thoughts that…

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