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Do you think the way we apply to colleges will change because of the global pandemic?


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alex’s Answer

One of the biggest changes to the application process might be that college visits and/or interviews will likely be moved online!

I was fortunate to have time before my senior year of high school to go on a road trip and visit multiple schools with my mom - this experience was valuable to help shrink the list of schools I was interested in.

Once I applied to schools, many of them conducted in person interviews 1 on 1 with an admissions representative as part of the application process - I would imagine these interviews will shift to video calls. This will make it more challenging to communicate and bring a lot of your personality to the interview. I suggest getting lots of practice beforehand. Good luck!

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Richard’s Answer

It's hard to predict the long-term effects of the pandemic. This is an article describing the current state of affairs for college admissions.


https://www.npr.org/2020/08/12/900173338/how-the-coronavirus-has-upended-college-admissions

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Estelle’s Answer

I think that the basics will remain steady. For example, you GPA, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores will remain terribly important. Not all universities have interviews, but those that do will likely be virtual. I do not think the admissions process will change as much as the course work and teaching methods as education transitions online.

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Kelly’s Answer

It’s hard to say because so much is still unknown, but I would assume that, because all applications are done online, nothing will change. The only thing that may be impacted is the opportunity to visit the campus you’re interested in applying to. However, each school will likely have a unique approach. I’m sure you can learn more on their websites and likely take a virtual tour.

All and all, it’s a good idea to invest in your application materials and common app profile. Best of luck!

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