Michael C, parent of a high school junior, New Jersey

All the college visits went smoothly. In addition to the school programs, the students and faculty members you connected us with contributed significantly to our visits. Your professional assistance, attention to detail, and responsiveness made our college visits a great experience. Thank you so much!

Tracy P, parent of a New York City high school senior

A friend who is a maven in finding outstanding resources, recommended Janice and Custom College Visits as we began the daunting college selection process. We worked with Janice on two fronts; to help create a list of colleges and to set-up meaningful colleges visits. The college visits were also a lot of fun for us as a family and very informative on so many levels. More importantly Janice helped make the college selection process manageable, not so daunting after all, and we felt no stone was left unturned in this important decision!

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS AS A SERVICE – ANNOUNCEMENT

CUSTOM COLLEGE VISITS, A LEADER IN PERSONALIZED, ON-CAMPUS COLLEGE TOURS, IS NOW OFFERING:

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS AS A SERVICE.

Delray Beach, FL, June 17, 2020 – Custom College Visits, a member of the Boca Chamber and the leader in planning personalized college visit itineraries for families, is now offering Virtual College Visits as a Service in addition to their traditional campus visit planning services.

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: FIRST POST 26 MAR

WELCOME TO THE FIRST ENTRY IN THE CORONAVIRUS BLOG!

As we ride out this piece of living history, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Thursday, including tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best.

NEWS AND UPDATES

NACAC Provides College Admission Status Update

The National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) has compiled a useful online, interactive list of colleges that provides updates regarding changes in adjusted college admissions events, deposit dates and more, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The list is updated in real time as NACAC receives the information. You can access this list here. If you are looking for information regarding a specific school, NACAC has also included a link that will take you to that college’s website for additional information. If the college you are looking for is not on the list, we recommend that you go to the admissions page on the college’s website for information. 

Colleges Are Extending Payment Deadlines/Decision Dates

As many parents find themselves in unexpected financial situations and students have fewer resources to tap to help them make their decisions about what school to attend, numerous colleges have decided to extend their payment deadlines to allow extra time for families to make those important decisions. We thought it would be helpful to include a link to a list of those schools that have extended their deadlines (as of March 24th). This thorough list was compiled by the organization ACCEPT. Thank you, ACCEPT! All schools on the list have extended their deadlines to June 1st or beyond. For the exact dates, be sure to check the college’s website. 

When On-Campus Tours Are Not Available, Virtual Tours Can be the Next Best Option

Thanks to the hard work of Rebecca Chabrow, we can share detailed information about virtual tours offered by colleges across the U.S here. Rebecca was previously the Director of College Counseling at a boarding school in North Carolina and an international school in Spain, both with student populations that aren’t easily able to visit colleges. So she would formulate spreadsheets like this one so that students could virtually visit these schools. The spreadsheet also highlights some of the unique features of the colleges, the undergraduate enrollment, location, distance to the nearest city and more. Virtual tours can be immediately beneficial for seniors who do not have the chance to visit colleges where they have been accepted and will have to make a decision within the next couple of months. Juniors may find the virtual tours helpful as they begin to build their college lists and may help them prioritize which colleges they’d like to visit when the time comes.


COOL THINGS THAT COLLEGES ARE DOING IN THE MEANTIME

Smith College Seniors Hold Impromptu Commencement

When Smith College notified students on March 10th that they would be closing the campus for Spring Break and moving to remote classes for the remainder of the semester, they were told they would have to be moved out no later than March 20th. When members of the senior class realized that they would likely not have an on-campus commencement experience, they took matters into their own hands, as they didn’t want to leave campus without commemorating this important milestone. On March 13th, they held their own impromptu commencement in the quad, complete with an undergrad standing in for their commencement speaker Nancy Pelosi. Hats (or caps) off to the Class of 2020! 

NYU Shares Online Stories About People, Places, and Opportunities That Makes the University Unique 

In one email, NYU offered: links to virtual tours, an article from a current student on “why you should pursue your dreams,” hidden histories of some of NYU’s residence halls and spotlights on two of NYU’s many academic departments, and an insightful article on faculty member and writer-in-residence, Ta Nehisi-Coates. Not only was the information contained in these articles informative, but fun to read! For students (and their parents) that are considering NYU but can’t visit right now, these articles showcase the breadth of what the University offers and how intertwined it is with the city that surrounds it. If you’re interested in reading these articles, please email me at janice@customcollegevisits.com and I will forward the page to you. 

Reed College Offers Virtual Information Sessions

Hosted in real-time by a Reed admission counselor, students can learn all about Reed during their Virtual Information Sessions. Discussions will center around academics, student life, traditions and more. Students also have the opportunity to ask questions about anything else they need to know. As of today, students can register for sessions through April 1. The link to register can be found here. Once your teen registers, s/he will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to the Zoom connection information.


THE HOME FRONT

Finding A New Normal

Today I had my groceries delivered, and I proceeded to wash all the cans and cartons before putting everything away. The cat, who has now gotten used to people being in the house all the time, has decided that every moment should be dedicated to doting on her. At least someone is enjoying all this!  

Stay healthy and safe! Visit week two’s blog:  Coronavirus blog week two

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: WEEK TWO 03 APR

WELCOME TO WEEK TWO OF THE CORONAVIRUS BLOG!  

Thank you to everyone who read the blog last week! As a reminder, or for anyone just joining us, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Thursday while we ride out the waves and impacts of coronavirus. These will include tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best. 

NEWS AND UPDATES

Visits and Information Sessions

We know there’s no substitute for an in-person campus visit. Until things return to normal, colleges are working hard to offer virtual campus visits, options for chatting or learning from current students, and online admissions information sessions. The spreadsheet that I shared last week with details about virtual tours and information sessions may be particularly useful right now; if your teen is interested in a particular college that offers online information sessions, there should be a link to take them directly to that site. They may need to register in advance, as many of the sessions are live and interactive and so scheduled at certain times throughout the day/week.

Standardized Tests

NACAC has provided the following updates regarding testing for the spring and summer months. It is still best to check the websites for the organizations administering the tests to find out the most up-to-date information. The College Board, which administers both the SAT and AP tests, is continually updating its website.

SAT Tests  The SAT for May 2 has been canceled. Registered students will receive refunds. Currently, the next SAT is scheduled for the first weekend of June.

ACT Tests — ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the US. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Please check the ACT website for updates.

IB Exams —The International Baccalaureate program’s May 2020 examinations for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme students will not be held in any country. Please check the IB website for details.

TOEFL —The Education Testing Service (ETS), which administers the TOEFL provides updates on its website. Testing dates have been canceled or postponed in several countries. ETS has, however, arranged a secure TOEFL testing solution that will allow students in some affected areas to take the test from home. 

Test Optional for the Fall 2021 Admission Cycle

Many colleges are relaxing or revising certain admissions requirements for fall 2021. One of the measures many of the schools are adopting (either temporarily or permanently) is suspending or making optional the standardized test requirement. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) posts an online list that includes colleges that are test optional, as well as those that do not use standardized tests as a requirement for admission. Right now, the list is changing often, so you may want to check frequently for updates.

COOL THINGS STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DOING IN THE MEANTIME

Putting Critical Thinking Skills to Use

“A college senior from Versailles put her stir-craziness to good use with a project that will help the deaf and hard of hearing community. ‘I just saw that people were making masks on Facebook for everyone to have instead of the throwaway masks, and I was like, what about the deaf and hard of hearing population?’ explained 21-year-old Ashley Lawrence.” Read the rest of the article here.  

Call for Artists: QUARANTINE (an online exhibition)

Have you been in touch with your inner artist while you’ve been stuck at home? Would you like to share your creation(s) with others? If so, check out this developing online exhibition sponsored by the McKeon Center for Creativity at Tulsa Community College. It will be comprised entirely of new work created in the next 30+ days that reflects/responds to the current pandemic. Works in all media will be considered, including 2D and 3D pieces, video, and sound. 
Each artist selected for the exhibition will be paid a $100 honorarium. For submission instructions and additional information, please contact Cindy Armstrong at cindy.armstrong@tulsacc.edu

A Theater “Bakeoff” in Minnesota

“Minutes before the stream even went live, the comment section was buzzing with activity as people from across the globe tuned in for live script readings of the 10 finalists from the ‘Quarantine Playwriting Bakeoff.’ The competition, which went viral almost overnight, was created by a group of students from the University of Minnesota’s theater program, with the help of a student from New York University, as a way for other actors and playwrights to practice their craft amid mass theater closures due to the COVID-19 virus.” Read the full story here.


THE HOME FRONT

No Longer “Empty-Nesters”

My daughter and son have been living with my husband and me for the past three weeks. It’s been a long time since we were all under the same roof for any length of time (and the roof since then has gotten considerably smaller!). Despite the occasional blow-ups, I’m so very glad to have them here with me. The most exciting thing to happen this week: my daughter passed her thesis defense! While it was a bit weird defending via Zoom, she did a great job and heaved a sigh of relief. All that’s left is a thesis edit and comp exams before she earns her Masters in Theatre for Young Audiences!

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: WEEK THREE 10 APR

WELCOME TO WEEK THREE OF THE CORONAVIRUS BLOG! 

Thank you to everyone who read the blog last week! As a reminder, or for anyone just joining us, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Friday while we ride out the waves and impacts of coronavirus. These will include tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best.


NEWS AND UPDATES

Virtual College Fair

Monday, April 20 – Thursday, April 23, 2020 

Sponsored by StriveScan, the Virtual College Exploration Week is offering Strive for College Knowledge: A Virtual College Exploration Week. This includes 4 days of free panel presentations from over 100 college representatives on an extensive range of topics targeted towards juniors and underclassmen. Registration is required; a variety of time slots are offered with both day and evening options. Advance registration is mandatory for each session students wish to attend. Students, parents, and counselors can visit this link for registration and schedule details: https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/.

The Direct Impact: Am I Valued?

Yesterday I came across a recent podcast hosted by W. Kent Barnds, who is Executive VP and VP of Enrollment, Communications & Planning at Augustana College in Rock Island, Il. He interviewed a high school senior, Natalie, and her dad about her process in working toward a decision in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the discussion, Natalie mentioned taking the steps that so many students in her position are taking to make sure they have done their due diligence before making that important decision. Without having the opportunity for an in-person campus visit (it had been a year since she had visited one of them and wanted to return), she has taken the virtual campus tours, attended virtual admitted student days and with her parents, compared information on housing, costs, majors and more. She attended many Zoom meetings!

Amidst all of the discussion, there were two points that Natalie touched upon that really stood out to me:

The first: the importance of communication. It was clear from listening to her that the colleges that stood out were those with consistent, thoughtful communication. She mentioned it was the colleges that communicated well during the search and application process that were the ones that best communicated after she was accepted. In addition to online admitted student days/events, she mentioned that there were frequent calls and emails. In fact, at one of the colleges, a parent of a current student actually called and spoke with Natalie’s mom. Natalie also had a one-on-one call with the Director of Recruitment. Why was this communication so important? Beyond getting her questions answered, by reaching out the colleges showed her that they are as interested in her as she is in them. They made her feel valued!

The second: making each visit count. Natalie mentioned that when she originally visited the colleges, she took mediocre notes. She’d assumed that once she got her acceptances, she would be able to revisit those that were on the top of her list before ultimately making her decision. Now, with second visits an impossibility, it is hard to remember certain aspects of each of the schools, and she wishes she’d taken more robust, more detailed notes to reference now. While no one could have imagined a pandemic that forced all college campuses across the country to shut down, there is always the possibility that your teen won’t have the opportunity to return to all of the colleges on her list. If you have teens who will be visiting college campuses in the future, remind them to have some type of detailed record of their visits—they can be written notes or notes taken on their phone or tablet, and they can be enhanced with photos—anything that will help them to remember what they’ve seen.

Custom College visits has available a College Visit Student Journal which students can use to record their campus visits. Please let us know at info@customcollegevisits.com if you’d like us to send you a copy.


COOL THINGS STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DOING IN THE MEANTIME

A Bedroom with A View

With their traditional semester halted, Berklee College of Music students are getting creative! This playlist represents artists who have created enduring music under limited or atypical circumstances. More quality quarantine playlists from Berklee can be found here

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is when everything comes back to life after a long winter – and this is especially true on college campuses! Enjoy some beautiful flora and fauna from schools around the country. 

Wellesley College
Smith College
University of Florida
UCLA
Penn State

THE HOME FRONT

Creative Ways to Spend the Time

This week, we turned to some purchases to help pass time. My son bought a ukulele and is going to teach himself how to play. Stay tuned for updates! My husband bought a basketball hoop, and is excited about the extra workout!  My daughter and I have started watching Mad Men for the first time, and we’re hooked!

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: WEEK FOUR 17 APR

WELCOME TO WEEK FOUR OF THE CORONAVIRUS BLOG!

Thank you to everyone who read the blog last week! As a reminder, or for anyone just joining us, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Friday while we ride out the waves and impacts of coronavirus. These will include tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best.


NEWS AND UPDATES

StriveScan’s Virtual College Fair Has Extended Its Dates

Originally scheduled until April 23rd, the Virtual College Fair will now continue until Friday, May 8, 2020!

Last week, we notified readers that StriveScan would be sponsoring Strive for College Knowledge: A Virtual College Exploration Week. By popular demand, StriveScan has extended the program two additional weeks to include individual college information sessions.

Thus far, there have been more than 30,000 student registrations for the 96 different panel presentations.. Over 300 different colleges and universities from 44 states and 10 countries are participating and sharing their expertise with students. The schedule for the first week of the panel presentations is available and still open. Students can register herePlease note that registration is not yet open for the individual college information sessions. We will post updates on our website when available.

SAT and SAT Subject Tests Cancelled for June

In accordance with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, the College Board will not be administering the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020. If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, they will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September as well as the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Students can register for these test dates starting in May. The College Board will contact students directly when they have the exact date. Be sure to check with college counsellors and/or the College Board website for additional updates.


COOL THINGS STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DOING IN THE MEANTIME

The Ventilator Project: A Rapid And Scalable Solution To Solve The Global Ventilator Shortage

A team consisting of members from the worlds of business, academia and medicine are working together as part of a new non-profit, The Ventilator Project, to develop a ventilator specifically designed to meet the needs of coronavirus patients. Among those who are dedicating their time and invaluable expertise to this altruistic project are undergrads and grad students from a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell, Ohio State, UConn, Northeastern, Tufts and University of Chicago. These students are serving in roles that vary from engineering to finance. Together this team, which has grown to over 250 remote volunteers since the project began on March 20, is working to produce a ventilator that can be manufactured quickly and at a fraction of the cost of normal ventilators by using non-medical supply parts. The goal: to fill the ventilator shortage here in the U.S. and around the world—and hopefully save lives in the process. According to Preston Mantle, one of the project’s co-founders, the project’s most imminent need is to raise money to get through validation and FDA approval and start their first manufacturing run. Once they are over that hurdle, they plan to produce 1,000 to 5,000 units within the first three days, and between 25,000 and 60,000 units per month after that. Take some time to read about the Ventilator Project and the group that is striving to save lives. More info is available on their website and in this article.

UW Nursing Students Respond to An Urgent Public Need in the Fight Against Coronavirus

“With their education forced online and in-person clinical practice opportunities canceled by the novel coronavirus pandemic, University of Washington nursing students eager to use their skills and knowledge during this historic challenge to human health and well-being had few options. Unwilling to accept this limited role for nursing students, the UW School of Nursing has partnered with Public Health–Seattle & King County to give students three opportunities to join frontline efforts to meet health needs and treat patients suffering from COVID-19, the deadly disease caused by the virus.” Read the rest of the article about how these students are contributing to the healthcare needs of the community..


THE HOME FRONT 

My daughter Brittany has officially earned her MFA in Theater for Young Audiences! The thesis has been submitted for publication, and while she will not have the traditional commencement ceremony that she had envisioned, we will find a way to celebrate nonetheless!

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: WEEK FIVE 25 APR

WELCOME TO WEEK FIVE OF THE CORONAVIRUS BLOG!

Thank you to everyone who read the blog last week! As a reminder, or for anyone just joining us, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Friday while we ride out the waves and impacts of coronavirus. These will include tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best.


NEWS AND UPDATES 

StriveScan’s Virtual College Fair – Registration Available for Admissions Information Sessions

Students can now register for Virtual Admissions Information Sessions, which will be available from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 8. These 45-minute presentations will allow students to learn about individual colleges and universities, connect with students, and have their questions answered in real time.

Students should register separately for each panel they want to attend. Once they register, they will receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar. When students register, they are sharing their registration information only with colleges presenting on that particular panel.

COOL THINGS STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DOING IN THE MEANTIME 

Pets: Our New Co-Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Over the past five weeks, employees from all walks of life have been getting accustomed to working at home as they shelter in place during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of the usual office mates, many people now have their pets to keep them company. This week, we thought we would take the opportunity to share with you the pets of some of the professors, students, and administrators from some of the colleges around the country. We hope you will enjoy!

There’s Kenny, the therapy dog at the University of Virginia. He’s been giving online sessions. Check him out here!

At Smith College, students have been warmly introduced to any unexpected guests. Check out these #petsofprofs!

Ever seen a 26 pound cat? Check out Boston University professor Jay Wexler’s not-so-little kitty, Marshmallow!

Wake Forest Law professor Marie-Amélie George gave her students a challenge: to share pictures of their pets doing homework. Check out their studious habits here!


THE HOME FRONT 

Here in South Florida, I continue to be thankful that we are able to take walks around our neighborhood lake enjoying the turtles, our resident ducks, and the many species of water birds that visit us daily. I’m finding cooking to be very cathartic and my kids and I continue to try new recipes – some are great and others – not so much!

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: WEEK SIX 01 MAY


WELCOME TO WEEK SIX OF THE CORONAVIRUS BLOG!

Thank you to everyone who read the blog last week! As a reminder, or for anyone just joining us, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Friday while we ride out the waves and impacts of coronavirus. These will include tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best.


NEWS AND UPDATES 

Custom College Visits Partners with College Essay Solutions

We are pleased to announce that as a special benefit for our clients, we will be partnering with College Essay Solutions.

College Essay Solutions has been in business since 2005 and since then, Craig Heller, Founder and President, has helped hundreds of students with their application essays. Craig works to reduce the stress that so often accompanies the process of writing college essays, and guides teens to write superior essays so they feel confident moving forward with their college applications. 

For more information about the partnership, please contact me at janice@customcollegevisits.com. To jumpstart our collaboration and kick off the college application season, Custom College Visits and College Essay Solutions will be co-sponsoring a webinar where we will share tips about writing college essays and planning college visits. The webinar is scheduled for Sunday, June 21st . Details will be posted on our website and our social media pages by early June. We will also send out an email closer to the date with this information.

10 Mistakes Students Make With Online Learning

Earlier this week I came across a thought-provoking blog written by Maggie Wray, founder of Creating Positive Futures.  She describes ten mistakes online learners make; she discusses what parents and students should be aware of and how they can improve their skills to become better learners and ultimately to see improved grades. As I read the article, I realized that more than missed opportunities, what she’s describing is the potential to develop beneficial habits and routines that students can maintain  throughout  the remainder of their high school years and take with them into college. I encourage you to read the full article here.

COOL THINGS STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DOING IN THE MEANTIME 

Photo Project at Occidental College Builds Connections Between Patients, Doctors in Pandemic

“Five years ago, Occidental’s Mary Beth Heffernan flew to Liberia with a simple idea: Would portraits worn on the outside of their frightening personal protection equipment (PPE) suits humanize healthcare workers and make patients more receptive to their care?…Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic a growing number of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals across the country are embracing the idea of wearing PPE portraits and reaching out to Heffernan to take advantage of her field-tested insights.” Continue reading to find out more about how Mary Beth Heffernan’s work is helping to create a bond between frontline healthcare workers and their coronavirus patients.

Courtesy of Marc Campos./Occidental College

Butler University Pharmacy Grad Students Create Hand Sanitizer for the Indianapolis Community

“Working from specifications set up by the World Health Organization, and meeting their standards to make it efficient,” a group of graduate pharmacy students at Butler University have found a way to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. Grad students Victor Anguiano, Mohammed Ramadan, and Zach Todd, supervised by faculty members Sudip and Nandita Das, will “mix up gallons of hand sanitizer to donate to Circle City hospitals, as well as homeless shelters, nursing homes, and domestic abuse treatment centers.” Find out more about how these students are helping to fill a need in the community. 

Turning Deposits Into Donations

During Ursinus College’s recent 3-day Admitted Student Experience, students learned just how important it is for the college to give back to the community of which they are a part. For each deposit received during the event, Ursinus College, situated in Collegeville, PA, donated $100 to the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry, to help ease the burden of many individuals and families during this challenging time. Learn how much money was raised and more about the event.


THE HOME FRONT

Yesterday we celebrated what would have been the day for Brittany’s actual grad school commencement with a customized cake and sparkling wine. It was the first time in probably three weeks that I actually stepped foot into a store to purchase something (as opposed to sending my husband or ordering online), but I wanted to make sure she had her favorite cake flavors! The biggest excitement this week was that my son made the leap from a Google phone back to an iPhone! Had I not been here I wouldn’t have believed what an arduous decision-making process it was for him. He received his red iPhone SE today, and I haven’t seen him that excited in a long time. Now comes the hard part—he’s trying to transfer everything from one phone to the other… Some tv highlights—Jeopardy, of course. We’re working our way through Mad Men, we finished watching Little Fires Everywhere, we’re through the second season of The Sinner and we very much enjoyed Unorthodox. I still found plenty of time to read a couple of novels and do some work as well!

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: WEEK SEVEN 08 MAY

WELCOME TO WEEK SEVEN OF THE CORONAVIRUS BLOG!

Welcome to Week Seven of the Coronavirus Blog! Thank you to everyone who read the blog last week! As a reminder, or for anyone just joining us, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Friday while we ride out the waves and impacts of coronavirus. These will include tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best.


NEWS AND UPDATES 

NACAC’s College Openings Update is Now Available Online

NACAC has posted on their site their annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students (formerly the Space Availability Survey).

This is a voluntary listing of NACAC member postsecondary institutions that are still accepting applications from prospective freshman and/or transfer students for the upcoming fall term.

The College Openings Update is designed as a tool for counselors, parents and others assisting students who have not yet completed the college admission process. Typically, colleges will continue to join the update after the May 5 public release date, so check back periodically to see additional colleges still accepting applications.

“We Get It.” College Admissions Deans Speak Out

In trying to stay on top of ever-changing news regarding online or on-campus classes and assessment of college applications for the fall, I have been watching webinars, speaking with colleagues and following news from the individual colleges themselves. Admittedly, it’s hard to keep up with information that changes so quickly and that comes from so many sources!

In this May 7th Forbes article written by Brennan Barnard, Director of College Counseling &Outreach at the Derryfield School, he does a great job of synthesizing all of this information in one place and offers some useful. He recounts, “I asked admission leaders to focus on what they wanted students and families to know about applying to college next year. The common theme in their responses was, “WE GET IT!” He reminds his readers that “it is important to recognize that ever-evolving college admission process is a human experience. It sometimes feels like admission leaders are anonymous machines “behind the curtain,” conducting ambiguous evaluations of applicants, but the truth is that they are living, breathing people who understand what students are experiencing. They are in this work because they want to admit students and create opportunities. Many have children of their own and they are mothers, brothers, sons, and aunts. At this challenging time, they too are wearing masks to the grocery store, commuting to their kitchen table to work, and are worried about the health and safety of their loved ones. There is humanity in the uncertainty of the college admission experience.” Beyond that, they discuss their outlooks on Spring Grades, SAT/ACT and IB/AP tests. Read the full article to find out the details.

COOL THINGS STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DOING IN THE MEANTIME 

It’s Showtime! 

Although we have not been able to head out to movie theatres, live theatre performances, or live concerts over the past couple of months, college students have been finding ways to adapt their performances to virtual platforms. This week, we thought we’d share with you a couple of stand out arts and culture moments that put us on the edge of our seats! 

Here’s your ticket to The Method Gun, a farcical take on Streetcar Named Desire, originally devised by Austin’s Rude Mechs and performed here by students from the Wesleyan Theatre Department.

Here’s your ticket to an hour of classic music performed by rising stars from Juilliard School of Music. 


THE HOME FRONT 

The weather has cooled off a bit here in sunny south Florida and it has been absolutely beautiful the last couple of days. We just found out about an hour ago that Palm Beach County has reopened (phase 1, although it’s a bit confusing)… I’m not sure I’m ready to eat in a restaurant just yet. Guess it’ll be a few more weeks of takeout!