COVID-19 changes, cancellations and picking a school during the crisis.

What an unprecedented time. I continue to pray this virus will end quickly; for our health workers and first responders to stay healthy; for small business owners and entrepreneurs to survive any economic impact; and that we all give each other help, grace and mercy during this difficult time

My heart breaks for high school seniors—they had so much to look forward to that has been put on hold or cancelled. I’m sure they are devastated. Juniors were excited and nervous to visit colleges and that is on hold as well.

Many colleges have sent their students home and are conducting classes online. All campus events are cancelled including admissions tours and admitted student events. Seniors—I encourage you to take part in any online events the college is offering to help you make your decision. You can have phone calls with faculty in the areas you want to study, ask to be connected to current students, and speak with your admissions counselor—they can help get you the info you need.

Schools set to release admission decisions in April have not, yet, indicated they are postponing those decisions or extending deadlines to pay deposits. But continue to check their social media and their websites for the most updated information. They will likely also email applicants if anything changes.

Check that your first year orientation dates, especially any early registration programs held in April or May, have not been cancelled or postponed.

College Board has cancelled the May SAT. At this point they have not cancelled AP exams and are even making arrangements for students to possibly test at home. College Board’s social media accounts are the best source of information. At the time of publication, ACT has moved the April test to June.

I will continue to share news as I learn of it. I wish you all the best as we navigate this challenging and unique time.

Published by Kate Coffman

Kate has worked in admissions, financial aid, college and career readiness for over twenty years. She most recently served as the Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Franklin College. Kate has also worked in admissions at Butler University and Indiana University. Kate has presented at numerous schools and conferences helping families, educators and those who work with youth understand how to be college and career ready, how to apply to college and how to afford their education.

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