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  • Writer's pictureMeena Kapur

High School Seniors - Tips to Navigate During the Coronavirus

First let me say sorry to all the high school and college seniors and families who might not get the traditional end of year festivities, graduation ceremonies and celebrations you deserve. I hope you can find ways to connect with your family and friends virtually.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, it is vital for high school students and families to get all the up-to-date information on the changing landscape of college admissions. Universities are doing their best to navigate these new circumstances. Here are five changes from the usual admission cycle for the Class of 2020.

1. Check deadlines for university decisions as roughly 200 universities have extended the traditional May 1 deadline to June 1 and adjusted the deposit deadline dates.

2. When making decisions, quite a few universities offer online virtual admitted student days so you can get an idea of a campus feel. Check your email and social media frequently to stay up to date.

3. Universities are also finding ways to have students “sit-in” on classes virtually. If you are interested in this option, contact the university to find out how to set this up.

4. NACAC, National Association for College Admissions Counseling, created a new tool for families to find rapidly changing admission related information.

5. Parents, as your student is deciding where to attend university, one thing to discuss is the importance of staying near a home base or a plan if far away until an effective vaccine is rolled out globally to combat the Coronavirus. We could be facing an 18-month cycle of moving students into and out of dorms suddenly.

Congratulations to all of you seniors for all your achievements and hard work. You should feel proud of all your accomplishments!

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