What You Need to Know About the 2020-21 Admissions Cycle
Check out the Zoom webinar we did yesterday
May 20, 2020
Alison and I had a great chat yesterday on our Zoom webinar about the latest developments in college admissions.
Among other things, we talked about:
This whole mess known as SAT/ACT/AP/Subject tests this year: should you take them? Are they worth it? How will admissions officers interpret them?
What constitutes a score that is good enough to submit if a school is test-optional?
If current high school seniors defer, what does that mean for rising juniors and for this summer's waitlist?
The pickle that the heads of enrollment are in at selective colleges after the deposit deadline and some possible, counter-intuitive outcomes
How will the admissions standards change this coming cycle?
How will so-called "non-cognitive" skills factor into the admissions process?
James Bond movies. Really!
What kinds of activities are going to catch an admissions officer's eye?
What not to write about in your application essay?
Where should you talk about the context of your life in our application (legitimate difficulties with digital access, a class that had to get discontinued, etc.)?
What will happen with Early Decision / Early Action options this coming season?
Notre Dame. Oh my.
When can a creative / arts supplement hurt you?
Why you should avoid the "scrapbook mentality" in your applications.
How to get a good teacher recommendation for a reach college from a large public high school
What do you do if your school-based college counselor opts out of writing counselor recommendations for students?
What to do if your high school doesn't routinely feed applicants to a particular college and therefore doesn't have a strong pre-existing relationship with that college.
Photo (video) bombing by my dog.
Anna Ivey is one of the founders of Inline. An experienced admissions consultant and a frequently cited media expert on the topic of college admissions, she is also co-author of the college admissions bible How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Learn more about Anna's background here.