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.