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  • Writer's pictureMatt McKenna

COVID-19 and It's Impact on College Planning

Over the past six months, we have all had to grapple with the harsh realities that a global pandemic presents and the restrictions that come with it. No area of our lives has remained untouched from COVID-19.

If you are a high school junior or senior, one area of your life that has been particularly impacted relates to college planning. Between adjusting to learning remotely, seeing your ACT and SAT test dates get cancelled, and being unable to go on campus visits, you may be asking yourself "How do I even begin the college planning process?" Planning for college can be a stressful process during normal circumstances, and you might find it particularly stressful in the COVID-19 era. MPM Strategic College Planning is here to help. Below are some useful tools to help you begin to research schools:

  • Use online college search engines like College Board's BigFuture and Cappex to find colleges that might be right for you. You can find colleges by test scores, location, majors, support services and diversity.

  • Begin communicating with college admissions representatives. Although you can't see them in person, and they likely will not be conducting visits to your high school this fall, you can email them, contact them on social media, or schedule 1-on-1 video chats with them.

  • Go on virtual tours. Most colleges and universities are not allowing non-registered students on their campuses, but you can head to their admissions page and take a virtual tour. Most will let you navigate where you'd like to "visit" on campus, and some have the capacity to work with virtual reality headsets if you happen to own one

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