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College Counseling Updates 4/30

Class of 2021

 Please Deposit at a college by May 1—even if your son remains on a Wait List.

  • If your son has selected the college or university he will attend, please let our office know and make the deposit by May 1.
    • Please only deposit at one institution. Double depositing is unethical. 
  • If your son chooses to remain on a waitlist, he must deposit at another school. If he is accepted off a waitlist, he will withdraw from the first college and then deposit at the one that took him off their waitlist. After May 1, withdrawing will result in the loss of the original deposit.

Visiting Colleges

The School understands the importance for seniors to visit colleges as they are making their decision. College visits will be allowed, but there are important factors, information, and steps that you need to understood. 

  • The student must notify the college counseling office and get initial approval. The student must provide the school the specifics of the college programming/tour, who is accompanying them, method of transportation, and a timeline for return. After approval from the college office, the student must get final approval from the Dean of Students Office and check out/in as required.

  • The School will determine the risk factors based on the student’s itinerary and the college’s/university’s programming. The student’s testing and quarantine guidelines for their return to campus will be based on the risk factors outlined above.

  • While colleges are attempting to provide on-campus events for accepted students, it may not be possible for your son to attend, and some colleges may not be able to permit visitors at all–depending on the circumstances. All of them will provide virtual events specifically for accepted students, and we will encourage your son to participate whenever in-person visits are not practical or available.


     

Class of 2022

Service Academy Night: Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m.

The Connecticut Congressional Delegation will be holding its Service Academy Night for students who are interested in attending one of our nation’s preeminent military academies–U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with representatives and cadets/midshipmen from each of the academies. This event will also give students a chance to meet with the service academy coordinators from each of the Connecticut congressional offices to learn more about the individual nomination processes. Representatives from several collegiate ROTC programs, the National Guard, and the Military Reserves  will be present to discuss other paths to military service and commissioning programs for aspiring military officers. Register Here and a Zoom link will be provided.

Other activities:

  • Our College Counselors will continue meeting with their advisees. Be sure your son responds to meeting invitations and attends as scheduled. 

  • This is a good time to continue working on the Common Application. Students can create an account as a first-year applicant and complete the Profile and Family information. We can help lead your son through the Education sections and the rest of the form.

  • This is a good time for parents to explore Scoir. Please have your son complete his personal profile and college preferences. In addition, Scoir offers a comprehensive platform from which to explore schools including virtual tours through YouVisit and their detailed College Walls.

  • Scoir also provides a survey tool in Career Preferences available through YouScience. Although it takes a while to complete, it can generate some potential major and career ideas based on survey responses. 

 Testing:

  • The NCAA announced that it was extending its waiver of testing requirements for students who begin full-time enrollment in college for the 2022–23 academic year. Many colleges have also dropped required testing for the class of 2022, so it is important to monitor changes to application requirements at individual colleges. 

Other Testing News

  • The College Board is discontinuing SAT Subject Tests.

The College Board will no longer offer the SAT Subject Tests in the U.S. Students in the U.S. will automatically have their registrations canceled and receive a refund. Because SAT Subject Tests are used internationally for a wider variety of purposes, they will provide two more administrations in May and June of 2021 for students in international locations.

  •  The College Board is discontinuing the optional SAT Essay.

This decision recognizes that there are other ways for students to demonstrate their mastery of essay writing. At the same time, writing remains essential to college readiness, and the SAT will continue to measure writing and editing skills. The tasks on the SAT Reading and Writing and Language tests are among the most effective and predictive parts of the SAT.

Online College Fairs

Registration continues for the NEACAC Virtual Spring College Fairs. The LIVE portions of the virtual fair take place on Sunday, May 16, from 1–3 p.m. EST. 

Additional information and a link to register can be found at https://www.neacac.org/spring-college-fairs-2021.

Questions? We can help! Contact Suzanne Hayes in the College Counseling office at hayess@avonoldfarms.com.