16 Apr Coronavirus and College
In just a matter of a few short weeks, high school seniors have been grappling with how to navigate coronavirus and college admissions and enrollment. What does it mean for financial aid? How do I pick the right school during a pandemic? Is a virtual tour going to answer all my questions? Is campus even going to be open come fall? If you’re asking these, or other, questions you’re not alone. Nearly 26% of incoming freshman are rethinking their college choice because of the coronavirus pandemic.
While coronavirus has thrown the end of the school year upside down, high school seniors still have to make a final decision about college enrollment. Making a decision under the best of circumstances can be difficult. Given the current environment we are living in, selecting a college can be daunting. Here are some tips to keep in mind when making a final enrollment decision under these unusual circumstances.
Attend Virtual Events
It’s not the same as an in-person visit, but a virtual admitted student event will allow you to interact with classmates and on-campus officials. Ask lots questions to try to get a feel for the school. On the upside, you’ll be able to attend virtual events at many schools because you won’t have to travel and can do it from the comfort of your home.
Be Thorough in Your Research
It’s impossible to arrive at an admissions decision without knowing as many facts as possible. Try to gain a complete understanding of all the facts about all the schools you are considering attending. Read the financial aid information, call the school, speak with us, and compare each school. Follow along on social media and the college’s website for the latest updates. And do your best to get a sense of what the fall semester will look like. Does the school have a plan to reopen? How will academics be handled? What is the backup plan?
Compare the pros and cons for each college you are considering attending. It works and a side-by-side comparison can help you make a final decision.
Think About What Really Is Important
Deciding on a college based on where your friends are enrolling or what is the most prestigious choice isn’t the path to take. What matters most is selecting a school that fills your needs and will best help you meet your goals. Take a step outside your comfort zone if you need to try something new to help with growth and personal discovery. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
For many, college is the best time of a young person’s life. Once you’ve settled on your decision don’t overthink it. Get excited about the opportunities and new experiences. Join social media groups for accepted students, start looking at course options, and keep your eyes open for housing choices. College is an exciting new chapter in your life and an opportunity to make the most of a new challenge.