As difficult as it is applying to college right now in the middle of a pandemic, many universities have been able to adapt to make it easier for students and their families.
A downside, however, is that many colleges have not decreased tuition costs even though many services are not available on campus. But learning about the college itself has been made easier when visiting it in person is tough.
In the New Lenox Public Library presentation conducted by Thomas Jaworski, founder of Quest College Consulting, attendees were taken through the University of Iowa's website to show them how to do things virtually. Jaworski does not work for any college and just used Iowa as an example, but many colleges offer the same services. He also showed attendees that college fairs can be attended virtually at virtualcollegefairs.org.
Iowa's website allows families to virtually tour the campus, attend virtual information sessions for specific majors and one-on-one sessions with admission counselors. Jaworski said colleges have worked to have the time slots to better fit the schedules of students and their families.
Jaworski noted that some people have believed that standardized testing should be phased out, and while that is not the case yet, some colleges are allowing students to decide whether they submit their test scores or not. The testing has been a "mess" this year, he said, as many current seniors were unable to take the ACT in April because of COVID-19. However, tests are still being offered.
With the standardized testing being optional for some colleges, Jaworski said the admission essays are being emphasized more. Some deadlines have passed for this upcoming year's admissions, but for juniors looking to apply, Jaworski said students should add emphasis on an essay to get into college.
Writing a personal essay could help a student stand out from the rest. An example essay could be the impact of COVID-19, Jaworski said.
The presentation will be available in full at newlenoxlibrary.org. Jaworski can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.