The college admissions process is changing due to COVID-19 and social distancing standards.
Across the nation in 2020, ACT's and SAT's have been canceled, leaving a gap in college applications.
"There are definitely more parts to an applicant than just your test scores," says independent college consultant Maggie Hill.
This is something high school seniors will want to keep in mind. This year some colleges won't require standardized test scores in the application process including some here in Louisiana.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Nicholls State Admissions Counselor Carolanne Moore says, "A lot of the ACT's were canceled so we went strictly based off of their high school GPA and went off of their core classes."
For the upcoming school year, Moore says students should focus efforts elsewhere.
"Focus on your English and Math especially if the ACT is not being given. We'll have to look at those specific classes to make an admissions decision. Just work your hardest this year," she says.
If you shine outside the classroom, use it to your advantage. Hill says that extracurricular activities and community service will help students in the process.
"Take advantage of this opportunity because this is a once in a lifetime chance to totally make your application about you, not just your test score. What are you passionate about? What sport are you really good at? What artistic effort can you put forth and how have you made the most of your quarantine experience? That's what they're going to be looking for," says Hill.
She adds that applicants can supplement the missing parts of an application by getting a Zoom interview with their school of choice.
"Once you've decided on the schools you want to apply to, find alumni in the Acadiana area who are willing to talk to you about their application process, their experience at the school, and maybe connect you with people on campus to get that Zoom interview or even Zoom coffee conversation. Grab a coffee on both sides of the screen and get talking," says Hill. "This way a student can see as many schools and meet with as many people virtually as they'd like without ever having to buy a plane ticket or a hotel room for a visit."
If ACT and SAT tests are administered, experts advise taking the tests even though schools may not require the scores.
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