List Of Colleges And Their Plans To Reopen in the Fall

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left college leaders facing difficult decisions about when to open up campuses and how to go about it. Most colleges remain uncommitted on whether they’ll offer in-person classes in the fall or when they’ll decide. Below is a link to a list compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education tracking individual colleges’ plans.
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New additions to the list include:
UTexas Austin, Chapman, East Tennessee State, Emory, George Mason, George Washington, Harvard, Marquette, Shenandoah, Virginia Commonwealth, and Yale Universities; Macalester College; and the Universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mary Washington, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Portland, South Carolina, Tennessee at Knoxville, and Virginia.
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To view the most current list of schools go to the following link:
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Figuring Out What You Want In A College?

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There’s no magic formula for choosing a college, because every student has a different set of preferences and priorities. But one thing all prospective students and their families should do is identify the factors of the college experience that they value most, whether it be campus location or affordability or student-to-faculty ratio. Figuring out what you want out of college is half the battle, and narrowing down the list of options is less daunting once you know what you’re looking for.

According to this video from the University of Dayton, a top-tier Catholic research university in Ohio, prospective students and their families should consider the following key factors when making their college choice:

https://udayton.edu/m/compare.php

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10 TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE FOR YOU!

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Finding and selecting a right-fit school can be an arduous and frustrating task. It’s about more than the name on the diploma. Where a student attends college touches numerous aspects of his or her life, from academic studies to social activities and beyond. Considering the importance of this decision…prospective students should think carefully about where they decide to enroll when looking over their options.

The most important aspect of this over-all process…is starting it as early as possible. Particularly, if your hoping to attend a top tier university. This provides for a much more efficient and relaxed process for the entire family.

Here are 10 tips to consider in the college planning and selection process:

    1. Develop your short list
    2. Rank your priorities
    3. Don’t procrastinate
    4. Go back to schools
    5. Focus on your endgame
    6. Delve into departments
    7. Investigate job connections
    8. Compare financial aid awards
    9. Compromise
    10. Move on from rejection

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Kids Aren’t Committing For Four Years Anymore!

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Yesterday was phase II of National Signing Day, or just Signing Day as it is more commonly known. It is such a big deal in high school athletics that many schools have co-opted the tradition, letting all of their student-athletes who are embarking on a college career to have their moment in front of the cameras with pen in hand, whether it’s a Division I powerhouse or not.

There are plenty of good colleges out there, and lots of good sports being played at the Division II and Division III schools. Kids who make it to any level of college athletics should be congratulated.

But what’s changed the feel of Signing Day across the country isn’t the two-tiered process (most of the top rated kids sign early), but the Transfer Portal.

What’s changed is that kids aren’t committing for four years, they might only be committing for one, and then it’s into the transfer portal they go looking for a better opportunity, more playing time, or some other dumbfounding reason. That’s not to say some concerns aren’t totally valid.

But lost in every photo and every pen stroke on Signing Day is the fact that college is going to be an adjustment. Parents want to protect their children. I get it, I have a son who went to boarding school for five years, and who is now in college, but at some point we start doing more harm than good.

I tell parents, that they and their student-athlete have to fully commit to the school, because God forbid your athlete gets injured or they decide they don’t want to play anymore, you’re still committed to the university. So the school needs to be a good-fit both athletically and academically. A place where you will thrive. A place your proud to be attending.

To some degree, I wonder if transferring is fair. An athlete with talent, who has put in the work, should have some say in where they play and who they play for. But the transfer portal gives everyone an easy way out, maybe too easy.

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Applying Early Action/Early Decision To Your Dream School

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Happy New Year and CONGRATULATIONS to those high school seniors who applied early action/early decision and have successfully matched with their dream school. For those of you who may not have been as fortunate, or have been deferred for reconsideration in the spring…keep the faith! It’s not the end of the world! Hopefully, you’ve received strong guidance from your high school counselors and parents in the application process…and applied to a number of great schools that would be an even better fit for you. Consider that there are many reasons for not being admitted. One reason could simply be having submitted an incomplete application.

Yale College admitted 796 students out of a total of 5,777 early action applicants to the class of 2024 this past December. The number marks a 13.8 percent admission rate for early action. Harvard University, Brown University and Cornell University accepted 13.9, 17.5 and 23.8 percent of early action applicants respectively.

These early admissions offers are non-binding, and admitted students usually have until May 1 to reply, but double check with your particular school if you’re unsure.

For those of you who have been deferred for spring consideration…there are things you can and should do until then to strengthen your cause. One of those things is to keep the admissions office apprised of any pertinent activities and successes which will help strengthen your position. Certainly, there are other things you can do as well.

DOTS Educational Consulting is prepared to work with you 1-on-1 to provide you with the attention you deserve. We’ll advise and help you in every aspect of the college admission and application process, but don’t wait until the eleventh hour to ask for help as there’s significant strategizing and time required in developing a highly successful college application.

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