What does the recent increase in test-optional colleges mean for current high school juniors and other students planning to apply to college in 2021-2022? Will these students get to skip the SAT and ACT altogether? Not necessarily.
It’s a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our day-to-day lives—and the college admissions landscape. Here are 8 updates and resources to help you stay in-the-know and on track as you prepare to apply to college.
Many full-ride scholarships have similar eligibility requirements, so making yourself a great candidate for one will often make you a great candidate for multiple scholarships. While the specific details they require can vary between scholarships, most require or recommend the following qualities:
Let's begin our ACT vs SAT comparison. Although both tests share several similarities, here are the most important differences for you to consider before deciding whether to take the SAT or ACT.
#1: Time Per Question
the time crunches? Then you might prefer the SAT over the ACT. This is because the SAT gives you more time per question than the ACT does. So if you’re worried about time management, particularly on math questions, the SAT offers much more workable and far less stress-inducing time constraints than the ACT does.
Here are five things to keep in mind about obtaining a merit scholarship from a state university:
1. Merit money is plentiful.
2. Understand what it takes to win a scholarship.
3. Look off the radar for state universities.
4. Know where to look for scholarship requirements.
5. Forget about need-based aid
The main reason I don’t think it would serve you is that COVID-19 is a problem shared by all of us, including all other students writing these essays. It’s simply too common.
When a topic is common or overdone, it is more difficult to make it interesting. One of the main goals of these college application essays is to help differentiate students from the competition–other students. If your topic is one that many others will be writing about, you are already fading into the crowd.
COVID has appended a lot of things in academia and the admissions process too is a natural fall-out. College essays and letters of recommendation, are likely to carry more weight than ever in 2021 and the 2022 admissions cycles. And many essays will likely focus on how the pandemic shaped students' lives throughout an often tumultuous 2020. Colleges must examine applicants without the aid of standardized test scores for many – a factor that prompted many schools to go test-optional for now. Even grades, a significant component of a college application, may be hard to interpret with some high schools adopting pass-fail classes last spring due to the pandemic. Major college admissions factors are suddenly skewed.
Very pertinent tips! Must read for juniors getting ready to plan their essays!
Here are some COVID-19 developments that you should know about:
1. The vast majority of colleges and universities are now test-optional. That includes more than 90% of all highly selective and elite schools.
1. UCLA is the #1-most-applied-to college, with nearly 114,000 applications yearly.
2. It's possible to write a college essay about something as mundane as showering...and get into Yale! (Someone did.)
3. About 43 percent of all institutional aid funds are merit-based.
4. The top admissions factor at every college is a student’s high school GPA.
5. Students can minimize college debt risk with income-share agreements.
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1. Starting late: Not giving themselves enough time for the planning, search and application
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Alameda County - 2019 High School Internship Positions
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High School Internship - $15.00 Hourly
Though students can often wait until college to apply for internships, high school students–especially graduating seniors–actually have multiple opportunities to start getting experience in their chosen fields now.
Internships provide a chance for students to network with working professionals, gain hands-on experience, and build professional skills even before going to college.
Read on for 11 awesome summer internship opportunities for high school students in fields ranging from engineering and STEM to business and the arts.
Biology & Environmental Science
For Silicon Valley/Bay Area/NorCal high schoolers searching for an awesome summer program or work experience.
Work experience is invaluable and rare among high school students. Interning over the summer is one of the best high school experiences you’ll have. If you’re still unsold, this article elaborates on high school internships.
Hopefully, you’re looking at this list around October, because some of these program deadlines will be very early.
My advice? Apply to as many as possible.This article will help you avoid the biggest mistakes may make in high school.
These internships are listed in no particular order.
Competitive Summer Programs for 2020 by category
Students interested in STEM have a bevy of excellent choices including Michigan State’s HSHPP Program, the MIT: Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering, or the PROMYS program at Boston University. Math-specific programs such as the Ross Mathematics Program at Ohio State or MathILy ay Bryn Mawr College are worthwhile pursuits for the quantitatively-inclined.
1. National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Healthcare
NSLC gives high schoolers a setting to learn about controversial medical issues, today’s health care challenges, and advanced scientific research in areas such as cancer and HIV/AIDS. The program is offered at:
United States Secret Service
An internship with the US Secret Service provides you with valuable experiences while allowing you to contribute to one of the most elite law enforcement organizations in the world.
BRAINYAC is a program offered through Zuckerman Institute’s Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia University and connects high school students with scientists for intensive summer lab internships including hands-on experience.