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09/12/2020

The Class of 2020 was accepted everywhere from Hawaii to Maine and from Qatar to Scotland! Wonder where this year‘s class will go?

Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counseling kicks off two weeks of afternoon/evening webinars for 11th & 12th ...
08/23/2020
WACAC - Virtual College Exploration

Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counseling kicks off two weeks of afternoon/evening webinars for 11th & 12th grade students starting Monday, August 24--from general sessions to school specific, there are plenty of answers to be found: https://wacac.com/page-18169

USM Seniors! Don't forget about tonight's webinar, "College Admissions During COVID" at 5PM. Seasoned senior admissions ...
08/19/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: College Admissions for USM Seniors During COVID. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

USM Seniors! Don't forget about tonight's webinar, "College Admissions During COVID" at 5PM. Seasoned senior admissions professionals will present on the changes they anticipate this fall. Register here: https://usmk12-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RxYLdP9yQbqw1JfjPFcImA

Please join seasoned admissions experts from Boston College, Lawrence University, and Oklahoma State University for a one-hour moderated panel discussion as they address the changes to admissions and financial aid processes they anticipate in this year's college application cycle. Topics will includ...

08/03/2020
ACT Student

From the comments section alone on the ACT FB page (https://www.facebook.com/theacttest), we know today was frustrating for many in our Class of 2021. We are actively seeking to create testing opportunities for our seniors this fall and hope to have more news to share on that soon. Hang in there, Seniors. And remember--hundreds of colleges have gone test optional!

You are success, and we’re here to help!

⭐ Plan your future, prepare for college & career, and achieve success ⭐

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07/16/2020
QuestBridge | National College Match

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? You should be aware of the QuestBridge program, who application opens in early August. It is intended for academically outstanding high school seniors from households earning less than $65,000/year for a typical family of four. Learn more here and speak to your counselor if interested: https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/national-college-match

The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.

Rochester Institute of Technology is hosting a free online College & Career Fair August 3-6 with over 70 sessions availa...
07/13/2020
College & Careers | RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology is hosting a free online College & Career Fair August 3-6 with over 70 sessions available. The fair provides the opportunity for rising seniors to spend time interacting with college faculty, exploring their possible areas of interest, doing career exploration, learning something new about themselves, and giving their future a test drive. For parents, it’s a chance to learn about the college search process along with financial aid. Sessions have limited capacity so sign up early!

Similar to a conference, students may choose from one to five interactive workshops that showcase future-focused academics.

https://www.rit.edu/admissions/college-and-careers

A virtual career exploration and college search experience for rising high school seniors and parents. 4 days. 70+ future-focused workshops.

The Journal Sentinel highlights the many options to running fall semester instruction that colleges in Wisconsin are con...
05/19/2020
Wisconsin colleges hope to reopen this fall. But questions outnumber answers on how they will operate.

The Journal Sentinel highlights the many options to running fall semester instruction that colleges in Wisconsin are considering. While many schools do not plan to make announcements until later this summer, the Chronicle of Higher Education is maintaining a list of colleges' stated plans. You can find this and other resources on our resource page, also linked in the comments. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/education/2020/05/19/coronavirus-wisconsin-campuses-likely-open-fall-changes/5203347002/

Wisconsin colleges are planning to reopen in some way this fall. But campus leaders acknowledge plans are still in flux, and could change quickly.

Brennan Barnard’s Thursday Night Webinars with Admissions leaders have been helpful, as are his articles. Here’s his lat...
05/10/2020
“We Get It!”: College Admission Deans Speak Out—Part 2

Brennan Barnard’s Thursday Night Webinars with Admissions leaders have been helpful, as are his articles. Here’s his latest: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brennanbarnard/2020/05/10/we-get-it-college-admission-deans-speak-out-part-2/#3f5877c27c46

Many college applicants are nervous about how this moment in time will look to the schools to which they will apply. What will it mean that they have not been able to engage in the same ways that previous applicants did? How can they prove their involvement, curiosity, and excellence?

"When we discuss and attempt to predict the 'further future' of how juniors will be evaluated in the admission process i...
05/01/2020
What I Do and Do Not Know…

"When we discuss and attempt to predict the 'further future' of how juniors will be evaluated in the admission process in the year ahead, I feel a lot more confident." Rick Clark - Georgia Tech http://pwp.gatech.edu/admission-blog/2020/05/01/what-i-do-and-do-not-know/

Each of the last seven Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m., we’ve held a full-staff meeting. While smaller teams are also meeting at other points, this is our weekly chance to all be “together.” As our time sh…

WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF STANDARDIZED TESTING FOR TODAY’S JUNIORS?ZOOM WEBINAR TONIGHT AT 7:00 PM with Adam Ingersoll of Com...
04/15/2020
MAIS - CN - Compass Education Group

WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF STANDARDIZED TESTING FOR TODAY’S JUNIORS?
ZOOM WEBINAR TONIGHT AT 7:00 PM with Adam Ingersoll of Compass Prep: Click this event link to register.
Today, the College Board announced that the June SAT date is canceled. Sponsored by Minnesota Independent Schools, Compass Prep’s Adam Ingersoll aims to shed light on the complex world of testing, with special focus on how COVID19 is impacting the testing path for juniors in particular. https://www.compassprep.com/events/mais/

The College Board announced today that it will be cancelling the June SAT. ACT has not made any announcement about June ...
04/15/2020
Top 10 Testing TBDs for the Class of 2021 - Compass Education Group

The College Board announced today that it will be cancelling the June SAT. ACT has not made any announcement about June yet. Compass Prep is keeping a pretty good blog about what this all means: https://www.compassprep.com/top-10-tbds-2021/

BREAKING NEWS: College Board cancels June testing. College admission and testing is in a state of upheaval, like so much else in our lives. What do we know now about the standardized testing issues faced by the class of 2021, and what can we reasonably assume? On which questions can we offer only in...

Do you have questions about applying to college this fall?Wondering what colleges are doing and how they anticipate revi...
04/15/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

Do you have questions about applying to college this fall?
Wondering what colleges are doing and how they anticipate reviewing applications over the next year?

USM’s College Guidance Office has arranged a special admissions presentation with our University of Chicago representative, Jessica Kuh, on Thursday, April 16 at 4:00 PM.
Ms. Kuh presentation will cover:
* Applying to highly-selective institutions
* Insight into how highly-selective institutions review applications
* How things may change in the review process with regards to COVID-19
* Time for questions!

Here’s the link to join the Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/290102695?pwd=U2dMcWhHWEdEUzB4UFgvSHAyd1hLQT09
Meeting ID: 290 102 695
Password: 6xtk5e

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Ever thought about attending an Historically Black College or University?  Here's a chance to take a virtual tour of 11 ...
04/14/2020
Virtual HBCU College Tour

Ever thought about attending an Historically Black College or University? Here's a chance to take a virtual tour of 11 different schools, sponsored by the Chicago HBCU Alumni Association!
9:45am - Welcome/ Opening
10:00am - Alcorn State University
10:15am - Langston University
10:30am - Fisk University
10:45am - Howard University
11:00am - Tougaloo College
11:15am - Alabama A&M University
11:30am - Jackson State University
11:45am - Tennessee State University
12:00pm - North Carolina A&T University
12:15pm - Clark Atlanta University
12:30pm - Texas Southern University

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-hbcu-college-tour-tickets-102529446334

Join us for a trip around the country to our beloved HBCUs.

Hoping everyone's first week "back" went smoothly. It was so good to see everyone, even if only virtually! On Monday at ...
04/04/2020
Coronavirus and College Admissions - Compass Education Group

Hoping everyone's first week "back" went smoothly. It was so good to see everyone, even if only virtually! On Monday at 7PM, Compass Prep is hosting what looks to be a GREAT webinar for juniors and their parents--check it out! https://www.compassprep.com/coronavirus-admissions-webinar/

College admission and tests may be the last thing students and parents choose to think about right now. That’s a valid and healthy choice, and for far too many it’s a necessity, not a choice.

03/25/2020

We love and miss our Wildcats 🐾💛

03/20/2020
AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus | AP Central — The College Board

Today, the College Board announced its planned approach to AP testing this coming May. USM’s AP teachers and administration are discussing the various options outlined today on the College Board’s COVID-19 related information page and will relay USM’s plan when we reconvene virtually after spring break. Until then, we wish you and your family good health and joyful discovery. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update

March 20, 2020 As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here’s how we’re supporting schools: We’re providing free remote learning resourc...

Today, Case Western announced that they will be test optional during the next admission cycle and potentially beyond. We...
03/18/2020
Apply|Undergraduate Admission

Today, Case Western announced that they will be test optional during the next admission cycle and potentially beyond. We anticipate a likelihood that other colleges will follow suit. Juniors, keep your eyes peeled for emails from colleges. If you haven't yet signed up to be on the mailing list for colleges you know you are interested in, do so, so when/if policies change, you will be first in line to get the news. https://case.edu/admission/apply

Get step-by-step directions on how to apply to Case Western Reserve University, a leading research institution in Cleveland, Ohio.

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