College Applications
How is COVID-19 affecting the college application and admittance process? What will going to college look like in the fall of 2020? Experts share timely updates.
Advice for Parents Part 2: The College Application Process
The college admissions process can be overwhelming for high school students.Steven Mercer, EdD offers advice on how parents can help their soon to be grads effectively navigate the paperwork, feelings, challenges, and expectations.
Advice for Parents Part 1: The College Application Process
The college admissions process can be overwhelming for high school students. Steven Mercer, EdD offers advice on how parents can help their soon to be grads effectively navigate the paperwork, feelings, challenges, and expectations.
Rethinking the College Admissions Process
How can we make the college admission process more student focused? From filling out FAFSA forms to demystifying the application reviews, so much can be done to help students achieve their higher education goals. Angel B Pérez, PhD, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), shares his perspectives on the opportunities for change, support, and growth.
COVID-19 and the Job Market for College Graduates
T. Tylor Behrens, EdD, Associate Vice President for Career Services at St. Mary's University speaks with Steven Mercer, EdD about what recent college grads are experiencing in the job market during COVID-19. He shares how to navigate internships and early career opportunities during the pandemic.
Making the Most of a Gap Year
Fall of 2020 is full of uncertainty. Many college students are considering taking a gap year. Though it may sound like just a year away from the classroom, through thoughtful planning, students can find many experiential learning opportunities. Find out how gap year programs are operating during COVID-19, how to find programs that fit your needs, and hear from a current gap year student.
Navigating College as a First-Gen Student
Daniela Padilla from the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC San Diego shares tips for first-generation college students including navigating the transition from high school to college life, how to advocate for yourself, how to find community, and more.
Access, Equity and Integrity in College Admissions
The process of applying to college can be daunting. How can students get the support they need and access to the schools they want to attend? Common App aims to help simplify the process and even the playing field for all students. Scott Anderson discusses how Common App works, what the landscape of student and counselor support looks like during the pandemic, public policy, and more.
The UC Application and Admission Process During COVID-19
With campuses closed due to COVID-19, the usual process of college admissions has been disrupted. Lisa Prsekop, director of admissions at UC Santa Barbara shares the creative ways universities are connecting with admitted students such as virtual tours and outreach. She also gives insight into the application review process and how the new rules about standardized test requirements impact students.
The Future of Standardized Tests for College Admission
Standardized testing plays a huge role in college applications but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it nearly impossible to administer tests. What are the next steps for students who have prepped to take them? Should colleges still require test scores? Adam Ingersoll joins Steven Mercer for a discussion about the present and future of these long standing admission requirements.
The Test Optional Movement: Should Colleges Require Standardized Test Scores?
Should standardized testing be a part of the college admissions process? Akil Bello of The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) discusses the test optional movement and breaks down the problems and impacts of standardized testing.
Fall 2020: An Admission Director's Perspective
Kirk Brennan, Director of Admission at USC talks about the impacts of COVID-19 on current undergraduate students as well as college applicants. He shares how colleges can maintain proactive relationships with students during uncertain times.
The Shifting Landscape of College Enrollment During COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, uncertainty about college admissions and attendance is a source of anxiety for students, parents, and schools. Matt Ward, Vice President for Enrollment Management at California Lutheran University, gives insight into what fall 2020 may look like for college freshmen, how recruitment is changing, flexibility in financial packages and more.
College Financial Aid Strategies During COVID-19
How to pay for college is a pressing question for all applicants from the class of 2020. COVID-19 has caused financial uncertainty and many are having to rethink their plans. Jodi Okun, an expert in financial aid, joins Steven Mercer to talk about how the pandemic is impacting financial aid awards, what to do if your family's financial situation has changed, and how to plan for the future in uncertain times.
Advice for High School Juniors: College Readiness for the Class of 2021 During COVID-19
Spring is usually when high school juniors start to focus on college applications. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a lot of students to rethink their plans or press pause on their studies. What should juniors keep top of mind during these times and how should they reframe their college search? Steven Mercer shares answers to these questions and more for the class of 2021.
Financial Aid Packages for College
Figuring out how to pay for college can be confusing. What steps should you take to understand the financial aid options available to you? Daniela Padilla from the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC San Diego explains the different types of financial aid awards, how to access your financial aid package, figuring out the cost of attendance and more.
Paquetes de Ayuda Financiera para la Universidad
Descubrir cómo pagar la universidad puede ser confuso. ¿Qué pasos debería tomar para comprender las opciones de ayuda financiera disponibles para usted? Daniela Padilla, del Programa de Alcance Académico Temprano (EAOP) en UC San Diego, explica los diferentes tipos de premios de ayuda financiera, cómo acceder a su paquete de ayuda financiera, calcular el costo de asistencia y más.

Applying to College: Tips for the Class of 2020 During COVID-19
With deadlines fast approaching for committing to your college of choice, what should be top of mind for the class of 2020? Steven Mercer, PhD talks about how to keep up with the flow of information from admission offices, how to handle wait list decisions, who to contact about financial aid, how to find the university that is the best fit for you in the fall, how grades will be considered in the application process, community college options, and more.
Applying to College and COVID-19
How do you apply for college during a pandemic? What happens now that the ACT and SAT are canceled? Is it safe to go to college next year? Should I just take a gap year? There are so many unanswered questions creating unease for students and parents. Steven Mercer, EdD helps us all take a deep breath by sharing insight into how colleges will be approaching admissions for the next academic year as well as practical advice for high school juniors and seniors.
Choosing Your Field of Study
Harvard's Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, offers advice to students on choosing a field of study.

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