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Facebook Live Recap: Ask America's College Counselor (1.25.21)

During my first Facebook Live College Admissions Q&A of 2021, I answered questions from students and parents on AP courses, test optional colleges, summer activities, and more!

If you missed this session of Ask America's College Counselor, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered and to watch the full video.

  • My son got an email from a Cornell alumnus to set up an interview. Is it a reflection on his application that he got the request or are they offered to everyone?
  • With a record number of applications, how can large state schools really review all of them? 
  • Does Application Nation - Class of 2022 offer brainstorming for essay topics and help with essay editing? What else does it offer?
  • If your dream school is a reach, should you try to apply directly as a senior or go to a community college and then transfer over?
  • How many AP classes do highly selective colleges look for in applicants?
  • Are STEM opportunities still strong for female students, and, if so, do you have specific experience in working with those students?
  • Can you suggest which AP courses students with an interest in finance should take?
  • How do admissions officers view International Baccalaureate versus Advanced Placement courses? 
  • My daughter had a lower GPA in the first half of sophomore year due to health issues and the second half was pass/fail due to COVID. Should she mention her health issues in her college essay?
  • At top schools that are test optional, will students who do not submit standardized test scores be at a disadvantage?
  • With the pandemic still raging on, what’s a good way for students to develop their college lists without having visited schools?
  • Are there many homeschooled students in Application Nation?
  • Could you please suggest some summer activities?