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Facebook Live Recap: Ask America's College Counselor (5.20.20)

For May's rapid-fire Facebook Live Q&A, I answered questions from students and parents of all high school class years on topics like test optional colleges, legacy admissions, Early Decision, and more!

In case you missed it, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered and to watch the full video.

  • Is it preferable to declare a major rather than apply undecided?
  • Are there any specific activities you recommend doing in order to improve a student's appearance on college applications?
  • If a student's ACT score is not commensurate with their high GPA, is it advisable to go test optional rather than submit the low score?
  • If a student is not as strong in math but excellent in reading/writing/science, do you think the ACT or SAT would be a better fit?
  • What are you hearing about how colleges are managing gap year requests from current seniors, and how this will impact the class of 2021?
  • Since many students did not get to visit schools, do you think some schools might eliminate Early Decision this year?
  • Should a student take the hardest Honors classes and get a B or take easier classes and get straight As?
  • Have you heard anything about the likelihood of lower financial aid (scholarship) offers for the class of 2021?
  • Are students who apply Early Decision less likely to receive merit scholarships, since applying Early Decision basically implies the student can pay full tuition?
  • What impact does legacy have?
  • If a school states that it is not using standardized tests, does that mean you should not submit scores even if you did very well?