We are days away from the May 1st enrollment deadline when high school seniors formally commit and submit deposits at the college where they plan to enroll. One thing is clear: Colleges want students to know what their campus and educational offerings will look like for the fall.
Over the last month, many colleges announced that they would be welcoming back students in a near-normal environment with mostly in-person classes. The timing of these announcements is deliberate as colleges hope for higher yield rates among students making final enrollment decisions to match the larger applicant pools many experienced this year. Messaging is used to influence the college admissions process and outcomes, yet students need to block out the noise and make thoughtful decisions that are right for them.
Here are some tips for students still weighing their options:
1. Have faith in attending college in-person this fall.
2. Immerse yourself in each of your final choices.
3. Pay attention to how much the college wants you.
4. Trust your gut.
5. Be ready to pivot.
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Hope is in the air. While our lives will never be the same again, going to college will feel pretty close to what it once was starting this fall. With this newfound appreciation about yourself and the world around you that the college admissions process and a pandemic forces us to do, make sure you end up at a college that will allow you to heal, engage again, and be an even more evolved person moving forward. Fit is everything in 2021 and beyond.