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Making College Decisions When A Visit Is Not An Option

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College campuses are closed. What can high school juniors and seniors faced with college decisions do?Here is one tip to help you make the right choice!


The Coronavirus has affected college visits for high school juniors and revisit days for high school seniors. [See Edmit's COVID-19 Resources and Advice page for more impacts and recommendations.]


For juniors, take a deep breath. There will be plenty of time in the months ahead, particularly at the end of summer before Labor Day when colleges and universities should be swirling with activity again (we hope). There will also be holidays and long weekends to visit campuses as you finalize your college list in the fall.


But what about high school seniors with decisions to make? How can you decide which school is the best fit if you no longer have the option to visit?


It’s easier than you think: Find current college students to talk to! Chances are, someone from your hometown, high school, church/synagogue, a family friend’s son or daughter, attends the very colleges you are considering. These students will likely give you an unfiltered and objective view of college life. If you don’t know anyone, your parents can help reach out to your extended community to track these students down. Once you have their contact info it’ll be easier to reach out - schedule a time to talk, text or FaceTime. Don’t be shy. These college students are all at home anyhow, and would probably love to help.


Many college students say the single, most important factor in their college decision was the ability to connect with a current student -- someone who told them what the freshmen social scene is really like - the impact of Greek life - athletics - the workload - the food - anything to help them make this important decision. They remember what it was like not to know anyone on the first day of orientation, how nervous they were and the importance of finding the right place for the next four years.


So high school juniors, if you’re feeling anxious, please don’t. You still have plenty of time. Seniors, if you have a college choice to make, congratulations! Enlist your friends or parents to help find a current student -- and reach out. Want another great tip? Reach out to TWO students at the colleges you’re considering. You won’t regret it.


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