I hope everyone is well and getting up to speed on our remote learning platform! The College and Career Counseling Department is still hard at work, making sure our seniors find their final destination and our Juniors are staying engaged/preparing for the college application process.
In light of rapidly changing developments, I would like to offer my guidance in the form of a remote College Counseling Seminar and a brief Q&A session for our Juniors, Sophomores, and their parents on Thursday April 16th at 7:00 PM.
I am here for any questions/concerns you might have during this time. I am continually working to do my part to give our young men the best opportunity they have to succeed once they leave Hargrave!
-- Mr. Ben Veshi, College Counselor ([email protected])
Seniors that have (at least one) college acceptance and are now working towards finalizing scholarship/financial aid applications and making a final decision.
I am in the process of writing/submitting letters of recommendation, placing phone calls with admissions offices, and maintaining as much contact as I can with our seniors through their final decision.
To date, 11 of our seniors have made their final college decision!
Stay focused and let’s close the loop!
Seniors that do not have any college acceptances to this point.
We should be maintaining weekly contact, helping with applications to back up schools, sending transcripts, writing letters of recommendation, and giving as much support as possible.
This is the final stretch of high school and the COVID-19 bump in the road should not derail you!
You are not alone: even in these times of social separation, many folks are standing by to help you.
For Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:
With the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, colleges are slightly adjusting the way they are approaching the application/final decision process. Here are the general adjustments along with some examples of schools/programs that have made changes:
Virtual campus tours.
UCONN, Wheaton College (MA), and Virginia Tech are among the many schools that have produced virtual campus tours.
Another helpful site during this time is https://www.campusreel.org/ that has over 15,000 videos that show 300+ college campuses.
Additional campus tour websites include: http://www.ecampustours.com/ and https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/
Pushed back deadlines for Deposits (for housing or to confirm acceptance) and Scholarships
University of Alabama, Mary Baldwin University, and Xavier University are among schools that have pushed back deposit deadlines/scholarship deadlines from May 1st to June 1st.
In some cases, such as Mary Baldwin University, the deposit cost has been reduced significantly in these trying economic times.
COVID-19 has forced a wide variety of schools to move to test-optional admissions.
A test-optional college lets students decide whether they want to submit test scores with their application. Most test-optional schools will consider SAT and ACT scores if they are submitted, but focus on other factors they believe are stronger predictors of a student's potential to succeed in college.
Some colleges will continue the process for the future: Xavier University and Boston University, will be moving test-optional for Fall 2021 applicants (current Juniors).
It is important to pay attention to each specific school, as schools like Williams College are going test-optional for ONLY the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.
All AP testing has been moved online this spring and guidance was sent from the Collegeboard and has been disseminated to our AP instructors here at Hargrave.
SAT and ACT testing
We are monitoring the situation closely.
ACT has cancelled the April administration with registrations honored in June/July test dates.
SAT has cancelled the May administration. SAT is still slated to hold their June administration and are currently working on the potential of adding a July administration.
The following links may also be helpful:
Once again, I will have a remote College Counseling Seminar and a brief Q&A session for our Juniors, Sophomores, and their parents on Thursday April 16th at 7:00 PM. Please RSVP with me via email ([email protected]) to help my planning process.