ICYMI, here is my Facebook Live interview with Julia Surtshin of College Ahead from a few weeks ago. A few takeaways:

  • Finding a good fit starts with the student, not the college. Think about what’s important to the student and use that as your starting point to evaluate schools.
  • Even without college visits, there are loads of tools available for college searches. For example, many colleges are doing virtual tours and admissions sessions or may be willing to put you in direct contact with a current student from your area. Plus there are social media pages, third party websites, and more.
  • Test optional has pros and cons. Students should consider whether to submit test scores in the context of the overall strength of their application. And any time a school says “test optional” make sure to read the fine print. For example, a school may be test optional for admissions purposes but consider test scores for awarding merit aid.