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How To Navigate the Most Challenging College Admissions Environment Caused by COVID-19

April 7 @ 7:00 pm

This college admissions cycle is turning out to be the most competitive to date. The reason is that most colleges went test-optional due to the pandemic and colleges increased their virtual outreach to high school students resulting in a record number of candidates applying. With record high numbers of applications come record low acceptance rates at many popular colleges and universities.

Many colleges have recently announced that they will continue to be test-optional for students applying in the fall of 2021 and possibly beyond, so current juniors and sophomores will be facing a similarly challenging admissions environment.

We will discuss the holistic admissions review process and focus on the greater consideration admissions officers are giving to extracurricular activities and essays as they will have fewer data points to rely on due to the disruptions from COVID-19.

This program covers how admissions officers are handling the current situation and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative through their personal statement (the “big” essay) and supplemental essays to increase their chances for admission.

We will also discuss the importance of community service, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and showcase a student’s character. Admissions officers, especially due to the effects from the pandemic, are placing greater emphasis on a student’s character and how the student has been able to give back and help others during these challenging times.

The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC. (


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April 7
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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