Coronavirus causes major changes for high school seniors preparing for college

Senior year for high school students has taken a very different turn this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Apr 10, 2020, 11:29 AM

Updated 1,509 days ago

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Senior year for high school students has taken a very different turn this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Senior year is supposed to be a year to remember, and for this year's high school seniors it will be, but for the wrong reasons.
Davin Sweeny works for Collegewise, a service that has counselors and tutors work with students in the world of college admissions. He tells News 12 usually colleges let students know if they have gotten in by April 1, so they have the month to decide and submit their enrollment deposit by May 1. However, that has been turned upside down and those deadlines extended.
"This year, however, colleges are having to have to scramble for a lot of different reasons to make sure that students and families have the information that they need in order to make a decision even though they can't go and physically visit,” says Sweeney.
There are also changes to the SAT and ACT exams, as they were canceled for April and May.
"So as a response we have seen a wave of colleges and universities to make the decision to disregard test scores for at least next year, some are going on a three year pilot some are calling it more indefinite,” says Sweeney.
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So what do high school seniors and juniors need to be doing during this time? Sweeney says to carry on.
"You have to continue on as if this wasn't happening. You can't check out of our classwork even though it might be easier than ever to do that,” says Sweeney.
Sweeney also recommends that students check your email frequently to see if there are any updates from the colleges they are interested in.


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