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Podcast sheds light on historic changes in college admissions

September 1st, 2020

Components of the college application process once considered sacred are now evolving to fit with the current climate. Colleges and universities are placing a larger focus on students’ character, revealing that sometimes it can be just as important as their academic achievement. And standardized test scores? So 2019!

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NPR recently released a podcast in which Tovia Smith interviewed several admissions officials to find out how the college admissions world is shifting due to the pandemic. We think you’ll find it compelling and informative, as we all continue to do our best to stay current and adapt.

Podcast released August 12, 2020 by Tovia Smith via NPR

As stressful as it always is for students applying to college, this year it’s all that — and then some — for the admissions officials trying to decide whether to admit them. Because of the pandemic, many students will be applying without standardized test scores and several other metrics admissions officers at selective schoolshave long relied on, leaving colleges scrambling to figure out what else they might consider instead.

“So many things that were sacred in the college admissions process may not be sacred anymore,” said Angel Pérez, CEO of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, and former head of admissions at Trinity College in Connecticut. “Colleges and universities are reinventing a process that hasn’t changed in over 50 years in the span of a couple of months […] and they don’t have another choice.”

Listen to the podcast at NPR>>