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“The only bad question is the one that goes unasked.”

Dear Parents – The Evolving College Search & Admission Process

While much attention has focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted student learning and school-based activities, far less has considered its wider-ranging educational impacts beyond the classroom and the school building. On August 5, Saint John’s Prep hosted a “Dear Parents” webinar that examined the pandemic’s impact on the college search and admission process.

Ronne Turner, Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid at Washington University, and Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment at the University of Denver, discussed how the pandemic has changed and reshaped admission practice at their own institutions and at schools across the country.They took questions ranging from college visits to test-taking to holistic admission review and grading.

In a decidedly unusual year, it is more important than ever that students and parents think carefully about their interests, their academic and co-curricular life beyond just their grades and test scores, and how well particular colleges of interest truly fit or match their needs and aspirations. Because opportunities to visit colleges will be more limited than in a typical year, families should take full advantage of virtual tours and admission outreach. And students and parents should keep in mind that the only bad question is the one that goes unasked!



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