As we all make adjustments to our daily lives due to Covid-19, universities and colleges around the world are quickly transitioning to online learning platforms and changing policies for admission.
As your College & Careers Department here at Aiglon, we want to keep you informed about what we know and the important factors to understand.
University presidents and deans are making sure that current Year 13 students aren't penalised for the cancelled end of year exams, while at the same time making adjustments to the resources (online tours and information sessions) and evaluation process and requirements for Year 12.
Although it is too early to know the full extent of this global pandemic on higher education, there is growing concern from US and UK universities, in particular, regarding their international student populations. Some unknown factors include the ability to know how many currently enrolled students will return to campus once reopened, how many recruited students will meet their offers of admission, and how many families may decide to change the destination for higher education due to financial reasons, challenges acquiring a visa, or changes in attitude regarding safety and security.
Furthermore, they understand that disruptions may significantly alter the trajectory of younger students' extracurricular, athletic and other pursuits, including summer programmes or work experiences. Columbia University, among others, has reported, "... college applications will likely look different than they have in the past. We remain committed to our holistic and contextual review process that considers the individual circumstances that shape each applicant's journey."
In terms of standardised testing, Tufts University has declared SAT/ACT scores as optional for the next three years. All of the University of California campuses (UCLA, UC Berkeley) have temporarily or permanently stopped requiring prospective students to submit SAT/ACT scores. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will no longer require nor accept SAT subject tests for consideration. These are just a few of the many institutions setting model examples during such trying times.
How does this affect Aiglon students?
Just as an Aiglon education focuses on the balanced development of the entire student, universities will now take an even closer, more holistic view into our applicants, placing emphasis on personal development, initiative, creativity, academic curiosity, leadership and more.
About Patience Fanella-Koch
Patience is Director of College & Careers Counselling at Aiglon. She leads a four-person team working to offer personalised guidance to students as they search for undergraduate programmes and further careers. Patience brings 20 years of experience in the admission and college counselling world and served six years as an executive board member of the International Association for College Admissions Counselling (IACAC).