Families are in the middle of what is an unprecedented start to the school year. Click on the link for information about a virtual series designed to help navigate the start to the new year. There are sessions for families with K-12 grade students. They will be held every Wednesday in September via Zoom. Register at the link below.
Colleges across the country have announced opportunities for virtual visits, chats with students in various majors, and admissions information sessions as a result of schools being closed. We will add links, information and opportunities for you to make the most of virtual college visit opportunities. Check back for updates!
Along with the list of individual schools are fantastic guides for how to choose a college when you can’t actually visit it!
As you conduct your virtual visits please use this form to compare schools: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/CollegeComparisonWorksheet.pdf OR Use this chart to record your answers.
- Virtual College Tour Sites:
- http://www.ecampustours.com/ Virtual tours of over 1300 campuses!
- https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/ Visit over 600 colleges for free!
- This chart lists MANY, MANY schools in the US and overseas that have Virtual Admissions Events. This is an exceptionally comprehensive list that is updated daily: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZOAtzZNAjwxoOQbKzMY2JvMll24LQHBXlpV158qQi0U/edit#gid=0
- sixcolleges.org In the spirit of cooperation, six of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges —Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to offer you an opportunity to connect with our deans of admission to learn about the upcoming application season.
Individual College Information: (Updated Regularly)
American University has many virtual experience opportunities. They encourage everyone to enjoy a virtual experience of AU.
BLOOMSBURG Bloomsburg University of PA is currently offering students the opportunity to participate in daily virtual as well as in-person information sessions and tours. In order to learn more and register for a visit they are more than welcome to visit this link, https://admissions.bloomu.edu/admissions-aid/visit.
Bowdoin: As you start to identify your college wish lists, you may be searching for ways to better understand a college. While our campus is closed* to visitors, our admissions counselors and students are ready to connect with you virtually.
DREXEL Drexel’s Undergraduate Virtual Experience. This online opportunity is a great way for students and their families to get answers to their questions and learn about everything Drexel has to offer through live chat sessions with admissions representatives, virtual information sessions and tours, videos, student stories, downloadable brochures, and more.
EDINBORO University Explore how Edinboro University can help you strive for more. Schedule your virtual visit by selecting from the many virtual weekday and Saturday options that are available here.
Elizabethtown College (Etown) Come check out our beautiful campus or take advantage of one of our many Virtual Visit opportunities. If you would like to have a more individualized conversation about your college search, consider scheduling a Virtual Meeting. We can’t wait to learn more about you!
George Washington COVID-19 has changed the way we learn, live, and work. It also impacted your ability to visit GW and for us to meet you at college fairs this spring. We are very disappointed to not have the opportunity to share what we love most about GW. Therefore, we are launching GW Virtual Visits.
HACC As we all experience the new “normal” with COVID-19, HACC is here for you. We are planning lots of information sessions for you to learn about HACC, financial aid, specific programs and more.
Harcum College Although we can’t meet with you on campus, we are still available Monday-Friday to meet with you virtually to discuss your educational goals. They have created a video to help you Get to Know Harcum College. They are also offering virtual information sessions by major. See the Vet Services tour here.
IUP Culinary Program Events– Our virtual visit to the culinary campus features an admissions presentation and campus tour. Meet our students and faculty, and learn about degree options, job placement, student life, and more! welcome.iup.edu
Kutztown University– We are excited to show you what makes KU the perfect place for you to call your home away from home! Learn more about their virtual visit options here.
MARIST is offering offering multiple virtual events each day. Both virtual and self-guided opportunities are available to see campus, as well as safe opportunities to engage in information sessions and tours on-campus.
Millersville University Conduct virtual tours, information sessions and more!
Monmouth University Looking to explore our historic campus? We have several ways for you to “visit” us –including in-person tours throughout the week and weekend and virtual visits which allow you to connect with us from wherever you are. Register now for an in-person campus tour, or choose from one of our virtual options.
Moravian College How do you figure out if Moravian College is the right fit for you? Check us out for yourself! Experience Moravian College with one of our virtual visit options, allowing you to still feel connected to our college community without even stepping foot on campus!
Neumann University Nothing beats a real campus visit, but you can sneak a peek at our classroom, studios, dorms and dining hall in this virtual tour, complete with 360-degree videos. Take the Tour
Norwich University campus tour experience is coming to you, right here via your keyboard or touch screen, so you can get the answers you need to feel right at home.
PENN STATE Visit Penn State’s campuses virtually to learn more about our powerful network across the state of Pennsylvania. These campus wide meetings will provide energetic meetings with admissions representatives and opportunities to learn about our top-notch academics, student life, and so much more.
Seton Hall University Although we cannot currently host you on campus, we’re excited to offer you this opportunity to get to know Seton Hall and learn about your next steps to become a Pirate.
Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University: Our staff is ready to meet with you through virtual appointments and meetings. We have created virtual tours and many other offerings to allow you to feel connected to our school and to learn all about the incredible programs at Tyler and Temple University.
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has many virtual options for you to explore. You can attend a Virtual Open House, schedule a Virtual Walk & Talk, schedule an Enrollment 101 session or choose a Self-guided Virtual Tour.
University of Alabama In lieu of on-campus visits, we have a virtual information session available. Many of the individual colleges also offer virtual sessions for students who are interested in learning more about Arts & Sciences, Business, Communication, Engineering, Honors, Human & Environmental Sciences, and Nursing. Students and families interested in participating can click this link to sign up.
University of Delaware developed the Preparing for College website, an easy-to-use resource for sophomores, juniors and seniors. On the website students can find advice on writing essays, resources for exploring majors, a timeline for students to plan their senior year—and much more. See a virtual tour with this link.
University of Pittsburgh- Bradford has developed a simple, virtual open house webpage. Instead of one long virtual event or video, we have developed a series of short videos from which students can pick and choose (or skip). I like to think of it as a Choose Your Own Adventure Open House.
University of Virginia While we can’t host visits on Grounds at the moment, we offer a few ways for you to explore UVA from a distance. The best way for prospective students to get to know the University of Virginia is to attend an information session and tour: Monday/Wednesday/Friday/select Saturdays: Virtual Information Session and Tour
West Virginia University: No matter where you are, you can connect with West Virginia University from the comfort of home. Click this link for a virtual tour and other resources.
Wilkes University: Juniors and sophomores may have originally planned this spring for visiting campuses and finding out more about their top schools. We have a solution! We’ve created a virtual experience just for underclassmen to learn more about Wilkes, without ever leaving their home. Students can even schedule one-on-one virtual meetings with counselors, in addition to learning about campus life, current students, academic offerings, and more!
Williams College- We can’t wait for you to experience it all in person. For now though, we hope you’ll take advantage of all the ways you can visit virtually and connect with us from afar.
Choosing a College When You Can’t Visit Campus
(A Guide for Students)
Question 1: How supported and satisfied are freshmen?
Look at the retention rate for full-time students in the Retention and Graduation Rates section of College Navigator. The Retention Rate describes the percent of full-time students who returned to the college as sophomores. Think of the Retention Rate as the “freshmen satisfaction score,” because it describes the percent of students who were satisfied with and supported by the college enough to return as sophomores.
Question 2: How many students make it to graduation?
This information is also in the Retention and Graduation Rates section of the College Navigator. Pay particular attention to the Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees section, where it indicates what percentage of freshmen make it through to graduation at that college in four or six years. Also make note of the Transfer-out rate, which tells you the percent of students who transferred to another college before graduation.
Question 3: How likely am I to have close interactions with professors?
You can find the student-to-faculty ratio up near the top of the page in the College Navigator. Colleges with lower student-to-faculty ratios tend to have more small classes, while colleges with higher ratios tend to have more large lecture hall type classes.
Question 4: How many other students are in the major(s) I am interested in?
In the Programs/Majors section of the College Navigator, you can find how many people received bachelor’s degrees across all of the programs offered. Review this list for two reasons. First, ensure the college offers programs you are interested in. Second, take a look at how many students graduate with degrees in the areas you are interested in. The number of students graduating with the degrees of interest to you can lead to other questions. For example, if only three people graduate with a degree in a program you are interested in, you may want to find out why.
Question 5: How diverse is the student body?
In the Enrollment section of the College Navigator, review the Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity information to see how ethnically diverse the student body is. While most of the categories here make intuitive sense, note that the “nonresident alien” category refers to international students.
Question 6: How much will it cost to attend this college?
The best source of information to answer this question will come from the college itself, communicated in a financial aid award notification to you. If this isn’t available, use the net price calculator for the college or information provided in the Net Price section of the College Navigator to estimate first year costs. Other questions to consider when thinking about costs are: “How do I maintain scholarship eligibility?” and “How much are costs likely to rise over the next few years?” These are questions a financial aid or admission counselor from the college can likely answer easily. Also, try to think about the difference between price and value as you reflect on your findings. For example, if College A ($12,000/year) has smaller classes and more programs of study you are interested in than College B ($10,000/year), College A may be the better value for you even though it has a higher price. When you have a good idea of how much each college will cost, take it a step further on your own and figure out what your monthly loan repayment will be.
Question 7: What is the average salary of graduates?
Collegescorecard.ed.gov shows the starting salary range for graduates. Navigate to the Fields of Study section and review the Highest Earnings for the 10 top earning majors at the college. You may be able to find a specific major of interest by exploring this website further.
Debunk College Myths
Myth 1: “The college I choose determines the next four years of my life.”
Fact: Students can and do transfer from one college to another all the time. In fact, about one in three students transfer at least once before finishing a degree. Of course, it’s easier if you do not transfer colleges. Transferring may lead to lost credits and delay your graduation, for example, but to think you can’t change your mind later is not helpful or accurate.
Myth 2: “I have to decide on a major before I get to college.”
Fact: Knowing what you want to study can be helpful, but it’s OK if you aren’t sure. Most colleges give you time to explore before formally declaring a major. About one in three students change their major at least once. In most majors, you have time to explore and figure out what you want to study and still graduate within four years, although some STEM majors are an exception.
Myth 3: “There is only one college that is right for me.”
Fact: There are many good colleges; making a college choice is a good problem to have. You are likely making a choice among many good options. You are more responsible for your success than the college you attend. You create your own success; the college does not create it for you.
Myth 4: “A college education is not worth the money.”
Fact: People with a bachelor’s degree earn $502 more each week than people with a high school diploma. That’s about $24,000 a year and nearly $1 million dollars across a 40-year career. College is expensive, and we all wish it were cheaper, but it is a sound investment for most people.Use this chart to record your answers.
How to send your transcript to colleges not using the Common Application:
- Log into Xello
- Under Goals & Plans on the student dashboard, click on College Applications
- Click on Manage under College Planning
- Click on Create Your First Application
- Search and select the school that will be receiving the transcript, the click Next
- From the requirements list, click to Request Transcript
- View your sent transcripts by clicking Options and selecting Track My Requests.
NEW – If you are applying to schools using the Common Application you will need to take the following steps.
Link your Common Application with Xello
Here is a link to a video showing the process Linking Xello Account to Common Application
- From your Student Dashboard, under Goals & Plans, click College Planning.
- Click View My Applications to see your full list of colleges you are tracking.
- At the top of the page, in the banner with the Common App logo, click Connect.
- A pop-up may indicate that you may need to redo tasks you’ve previously completed. This could include requesting a transcript or a recommendation letter.
- The Common App login page opens.
- Sign in to the Common App (or create a new account if you haven’t yet).
- Once you’ve successfully logged into Common App, you’ll be redirected back to the page you left in Xello.
- The banner at the top of the page now states the accounts are connected.
How to Send Transcripts to Schools You have Applied to using the Common Application
- From your Student Dashboard, under Goals & Plans, students click College Planning.
- Click View My Applications to see the full list of colleges you are tracking.
- Click on a college with the Common App logo to open a brief profile of that college.
- Next to Transcript, click Request to open the list of counselors at your school.
- Choose your counselor and click Select.
- They have the option to deselect and remove that counselor to select another.
- Click Next and you will be returned to the college page.
- A banner at the top of the page indicates success.
How students request a recommendation letter be sent through XELLO to Colleges Using the Common Application
- Navigate to the college you want a recommendation letter sent.
- For a reminder, follow steps 1 through 3 above.
- Next to Recommendation Letters, click Request to open the list of every educator at your school in Xello.
- Choose the referrer you’d like and click Select to begin filling out the recommendation letter request.
- You are required to type a personal note to the referrer.
- Prompts are listed on the side to give ideas.
- Once finished, click Send and you will be returned to the college page. A banner at the top of the page will indicate success
Admissions officers from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University invite you and your students to learn about our institutions, hear advice about the college search and application process, and get your questions answered.
Meant as a brief introduction to the signature aspects of each institution, we’ll spend the bulk of our time sharing application advice, financial aid insights, and answering questions submitted by students in advance.
We appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your students if at all possible. You and your colleagues are certainly welcome to attend. The Coast to Coast group is planning on holding a set of counselor events this fall.WHEN
Sunday, August 30, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern Time
Webinar link sent upon registration.
Monday, August 31, 2020
5 p.m. Eastern Time
Webinar link sent upon registration.
An RSVP is required.
Together at Home: Back2School
Date/Location: August 19, 2020 Webinar
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Together at Home: Back2School is a virtual conference designed specifically for families and students as they prepare to return to school. How do we adjust to routines, busier schedules, and a new school year? The 20-minute sessions planned for this evening will address topics on the minds of students and families in an open, conversational format. Come ready to share your ideas and experiences, as well as your questions and concerns as we discuss strategies for preparing our return to school.
Presenter(s): Multiple Presenters
Registration will be available beginning Monday, August 10. Use the link below, go to August 19 and click on the name of the event on the Training Events Calendar at: https://www.pattan.net/events/
For content related information and questions, please contact Kim Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, PaTTAN East 610-878-7206.
For general registration information and questions, please contact Yolanda McDermott, email@example.com, PaTTAN East 610-878-7217.
Together at Home: Back2School is a web-based conference which requires each participant to log in separately to each session using the links that will be provided closer to the scheduled event.
CDC has produced a series of factsheets for young adults, ages 15-21. The factsheets cover a variety of topics, including what test results mean, how to stay safe at the pool or beach, how to wear a face covering and other preventive measures.
Presented by PHEAA: Covering the Gap: Pieces of the Puzzle to Help Pay Your Education Bill
Since this is the season when families focus on how they will cover education costs, they may be looking for additional information. PHEAA, represented by Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PA Forward, is offering a series of one-hour webinars on the topic of Covering the Gap. These webinars emphasize best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first), reminds families about additional resources (such as payment plans), and touch on private/alternative loans as a last resort. The discussion will also include the basics of credit: what is a credit score, what factors impact a credit score, how can a credit score be improved, etc. Please register below for one or more of these informative presentations and have your questions answered.
Date/Time: July 28th Tuesday, 6:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
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Juniors and Seniors:
Please read the email below from Attollo and feel free to join them for the virtual tours.
Attollo (a college access and leadership program based in Lancaster, PA) has been facilitating virtual college tours. During the last two weeks, they have provided 107 attendees the opportunity to visit 21 colleges and universities and hear from 23 different college representatives.
Through this process, they have rediscovered the importance of college exposure, especially during this time. As a result, they have decided to visit 60 colleges and universities this summer. They have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the attendees and are extending the invitation to all rising juniors and seniors at Penn Manor. Below, you will see an image of the 36 remaining colleges and universities you are encouraged to join!
Attollo is excited to embark on virtual college tours with you this summer. The tours will be taking place late July to mid-August Mondays-Thursdays. Each session will consist of 3 tours and will start at 10:00 AM and will end between 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM. We encourage you to sign up for at least five sessions to see a healthy range of schools.
During the tours, you may have the opportunity to hear from college admissions officers, college students, and local professionals. Thursday’s will be our interest-specific tours, which will consist of additional networking opportunities. You will receive the zoom link via email the day before your scheduled sessions. Below you can find a sample itinerary of what each session will entail.
10:05-10:10 College Tour Intro
10:10-10:35 Tour #1 + Q&A w/Guests
10:35-11:00 Tour #2 + Q&A w/Guests
11:05-11:30 Tour #3 + Q&A w/Guests
To participate in the Attollo Virtual College Tours, please take the time to fill out this survey(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddb8_P-PIjw-1x5rrn5-1u_puDPV-XRkZul744t_U1QrZgbA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1)
Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Leonel SilvaChief Program OfficerAttollo (Latin meaning: to rise up)www.attolloprep.org | 717-333-7445
Virtual Fair Dates for Students
NACAC’s inaugural season of virtual college fairs for students starts in September. Please put these dates on your calendar and plan to meet with college reps and conduct virtual college visits. Click on the link below to get on the email list and register for free when registration opens.
- Sept. 13 — Students Fall Kickoff
- Oct. 12
- Nov. 8
Powered by VisitDays, the NACAC Virtual College Fairs platform is designed from the ground up to provide meaningful interactions between students and college representatives. Students get the chance to learn about different institutions via a mobile experience that is totally intuitive, informative, interactive, and fun.
Student registration for NACAC Virtual College Fairs will open later in the summer. For now, students can sign up for our email list and we’ll let them know as soon as registration opens.
Penn Manor students— join in on the first ever Summer Skill Up hosted by IBM’s P-TECH team! 4 weeks, 8 sessions and a ton of learning! Join us throughout the month of July on Career Tuesdays for a deep dive into careers and Think Thursdays to explore professional skills. Get the full experience with all eight sessions (or register for single sessions below). Each session is about an hour long, and we promise these aren’t your average webinars. You’ll learn with students from all over the world and some of the best experts we’ve got!
Check out all of the sessions and sign up for one or all at this link https://www.ptech.org/p-tech-network/events/p-tech-summer-skill-up/
All students from anywhere in the world are welcome to attend! Session content will be hosted in English, and intended for 14-20 year olds or anyone interested in gaining tech and professional skills.
Career Tuesdays: Tuesdays are all about the possibilities. You’ll learn from IBMers about various careers in technology, marketing, sales, and more. Presenters will share their journey, give you a sneak peek into their day-to-day, and offer tips/tricks or advice as you navigate your own journey. You will leave these sessions with a better understanding of different careers and how to start different career pathways.
Think Thursdays: Thursdays are all about developing essential professional skills. Hands-on development will leave you with the tools to begin applying your new skills like goal setting, financial literacy, and personal branding through resumes & LinkedIn right away. You will leave with new or strengthened skills and action steps to take in order to continue growing.
This year’s Virtual Camp College (VCC) will be better than ever, providing students and families access to dozens of college admissions experts and providing a wealth of resources to help you better understand and move through the college process.
Our super easy registration link is here and below: tinyurl.com/VCCreg2020
Read on for more details.
Dates and Times
- Monday, July 27- Friday, July 31
- Morning Sessions- 9-10am and 10:30-11:30am
- Afternoon Sessions- 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm
We are planning to offer between 15 and 20 different session topics for students and families to select from. Some example sessions include:
- College Admissions Fundamentals
- Paying for College
- Doing Virtual College Research
- Writing A Great College Essay
- Finding Success In College
- And so many more!
There will also be two virtual college panels, featuring representatives from colleges across the Commonwealth.
We will be using Zoom conference to provide all of our sessions. It is a free platform that can be accessed on any phone, tablet, or computer. Attendees must have a device that accesses Zoom. Attendees wishing to earn completion credit must also have access to Zoom’s video feature.
Certificates of Completion
For any attendee, we are offering the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. If this is something you are interested in earning, you must have access to Zoom’s video feature, and you must attend sessions during each timeslot, for all 5 days of the program. This would be a great way for Juniors to fulfill the College Visit requirement for the Penn Manor Graduation Project.
If this sounds like an experience that is for you, great! We’d love to have you join us. Please fill out our form and you will receive more instructions upon registration: tinyurl.com/VCCreg2020
Planning to go to a four year college? Not sure what exactly you need to be doing to be prepared and on track? Want to help your student select and apply to college? Please consider signing up for CAMP COLLEGE!
This is a FREE event and there is a maximum capacity so register asap to reserve your spot.
Camp College is typically a residential experience providing rising high school juniors and seniors with a comprehensive college prep curriculum over the course of three days and two nights. During the program, students are immersed in an array of meaningful experiences to expose them to the nuances of the college selection and application process, including but not limited to: Scholarships and financial aid, dorm life, meeting admissions representatives, using your school counselor effectively, etc. The program is designed to assist students who have limited access to college guidance, with a specific focus on low-income, underrepresented, first-generation students from throughout the Commonwealth who have a desire to attain a postsecondary degree. This year, Camp College will be on a virtual platform during the week of July 27-July 31.
Here is the registration link for students and family members to register! tinyurl.com/VCCreg2020