college admissions essays

Excellent resources for learning more about Higher Education

If your child is a high school junior (or even a sophomore), you may be focusing on all of the havoc COVID-19 has brought to college admissions – how will colleges evaluate transcripts that do not have spring 2020 grades, what sort of standardized testing will your child be able to complete and how will their extracurricular activities be impacted by stay-at-home requirements in your community. Admissions officers understand that college applications will look different in the fall of 2020, and quite possibly the fall of 2021, and have emphasized that they will be flexible and generous when evaluating college applications in a world that has been entirely reshaped by COVID. One piece of advice: try to zoom out (pun intended) of the weeds and think about the big picture of higher education. 

A few of my favorite books that can give you a great perspective on college include the recently published The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough and Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life by Michael Horn and Bob Moesta. Coming out in the fall, and sure to be a great resource is Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo.


Here is a resource for some other must-read books on education.