Applying to college can be stressful in a typical year. Throw in a global pandemic and the path forward becomes even foggier. Many families have questions about how the introduction of remote learning and pass/fail grading systems, the cancellation of sports and extracurricular activities, and the role of standardized testing will impact their college plans — and what admission officials are looking for on college applications. 

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Professional Strategies for Building Your Best College Application

On October 1, Dr. Lindsay Cohen of Spark Admissions joined EXPLO for a live webinar to break down the myths and realities of what college admission offices are looking for, including how GPAs are weighted against standardized test scores, the importance of the college essay, and how college admission offices will consider the impact of COVID-19 when evaluating applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 

In her presentation, Dr. Cohen highlights eight myths — and their realities — about applying to colleges, noting:

"Experts will tell you that colleges do not want to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the college admissions process. Remember that anything that affects you will affect everyone — we have no control over that. But what we do have control over in this process is submitting the best application possible. Even despite the circumstances, there are still ways to put together a very strong application."

Dr. Cohen's presentation was part of EXPLO's webinar series Competitive College Admission in the Age of COVID, convening panels of experts from colleges and universities across the U.S. to demystify the college admission process for students and families.