Important College Counseling Update for Juniors and Seniors

General information:

College Admissions Offices and testing agencies are rallying to change the way they will conclude this semester. Over the past couple of weeks I have been in contact with ACT, SAT and AP representatives and more than a dozen college administrators from small and large colleges throughout the nation. A lot is still unknown, but there are some absolutes. This update provides the most current information.

Seniors needing an extension of the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office of the chosen college to discuss possible options.

More meetings are scheduled next week to discuss plans for the fall application process. I’ll notify Juniors when information is released. Please check email regularly so that you don’t miss an update!

The University of South Carolina Update:

USC has expanded virtual opportunities for both admitted and prospective students. Connect one-on-one, in a group session, through social media or view one of the many YouTube videos to get a sense of what it's like to call South Carolina home.

Admissions representatives are hosting a series of 30-minute virtual information sessions to help guide students through the college search process. Session topics will include:

  • Finding your college fit

  • The importance of your high school years

  • Understanding the college admissions process 

Advance registration is required. 

Live Chat Admissions representatives are available to chat from 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Select the chat button at the bottom of the admissions homepage. Connect with a Student To connect with a current USC student, simply complete this request, or email Connect with Admissions Staff To connect with a staff member, email or contact a representative directly. Recruitment staff can be reached by phone from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Campus-based staff will be checking messages but are unable to receive phone calls at this time. To schedule a one-on-one virtual meeting, submit this request.

USC information for Seniors:

Enrollment and Housing Deposit Extension Some students may need additional time to explore their college options. Because of this, USC has extended the enrollment deposit deadline to June 1 to allow admitted students more time to make their final college choice. The housing application deadline has been extended to June 10. 

Reinstating Withdrawn Freshmen Applications USC Admissions has heard from many students whose plans have changed. Students admitted to the University of South Carolina who cancelled their application but wish to have it reinstated should immediately contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. South Carolina Residents Can Still Apply Admissions has re-opened the UofSC Application for South Carolina residents. Students have until April 30 to self-report standardized test scores and to apply for priority consideration and scholarships.

College of Charleston Update:

The Office of Admissions is available to assist prospective and admitted students Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Counselors are available to answer questions for admitted students who need help navigating the financial aid process, have questions concerning housing options or need to sign up for orientation.

The Virtual Visitor Center: Students can request a one-on-one session with a counselor, attend an information session, take a virtual campus tour, visit a class or participate in a student panel. Students and their families are encouraged to visit the website often, as it is constantly adding more features so that everyone will be able to experience the College of Charleston from wherever they happen to be.

ACT and SAT Information:

Due to spring test cancellations, both ACT and SAT expect high numbers of summer registrations. My advice is to register for multiple test dates immediately, and to register for fall test dates as soon as registration is available. Remember to include the FBS School Code 410388. Many colleges are considering going test optional next year, but we cannot count on it. The best thing you can do is to prepare and take the tests. It could serve you well during the admission process. Good scores are always impressive and just might be the “something extra” that sets you apart from other applicants.

Here is my very best advice:

I continue to encourage the SAT over the ACT because of the super score factor. Some colleges are super scoring the ACT, but more super score the SAT.

Take time over the next few weeks to prepare for the SAT by using Khan Academy (endorsed by College Board) on a regular basis. The latest statistics show that 6 hours of prep (an hour per day) increased student scores by 90 points. Khan Academy is free and it works, so invest your time and let it work for you.

Kaplan is another quality online program that is offering free ACT and SAT test prep. It’s an excellent ACT prep program.

For test dates and registration: