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How Prospective Students Are Applying To College In 2020




Students fill out applications for youth programs at Hire LA's Youth booth for a chance of finding a job as they attend Cash for College, a college and career convention, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on December 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Students fill out applications for youth programs at Hire LA's Youth booth for a chance of finding a job as they attend Cash for College, a college and career convention, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on December 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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College application season is in full swing for the high school class of 2021 and anyone else hoping to start a 4-year college next fall. But instead of SAT cram sessions, road trips to visit campuses and essay-writing workshops at the library, we have ... Zoom.

Zoom campus tours, Zoom college prep workshops, Zoom counseling sessions. Not to mention, if you're trying to beef up your extracurriculars, virtual poetry clubs, virtual student government meetings and virtual workouts with your sports team in lieu of an actual season.

To one who, admittedly, is decades past high school, it all sounds pretty awful. And it is, in some ways. But in others, college counselors and admissions officers say this pandemic moment actually has the potential to make access to higher education fairer and more equitable.

Today on AirTalk, we’re hearing more about what it’s like to apply for college during the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you a student applying to colleges, or a parent overseeing the process? Let us know your experience in the comments or by calling 866-893-5722.

With files from LAist. You can read Jill Replogle’s full piece for LAist here.

Guests:

Jill Replogle, KPCC’s College Pathways reporter who has been covering this story; she tweets @jillrep

Julie Posselt, associate professor of higher education at the University of Southern California; she tweets @JuliePosselt