College Admissions: Coping in the Era of COVID

This is a shout out to all the high school juniors and seniors (and everyone else) out there!

Take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay! We are all in this together and want you to know that everyone is going to work together to help you. While things may look a little different as you plan ahead for college or career opportunities after graduation, the goal will be the same: for you to reach your goals.

Below are some helpful tips about how to navigate college placement testing, volunteering, and college tours as you plan for your future!

College Placement Tests

First, let’s tackle College Placement Tests:

  • SAT Tests
    The June 2020 test has been canceled. A new September date has been set for testing. View SAT COVID updates.
  • ACT Tests
    As of right now, ACT is planning on its June 13 test date. Be sure to check the ACT website for updated information! View ACT COVID updates.
  • PERT Testing
    In-person testing is currently not available. Contact your individual state college for more information about testing options.

Pro Tip: Before COVID-19, many universities were already moving to become test-optional. The best thing to do would be to keep checking on the admissions page of the universities that you are interested in for the most up-to-date information. As every university is different, it is imperative to stay well-informed on admissions changes.


Let’s talk volunteering. Remember, your safety is always our number one priority! Many students are wondering how they can earn volunteer hours during these unusual times. First, do not stress. Everyone is in the same boat as you and college/university admission teams understand.

Here are some volunteering ideas:

Pro Tip: Don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to volunteering!

College Tours

There are many ways to virtually visit colleges! Check out some of these sites to find the college of your dreams.

Pro Tip: Be sure to check out the direct websites of the colleges in which you are interested. Many have their own virtual college tours right on their website.

Bottom line: We will get through this together! While the plan may look a little bit different and we will have to be creative and flexible…

You will achieve your goals!

Anne FlennerAnne Flenner, School Counselor, has worked to meet the academic, social, personal, and professional needs of FLVS students since 2011. Previously a school counselor in Alachua County, she has received several awards and serves on multiple state counseling boards and committees. She has a Master's degree in Counselor Education from UF. Anne loves working with student athletes, supporting college and career readiness, and focusing on student mental health and wellness.

One comment on “College Admissions: Coping in the Era of COVID

  1. Dawn

    Hi Anne,
    We’d love to let your FLVS students know about virtual volunteering opportunities with us at www. Our mission is to support and connect those living with chronic illnesses and/or rare diseases. We welcome all students seeking Bright Futures Community Service hours. Thanks!


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