Mark your Calendars:
- November 2, 2020: Junior Parent Q&A 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- November 12, 2020: NCAA Night, 7 p.m.
- November 16, 2020: Sophomore Parent Q&A 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- November 17, 2020: CSU Application Workshop for Senior Students, 3 p.m.
- November 18, 2020: Senior Parent FAQ’s 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- November 23, 2020: UC Application Workshop for Senior Students, 3 p.m.
- November 30, 2020: UC and CSU Application Deadline for Seniors
Junior College Admissions Testing Night
Junior Families, please save the date for Tuesday, December 8, at 7 p.m. We will be hosting a virtual presentation to discuss college admission testing (SAT, ACT, Subject Tests) that will be useful to parents and juniors alike. Topics will include the impact of COVID-19 on testing, when site-based testing may resume, how colleges are responding, suggested testing timelines, and much more. Registration information and more details will be emailed directly to Junior families. A similar and grade-level appropriate presentation will be held for sophomore families at a later date TBA.
Parent Coffee Sessions
Parent Coffee Sessions are optional sessions to allow parents to have the floor to ask questions and receive immediate feedback from the counselors in an informal, comfortable setting. Attendance is not mandatory and parents may come/leave when they need to as their schedule allows. If you are unable to attend and do have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor directly - we are here to help!
Sophomores and Juniors should take every opportunity to acquaint themselves with the extensive Naviance resources that are available, including career exploration tools and college choice management tools. Naviance also offers FREE SAT and ACT practice for those who plan to take tests in the Winter or Spring, assuming test dates are available.
Seniors should focus on continuing to explore schools, attending virtual ND rep visits, narrowing down their college list, and finishing their essays. All schools that you are applying to MUST be added to your “Applying to List” in Naviance. We will be unable to send documents to colleges on your behalf if they are not on this list.Rep Visits
Each fall, admissions representatives from all over the US, Canada, and the UK visit Notre Dame students on campus as an opportunity for students to learn more about specific schools, admissions and ask reps questions. This year, those visits will happen virtually. Students are welcome to sign up for as many visits as they would like, and seniors are especially encouraged to attend as many as possible for schools they consider or plan to apply to. Please check the list in Naviance to sign up. Junior and sophomores are welcome to attend as well. These virtual visits are intended for students, not parents.
Most universities are not offering in-person tours and are instead trying to keep prospective students engaged by bringing their campuses to you via virtual tours, live chats, and informational sessions. YouVisit or CampusReel are two excellent sites for virtual exploration. Please visit college websites and contact college admission offices for the most up-to-date information regarding that institution.
To help students continue to engage with various colleges, the counseling office will be hosting several virtual College Rep visits in the fall as well as application workshops for seniors. This allows students to still connect with and learn about the colleges that interest them. We will continue to work with colleges to give our students the most access possible.
The Counseling Office is staying vigilant about changes to the testing landscape. Many universities continue to announce Test Optional or Test Blind policies for the next year and beyond. It is important to note: while admission offices may announce these policies, test scores may still be an important aspect of admission for selective universities, selective majors or selective scholarships. The College Board (SAT) and (ACT) continue to add dates to make the exams more accessible, but these dates fill up quickly and may be cancelled/rescheduled if large gatherings continue to be deemed unsafe. If your student is able to take any of these exams, please expect that they will likely only be able to take either test once.
Unfortunately, at this time, due to the realities and challenges of having a school day SAT or ACT, Notre Dame does not currently have plans to hold either exam on campus.