With so many questions surrounding college admissions, LEAP Tampa Bay spoke with a college admissions expert to get a few common questions answered surrounding applying to college in this new and ever-changing backdrop.

Our professional encourages any high school senior or adult returning to school who currently has an application in process with a college try to be – first and foremost – patient. Colleges and universities are also adjusting to this unprecedented situation and understand the need to communicate with everyone if requirements and deadlines change. To keep the process rolling, there are ways potential students can still communicate with colleges and universities to help ensure they get the information and progress they need:

Hold off on phone calls to the school. Since nearly all school staff is working remotely, emails are more effective than calls.

Be direct in the subject line. When emailing, make the subject line specific to the main point of the email, for example, “Application for Fall 2020 for LAST NAME”. This specificity helps with later searches of emails. In addition, make the email body short and to the point.

Check your email regularly. Since much of the application process is now electronic, even though school staffs are working remotely, they are continuing to work through the student application process and may be communicating with you.

If you applied to a school, make sure you are following their social media posts, as they’ll be using multiple channels to communicate during this time.

Provide updated information to the college when changes happen. For example, if the school is awaiting your SAT scores and your test schedule is postponed, keep the school abreast of changes or dates via email.

And finally, in addition to social media and direct communications, colleges and universities are giving admissions updates here.

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