Negotiating Safe Campus Housing for Fall Semester - Student Research Foundation

Negotiating Safe Campus Housing for Fall Semester

Not too many years ago, college students worried about having dorm roommates who snored, smoked, or smelled bad.

How innocent those times were. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, most dorm-dwellers are worrying about matters of illness, life, and death. You want to be sure to negotiate the best possible solutions to questions about roommates. Read more

Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans - Student Research Foundation

Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans

The Chronicle of Higher Education Now Offers Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans

Are you planning to pack the car and move to campus in time for orientation, or for the start of fall semester? And will your college be open and waiting for you?

Thankfully, the Chronicle of Higher Education is now offering an online directory of the plans that more than 1,030 colleges are making for the fall. And even better, the Chronicle is making this list available for free online. Read more

We’re Seeing an Explosion of New Instagram Accounts Set Up by Black Students - Student Research Foundation

We’re Seeing an Explosion of New Instagram Accounts Set Up by Black Students . . .

. . . what do they say about our schools and your school?

Over the years, Black student associations at colleges across America have created accounts on Instagram. If you look back through what those groups have posted in the past, you will see that a sizable portion of it has been fairly traditional Instagram fare. Student groups have posted praise for faculty members, announced events, and occasionally reported on troubling experiences fueled by racial discrimination on campus. Read more

Returning to Campus Next Semester - Student Research Foundation

Are You Really Returning to Campus Next Semester?

Unfortunately, the best answer could be, “who knows?”

Is your college welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester, going completely online, shutting down entirely . . . or doing something else? And is it cutting tuition or giving refunds if it is not planning to deliver what it promised?

Because North American colleges and universities are not run by one governing body, each college and university is answering those questions differently. We seem to have entered a chaotic period in higher education. Hopefully, we will never see this level of uncertainty again. Read more

The Pandemic’s Impact on Your Education - Student Research Foundation

Should You Write Your College Application Essays about COVID-19 this Year?

If you are about to enter your senior year of high school, chances are you are thinking about your college applications and your application essays. And if you are, you are probably planning to write about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Now Is the Time to Beef Up Your SAT and ACT Vocabulary - Student Research Foundation

Why students will still be taking the SAT and ACT during the next college admissions cycle

Don’t Throw Away Your Sharpened Pencils . . .

“The University of California Board of Regents today (May 21) unanimously approved the suspension of the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California freshman applicants until fall 2024. The suspension will allow the University to create a new test that better aligns with the content the University expects students to have mastered for college readiness. However, if a new test does not meet specified criteria in time for fall 2025 admission, UC will eliminate the standardized testing requirement for California students.” Read more

What Are Your Financial Options if Your College Moves Online or Is Cancelled in the Fall - Student Research Foundation

What Are Your Financial Options if Your College Moves Online or Is Cancelled in the Fall?

New College Freshmen . . .

This is the time of year when high school seniors have traditionally made their final college selections, mailed in deposits, bought college apparel, contacted their future roommates, and gotten ready to make the exciting transition to college.

But now students, their families and colleges all seem to be in the same pickle, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are just a few of the issues that have risen to the surface.

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Is This a Great Time to Take a Gap Year Before Starting College - Student Research Foundation

Is This a Great Time to Take a Gap Year Before Starting College . . . Or the Worst Year Ever?

There are many reasons why it makes sense for this year’s graduating high school seniors to take a year off – a gap year – before starting college.

Students who opt for gap years could . . . Read more

The Pandemic’s Impact on Your Education - Student Research Foundation

Classes Cancelled? Here Are Some High-Productivity Activities High School Students Can Do Anyway

“Thousands of Students In New York Face Shuttered Schools,” an article in The New York Times on March 10, 2020, reports that more schools could close because of the current Coronavirus scare. The article reports that public schools have closed in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York. And it you do a little searching online, chances are you will find that public schools near you are have either closed down temporarily or have contingency plans to do so if students, teachers or administrators become ill. Read more

How to Pick the Best Summer STEM Programs for High School Students - Student Research Foundation

How to Pick the Best Summer STEM Programs for High School Students

Dozens of summer STEM programs are available for high school students. Many are held on college campuses. Some courses are taught by their regular faculty members, others by undergraduate and graduate students.

What subjects can your high schoolers study at these programs?  Course offerings vary, but most programs offer courses like these: Read more