COVID-19 and College Update: How is Miami University’s college admissions process adapting to COVID-19 for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle?
For more information on Miami University admissions, visit their admissions website.
The most important change to the Miami University college application for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle is the switch to a mostly test-optional application.
Students who will need to submit test scores include:
- Home-schooled students
- Students wishing to participate in NCAA athletics
- Students who attend schools that do not offer grades
- Students applying to the nursing program
All other students have the option to submit an SAT or ACT score with their application. Regardless of their decision, all students will be considered for all merit scholarships and honors programs.
According to the admissions website, “applications without test scores will be evaluated using criteria including GPA, academic rigor, application essays, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, talent, and background, among others.”
What does test-optional mean for your teen?
As we discussed last week, the lack of test scores gives college admissions officers at Miami University one less quantitative measurement of a student’s success putting more weight onto the college admissions essay.
Admissions counselors are relying on your teen’s essays to get a taste of who your teen is both in and out of the classroom, so it is imperative that your teen’s essays truly reflect their character.
Other Aspects of the Application:
As usual, Miami University will use the Common Application, which opened August 1st. The early action and early decision deadline is December 1st. Students who wish to be considered for honors programs and scholarships should also apply by this deadline. The regular decision deadline is February 1st.
Applicants must submit a recommendation letter with their application from either a school counselor or teacher.
The beginning of the school year is quickly approaching, but there is still time to take advantage of summer and help your teen get started on their college application essays! Send us an email today at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your teen on our roster at Total Writing Enrichment.
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Don’t forget you can still sign your teen up for our newly reopened “Prep for High School English” course. The course is designed to help supplement high school students in English class, and it will be especially helpful for teens who will be going back to school virtually this fall! Spots are filling fast, so be sure to email us at email@example.com for more info and to secure a spot for your teen!
*Moira Ritter is a junior at Georgetown University and looks forward to contributing her writing skills to Total Writing Enrichment this summer!