Senior college decisions complicated by COVID-19

Brooke Mantone– Mustangs Ahead

free college pix-400(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Due to COVID-19, seniors have had a more challenging experience with making college decisions due to campuses being closed.  

During this time of the year, many colleges would have had tours and events for admitted or prospective students. However, due to COVID-19 that is no longer the case as all campus are closed and students sent home.

Many colleges have virtual tours available, but for many Mustangs it is not the same as being able to walk through the campus themselves.

The University of South Florida (USF)  and University of Miami (UM) have virtual tours available for students and parents who couldn’t visit campus before the closures as well as online resources such as webinars and meetings.

“I have been participating in the Virtual Orientation Series that USF is hosting,” said senior Kaylee Eckelman. “Though I’d rather attend orientation in person, the series is helping me by answering any last questions I may have, as well as helping me get to know my peers for next year.”

With May 1 being decision day, seniors will now have to make their final decisions on what college they will attend.

Additionally, some seniors final decisions have been delayed or changed due to the impact of COVID-19 on the United States Stock Market, which has caused college 529 plans to diminish in value. This change has made some seniors investigate more affordable college options.

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