Said the vice president for enrollment at NYU. Her remark encourages all students, even those without great test scores, to apply to the colleges they dream about. According to the Times article, colleges have been slowly dropping the testing requirement for years, but with the pandemic, 650 more schools have joined in. With test scores optional, the college application essay plays a bigger role. Admissions directors told The Times that they look more closely at not only high school grades and the rigor of high school courses, but personal essays and teacher recommendations.

Finish Line’s College Application Essay Bootcamp or Personal College App Essay Packages can help.