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St. Brendan plans virtual college visits for students

MIAMI | This fall, St. Brendan High School is planning virtual college visits, helping students connect with admission representatives from colleges remotely.

Under the process, students will be able to ask questions, finish applications earlier, write college essays and apply for scholarships, while balancing their virtual learning school work, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screenshot shows how virtual college visits can work for students at St. Brendan High School.

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Screenshot shows how virtual college visits can work for students at St. Brendan High School.

The students have been receiving video tutorials from St. Brendan's college counseling office on the steps to apply, how to request transcripts, and how to request letters of recommendation from teachers, mentors and counselors.

College counselors Jenny Mendez and Lethizia Acevedo are also keeping the students up to date on changes in application deadlines, and which schools are moving towards test-optional admissions.

St. Brendan plans to host several virtual college meetings during the first semester. About a dozen colleges set up for such visits, including several from Florida.

The in-state schools include St. Thomas University, Lynn University, the University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade Honors College and the University of Central Florida.

Those outside Florida include Boston and Vanderbilt universities; Ohio State University in Columbus; Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.

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