I’ll get the “hindsight is 2020” joke out right away. Very few things went as planned last year and College Confidential was no exception. Look no further than the top 5 threads (by total posts) in 2020:
|School in the 2020-2021 Academic Year & Coronavirus (Part 1)||17940|
|Coronavirus in the US||12484|
|Coronavirus: What are You doing ( if anything) to prepare/ What are you personally observing?||7735|
|Coronavirus May 2020 - Observations, information, discussion||5352|
|Thread for BSMD 2020-2021 Applicants||4719|
Other than the very popular pre-med thread, the hot topic was Coronavirus. Clearly health was on our minds last year. The pandemic changed also the way colleges operate from decision dates to whether any in-person classes would be offered. CC jumped into action to help students and their parents get the information they need in topics such as:
- Coronavirus and US Campus issues (Started on Feb 27, '20!)
- How COVID-19 Will Affect The 2020 College Admissions Cycle
- Directory of Schools Going Test Optional for 2020-2021
- Directory of virtual campus tours
- COVID-19 Gap year?
- FALL 2020 OPENINGS: College Announcements (continuously updated)
The other big event on the forums was a new platform. While we haven’t completely settled in, we’ve already seen improved metrics. One encouraging trend: people are spending more time reading threads on average than in the past. In 2021, we expect to make the forums even more useful for people who are going through the process of selecting and applying for schools. And, of course, we treasure the smart conversations going on about all sorts of topics.
In other ways, the forums are continuing as normal. Here are the most popular categories by new threads created last year:
|3799||26575||College Search & Selection|
|1329||7933||What Are My Chances?|
|927||8924||Financial Aid & Scholarships|
These categories are the core of our mission to foster a community dedicated to helping students and their families achieve their higher education goals. And that’s our plan for 2021 and beyond. No matter what the future holds, we’ll keep working to improve College Confidential as a forum and as resource. Thank you for being part of this endeavor.
I’d love to hear your perspective on 2020 in the replies below.