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Aug 21, 2020

How can parents and high school students re-imagine the college admissions process during the COVID-19 pandemic? Should high school students take time off before going on to the next step? And—let’s be honest now—is college even necessary in these difficult times? Applying for college during COVID-19 is challenging to say the least!

About the Interview

In this episode of Hilary Topper On Air, Hilary interviews David Marcus an education coach and admissions expert who helps students and parents through the application process through his company,

David will discuss what parents and high school students need to know about applying for college during COVID-19. He will touch upon what career opportunities are viable right now, how children can learn to thrive during this time, and changes to the SAT, ACT and AP tests. Learn about how high school applicants need to re-think their application strategies and if a gap year is something to consider.

About David Marcus

David Marcus is an educational consultant and admissions expert who finds the right college for each student. He is the author of ACCEPTANCE, a book about students going through the application process. He also works with students applying to grad schools, as well as those who decide that college is not the right path.

He also wrote a book about struggling teenagers getting help in a residential program.

As a journalist, David shared the Pulitzer Prize. He was a staff reporter for the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald and Newsday on Long Island.

David is the father and stepfather to four children.

David is an honors graduate of Brown University. He did a fellowship at Harvard. But he says a course at a community college changed his life.


MarcusCoach helps students find the perfect college, craft a great application, and get in. David L. Marcus works with parents to keep family harmony during the application process, and to figure out how to pay for education. He works with students ranging from valedictorians to those who need accommodations. He also helps applicants to graduate schools. For more information about David Marcus and