Coronavirus is impacting everyone, and will continue to do so indefinitely. There is a lot to think about for college applicants, here are a few considerations:

  • SAT and ACT test centers are closing. Here is a link that can help you keep track, but since the situation is evolving so quickly it’s also a good idea to call for the latest updates.
  • Test prep classes are also being canceled – think about finding an online option.
  • If you are planning school visits over the next several months, there is a strong possibility that campus will be empty. Many schools are moving online for the remainder of the term, and canceling tours and information sessions. Virtual tours through online platforms like YouVisit can help you research options, although it’s clearly not the same as being there. As an aside, demonstrated interest might well be de-emphasized or disregarded next year, under the circumstances.
  • Admitted student events are being canceled, and sometimes turned into virtual sessions. This is obviously challenging for students who are trying to decide between offers.
  • High schools are moving online, which impacts spring sports, plays and other extracurricular activities, as well as academics. While very disappointing for students, people shouldn’t worry about this impacting their college candidacies. Colleges understand that the situation is completely unprecedented and beyond anyone’s control.
  • College transfer application deadlines might be delayed. Although many transfer applications were due March 1st there are also schools that accept transfer applications over the next several weeks. With so many colleges shutting down (and therefore potentially unable to provide transcripts and recommendations for students who need them) applicants might see postponed transfer application deadlines.
  • Admissions Decisions might be delayed – but I don’t think so. My best guess is that they will still get released on schedule, over the next few weeks. After all, schools have already made the vast majority of their decisions, and know that delays are likely to hurt their yield.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and it’s extremely challenging for everyone. As events unfold, I will update this blog.

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Karen Marks

Karen has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA, Georgetown and more. Clients have been awarded more than 20 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 97% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.
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